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Triple M Brisbane welcomes Nick Cody
for The Big Breakfast
is joining Marto
and Robin Bailey
from 5.30am to 9am weekday mornings on Triple M’s
The Big Breakfast in 2019. In addition, Triple M Brisbane’s sporting all-rounder Ben ‘Dobbo’ Dobbin
will present breaking sports news throughout the show. Full details.
New EP For Kyle and Jackie O
KIIS 1065’s The Kyle & Jackie O Show have announced that Sonia Jahshan has been appointed to the role of Executive Producer. Sonia has been promoted into the role of Executive Producer after working on The Kyle & Jackie O Show as Senior Producer for the past two years. The Kyle & Jackie O Show today also announces Tom ‘Draco’ Whitaker will join the team as producer and will also be on air for KIIS 1065.
ABC Radio Brisbane's breakfast team gets a shake-up
In a return to traditional morning programming, ABC Radio
Brisbane has announced Craig Zonca
and Loretta Ryan
will host an earlier starting Breakfast show in 2019, with a local current affairs program returning to the morning slot. Current Breakfast co-host Rebecca Levingston
will host a morning program from 8:30am to 11:00am. More Details.
Aaron Kearney Returns to ABC 1233
Aaron Kearney returns to ABC 1233 Newcastle in 2019 to host drive. He is a former breakfast host. Jenny Marchant and Dan Cox will team up to present a new double-header breakfast show.
Max Dudley Back To Brisbane
Max Dudley is heading home to Brisbane in 2019. He'll be the new EP for Marto, Robin & The Moon Man on breakfast on Triple M. Max has spent four years with the Grill Team in Sydney.
ABC Radio Melbourne announces 2019 line-up
Starting on the 21st of January, Jacinta Parsons
and Sami Shah
will be doing breakfast. Jon Faine
will return for the mornings. Myf Warhurst
will be doing the midday shift and Richelle Hunt
will be heard on weekday afternoons ... Full Details.
Nine, Singleton near $109m radio deal
Negotiations between John Singleton and Nine Entertainment over Macquarie Media are thought to be heating up with the owners of Fairfax Media now believed to be talking numbers. Nine Entertainment says no negotiations have begun to buy the stake in Macquarie Media that Fairfax does not own because it does not officially secure ownership of the newspaper publisher until Friday. But DataRoom understands that talks are already under way, and the offer being made for the owner of Sydney’s 2GB and Melbourne’s 3AW radio stations is $2 per share. More from The Australian.
Bendigo Commercial Radio Survey
The latest Bendigo Xtra Insights survey results were released this morning (December 4). Triple M
was the No 1 station (25.7%) followed by Hit 91.9
(21.8%) Full Details.
Ryan Tothill Off To Sydney
Ryan Totill, Hit107 Adelaide Content Director, is moving to Sydney to become the 2Day FM Assistant Content Director. Matthew O’Reilly, Triple M Adelaide Content Director, will combine the role of Hit107 Content Director with his current role at Triple M.
Marcus Paul Joins Super Radio Network
Marcus Paul has joined the Super Radio Network. He hosted his first program on 2HD Newcastle on December 1.
Nine sheds 144 Fairfax jobs after companies merge
chief executive Hugh Marks
has confirmed that 144 positions will be made redundant as a result of the company's recently approved takeover of Fairfax Media. "We have spoken to, or will speak to, those affected as soon as possible so that all employees have clarity and certainty before we commence operations as a combined business,"
Mr Marks said. Full story.
AFTRS partners again with SCA
for Graduation Internship Award
The recipient of the 2018 SCA
Graduation Internship award has been announced today. For the third year, one talented graduate from the Australian Film Television and Radio School’s
flagship Graduate Diploma of Radio course has been selected and will be hosted in a special internship with Southern Cross Austereo
(SCA). This year's winner is Katie Fleming. More details.
ABC Radio Off Air
The ABC Brisbane Bald Hills site was off air for over thirty minutes during drive on Wednesday November 28 from 4.45pm to about 5.20pm. Media Spy reports that 612 failed and the generator/s attempted to get on air three times when supply failed but to no avail. 612, RN and News Radio were all out. The on air message via digital and online was to keep listening via those methods, no quick switch over of Classic FM to the 612 program.
