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Tim Bergh's Joins Grant Broadcasters

Tim  Bergh reports: "I'm beyond excited to announce that I've accepted a Content Director role with Grant Broadcasters. This has been a career goal of mine for a number of years, and I cannot wait to get started with 2EC/Power FM Bega from mid September!"  He's currently with ACE Radio as a Creative Writer, Announcer, Social Media Coordinator.



Radio host Ali Clarke breaks down live on radio

Adelaide radio presenter Ali Clarke has broken down in tears live on air after receiving a text attacking her interview style. The text accused the ABC Radio Adelaide breakfast presenter of a “pitiful interview”, saying that she had “embarrassed the interviewee”. It’s not clear which interview it was referring to. Full story.



Bundy’s 93.1 Triple M is Now Ready to Rock

After two years and a significant multi-million-dollar investment the brand-new studios at Bundy’s 93.1 Triple M are now open for business with all shows and hosts broadcasting from their new home on Takalvan Street, Bundaberg.SCA Bundaberg’s General Manager, Nicholas Purdie said, “The last 12 months has been an amazing journey and now with a multimillion dollar investment.” Pic: Triple M Bundy breakfast co-hosts Amber and Nik (far left and far right) with Content Director Ryan Bebbington (middle). More details.

 



'Offensive': Complaint against ABC's Jon Faine Upheld

The ABC has upheld a complaint against Jon Faine's radio program after racially insensitive comments were put to air. Earlier this year, the ABC host was taking NBN Co to task over the quality of its products and services. Faine was grilling an NBN representative over claims a Victorian couple would need to pay up to $1.2 million for a premium internet connection. During the fiery interview, Faine made reference to NBN technicians hailing from south-east Asia (The Age). Full story.

 



Andrew Fritsch Joins The Studio

NOVA Entertainment Commercial Producer Andrew Fritsch is returning to SCA.  After 7 years with Nova he's joining The Studioin Brisbane. More details.

KOFM No 1 in Newcastle Ratings 2/2018

KOFM is No 1 in the latest GfK Newcastle radio ratings with 14.0(-2.8).  Next came sister station hit 106.9 with 12.7 (-3.4). triple j was third with 10.9 (-1.3), then NEW FM on 10.1 (0.7) with 2HD on 8.7 (0.0).  Full details.

  

Burgo and Blackers are back!
  
Forever Classic 6iX has announced that two Perth radio icons in John Burgess and Ian Blackley will be joining forces Sundays 9am – 12pm from September 2nd. Full details.



Lyons defends right to sue radio station The Pulse

Darren Lyons has defended his right to launch legal action after a community radio station aired claims his venues were “drug dens”. The former Geelong mayor also hit back at critics he said were hurting his staff and their families. A writ filed by lawyer Frank Vinci ­alleges Lyons was defamed by community radio station The Pulseand presenter Greg McHenry. (Geelong Advertiser)  Greg McHenry has spoken to the Geelong Advertiser about his comment that led to Lyons suing the station. Full story.



New Chilli Breakfast Host

Chilli FM’s Dan Taylor has a new breakfast co-host.  After 2 months of trialling various talents, Tasmanian local Marie Burt, has been named as Dan's new co-host on Chilli 90.1 FM Launceston.



Luca Back At 3AW

Luca Gonano, formerly Head Of Carlton Media, is back at 3AW as a producer.  He tweeted: "After a 7.5 year hiatus, I’m very happy to announce that I have returned to 3AW693!"

 



Tom Nancarrow Leaves Riverland

ABC rural journalist Tom Nancarrow has departed ABC Riverland. He tweeted: "The ceremonial passing of the stylish ABC vest on my last day with the great ABC Riverland team. A big thanks to the local community, ⁦@ABCRural⁩ and all across the ABC for a cracking few years!"

There's Stephen and Steven

Stephen Zeg Gunnell and Steven "Leno" Kelly are the hosts of the Saturday 12 to 4pm shift on Rhema CC 94.9FM Gosford. They commence on August 25.



2018 Swan Hill Radio Ratings 

It was a very close result in Swan Hill with 3SH (30.0%) just ahead of sister ACE station MIXX FM with 29.5%. ABC Swan Hill came third with 10.5%. Full details.



2018 Colac Radio Ratings

MIXX FM was the No 1 rating station in Colac with 24.0%.  Next came ABC radio with 15.8% In third position was 3CS with 13.3%. MIXX was No 1 in all sessions except evening which was won by the ABC.  Full details. 



Vale John Worthy

John Worthy, well known 3AW newsman and voice over artist, has died. In his early radio days he also worked as a news presenter at 3XY and 3AK. In the '60s he was one of the newshound on the 3AW program While Melbourne Sleeps - a round up of police reports from overnight.In the '70s he used to make a weekly trip to 3BA Ballarat to write and voice commercials. (Photo above was taken at Keith McGowan's memorial in 2014.)


Behind the Wheel relaunches as ‘Torque Radio’

After 11 years on-air Behind the Wheel gets a rebrand Behind the Wheel founder Joel Helmes has confirmed his long-running automotive radio segments and syndicated content will be rebranded under the ‘Torque Radio’ banner. And the relaunch sees the daily car, SUV and Ute focussed segments joined by daily segments and a weekly wrap that brings listeners the latest from the road transport industry. Full details.





Power FM and 5MU Announce New Look Line Up
 
With the passing of radio legend Jeff Sunderland in July, 5MU has been facing the challenge of replacing a breakfast show host who was beloved by the listening audience. Former afternoon host Adam Connelly will step into the role with ‘Up and Adam’ kicking off Monday August 13. PowerFM's drive announcer Chris Dzelde is also moving from FM to AM taking over the 5MU Drive Show. Moving into the drive spot at Power FM is former 90’s at Noon host Craig Pitman, who will be hosting ‘The Pick Me Up’ from 2pm to 6pm weekdays. Full details.



ABC radio breakfast presenter injured at Ekka 

ABC Brisbane radio host Rebecca Livingstone has been treated in hospital after injuring her knee while climbing onto a bull during the breakfast show at the Ekka this morning. ABC Brisbane was broadcasting live from the exhibition showgrounds where presenter Rebecca Levingston sat on a 900-kilogram bull as part of a live segment. She injured her knee as she climbed onto the animal and then could not bear her weight when she dismounted. Full story.



Tony Leonard Off Breakfast

Macquarie Sports Radio has dropped Tony Leonard from their breakfast show.  He's being replaced by Matt Thompson who had been a part of the morning show.  He joins Tony Shaw and Jimmy Bartel. Leonard is likely to move to the morning program with David Morrow and Tiffany Cherry.



