Johns in a LEAGUE of his own

Matty Johns has re­fined his on-air skills ahead of a rat­ings show­down with his for­mer NRL col­leagues on The Footy Show, writes HOLLY BYRNES

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TV GUIDE -

WHEN they flicked the switch to go on Fox Sports’ new 24-hour league chan­nel, chances are view­ers found Matty Johns on their box more often than not.

Not only is the for­mer New­cas­tle and NSW player-turned-Triple M Syd­ney break­fast host one of the bright­est ‘faces’ of the Fox League brand, he’s also one of its busiest.

Build­ing on the pop­u­lar­ity of his Mon­day night chat show, his bosses have now dou­ble-downed and let him loose with his own Thurs­day night pro­gram, The Late Show With Matty Johns.

While the 45-year-old is look­ing for­ward “to let­ting our hair down” in the later times­lot – straight af­ter each Thurs­day night NRL game – he’s keep­ing the one-hour show hard and fast. “There’ll be lots of mov­ing parts, lots of dif­fer­ent peo­ple in­volved and lots of laughs,” he says.

It was only a few years ago Johns made the strate­gic ca­reer de­ci­sion to shelve his most fa­mous com­edy char­ac­ter, that biff-lov­ing bloke Reg Rea­gan, to fo­cus on sharp­en­ing his act as a host and pre­sen­ter. Leav­ing be­hind Nine’s The Footy Show – now his di­rect com­pe­ti­tion – he has de­vel­oped his on-air skills both on TV and each week­day morn­ing on ra­dio.

“I’ve done it for a few years now and got my­self into a rou­tine,” Johns says. “It doesn’t cause me the anx­i­ety it used to be­cause I feel like I’m pre­pared.”

THE LATE SHOW WITH MATTY JOHNS

THURS­DAY, 9.30PM, FOX LEAGUE

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