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Gambling Ads Banned on Commercial Radio
New rules banning gambling ads during live sports coverage on commercial radio
come into effect on March 30
. The new provisions to ban gambling ads during the broadcast of live sporting events between 5am and 8.30pm have been included in the Commercial Radio Code of Practice following a period of community consultation. Full Story
Sue Carter Appointed as Content Director at Gold 104.3
has appointed Sue Carter
to the role of Content Director for Melbourne’s GOLD104.3
. ARN has also announced the appointment of Tony Aldridge
as Content Director for both MIX102.3
and Cruise 1323
in Adelaide. Full Details.
New Content DIrector for Podcast One
Southern Cross Austereo announced the appointment of Jennifer Goggin as Content Director for PodcastOne Australia. In her new role, Jennifer is responsible for the successful execution of PodcastOne Australia’s content strategy.
Tiffany Joins WAVE FM
Tiffany Rouge is joining the Wave FM Wollongong lineup in April. 'Tiff' has been in radio for several years across markets including Adelaide, the UK, and for the past 2 years based in Darwin at HOT 100. She will be a part of the daytime lineup and look after the Wave social media platforms.
Celebration Time For 'Clairsy'
Dean “Clairsy” Clairs
is celebrating this week for two reasons - not only did the Mix 94.5 Perth
breakfast show rate No 1 in breakfast in Survey 1 but he is also celebrating 35 years in radio. Full story.
David Greenwood Shares Wisdom With Media Students
Veteran radio personality David Greenwood
has a message for aspiring broadcast students looking to crack into the media industry: think laterally and show your passion. Speaking at Phoenix Radio's
10th Birthday Celebration, the Kix Country
General Manager used most of his speech encouraging students to push the boundaries. Full story.
‘Lehmo’ joins ABC Radio
Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann will host ABC Radio’s flagship AFL programs. The former Gold FM brekky co-host Awill be the new host of ABC Radio’s Saturday and Sunday AFL programs during the 2018 footy season. Saturday’s will see ‘Lehmo’ team up with sports commentator Angela Pippos and on Sundays ‘Lehmo’ will be joined by the Outer Sanctum’s Emma Race for a relaxed and fun review of the week that was, before previewing the games.
GfK First Metro Radio Ratings For 2018
The first GfK
metro radio ratings were released today March 13. 3AW
continues as the No 1 station in Melbourne with 13.2%. 2GB
also continues their reign at No 1 in Sydney with 11.8%. In Brisbane, Nova 106.9
was the top station with 12.6%. In Adelaide, Mix 102.3
had a great start to 2018 - up 3.8% to make No 1` with 16.1%, In Perth, Mix 94.5
continued their dominance with 15.7% Full details.
Double J Dominate in first DAB+ Survey 2018
The first GfK DAB+
metro radio ratings were released today March 13. Double J
was the No 1 digital station in Melbourne. In Brisbane it was a 3 way tie with Double J, ABC Grandstand
and Coles Radio.
In Adelaide Double J
and The '90s iheart Radio
shared No 1. In Sydney, top station was Edge Digital
and in Perth it was Coles Radio
. Full details.
Entries open for 30th year of Radio Awards
Radio broadcasters from around Australia will celebrate 30 years of the Australian Commercial Radio Awards
(ACRAs) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, October 20. The ACRAs are a highlight of the radio industry’s yearly calendar with the Awards attracting the industry’s stars, personalities and media executives from around Australia. Full details.
Digital rollout continues with 3.8m DAB+ radios in market
The number of DAB+ digital radios in Australia climbed to 3.8 million
in 2017, up 24%
over the past 12 months, according to figures released by radio industry body Commercial Radio Australia. Full details.
Mark Allen and David Schwarz Might return to Radio
Herald Sun reports that “Marko” and “Ox” have been targeted for the March 31 launch of a 24-hour sports radio network on the AM band of 1278, that for many years was synonymous with 3AW. And they have been earmarked for the 3-6pm timeslot of drive, pitting them against Kevin Bartlett and John Rothfield (Dr Turf), the latter being part of new management that oversaw the sacking of Allen and Schwarz.