Vale Ray Bean (1935-2018)

Former radio station manager Ray Bean, has died aged 83.  He passed away on August 8 after suffering a stroke. Geoff Brown (on Radio Green Room FB page) reported: "Ray Bean was admitted to hospital on Saturday night following a suspected stroke. He is unresponsive and sadly he is not expected to be with us for much longer."  Bean was the first GM of 3MP when the station opened in 1976, he was also station manager at 2WS and One FM (now The Edge), and a PD at 2UW.   He was also on the board of RMB (Radio Marketing Bureau) which was part of FARB (now CRA)(Photo courtesy of Jose Auditore)  


SEN+ Ready To Launch

Pacific Star Network has announced that Melbourne’s 3MP Classic Rock Radio 1377 AM will become SEN+.  It will feature sports content almost exclusively from Monday August 13. A Tweet states: "The station will be home to even more live sport and will further leverage our extensive rights and content relationships. There's never too much of a good thing on SEN+"


 
Ron's 70th Year In Radio

Ron Camplin, owner of 2BS and B-Rock FM, has notched up 70 years in radio. He began his radio career as an office boy at 2CH Sydney. In 2019 Ron and Stephanie Camplin will celebrate 50 years of ownership of 2BS.



Hills Radio GM resignation rejected by the board

The board of Hills Radio community radio station has rejected the resignation of their general manager, who has been accused of sexual harassment and indecent assault. Hills Radio general manager Chris “Crash” Carpenter offered to resign from the Mt Barker station, a week after The Advertiser revealed the allegations. Mr Carpenter, who confirmed he had tendered his resignation but declined to comment further, has strenuously denied the allegations. Full story.



Triple M Brisbane welcomes David Nash 
 
He was born in Victoria, travelled 2,800km to work with Triple M in Cairns, and has just racked up another 1,600km to take up the microphone at Triple M Brisbane. Meet David Nash! Triple M Brisbane Content Director Rex Morris has welcomed David Nash to the station for the duel Announcer/Operations role. More details.



KOFM and 4TO To Rebrand To Triple M

Southern Cross Austereo has announced that Townsville’s 4TOFM and Newcastle’s KOFM will be renamed under the Triple M brand.  Triple M Townsville and Triple M Newcastle will continue to produce local shows and content for their listeners, that’s Pricey for Breakfast in Townsville and Tanya & Steve in Newcastle. In addition, Kennedy Molloy with Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy will be heard each weekday afternoon from 4pm-6pm, as well as the Triple M NRL call from Thursday – Sunday during footy season. Triple M Townsville will launch on Monday 3 September and Triple M Newcastle on Friday 9 November.



Ray Hadley’s son charged with possession of cocaine

The police constable son of radio broadcaster Ray Hadley has allegedly been caught buying cocaine from a dealer in the carpark of a north west Sydney pub. The arrest of Hadley has devastated his father, 2GB broadcaster Ray, who apologised for not going to air on Saturday for his Continuous Call Team show. Colleague Mark Levy apologised to listeners on his behalf sighting “family matters”. (Sunday Telegraph).  Hadley held a press conference at the Macquarie Media Centre on Saturday August 4 and made a statement. He spoke about his son's battle with mental health issues. More.



GOLD Central's New Wake Up Call

GOLD Central Victoria, has announced that from next Monday, two of Central Victoria’s most experienced media names will join forces to create The WAKE UP CALL with Gregson & Lees, on GOLD FM 98.3 & AM 1071. From 5.30am each weekday, Walkley-awarded journalist/editor Wayne Gregson and one of the best-known names in regional radio, Bruce Lees will present The WAKE UP CALL, a lively mix of news, views, music and entertainment. More details.


Rohan Edwards joins hit105 
 
Rohan Edwards has been appointed the new Afternoons Announcer at hit105 Brisbane. Rohan will also take on the role of Assistant Music Director. More details.

Roo & Ditts to serve up breakfast until 2021! 

Mark Ricciuto and Chris Dittmar, Roo & Ditts, have locked in another three years of serving up breakfast for Triple M Adelaide. More details.



Darren Lehmann Joins Macquarie Radio's
 Summer Of Cricket

Darren Lehmann, one of the biggest characters in Australian cricket, is joining Macquarie Radio’s Summer of Cricket. Macquarie Media will feature coverage of every ball bowled of all the Domain Test Series, Gillette One Day and T20 Internationals, the KFC Big Bash League and the Commonwealth Bank Women’s International Series on our new network, Macquarie Sports Radio. More details.



ABC must explain new multi-million venture

It's reported that the ABC will spend millions of dollars on a new ‘lifestyle’ website that will directly seek to compete with ‘content that does well on commercial sites’ requires a full explanation. This  investment comes just months after ABC Senior Manager, Gaven Morris claimed “there is no more fat to cut at the ABC. Any more cuts to the ABC cut into the muscle of the organisation”. Senator Eric Abetz says: "The ABC can’t keep having it both ways. They can’t keep crying poor then magically pull millions of dollars out of thin air for their pet projects. There has been absolutely no case made by the ABC for this new lifestyle, relationships, food, travel and fashion website. Taxpayers will be horrified to learn that the ABC is trying to compete with a whole new market which is already more than adequately serviced. Further, revelations that 22 staff were sacked at the ABC last week under the guise of ‘Budget cuts’ but are actually being replaced by new staff brings into question the blame shifting being undertaken by ABC management. It’s time the ABC was more straight forward and transparent,” Senator Abetz concluded.



Hutchy Loses to Ed

Herald Sun reports: Craig Hutchison's battle to get SEN pointing in the right direction has taken a hit with the poaching of a senior producer by his arch rival. Jay Mueller has been the executive producer of Hutchison’s flagship show Whateley since Gerard Whateley joined the station at the start of the year.Mueller is joining McGuire Media, reuniting with Eddie McGuire, with whom he worked at Triple M for eight years as producer of The Hot Breakfast. He had previously worked at 3AW with Neil Mitchell and breakfast program Ross and John.



Hills Radio Sponsors Call for investigation 

Community station Hills Radio could be in danger of losing financial support as sponsors call for an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and assault against general manager Chris Carpenter. Full story.


John Stanley Exits Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast

Macquarie Sports Radio breakfast host John Stanley has left the show, just one week after the departure of his co-host Beau Ryan. However, he will be continuing with Macquarie Media, and will be heard filling in on 2GB and 4BC. A new breakfast show for Sydney and Brisbane, is now hosted by Mark Levy and Mark ‘Piggy’ Riddell. The duo are also both Continuous Call Team regulars on 2GB.



Jade is back at Wave FM

Jade, Trav and Chris is Wave FM's new Breakfast line up, but of course it's not Jade's first time as part of the breakfast team. Jade left her role as part of Wave FM's Breakfast team in 2014 to spend time with her daughter Lulu after she was diagnosed with Down syndrome. More details.



New Breakfast Host On 2NM

As of last week Andrew Reynolds is the new host of the 100% Hunter Breakfast Show on 981 2NM. Station PD Glenn Stolzenheim says: "Andrew's likability, love of sport and all things local will be a huge hit with the 2NM audience."