Allan Lee Joins SBS
Allan Lee has resigned from Vision Christian Radio and accepted a job offer to join the news team at SBS in Sydney. He will read his last bulletins for Vision on New Year’s Day and commence at SBS on January 7. Lee has had a number of radio roles including journalist/news Editor at Newstalk ZB New Zealand and Assistant Producer/Director at the BBC.
triple j farewells Brooke Boney and KLP
Brooke Boney has announced that she’ll be wrapping up her time on triple j breakfast at the end of this year. For the past two years, Brooke has been the triple j breakfast’s resident news presenter. Alice Matthews joins the triple j breakfast team as the new news guru in 2019. After five years of working at triple j, the station also farewells House Party host and vibe-curator KLP. triple j will announce a new House Party presenter and Double J will announce two new programs in early 2019.
K-rock accused of underpaying staff
K rock Geelong is in mediation involving the Fair Work Ombudsman, after a former employee accused the broadcaster of underpaying him. Jacob O’Brien, who worked for K rock as a casual promotions employee, lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after first seeking to remedy his alleged underpayment directly with K rock’s payroll team and its general manager, Andy Mathers. O’Brien claims he was underpaid a total of $180 over three weekend shifts. Mr Mathers said allegations the radio station had underpaid its employees were “factually incorrect”. (Geelong Advertiser)
Akmal Saleh to leave Central Coast’s 2GO
After a year of doing breakfast radio on Central Coast’s 2GO, co-host Akmal Saleh has confirmed that he will leaving breakfast radio to spend more time with family and pursue further comedic opportunities. 2GO's Content Director Peter Yiamarelos said, "It's been a real pleasure to have Akmal grace our airwaves with Mandy on the Central Coast throughout this year. In 2019 a new voice will be joining the breakfast show, led by returning co-host Mandy Coolen." Mandy and Akmal's last show will wrap up on Friday, 21 December.
Blackers is back for Breakfast!
Forever Classic 6iX
is thrilled to announce Perth radio icon Ian ‘Blackers’ Blackley
will be back where he belongs taking the 6iX breakfast chair in 2019. Full story.
KOFM (Triple M) No 1 in Newcastle Survey
In the latest Newcastle survey, once again KOFM
(now Triple M) rated No 1 with 13.1%. ABC 1233
came 2nd with 12.7%, then Hit 106.9
with 12.1% followed by NEW FM
with 8.7%. Full details.
Brisbane-based duo goes prime time on the Hit network
Brisbane-based duo Those Two Girls
will present breakfast across the Hit Network nationally from December 2, for two weeks! Lise Carlaw
and Sarah Wills,
get to set their alarms a teeny bit later when they host the National Breakfast Show across all Hit stations Australia during December. Full details.
Triple M Breakfast Executive Producer
says ‘goodbye’ to 4am starts
Scott Menz, Executive Producer of Triple M Brisbane’s The Big Breakfast with Marto, Robin & The Moonman, has accepted a new role as Music Director with the station. Menz, who has been the Breakfast EP for three years and is currently the Assistant Content Director (ACD), will retain his ACD duties as well as working inside the new Triple M network music hub, providing his expertise to the network. Menz wraps up his duties with The Big Breakfast at the end of the year and the recruitment for his replacement begins immediately. Triple M Brisbane’s previous Music Director, Ben Wood, recently moved south to take on a new gig as Operations Manager at Triple M Melbourne.
Paul Bevan Is Retiring
Newcastle drive announcer Paul Bevan
is retiring. He's announced on Twitter: "I’m sad and excited to tell you I’m retiring from weekday broadcasting on ABC Newcastle at the end of this year." More details.
Footy’s indigenous radio service on brink of collapse
Footy’s prized indigenous radio service is in on the brink of collapse because of a lack of league funding. AFL Indigenous Broadcasting, which beams matches into Australia’s most remote communities via the National Indigenous Radio Service,
has been seeking urgent financial assistance from league headquarters for more than two years. It is likely to fold after 20 seasons if funds are not secured before Round 1 next year. Full story.
(Courtesy of Herald Sun)
Logan's 101FM Hits 30-year Milestone
Logan radio has hit a milestone with its easy-listening music community station chalking up a 30-year anniversary. Radio Logan Incorporated was granted its licence in September 1988 with the start of permanent transmission on November 18, 1988. Station manager Terry Blacker
said before 1984, Logan residents had no voice of their own. Full story.