Bert 'Birdbrain' Robertson has died aged 89 (Mar 9) on the Gold Coast. He is best known for his radio work at 4BC, 4GG and 2UW. Bert was born in Melbourne and would have been 90 in April. (Jocks' Journal editor Greg Newman interviewed Bert in November 2017. A tribute will be featured in the next issue of Jocks' Journal.) Funeral details.
ARN Strengthens Commercial Leadership Team In Melbourne
ARN has announced significant appointments to its Melbourne Commercial leadership team. Nisar Malik has been appointed to the role of Agency Sales Director, Nick Flood joins ARN as Direct Sales Director and Lena Rapley (pictured) has moved from her role as Melbourne Agency Group Sales Manager into the newly created role of Head of Client Solutions – Melbourne and Adelaide.
Davenport And Wood Appointed As GMs
Southern Cross Austereo
has announced a new management structure for Queensland which sees the appointment of Tim Davenport
(below) as General Manager for Southern Queensland and Ken Wood
(top) as General Manager for Northern Queensland. More details.
Monique Now On News At Mix/Cruise
Monique Crichton, ex-Triple M Adelaide News Director, is now reading news on Cruise 1323 and Mix 102.3.
Allan Cameron Joins Arabian Network
After 3 years as Tasmanian Regional Content Director, Allan Cameron will be leaving Grant Broadcasters on March 14. Allan will be the new Content Director of Dubai 92, one of the 9 ARN (Arabian Radio Network) stations based in Dubai UAE.
NFDS 2018 Entries Open Now
The National Features and Documentary Series, which aims to encourage storytelling from new and emerging community radio producers from around Australia, is now open for entries. Emerging community broadcasters are encouraged to submit their idea for a feature. Full details
3AW's John Burns Fined for Drink-driving
3AW breakfast co-host John Burns has been put off the road for a year and fined $500 after being caught drink-driving for the second time. Full story
Chris Coleman Does a Melba
After quitting his role at 2CC for a new career, Chris Coleman has accepted a new casual radio position. He says: Well, this is a little bit awkward. Put me on the list with John Farnham and Nellie Melba. What can I say? When you get a call asking if you want to anchor & call the footy coverage for a team you've supported for over thirty years, it's a bit hard to say no. And to MIX 106.3 in Canberra, thanks for giving me the chance to fulfil what's pretty close to a life-long dream."
Kate Langbroek Shares Photos Of Bruising
HIT network radio host Kate Langbroek has demanded answers over the "degradation" of St Kilda after her family was subjected to what she described as a "crazed, violent, terrifying attack".
Gary Rendall Departs 6PR
Gary Rendall has resigned from 6PR Perth. He spent the last 17 years as the station's Promotions Director and at one time was Program Manager. For more than 40 years he has worked in radio mostly in promotions and events. On his final day he announced on Facebook: "It is 17 years since my good friend Kylee Payne and Shane Healy trusted me with an amazing opportunity. Pretty happy to leave when it is time for me to explore other opportunities."
3MFM Station Manager Wendy Williams To Retire
is undergoing some changes this year with the retirement of Station Manager, Wendy Williams.
After 9 years at the helm Wendy has decided it's time to step down from her role. "I began here almost 10 years ago as a trainee presenter in a purely voluntary capacity. The following year the Station Manager was taking Maternity leave and I agreed to fill in for a short time during her absence."
said Wendy. That short time lasted more than 9 years. Full story.
Talking Lifestyle Go Sport
The “Talking Lifestyle” format will be broadcast for the last time on Friday March 30th. It will be replaced by a Sports format, networked across the same 3 stations and featuring presenters drawn from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The new format’s launch will coincide with the Commonwealth Games which commence on the Gold Coast on April 4th. More details.