 
Kris Fade Show Around Australia

The Kris Fade Show Around Australia, will debut on the KIISNational Network Sunday morning on July 29. The new show made for KIIS audiences will air from 8am – 10am every Sunday. On joining the KIIS Network Kris Fade, who is based in Dubai, says: “I got my start in radio in my hometown of Sydney with ARN, so it’s great to be back on radio with my own show across Australia. I can’t wait to kick it off this Sunday.”



What the new Nine-Fairfax will look like

The $2.2 billion merger of Nine and Fairfax will reach more than half of Australia each day across television, online, print and radio. The new media giant to be known only as Nine.The deal requires regulatory approvals, though Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed the plan. More details.



Hills Radio Station GM accused of indecent assault,
 sexual harassment of women

Allegations of sexual harassment, indecent assault and misconduct have been levelled against Hills Radio Stationfounder and general manager Chris Carpenter.  Former volunteers claim the board of the community-run Mt Barker community station failed to investigate or ignored the alleged conduct and have been complicit by allowing him to remain at the helm of the not-for-profit station. Penelope Herbert, 55, who was a board member and volunteer from 2014 to 2016, said she was “bullied, intimidated and relentlessly sexually harassed” by Mr Carpenter who she said was “unfit” to run a community station. (Source: The Advertiser)



Darryn Lyons launches legal action against The Pulse

Former Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons is suing Geelong charity Diversitat over on-air comments that likened the former Mayor’s nightclubs to “drug dens”. Lyons has filed a writ to the Supreme Court alleging he was defamed by Diversitat’s community radio station The Pulse and presenter Greg McHenry a year ago. The writ makes a claim for a payout to cover “damages, interest, costs (and) such other further orders that the court sees fit”. The Pulse issued a public apology to Mr Lyons for the on-air comments, but the writ notes that Mr McHenry has yet to apologise. (Source: Geelong Advertiser)



'Tireless' Tim Gavel retires from ABC Grandstand

Canberra sports commentator known as 'Tireless Tim' says he'll turn off his microphone for the first time since 1988 and finish his career as an ABC journalist. Tim Gavel has called almost every Raiders and Brumbies game for the past 30 years. He has announced he will leave ABC Canberra on September 1, marking another significant change for the broadcaster following the departure of long-time presenter Genevieve Jacobs last year. Full story.

More ABC News Updates

ABC chief radio news producer Sian Phillips is leaving the ABC after a 35 year career.  Jo Printz can now be heard from 10-11am on ABC radio or Central, Western and North-west Victoria.



Mel Greig leaves WAVE FM for Sydney role

Mel Greig is returning to Sydney for an “exciting” new work opportunity, nearly three years after relaunching her radio career with Wave FM.  She officially handed in her resignation on Monday July 23 and telling listeners on Tuesday of her immediate departure from the station. She wouldn’t confirm if the new project was a form of reality television or hosting. Full story.



Beau Ryan Departs Macquarie Sports Radio

After just 2 surveys, Beau Ryan has left Macquarie Sports Radio.  He was the Sydney breakfast co-host alongside John Stanley. Former Dragons and Eels star Mark Riddell has taken his place. Beau has already popped up on another Sydney station, on Tuesday he filled in for a sick Kyle Sandilands opposite Jackie O on KIIS 106.5 breakfast.



ABC Tasmania newsman Peter Gee to retire

Peter Gee has announced his retirement after a 40-year media career – 38 years of it spent with the ABC.  He says: “After 40 years in the media I think it's time to give the public a rest from my uninvited appearances in their lounge rooms and on their radios,” Peter said. More details.



Stav, Abby and Matt locked in for breakfast at hit105 until the end of 2020
 
Stav, Abby & Matt have been confirmed as the hit105 Brisbane breakfast show until the end of 2020. The news follows a recent announcement by Southern Cross AustereoBrisbane that they would relocate from their current North Quay home, to a new custom-fitted headquarters at The Barracks in 2019, representing what will be one of the largest and most technical moves in the country. Wake up with Stav, Abby and Matt can be heard hit105 from 6am to 9am weekdays.
 


New Power Brekky Team

94.9 Power FM Nowra has a new breakfast team with hosts Sam Blacker and Grace Garde.



Peter “Scooter” Carter Joins Breeze 100.6 FM

Breeze FM has welcomed Peter ‘Scooter’ Carter to the team as their new breakfast announcer. Scooter says:“Nine years with Hot Tomato gave me the hunger and experience to step up and take on a new challenge, plus my dad lives in Stanthorpe,
so he can finally hear me talking rubbish on the radio."



Goodbye Twitter

ABC Central Victoria tweets: "We've chosen to close our regional Twitter accounts due to low engagement rates, and we're redirecting our resources to existing regional Facebook pages and online sites, which have shown strong growth in user numbers during the past year."



Home Grown Aussie Podcasts Hit the Global Market

Through a growing partnership between PodcastOne US and PodcastOne Australia, original Australian content will now be distributed across PodcastOne’s global app and website, along with Apple Podcasts, Google Home and Amazon Alexa. More details.



Toni Lodge Joins Jase & PJ

KIIS1011's Jase & PJ have a new member to their production team. Toni Lodge who was most recently working on the KIIS night show "Celeb HQ" has now joined the team.



Hot Tomato No 1 in Gold Coast Tweed Survey

It was a great result for Hot Tomato rating No 1 in GfK Survey 2/2018.  Their share is now 15.6% (+3.5).  They were also the top rating station in all sessions P10+.  Next came SCAstations Gold FM with 11.9% (+0.7), then SEA FM with 11.6% (-1.7).  triple j were ahead of local ABC with 9.4% (+1.8).  Full details.




David Collins remembered in Newcastle

Radio broadcaster David Collins was farewelled on Wednesday by those who knew the man best and described him as kind, spirited, generous, affectionate, intelligent and humorous. About 150 mourners filled the Pettigrew Family Funerals chapel at Belmont to remember the life of Mr Collins, who died at age 60. The former Newcastle radio host passed away on Monday after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Full story. (Courtesy of Newcastle Herald Sun)



Aussie Boy Signs as US Image Voice

Matt Conlan has signed as the new imaging voice for ESPNPortland (USA).Matt has spent two decades working in both on-air and off-air roles around Australia including 3AW, 4BH, 4BC, 2GZ, 3BA and 8HA. In 2006 He won the ACRA for Best Talk Presenter (Country) and now works as a full time voice over artist based in the Northern Territory. Portland is the 22nd largest radio market in the USA and ESPN is operated by media giant Entercom Communications.



Rural Broadcaster Rob McConchie Signs Off

ABC's Country Hour announcer, Rob McConchie has signed off. Rob was one of the first female rural reporters in SA and Queensland and became a major player of rural broadcasting. Rob also served in the Canberra press gallery before returning to Queensland as the driving force of Country Hour. 



Alison Cameron Appointed CEO of Grant Broadcasters

Alison Cameron is now the CEO of the family-owned regional radio broadcaster Grant Broadcasters. Alison was previously chief operating officer and takes over from Grant Cameron, who becomes a non-executive chairman. Janet Cameron, the long-standing previous chair, will remain as a board member. Dugald Cameron will continue his role to manage the family’s investment portfolio and remains as an executive member of the board. Grant Broadcasters is now searching for a new chief operating officer.