(Courtesy of Courier Mail)
Triple M Bundaberg open the doors to brand new studios
Two years in the making, Friday, 16 November saw the Grand Opening of the newly renovated 93.1 Triple M
Bundy studios and office space. The renovation brings two state-of-the-art studios to the Bundaberg region allowing the 93.1 Triple M Bundy team to broadcast live and local for the first time ever. SCA Bundaberg’s General Manager, Nicholas Purdie
said: “The last 12 months have been an amazing journey and now we are finally here. It’s great to be live, local and ready to rock Bundy! We would like to thank everyone who have worked tirelessly to create this beautiful creative hub here in Bundaberg.” Pictures.
Hot Tomato Sold To Grant Broadcasters
Facebook's 'Radio Green Room' is reporting that Gold Coast station Hot Tomato has been sold to Grant Broadcasters. This has been confirmed on Facebook by Hot Tomato CEO Graham Miles. The top rating station (last survey) was started and owned by Hans and Jaan (John Torv).
Sarah Hurwood Joins TRFM/Gold FM
Sarah Hurwood has been appointed Promotions Team Leader/Administration Assistant for TR FM and Gold 1242/98.3FM in Traralgon. She was formerly at 3GG working in Promotions and Star FM in Warragul as a Sales Executive.
Townsville Survey 2018
In today's Xtra Insights
survey Triple M
rated No 1 with 23.7% Next came hit 103.1
with 17.5% followed by Star 106.3
with a share of 13.1%. Full details.
Nine ‘very interested’ in
Macquarie Media talent opportunities
CEO Hugh Marks
believes there will be a number of opportunities for the broadcaster and Macquarie Media,
arguing there are more similarities between Nine and the radio broadcaster than the Fairfax Media
mastheads. At the annual general meeting, Marks said Nine would operate as a “very interested majority shareholder” in Macquarie Media, should its merger go through with Fairfax Media. Full story
. (Courtesy of Mumbrella).
Alan Jones dodges surgery and targets broadcast return
The Daily Telegraph reports: "Alan Jones sat up with a cup of tea in hospital yesterday and promised his listeners he would be back on air on Monday. The doctors have decided to medicate not operate,” the 2GB host told The Daily Telegraph as he recovered from crippling back pain in St Vincent’s Hospital. “I am hoping to be out of here at the weekend and back to the happy farm, in the studio, on Monday.” (Photo - Justin Lloyd).
Macka In Mackay
Max FM Taree Brekky announcer 'Macka' - host of 'Macka In The Morning' is joining Star 101.9 Mackay.
Alan Jones off the air indefinitely
2GB breakfast announcer Alan Jones has been taken to hospital with severe back pain. He will remain off air until the problem is resolved. Jones missed his regular 2GB and 4BC breakfast show on Monday and again on Tuesday. Chris Smith who is is filling in says: "His doctors are working to establish exactly what the problem is. The end result is he'll be back as soon as he can but we're not sure exactly when that will be."
i98FM No 1 in 2018 Wollongong Survey
In the latest Xtra Insights
Wollongong survey, i98FM
rated No 1 with a 29.1% share (+1.7). In second place was WAVE FM
with 16.2% (+0.6) and then ABC Illawarra
with 15.3% (+0.7). i98 rated No 1 in all sessions except evening (ABC No 1). Full details.
GfK Metro Survey 7, 2018
The latest GfK
survey results were released this morning (November 13). As usual, 2GB
(14.1%) and 3AW
(14.5%) were respectively the top rating stations in Sydney and Melbourne. In Brisbane there was little separating Triple M
(11.6%) followed by Nova
(11.5%) and Hit 105
(11.3%). Mix 102.3
(13.0%) was the top station in Adelaide. In Perth, Nova 93.7
(14.4%) edged ahead of Mix 94.5
(13.9%) to claim the top spot. Full details.
DAB+ Stations Survey 7, 2018
The top rating digital stations were: Sydney - ABC Jazz,
Melbourne - Double J,
Brisbane - The '90s iheart Radio,
Adelaide - The '80s iheart Radio,
and Perth - Old Skool Hits. Full details.
Irene Hulme Promotion
Irene Hulme has been promoted to the new role of Head of Music for Southern Cross Austereo's Hit and Triple M networks. She is is charge of music strategy for Southern Cross Austereo.