Shane Luy to trade in the fun for the money
After 11 years making commercials on the Sunshine Coast, Shane Luy has finally decided to trade in the fun for the money. Prior to becoming the commercial producer at 91.9 SeaFM and 92.7 Mix FM on the Sunshine Coast, Shane produced commercials and pulled weekend shifts at the SCA Albury hub. Shane begins his new sales role on March 5th.
New Episodes of Hamish and Andy on PodcastOne
Hamish & Andy are back, with the first episode of their brand new weekly podcast now available on PodcastOne. Hamish & Andy is a podcast that began its life as a band of three men, travelling from village to village in the 1700’s, asking locals to gather round to listen as they discussed big issues of the times and provided light refreshments.
Movement At Grant Broadcasters
Allan Cameron has announced he is leaving his role at Grant Broadcasters as the 7HO FM and State Content Director for Tasmania. (See 'Radio Jobs.') He leaves in mid-March and Jocks' Journal believes he is heading overseas. Before his role in Hobart he spent 4 years as Group Program Director – Star Radio Group – Malaysia.
Ross Turner, who holds the State Content Director role for Grant Broadcaster's Queensland stations, is also moving on. He has resigned and will be leaving Hot 91.1/Zinc 96.1 in a few weeks time.
Michael Croke Signs Off
Michael Croke who has hosted Saturday Breakfast with ABC Central West NSW is signing off. He has been with the ABC since 1988. Monday-Friday you would found him at school as a teacher and now principal at Catherine McAuley Catholic Primary School.
Crocmedia Launches NRL Nation and NRL Partnership
, has secured an NRL broadcast partnership for the next five years under a sub-license agreement with Macquarie Media Limited
and the ARLC. Full story.
George And Paul Move Over To 2GB
George Moore and Paul B Kidd have moved to sister station 2GB. The pair were heard weekends on Talking Lifestyle. Their place has been taken over by Mieke Buchan and Rob Duckworth.
Chris Derrick Departs SCA
Southern Cross Austereo has announced that Chris Derrick, Head of Digital Strategy will be leaving the business. Derrick joined SCA in 2015 and was instrumental in SCA’s successful on-boarding and management of the Vevo relationship in 2016 through to Vevo’s recent decision not to renew any international sales partnerships. Yvette Coutsoudis who worked in Human Resources has also left the company.
David Rymer Takes A Break For Health Reasons
After two years as Content Director, David Rymer is leaving Triple M Brisbane. A staff memo has stated that he will take time away from his radio role to get his health in order. Rymer will stay on until a replacement can be found (see 'Radio Jobs'.)
Maddie Off To Melbourne
Maddie Burke is joining the ARN newsroom in Melbourne. She was with 96fm Perth in 2017 and previously spent five years as breakfast newsreader at Nova 93.7.
Mick Malthouse back on air at the ABC
The Ex-AFL coach has joined the ABC, after being sacked at SEN. Mick Malthouse will do special comments for select games, mainly on Thursday nights (courtesy of the Herald Sun).
Study shows radio listening heats up over summer
For the second year running, radio audience measurement company, GfK, conducted a survey during summer which found radio continues to engage with listeners across this period, providing them with entertainment, music and information. More details
Former 2Day FM worker says male executive raped him
, a former 2Day FM staffer who resigned from SCA in 2016 - says the alleged attack occurred in late 2013. In a statement, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) said the company is assisting police. The 'accused' man was later employed by a rival radio network. Full news story. Blake's blog.
New Annual Diversity Scholarship at AFTRS and ABC
The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS
) and the ABC
have chosen Iranian refugee Pariya Taherzadeh
as the recipient of this year’s $19,000 Selwyn Speight scholarship. Full Story.
Troy Ellis Joins Nova Entertainment
t has announced that Troy Ellis
will be joining Nova
and Smooth FM'
s on air line up from Monday 5 March. Troy Ellis has spent 10 and a half years with Channel Seven
along with 20 years in radio, most recently Gold FM'
s breakfast show. Full Story
Tanya Hennessy to Host Hit Weekend Breakfast
, radio host and comedian, will host Weekend Breakfast on the Hit Network
in 2018. Her program will be heard each Saturday and Sunday morning from 7am - 9am, with a regular rotation of guest co-hosts. Full details.