Another 4GG Personality Passes On

Tony Schmidt, best known for his time as a salesman and news presenter on 4GG on the Gold Coast, has died at the age of 86. Before joining 4GG at their opening in 1967 he worked at 2MW.  Two other 4GG personalities who have passed on in 2018 are Bert Robertson and Maurie Service. Funeral details will be posted soon. Our love to his daughter Marg, husband Phil and family.



Johnny Wilson Leaves Magic

Magic 931 Berri breakfast co-host Johnny Wilson has left. He says: "Working there for the past year and a half has been a fantastic learning experience. It is now time for me to take the next step on my radio journey."  He's now based in Adelaide. (See 'Radio Jobs' if you think you can fill his shoes.)



Vale David Collins (1957-2018)

Former top rating KO FM Newcastle breakfast presenter David Collins  passed away overnight after a battle with cancer. He was 60 years of age.  For 22 years he co-hosted breakfast with Tanya Wilks on KO-FM. The English born personality was also heard on 2WS from 1978 for around 12 years as well as 2HD. After stepping down from breakfast at KOFM he moved into the drive shift. More details.



David Schwarz, Mark Allen abandon $1m legal battle

David Schwarz and Mark Allen have walked away from a $1 million legal battle with Craig Hutchison’s Crocmedia empire. The pair were axed late last year as apart of Crocmedia’s takeover of the station. 'Ox' and 'Marko' went to the lawyers, claiming SEN station bosses agreed to a binding new two-year deal with the duo before the station merged with Hutchison’s Crocmedia. The duo are now heard at Macquarie Media’s new Sports Radio. (Source: Herald Sun)



David Spicer Leaves ABC

Friday the 13th was the final day for David Spicer. He tweeted: "Last day at the ABC 30 years after I started as a radio news cadet. This Twitter account will be closed. Thanks to the ABC for a great career."



Ben Davis farewells 4BC

4BC's only local Brisbane host Ben Davis has announced his farewell on his Brisbane Live drive program.  He announced his resignation on-air this afternoon July 13. He said: “Today will be the last time that you and I will get to talk like this. I’ve handed in my resignation. I have loved every single minute of it but it comes with some sacrifice and those closest to me have sacrificed enough."  More details and audio.   On Monday, a brand new 4BC Drive show will be launched with Mark Braybrook at the helm.



Raoul Resigns

Raoul Prideaux, Head of SCA Broadcast Operations and Engineering, has tendered his resignation. Raoul has been with the network for 36 years.  However he will continue working with SCA as a consultant.



GfK Metro Radio Survey 4/2018

The latest GfK Metro Survey was released today July 10.  Nova 93.7 defeated longtime market leader MIX 94.5 in Perth to claim the No 1 rating spot.  Nova rated 14.7%, with MIX on 13.6%. Nova in Brisbane also had a victory with Nova 106.9rating No 1 with 12.2%. Talk stations 3AW (13.8%) and 2GB (14.0%), continued at No 1 in their respective cities of Melbourne and Sydney.  In Adelaide, Mix 102.3 continued at No 1 with 15.4%. Full details.   



GfK DAB+ Survey 4/2018

In the latest Gfk DAB+ radio survey the top digital stations were: Adelaide - The '80s iheart Radio, Brisbane - Coles Radio, Melbourne - The '90s iheart Radio, Perth - smoothand in Sydney - Edge Digital. More details.



Hit 105 and Triple M Move To The Barracks

Brisbane's HIT 105 and Triple M are moving to new premises. They will leave their longtime headquarters at North Quay, and relocate to Level 4 at The Barracks in Petrie Terrace.



Regional Radio Eligible for Cadetship Grants
 
Regional commercial radio stations will be able to apply for funding to assist with the cost of hiring journalism cadets under the Federal Government’s Regional and Small Publishers Cadetships Program. The program will provide a wage subsidy or grant of up to $40,000 per journalism cadet, to help boost employment opportunities in regional media and support regional news outlets to better compete with global internet giants. Full story.



Canberra Radio Ratings 2/2018.


Mix 106.3 was No 1 in the latest GfK Canberra radio ratings with 15.8% (-2.3). Hit 104.7 was a close second with 15.4% (+0.3).  In third place was ABC Canberra with 13.6 (+0.7). 2CAhad a 7.9% share (+0.9) and sister station 2CC rated 5.2%. Full details.




Amber Wheatland joins Triple M Bundy
 
Amber Wheatland will join Triple M Bundaberg’s breakfast team. Amber, who grew up in Mildura, is set to travel up to Bundaberg after her six and a half year gig on Hit Sunraysia’s brekky team. Full story.



Radio Legend Jeff ‘Sundo’ Sunderland Passes Away

The radio family at 1125 5MU are devastated at the loss of their much loved and respected colleague Jeff ‘Sundo’ Sunderland. Despite the best efforts of his colleagues, The CFS and Ambulance Crews, Sundo, aged 73, passed away at work just after midday today July 2nd. Full story.





Barry Hall fired by Triple M


Former AFL footballer Barry Hall has apologised for vulgar comments he made on live radio, on Triple M saying it was "a silly thing to say and not a reflection of who I am". Triple M sacked Hall immediately after his remarks to co-commentator Leigh Montagna during a pre-game chat in which he commented about the impending birth of Montagna's child. More details.




Livinia Nixon Joins Smooth FM As Guest Newsreader                 


Livinia Nixon, Nine News Weather Presenter and reporter for Getaway and Postcards, will join smoothfm 91.5 as guest Newsreader from Monday 2 July. Livinia will fill in with Mike Perso while News Journalist Jennifer Hansen is on leave. Nikole Gunn, NOVA Entertainment’s News Journalist, will take over on weekdays from 9 July. Hansen will return to the studio with Mike on Monday 23 July.




Mike Makes Move To FOX


Mike Santos from Melbourne's KIIS 1011 is on the move. Santos has been with KIIS for the past few years and has been with Jase & PJ since they launched in 2018. He's moving to FOX FM. He said on Instagram: "Last show with this group of maniacs. Though it was short, I’m so grateful to have been a part of it!"




New Breakfast show for 97.3FM – Bianca, Mike & Bob.


Mike van Acker, a Brisbane local and well-known comedian, will join 97.3FM’s breakfast team following Terry Hansen’sdecision to leave the breakfast show for health reasons and to spend more time with his family. Terry has been part of 97.3FM’s Breakfast show line-up for the past 15 years and today (29 June) was his last day on air.  Mike will join Bianca Dye and Bob Gallagher on air to wake up Brisbane every morning from 5.30am from July 16.




3YB And Vision Australia Radio To Switch Frequencies


Warrnambool radio station 3YB is moving to the FM frequency in a switch with Vision Australia Radio. At midday on July 2, 3YB will shift to 94.5 on FM dial while Vision Australia Radio will move to 882 AM. Full details.