New CBAA Directors
Four new directors have been elected to the CBAA Board. They are: Anne Frankenberg, Jacqui Riddel, Daniel Ahern and Quinn Glasson. Anne Frankenberg (pictured) was confirmed as Vice President. She has held this position in an acting capacity since Melanie Withnall resigned in early 2018. Molly George was elected as Youth Representative.
CBAA Community Radio Awards - 2018
awards were held on Saturday November 10 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre as the culmination of the annual conference. Special achievement award went to Techorama
President John Maizels
(pictured), who’s been involved in community radio for 40 years. 12 new categories were added to the awards in 2018 to a total of 34 across 33 categories. List of winners.
Aged 91, Bob Rogers Finally Retires
2CH’s Bob Rogers announced his retirement on air this morning (November 9). 6 weeks ago, while broadcasting, Bob suffered a stroke and he was forced to put down his headphones but, he did not hang them up permanently, determined to return to his listeners and his regular morning show on Sydney’s 2CH. This week Bob returned to 2CH. However, Bob’s medical advice was it was time to rest and take it easy “listening” to Easy Classics on 2CH rather than broadcasting. Bob Rogers began his career at 3KY Melbourne as the office boy in 1944. This iconic radio legend has had a successful and brilliant career spanning over 74 years. He turns 92 in December. Bob has one more goodbye on Saturday Night with his successful “Reminiscing” show.
Introducing Newcastle’s 102.9 Triple M
is now officially Triple M
Newcastle. All locally produced shows and content will remain with Tanya & Steve
for Breakfast, JR
on Weekdays and Afternoons with Little A.
In addition, Triple M’s national drive show Kennedy Molloy,
with Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy, will be heard each weekday 4pm-6pm, as well as the Triple M NRL call from Thursday – Sunday during footy season. Full story and Audio.
FIVEaa radio newsreader Anne Stone axed
Award-winning Adelaide radio newsreader Anne Stone
has described the “brutal way” she was axed by FIVEaa
after 19 years, leaving her without a chance to say goodbye to listeners or colleagues. Breakfast and mornings newsreader Anne tells (Adelaide's) Confidential she was left “devastated” by the shock sacking last Friday, after which she says she was immediately marched out of the radio station’s building. Full story.
Hit 99.5 No 1 In Mildura
is the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights
Mildura survey. They had a share of 33.1% (-5.6). Next came Triple M
Sunraysia with 18.1 (+2.2), then River 1467AM
with 16.8 (-1.6), followed by ABC Mildura-Swan Hil
l with 13.9 (+1.3). Hit99.5 was No 1 in all sessions except drive (session won by ABC). Full details.
Bruno Bouchet Resigns From KIIS.
Kyle and Jackie O's executive producer Bruno Bouchet says he is quitting radio. Bouchet, held the position at KIIS FM for two years, and revealed the news in an Instagram post. A spokesperson told The Sunday Telegraph over the weekend: 'After two years as executive producer on The Kyle and Jackie O Show, Bruno's contract has come to an end and he's chosen not to renew it'.
Bob Rogers Back On Air After Stroke
Radio legend Bob Rogers
has returned to the airwaves just six weeks after suffering a stroke live on the radio. The 91-year-old broadcaster, who now presents The Bob Rogers Show
on Sydney’s 2CH,
has walked down the corridor to join Ray Hadley in studio. Full story.
Toni Tenaglia Departs SCA
Due to restructuring, Friday November 16 is the last day at SCA
for Digital Music Director Toni Tenaglia.
She says on Facebook: "I’m going to miss the awesome team I’ve worked with over the past 18 months. Anyone reading this who needs someone in a full-time, part-time or casual role in any field, feel free to contact me...I make good coffee." (
Toni can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Power FM Ballarat Update
Dave "Higgo" Higgins has finished his stint at Power FM Ballarat as the daytime announcer. Another change is to the drive program "The Home Run". Scott Woodard is the new "Home Run" host taking over from Xander Speight. Also Power FM/3BA newsreader Kristie Sullivan will soon be on the move to Geelong working at sister stations K rock/Bay 93.9.
mix94.5 bids farewell Lisa Shaw
is sad to announce that after 21 years on air, Lisa Shaw
won’t be returning to the airwaves next year. Lisa has been an integral part of mix94.5’s long-standing success ever since returning to Perth in 1997 to join Fred Botica
on Botica’s Bunch, and in recent years, with Pete Curulli
on mix94.5’s The Rush Hour. More details.