Macquarie Media To Review ‘Talking Lifestyle’ Brand
Russell Tate, who has been executive chairman (effectively chairman and CEO) of both Macquarie Radio and Macquarie Media since 2008, said the radio network will complete an operational review of its Talking Lifestyle format, which was introduced onto Macquarie’s 2UE station in Sydney in September 2016, and subsequently networked into its Magic music stations in Melbourne and Brisbane last year. “The ratings performance of these stations, particularly in Melbourne and Brisbane, has not met expectations in the first half of FY18,” he said.
Paul Konik Says Farewell
Today Paul Konik
will farewell his 3NE
listeners at 6pm Friday February 16. Konik, who hosted the breakfast shift on Wangaratta’s 3NE for 16 years until December is retiring. In recent weeks the 74 year-old has done the 1pm to 6pm shift at the station which last year was sold to ACE Radio,
which owns Albury’s 2AY. Full story.
Adam Lang Promoted at Macquarie
Macquarie Media has appointed Adam Lang as chief executive, with executive chairman Russell Tate to roll back his duties. Tate will assume a non-executive chairman role from July 1st 2018.
RTI Closing Classrooms and Studios
The Radio Training Institute (RTI)
, established in 1984 as the Melbourne Radio School, is closing its classrooms and studios for the final time. As of RTI’s June 30 2018 closure and the end of operations in Melbourne, those interested in exploring a radio future will be offered a traineeship within the ACE Network
. Full Story.
New Hot 100FM Breakfast Team Announced
will be joining Sarah Passalick
on the Hot 100FM
breakfast show. The new duo will be on air starting March 5th 2018. More details.
New Drive Announcer for Mix 104.9FM
has announced a new personality joining the team for 2018. Matty Harrison
has been appointed as Mix 104.9FM’s new drive announcer, starting March 5th 2018. More details.
Changes at 2ST/Power FM
2ST/Power FM GM Peter Perrin (pictured) is leaving at the end of February. Joel Gosper from 2NM/Power FM Muswellbrook will move into the GM role on March 5. Current CD/PD Rohan Bullock has resigned but will leave at end of March; new CD/PD is Greg Clark, who is moving from his GM role in Bega. The station has also signed two AFTRS graduates: Grace Garde who is on drive (1-4pm) and Jo Lodge who does 10am-1pm and Power FM music.
Darwin’s New Drive Announcer
Tiffany ‘Tiff’ Rouge is taking over from the nationally broadcasted Hamish and Andy drive program on Hot 100 Darwin. A local, 'Tiff' has been part of the station since 2016. She presented the program 'Hanging With Tiff' each weekday.
Natalie Moves to ABC
Natalie Livingstone is leaving AIR News. Natalie moved to Australia with the aim of making her way in news media after having a short career in British media. For the last couple of years Natalie has been presenting the news on a part time basis for AIR News and pulls her final shift on Friday. News director Artie Stevens says "Natalie has been a wonderful example of someone coming to a new country and making good. She has been a fantastic asset to AIR News and will be missed. ABC's gain is our loss, and I can only wish Natalie great things for the future. I have no doubt we'll hear a lot more of Natalie."
Bree Tomasel Now On NZ Radio
Bree Tomasel, former Sea FM Central Coast Breakfast show host, is now working with New Zealand's ZM. Former drive host and current KIIS Melbourne breakfast co-host Jase Hawkins spent the last 3 years in New Zealand on ZM.
David Schwarz Takes Legal Action Against SEN
Melbourne Demons footballer David Schwarz
is reportedly taking legal action against former employer SEN
. The Herald Sun reports the 45-year-old has launched a legal claim against the new-look Pacific Star Network — SEN’s parent company — over lost wages and damages to his character. Full story.
His on air partner Mark Allen
is also taking action.
Triple M Launches Into Bundy
Southern Cross Austereo
has announced that from Monday 26 February, 93.1 SEA FM
Bundaberg will be renamed 93.1 Triple M.