New General Manager For 2QN/Edge Fm


ACE Radio is pleased to announce that Angela Frino,  who started with ACE Radio 16 years ago at just 17 years of age at 3SH/MIXX FM in Swan Hill, is now the new General Manager of 2QN/Edge FM Deniliquin/Echuca. Angela has held the positions of Announcer/Copywriter at 3SH/MIXX FM Swan Hill, Program Manager at Gippsland's GOLD/TRFM Traralgon, Promotions Manager at 2AY Albury and Assistant General Manager at 2QN/EDGE FM Deniliquin/Echuca.  She is also an experienced announcer who still does a regular air shift on 2QN, as well as being an Account Manager.




WAVE FM’s New Logo and Lineup


Wave FM now has a new logo (see above) and music positioner - ‘The Illawarra’s Best Music’.  Brekky is now headed by Mel, Trav & Chris In The Morning. They are followed by 90 @ 9 featuring 90 minutes of 'Throwbacks to kickstart your workday'. 11am-2pm is Andy followed by Tifffrom 2-6pm and then Hutsey from 6-9pm.








Nova News


Nova 919 Adelaide afternoon announcer Jarrod Walsh has moved to the morning shift (9-1pm). In Brisbane, Katie Mattin returns to mornings on Nova 106.9.  She was hosting the 1-4pm weekday program. This means Greg Burns' 9am-1pm national 'Mornings on Nova' show is no longer broadcast in Brisbane and Adelaide. Cale Porter (pictured below) moves from National Up Late 10pm-1am to Afternoons 1-4pm and will also be heard on national weekends.




Veronica Returns to Drive


After a short break Veronica Milsom is back on the triple j Drive show, Veronica & Lewis, from Monday 23 July. Gen Fricker has been filling in for Veronica on Drive this year. Gen moves back to the lunch time shift replacing Alex 'Dyso' Dyson.




2SER Wins At New York Festival


2SER 107.3 has been announced Silver Radio Winner and Bronze Radio Winner for Just Words at New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, which recognises the world’s best radio programs. 2SER also received Finalist certificates for its innovative Think programs, Think: Digital Futures, Think: Health and Think: Sustainability. This is the second successive year the Think programs have been honoured at NYF's Radio Awards – in 2017, Think: Health and Think: Digital Futures took out the Gold and Silver Award respectively.




Simon & Simon


Simon Marshall, former champion jockey and Simon O’Donnell, cricket, VFL and racing identity, are the hosts of 1116 SEN’s The Odds Couple show. They are heard on weekends from 8am.



 

Fie Cooper Leaves Mix 94.5


After 8 years as a weekend casual announcer at Perth's Mix 94.5, Fie Cooper has left the station. Fie is also known for her work as an actress and a singer.




Bree Tomasel’s New Drive Role


Bree Tomasel has been announced as a new drive co-host on ZM in New Zealand. Tomasel moved over to NZ at the start of the year and has been filming videos for the station’s social media platforms. Tomasel will be co-hosting with Clint Roberts.




Vale Darren Madigan


Queensland broadcaster Darren Madigan passed away in Far North Queensland on Friday June 15 after a long illness. After a successful career as a rep for the movie the industry, Darren turned his hand to broadcasting. His passion and love for sport led to a successful sports program on Logan Radio 101FMwhich later moved to the ABC on the Gold Coast.   Full details.




ABC Careers Are Currently ‘On Hold’


The online recruitment system that the ABC use is currently unavailable. On 5 June 2018, PageUp, a company that provides recruitment software services to the ABC, advised that it had experienced a security incident and some personal information held by them may have been compromised. The ABC suspended the use of this service as a precautionary measure. More details.




James Royce Off To FOX/Triple M


Newsreader James Royce. Royce uploaded an image to Twitter and Instagram regarding the move. He shared : “Thanks for everything at Gold1043 and Kiis 1011.  This is where my career was born and reborn, and it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. Can’t wait to get started at Triple Melbourne and FOX.”




Macquarie Media Announces New 6 Year Cricket Deal

Macquarie Media Limited has today announced it has concluded a new six year commercial AM radio broadcast agreement with Cricket Australia, for the coverage of all Men’s International, Women’s International & Men’s BBL in the 2018/2019 to 2023/24 seasons​. Under the new agreement Macquarie Media will broadcast more games on more stations than ever before including the broadcasting of International Women’s Cricket in Australia for the first time on commercial radio. More details.

 

McManus & Maumill Team Up

Two radio legends, (in their own minds) "McManus and Maumill" will host 6PR Saturday night program, as a "two-hander audition"; with a view to eventually being drafted by a radio station somewhere in country Australia. Tony McManus says: "After playing the straight man to dozens of radio hacks for decades; (mostly with total indifference), he can now include irrepressible, Bob Maumill to that list." Industry insiders say, "this is bigger than the recent Trump and Kim Jong Un meeting." However many others commented, "it's well known they're both only in it, for the complimentary movie tickets!"



The Studio at SCA recreates classic jingle for SPC
 
The Studio at SCA, Southern Cross Austereo’s creative arm, has launched a newly reimagined jingle for client SPC. The recording is a modern interpretation of the classic SPC Baked Beans & Spaghetti jingle from the 1980’s – originally produced by Mike Brady – and underscores a new radio campaign which positions SPC baked beans & spaghetti as the easy way for Australian families to make mealtime simple again. Video link to the campaign:



Hot Tomato Updates

Brooke Hanson, former Olympic swimmer, is filling in on the Hot Tomato Gold Coast breakfast lineup with Flan & Christo. Emily Jade O'Keefe is currently on maternity leave.

Candice Hazeltine is the new morning announcer on Hot Tomato.  She was formerly breakfast co-host at Chilli FM Launceston.



Real FM Has A Vacancy

Real FM Mudgee drive announcer Christina Samarin is moving on. The station now has an opening for an announcer. See 'Radio Jobs'.



Vale Deb Cameron

Former ABC 702 presenter Deb Cameron has died aged 60 of cancer. She presented Mornings on ABC 702 Sydney for four years, leaving the role in 2011. Prior to that she was the first woman to hold the job of Tokyo correspondent for Fairfax.More details.



Philip Brady Receives OAM

3AW Melbourne presenter Philip Brady has received an OAM in today's Queen's Birthday Honours. He won for service to the broadcast media industry.  In April this year Philip celebrated 60 years in show business. Brady, who turns 79 this week, is the co-host of 3AW's top rating Nightline and Remember Whenprograms with Simon Owens.  Other radio industry winners include David Mann, Scott Levi and Anne Wills.  More details.