Dave McClung Departs Perth
After 11 years with Nova 93.7 Perth, morning announcer Dave McClung is moving to Sydney's Nova 96.9.
Matty Johns Quits Grill Team
After eight years of early morning wake up calls and 4am starts, Matty Johns
has decided to part ways with Triple M’s
Grill Team, with the search already underway for his replacement. More details
Albany Community Radio board rejects ‘step down’ petition
Opponents of the Albany Community Radio
leadership in WA have obtained more than 300 signatures for a petition calling for immediate top-level changes. The petition, submitted to ACR on October 18, requested the board be dissolved ahead of the station’s planned November AGM. Board positions are set to be put up for vote on November 26 but petition supporter Brian Russell said the signatures showed the public wanted immediate change. Full story.
Random Radio News
Russell Tate Denies Alan Jones Stories
Macquarie Media chairman Russell Tate has told The Australian that claims that management wants to get rid of Alan Jones are “rubbish”. He admits that contract talks with Jones have stalled until such time as the merger between Nine and Macquarie owners Fairfax has been finalised. He has criticised an opinion piece in the SMH paper about Jones’ employment, which claimed management “wanted him gone”. “We have not started our discussions with Alan,” said Tate. “Anyone with any brains would not finalise a key talent contract like Alan Jones until the major shareholder (of Macquarie Media) is known."
Mel Greig: The radio industry
has a culture problem
has responded to the news that sacked KIIS FM
radio presenter, John Caldwell,
is taking the ARN
to court over allegations he was bullied and discriminated against for being gay. She told Yahoo! Lifestyle: "Each time the radio industry is surrounded by controversy the same question is asked, ‘does it have a culture problem?’ and the answer is 'yes'. You won’t find many radio announcers that will speak out about it because they’re either in the industry still or don’t want to black mark themselves for future roles.
" Full story.
Stav, Abby & Matt's $10,000 Cashnado
Brisbane experienced unseasonably lucrative weather thanks to Hit105’s Stav jumping out of a plane and throwing cash. HIT105’s Stav Davidson made it rain cash down on greater Brisbane on Saturday November 3! The brekkie host jumped out of a perfectly good plane at 11am, and released $10,000 to the sky! Full details.
Jackie O Splits From Husband
Jackie “O” Henderson has announced she has split from husband Lee, but the pair will remain “best friends”. The KIIS FM radio host told the Daily Telegraph she and her photographer ex would stay close as they co-parent their daughter Catalina, 7, also known as Kitty. “After 18 years together, we have made the decision to separate,” said the Kyle and Jackie O show star. “We do so amicably, sharing many incredible memories and remaining best friends." This was her second marriage. The first marriage was to 'Ugly' Phil O'Neil. More details.
Triple M's Allan for Breakfast Conquers the Cape
Coming off the back off Allan’s Parmi Army, Allan Aldworth, Triple M Bunbury announcer, took on the famous Cape to cape Track! This spectacular Cape to Cape Track runs for 135km’s along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between the lighthouses of Cape Naturalist and Cape Leeuwin. Full story.
The barbarians are not at the gate;
they’re in the building'
In the months before managing director Michelle Guthrie was sacked, the ABC was at war with itself. Then, all hell broke loose. Full story courtesy of Sydney Morning Herald.
SEN Radio building site brings in almost $30m
The Reject Shop co-founder Ronald Hall has made a whopping profit after selling the SEN Radio building supersite in inner Melbourne to local developers for almost $30 million. The 3025-square metre L-shaped site at the eastern end of Swan Street in Richmond will make way for a mixed-use retail and residential development in one of Melbourne's emerging apartment hotspots.
Man who inspired 'Good Morning, Vietnam' film has died
Adrian Cronauer, the man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning, Vietnam, has died. He was 79. During his service as a US Air Force sergeant in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966, Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase, "Goooooood morning, Vietnam!" Full story.
Community radio is growing the music industry
What makes Melbourne’s music scene so productive and alive is the combination of musicians, live music venues, and community radio writes Maddy MacFarlane
. Full story.