Celebrating its 18th anniversary on-air, this brand change will see the Bundy station join Australia’s second largest radio network with 35 Triple M stations across metro and regional markets plus an additional four Triple M digital stations. Full story.
NOVA Network Launches 2018 Marketing Campaign
will reinforce Nova’s position as the number one music network, and showcase the brand’s high performing on air line-up around the country, with a multi-platform marketing campaign launching in February. Full details.
Nova 106.9 Official FM Radio Broadcaster
of Commonwealth Games
Brisbane’s number one rating radio station, Nova 106.9,
announced a partnership with the Seven Network today, making the station the ‘Official Brisbane FM Commercial Radio Broadcaster of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’. Full details.
Paul Holmes Joins 2CA
Forever Classic 2CA
is excited to announce that Paul Holmes
will be joining the station in 2018 as host of its flagship Breakfast Show. Paul Holmes is a well-known radio personality through his many years at Sydney’s 2Day FM
working alongside Wendy Harmer, Peter Moon, Jamie Dunn
and more recently at WS FM
and Hot Tomato
on the Gold Coast. Full story.
Why people listen to radio – it makes them feel happier
People listen to radio because it makes them feel happier and more informed, with news and traffic updates, on-air personalities and the live nature of radio being key drivers for choosing radio over other forms of media, according to GfK’s
latest Radio Insights research on listening drivers. Full details.
Josh Olek Hosts Oz Made
Josh Olek is the new host of the Grant Broadcasters weeknight music show "Oz Made". Josh who is the daytime host of K Rock Geelong takes over from former host Sarah Demicoli aka "Sarah D". Sarah gave birth to her first child recently.
Steve Smith Returns To Australia
Steve Smith, former ARN Melbourne general manager, is returning to Australia. He's been the COO of the Arabian Radio Network has accepted the role of role of CEO of Boost Media International, a consultancy formed by George Buschman.
ARN Secures Christian O’Connell For Gold Breakfast
international radio announcer Christian O’Connell
is moving to Melbourne to join the Pure Gold
network, hosting GOLD 104.3
Breakfast in 2018. Christian is best known as the host of the Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio
in the UK. The youngest ever inductee into the UK’s Radio Academy Hall of Fame and winner of more Radio Academy Awards than any other person, Christian is also a successful stand-up comedian, author and TV presenter. Full details.
A New Duo Of Dead Set Legends
St Kilda champion Leigh Montagna (pictured) and Triple M Footy news breaker Jay Clark will head up Dead Set Legends on Triple M Melbourne each Saturday morning in 2018. Triple M Melbourne’s Head of Content, Shaun Gough said, “We look forward to a Big and exciting year with Joey & Jay making their DSL debut tomorrow.” A rotating cast of co-hosts and guests will join Joey & Jay each week. First up is Billy Brownless. Dead Set Legends are heard Saturday’s on Triple M Melbourne 10am to Midday.
Hit and Triple M for Amazon Alexa
From February 1, Hit Network
and Triple M
flash briefings will be available to listen on Amazon Alexa
. Listeners can now add Triple M news and sports updates, as well as news, entertainment and celebrity news from the Hit Network to their personalized flash briefing, which they can then play simply by asking “Alexa, what’s the news?” Full Details.
Chris Coleman's Final Day On Radio
announcer Chris Coleman
will host his final radio show on Friday February 2. He's worked in the industry since 1986. He's joining the ACT Police media team. Read what he had to share on Facebook. Full story.
ABC dismantles sound libraries and axes staff
is dismantling its historic sound and reference libraries across the country and making 10 specialist librarians redundant to free up floor space and save on wages. Full story.
Matt Granland joins 3AW football commentary team.
Matt Granland will broadcast Saturday night matches for 3AW Football. Granland, who was axed from SEN 1116, will broadcast Saturday night matches for the Melbourne's top rating talk station.