Red Symons signs with 3AW

Red Symons has signed on with 3AW. He will appear regularly on Mornings with Neil Mitchell, signing on the dotted line on Friday June 8. He told Page 13 that he was thrilled to be returning to radio. Neil Mitchell offered Symons a job when he appeared on his show last month. Jacinta Parsons and comedian Sami Shah replaced Symons on the ABC breakfast show. (Source: Herald Sun)

   
ARN announces new marketing campaign for breakfast

ARN's cross platform campaign kicks off with the launch of a new TVC featuring Jonesy & Amanda. The campaign launches on Sunday 10 June. See the new TVCs for 101.7 WSFM and Jonesy & Amanda here:



Shepparton Radio Ratings


Hit96.9 was the top rating station in the latest Shepparton Xtra Insights Survey.  They rated 21.6 - despite a 10.6% drop.  Triple M Goulburn Valley was next with 21.4% (+1.2). Next was ABC Shepparton with 10.9 (-4.6). Full details.




ABC Radio Names New Managers

ABC Radio Sydney will be headed from next month by Melanie Withnall, current managing director at Sydney Educational Broadcasting Ltd, which runs 2SER 107.3.Melanie is also vice president of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.   ABC Radio Brisbane will be led by Simon Scoble. He is currently local manager in Darwin. ABC Radio Hobart‘s new manager is Samantha Stayner.  She takes on the role in early July. The one time content director at ABC Radio Melbourne was also a senior producer and also worked in Ballarat and Alice Springs.



GfK Metro Survey Results 3/18

In the latest GFK Metro survey 3/2018 it was a tie for No 1 in Brisbane with both 97.3 and Nova on a share of 13.0%.  Talk stations 2GB and 3AW continue their reign in Sydney and Melbourne respectively with 12.7% and 14.4%. In Adelaide, Mix 102.3 is the No 1 station with 14.8% with Mix 94.5 in Perth on 14.2%. Full details. 



AFTRS Students Launch 2RS 2018

AFTRS Graduate Diploma of Radio students have launched their second pop-up network of the year. The Ultimate 80s to Now station streams online and on iHeart Radio nationally. https://www.iheart.com/live/2rs-7103/ Curated and produced by the class of 2018, students experience what it’s like to broadcast to a regional area from studios located outside the region. More details.



DAB + Survey 3, 2018


The latest DAB+ survey figures were released today (Jun 5).  In Sydney, Edge Digital was a clear winner in Sydney.  Coles Radio rated No 1 DAB station in Melbourne and Brisbane.  It was a tie for No 1 in Adelaide with The ‘80s heart Radio and The ‘90s heart radio with an equal share.  In Perth, the No 1 digital station was Smooth. Full Details




Terry Hansen Leaving 97.3FM Breakfast


97.3FM Brisbane breakfast co-host Terry Hansen has announced on air that he will be leaving the breakfast show due to health reasons. He said that he'd made the decision after consulting a doctor.  He had put on 20 kilograms in the last few years and it had also been a tough time for his family. Hansen says he had suffered from constant fatigue for the past 3-4 years and on medical advice he has decided to step away from the breakfast show in the coming weeks.




Erin & Ray

Erin La Macchia has returned from maternity leave and has joined Ray Kington as co host on Drive at Hope 103.2Sydney.  This is a change for Ray as he has hosted drive for the last 10 years solo.



Sky Sports Off To Brisbane

Sky Sports Radio heard in Sydney and throughout NSW loves to capture every moment in Australian racing. This Saturday they’ll be broadcasting from Doomben race course in Brisbane on Friday and Saturday in preparation for Queensland’s biggest raceday - The Stradbroke Handicap. Pictured Ron Dufficy (left), Glenn Munsie TAB (middle) and Andrew Bensley (also Sky Racing 1, Foxtel Ch 526) will interview trainers and jockeys not only about Doomben but racing at Randwick. Recently the Racing HQ team also joined in the Mark Hughes Foundation weekend donning the famous Beanie for Brain Cancer.




25 Year Anniversary of Cliff Reeve

SCA Regional WA has celebrated 25 years of Cliff Reeve broadcasting with the company. He starting his career in Rockhampton moving to Gladstone, onto Kalgoorlie, Bridgetown and then to Bunbury.



Kinderling Kids Radio Joins ARN

ARN has announced Kinderling Kids Radio will be available across the company’s DAB+ digital spectrum and iHeartRadio platform from July 1. Kinderling is Australia’s most popular kids’ radio station, playing music and shows created especially for parents and children up to the age of seven.



Gavin Flanagan Back

Gavin Flanagan has been appointed General Manager of Tamworth Radio Development 2TM - ONEFM. Gavin was previously the General Manager in Tamworth from 2006 until 2011. In recent times he's been working as the SCA General Sales Manager at Coffs Harbour.



Brian White Scholarship for Radio Journalism Winner
 
Charles Sturt University student, Kamin Gock was announced today as the winner of the Brian White Scholarship awarded by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA). More Details.



Xtra Insights Radio Ratings Mackay - Survey 1

The first Xtra Insights Mackay radio ratings were released today May 29. Hit is the No 1 station at 22.8%, with Triple M closely behind at 22.1%. Full Details.



Vale Don 'Mad Dog' Dwyer

Well known Geelong radio identity Don "Mad Dog" Dwyer has died. He suffered a stroke a couple of days ago and passed away in the early hours of Monday morning. Don started his career at 2AY in 1966. He went on to work for 3YB, 3DB, OCN London, ABC Melbourne, and then had a long run with 3GL (K-Rock) until his retirement about 18 months ago. Don also ran a radio school. (Photo courtesy: Sue Stark )  Read Krock/BAY FM tribute.



Shala Off To 96.9

Josiah Shala, Nova 96.9 Sydney panel operator, is leaving Fitzy & Wippa's breakfast show to join the on air team at Goulburn Valley's HIT 96.9. He will be joined by Elly Chaney – a former panel operator from Perth .



ABC's New Drive Producer

Isabel Roe is the new producer for Drive with Steve Austinand Maria Hatzakis on ABC Radio Brisbane. She was a reporter and video journalist for ABC News in southern Queensland



Nova Adelaide GM Exits

Neil O'Reilly, Nova Entertainment Adelaide GM, will leave Nova at the end of June. Current FIVEaa Program Director Craig Munn is now the station manager FIVEaa and current sales director, Katie Bridges has been appointed to a new role of commercial director and market lead.

No Explanation for Red Symons Sacking at ABC

In an interview with Neil Mitchell on 3AW, Red Symonsreveals about his controversial departure from the ABC. He stated that he no longer listens to the station that was his home for 15 years. Symons told Mitchell he had never been offered an explanation for the decision to dump him. “It’s very clear in the commercial environment what the objectives are and what the measure is, but at the ABC it’s intellectual, of some sort,” he said. Symons said he suspected cost-cutting was also a factor in his departure. Full Story.

2Day FM Staff Refuse to Work with Em Rusciano

2Day FM Staff Refuse to Work with Em Rusciano

Staff are leaving 2DayFM's breakfast show with some refusing to work with ­co-host Em Rusciano. Revelations of tensions on the breakfast show, also hosted by Ed Kavalee and Grant Denyer, come just days after Rusciano launched an ­expletive-filled tirade. It’s understood one of Rusciano’s co-hosts did not speak to her off-air throughout yesterday’s three-hour show. Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph.



'Cogho' Pops Up On Sydney Radio ... By Accident

Triple M Bendigo brekky announcer popped up on Kyle and Jackie O's brekky show with Andy Lee by accident.  Hear the audio (about 90 seconds in).



Footy Fight Caught On Live Radio

Former Crow and Adelaide radio star Stephen Rowe’sargument with Crows media chief Ian Shuttleworth at the back of the FIVEaa broadcast box at Adelaide Oval during the Crows’ win over Western Bulldogs  was picked up by live microphones. Full story.



Crocmedia Set To Join Cricket Radio Landscape

Crocmedia is set to become the newest player in the cricket media landscape as Cricket Australia finalises its radio rights deal.The Daily Telegraph understands Crocmedia, the ABCand Macquarie Radio are all set to buy rights to broadcast during the coming summer, with Cricket Australia to potentially make an announcement by the end of the week. Full story.



Chrissie Swan v Woman's Day

The Press Council has considered a complaint by Chrissie Swan about an article published by Woman’s Day in print, headed “It’s McHappy day!”, on 27 March 2017.  Above the headline, the article featured a large photograph of the complainant walking with her three children caught unawares by a photographer. It was accompanied by a caption which read “Star Spotter Your favourite stars … caught on camera”. More Details



Tim Bergh Joins Ace Radio

Tim Bergh is the new Creative Writer and Announcer for the Ace Radio Network at Swan Hill. After 2 years with Southern Cross Austereo, Tim commences his new role with 3SH/Mixx FM from May 30.



GFK Ratings Newcastle - Survey 1

The first GFK Newcastle radio ratings were released today May 18. KOFM is the No 1 station at 16.8%. Hit 106.9 (16.1%) had the highest increase in ratings at 3.4%, whilst ABC1233dropped down to 8.6% (-4.5%). Full Details.



Jack Post Joins Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show.

ARN has announced that Jack Post will join The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show. Also known as 'Cacklin’ Jack' from the Hamish & Andy Show, Jack will take on the role of producer and sidekick. For the past 10 years Jack has worked on creative and production for the Hamish & Andy Show and has also worked on their TV series, 'Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year'. The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show launches on Melbourne’s GOLD104.3 on Monday 4th June.

National Community Radio Awards Revamped 

Community radio’s national awards have launched, now celebrating more successes across the sector. The awards will recognise excellence across over 30 categories in 2018. This includes 12 new categories. New categories include Best New Radio Program, Best Online Content, Excellence in Creative Audio, Excellence in Innovative Programming & Content, Excellence in Journalism, a Station Leadership award and more. More Details.



 Graeme Goodings joins son Will at FIVEaa

Graeme Goodings has joined his son Will at FIVEaa, taking a part-time role reading the Saturday morning news bulletins. Goodings, who started his career on radio at 5DN in Adelaide before spending 34 years at Seven, said he was excited to be at the same station as Will, co-host of the brekkie show with David Penberthy. Full story.



Jess Hardy Joins Radio Snowy Mountains

Jess Hardy joins the announcing team at Radio Snowy Mountains on June 4.  The former Big Brother contestant was more recently breakfast co-host on Zinc FM Townsville.

Steve Brown, head of digital innovation and operations at Southern Cross Austereo, has left the network. A spokesperson from SCA has stated that the company won't replace the role. “SCA has been transitioning digital sales into the metro radio sales teams with product development support from the brand asset and digital operations teams," the spokesperson says.

Regulator finds 2LT breached broadcasting licence

ACMA found Lithgow radio station 2LT breached its broadcasting licence by not airing any local news bulletins between mid-January and mid-February this year. Investigating a complaint received from a listener, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found the station did not meet its licence’s minimum services standard of broadcasting at least 35 local news bulletins per week. Full story.



Ryan Khay Joins ACE Radio

Ryan Khay is the new Content Director for TR FM GOLD 1242 Gippsland. After 2 years programming the Rait FM Radio Network in Papua New Guinea he returns to Australia for this new role with ACE​.



Power FM's Sarah D Leaving Radio

Sarah D from Power FM Ballarat has announced on Instagram she will be "hanging up her headphones". Sarah gave birth to her first child last year and recently returned on Power FM filling in on the Breakfast show. Dave "Higgo" Higgins has been the daytime announcer whilst Sarah was away, unsure if he will be the permanent host.



Rex Hunt Makes a one-off Commentary Comeback

Rex Hunt will celebrate a big milestone by making a one-off return to football commentary at the weekend. Hunt will call Saturday night’s Collingwood versus St Kilda clash on 3AW on Saturday night. The special broadcast will 50 years in football, after debuting with Richmond in 1968. Courtesy of 3AW



Changes In Air For Bathurst Radio

Listeners of Bathurst commercial AM radio service 2BS Goldmay soon have to change the dial if a proposal by the station is accepted by ACMA. The proposal would see the station swap its AM frequency to FM, moving from 1503 AM to 95.1 FM. Submissions on the Bathurst proposal are due by 8 June, 2018. If the ACMA decides to approve the conversion, the timing of the transition would be up to the broadcaster.


Best Australian Radio Ad of 2018
 
The best Australian radio ad of 2018 as judged by the Siren Council, comprised of creative directors and producers from leading advertising and creative agencies and studios across Australia. Ray Ali and Carlo Mazzarella from Clemenger BBDO Melbourne won Gold and Silver at the Siren Awards with an ad about anxiety for mental health advocacy group beyondblue. More details. Audio.


ABC Boss Fights the $83.7m Federal Budget Funding Cuts

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie will fight the government's decision to leave the broadcaster with $84 million less in funding over the three years, but it will continue to not be subject to an efficiency dividend like other public sector agencies. The newly announced cuts to the ABC will be about $15 million in 2019-20, $28 million in 2020-21 and $41 million in 2021-22. Courtesy of the Financial Review 



Andrew Chapman Joins Resonate Regional Radio

Resonate Regional Radio has appointed a Chief Broadcast Engineer. Andrew Chapman has been named as ‘Chief Broadcast Engineer’ overseeing Resonates 11 Radio Station and 45 Transmission sites. Andrew will consult with Resonate’s American stations in support.



Ophelia Joins SCA Rockhampton

Ophelia Standley-Thompson, former Program Director in Lithgow with Midwest Radio Network,  has taken up a new role as Promotions Manager at SCA in Rockhampton.


All Hit Network and Triple M Radio stations on Sonos

Southern Cross Austereo have become the first Australian radio company to integrate their stations directly onto Sonos’ssmart speaker platform. Sonos listeners can now listen to the Hit and Triple M live radio stations by adding the Hit Network and Triple M apps directly to their Sonos systems. The Hit Network app gives access to all Hit stations in the network. Listeners can also access SCA’s Hit digital channels. The Triple M app gives listeners access to all Triple M stations in the network, plus Mix 94.5 in Perth, 4TO 102.3 in Townsville, KOFM 102.9 in Newcastle, 2GO 107.7 on the Central Coast. Triple M listeners can also get the Triple M digital stations.