Random Radio News
Jo Stanley still eager to team with ‘Lehmo’
Former GOLD FM breakfast host Jo Stanley is confident she and her ex-radio partner Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann are not finished as a team.“We are working on a podcast idea at the moment, but I also know with certainty that I will go back to radio at some point.” Full story.
iHeartMedia Preparing Bankruptcy Filing
iHeartMedia Inc. is preparing to file for bankruptcy as soon as this weekend after months of negotiations with creditors who hold over $15 billion of the company’s debt, according to people familiar with the matter. Full story.
Power FM's Kristel shares
A Personal Story On Pain
Power FM Murray Bridge breakfast co-host Kristen has shared on radio about a disease she has battled for the last 10 years. She shares: "As I write this now, I have a wheatbag clamped between my legs. I’ve spent three days not being able to keep food down and I’ve spent endless hours in the bathtub because it’s the only place I can get any relief." Full story and audio.
Nightmare Holiday for Radio Announcer/Journo
What started off as a trip of a lifetime quickly turned into a nightmare for a Tweed radio presenter after a bus crash off the Mexican coast claimed the lives of 12 passengers from his luxury cruiseliner. Radio 97 breakfast show host Scott Mayman was enjoying a seven-day cruise with his family, from Miami south along the Mexican coastline, just before Christmas when disaster struck. Full story.
Radio couples on working next to each other
Bruno and Laura Bouchet go head-to-head every day at work in an industry where there is no prize for coming second ... then go home and share nappy changing duties. Both are executive producers at the Australian Radio Network — Bruno calling the shots during the Kyle And Jackie O Show on KIIS while Laura does the same thing for Jonesy and Amanda down the hall at WSFM. Full story.
Why Gerard Whateley left ABC Radio
Fiona Byrne reports: "A surprise out of the blue phone call in early December set in motion respected broadcaster Gerard Whateley’s stunning leap of faith from ABC radio to sports station SEN." Full story. (Courtesy of Herald Sun)
Announcer’s new lease on life after
long-term memory loss
Fresh FM announcer Jay Burnell known as Jay Bangers, likens his life to the 2004 Hollywood film Fifty First Dates. In the romantic-comedy, actress Drew Barrymore’s character suffers from short-term memory loss and has to be reminded of the important people in her life every day. Full story.
Hamish Blake gives Kennedy Molloy Tips
Hamish Blake of Hamish & Andy fame has given Triple M's Kennedy Molloy some segment tips. Audio.
Why Ed Kavalee broke down mid-interview
During an interview with news.com.au, Ed Kavalee broke down with his eyes filled with tears and asked to stop. So what was the topic that had almost tipped the new 2DayFM breakfast show co-host over the edge? It was the story of how he met his wife, TV star and fitness trainer Tiffiny Hall. Full Story
Australia's favourite country rocker on Territory FM
Lee Kernaghan will join the Charles Darwin University 104.1 Territory FM team in 2018, sharing his love for the music, artists and stories behind today’s best country from 10am, Saturday, 27 January. Station Manager and Content Director Matt Bern said the new Southern Cross Austereo’s Australia-wide show “The Range with Lee Kernaghan” would be broadcast every Saturday showcasing great country music from Australia and the world on Territory FM. The Range will be broadcast on 104.1 Territory FM every Saturday from 10am to 12pm.
KIIS FM host Will McMahon misses show
KIIS FM's new national drive show host, Will McMahon, was hospitalised as a precautionary measure after being involved in a bicycle accident on Tuesday Jan 16. McMahon missed his 4pm radio slot alongside co-host LinkWoody Whitelaw on the Will & Woody show after he was hit by a car while cycling to the Melbourne radio station in Richmond. More details.
Radio Influences Dining Trends
One out of two radio listeners dine out at least once a week, 30% are eating out more frequently than before, and what they hear on radio influences their meal time decisions, according the latest Finding Consumer Trends report released by Commercial Radio Australia and Presslaff Interactive Revenue. The Dining Habits survey, which involved more than 2,750 listeners from across Australia, reveals listeners’ preferences and interests when choosing to eat out and at home. Full story.