Taylor Walker Gets Stitched up by Triple M.

Adelaide Crows captain Taylor 'Tex' Walker captain thought he was speaking with Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers - but it turns out it was a 'stick up.' Source: news.com.au



Olivia Newton-John returns to Smooth FM

Olivia Newton-John returns to Smooth FM's weekend line-up on Sunday May 6. She will be heard on smoothfm 95.3 Sydney, smoothfm 91.5 Melbourne and on smoothfm DAB+ from 4pm to 5pm. She first joined Smooth FM in April 2014 when she joined the star-studded weekend line-up.



Lez Sanders New Voice On 2EC


Lez Sanders is the new voice in the afternoons on 2EC in Bega.  Lez, formerly producer of the John Laws Morning Show and breakfast presenter at Triple-U in Nowra is also taking on the copywriting role.




Alan Jones Facing Record Defamation Claims


A prominent Queensland family is seeking almost $5 million in damages from broadcaster Alan Jones and other media outlets for allegedly defamatory comments about the deadly Grantham floods, a Brisbane court has heard. Full story.





Mariam Joins Magic

Mariam Belle has been appointed co-host of Breakfast on Magic931 Berri. She is an AFTRS graduate and was the winner of the 2017 AFTRS/SCA graduate internship award. Mariam replaces Paige Leacey.



Billy Takes On Mentoring Role

Billy  McFerran has taken on a new role at ACE Radiomentoring the network's talent. He was formerly the CD/Announcer  at Triple M Goulburn Valley.



ABC News Overhaul of Newsrooms

Twenty journalists in state and territory newsrooms could lose their jobs under changes announced by ABC News. The positions will be made redundant under a plan to deliver more news on digital platforms. ABC News director Gaven Morris said the changes are designed to respond to audience demand. Source: ABC News



Appeal Director Announces Retirement

The Director of the 3BA Christmas and Christmas in July Appeals, Peter Caligari, has stepped down from his role, effective immediately. Mr Caligari, who will turn 79 in the coming weeks, said it was now necessary to give consideration to both his age and health. Full Story.



New Podcast Series Hosted by Dom Evans

Dom Evans, Head of Production at Fox FM, is hosting a new podcast series called 'Prodcast'. The podcast is targeted to anyone who is passionate about radio content. The first episode is available now and features Brad Leask, the Network Imaging Producer for Nova. Listen Here for the first episode



Buzz Bidstrup Heads 'Saturday Night Rock'
 
Buzz Bidstrup formally of The Angels, The Party Boys and Ganggajang is the new host of Saturday Night Rock on 1041 Territory FM. Content Manager of 1041 Territory FM Matt Bern says “Buzz was a fan of our radio station and visits the Northern Territory on regular basis, to secure is energy, drive and knowledge on all things rock was a win for our radio station. We are really enjoying his rock and roll war stories”.  He’s been on air for a few weeks now and the listeners are loving the Buzz.  We are getting people tuning in everywhere”



2018 GfK Metro Results - Survey 2

The latest GfK metro survey was released today. 3AW is still the No 1 station in Melbourne with 13.7%. 2GB also continues their reign at No 1 in Sydney with 11.5%. In Brisbane, 97.3 FMreturned to No 1 as the top station with 12.9%.  In Adelaide, Mix 102.3 again made No 1 with 15.7%, In Perth, Mix 94.5continued their dominance with 15.6% Full results.



DAB+ Survey 2 Ratings

The latest GfK DAB+ digital ratings were also released on April 24.  The following stations made No 1: Edge Digital (Sydney), Coles Radio (Melbourne), Smooth (Brisbane), '90s iHeart Radio (Adelaide) and Buddha Hits Radio (Perth).  Full details.



Sydney’s 2CH launches brand new Breakfast Show

Journalist, Author and TV personality Indira Naidoo and 2CH’s Trevor Sinclair will be the new hosts for Sydney's 2CHbreakfast show, "Breakfast with Indira & Trevor." 2CH’s current breakfast announcer Gareth McCray will be taking a break and then will be coming back for a new role at 2CH. The new Breakfast Show commences from Monday 30th April. Full story

Judith Chapman

Judith Chapman's Farewell

It's an end of an era for Spirit Radio Karratha and Seven West Media. Judith Chapman has been with the company 13 years and 8 years as their station boss in Karratha. She read out a very heartfelt letter this morning to their listeners, clients and colleagues: Listen here. After 13 years in the media she intends on travelling around Australia with her husband Ian and working on her business www.mymemorylane.com.au



Is John Burns Set To Retire from 3AW breakfast?

The Herald-Sun reports: 3AW is looking at a succession plan for their enormously successful breakfast radio show, Rossand John. The talk titans are out of contract at the end of this year, with Ross Stevenson expected to stay on and John Burns to slide gracefully into retirement. Burnso was a barrister before he became Stevenson’s sidekick in 2001, helping to rack up more than 100 number one rating spots. Some say comedian Glenn Robbins is already auditioning through his regular spot on the show.



Vale Darrell Eastlake (1942-2018)

Legendary sports commentator Darrell Eastlake has died after a battle with Alzheimers disease. He was 75.His media career began on radio when he began providing surf reports on Sydney station 2UW in the 1960s before moving to Queensland and working full-time for Gold Coast station 4GG.  He returned to NSW in the '70s and signed on with Channel 9in 1982.  Full story.   

Dave Shearer

Dave Shearer now Fresh 92.7 GM

Dave Shearer, former Nova 919 and FIVEaa Adelaide PD has been appointed as the General Manager at Fresh 92.7Adelaide.  He replaces Troy Sincock.

Elle Beattie

Elle Beattie Joins Kinderling Kids Radio

Elle Beattie (nee Conwell) has been appointed as Executive Producer for the Early Learning Programs at Kinderling Kids Radio. She was formerly the Executive Producer of Nova’s Drive Show ‘Kate, Tim & Marty’

Gary Roberts

Gary Roberts Announcement

NOVA Entertainment has announced that Gary Roberts,Managing Director of Nova 93.7 Perth, has tendered his resignation effective from 2 July.  He's had nearly 50 years’ experience in broadcast media, including 16 years as Managing Director for Nova 93.7.  More details.

RTIFM

RTIFM  Back With All Hits, All Day

RTI FM is back promising ‘all hits, all day’  Commencing on the 18th of April 2018 RTI is launching Its brand new station and rejuvenated format. Newly appointed Content Director Lisa Watson will steer the ship, alongside Dani Amaya. New shows include Tim, Jess and Ben in the mornings. Followed up later in the day by Nate, Dani and Rob. Full details.

Tess Connery

Tess Connery on 2SER Breakfast Radio

2SER  has announced that Tess Connery will be the new presenter of 2SER Breakfast. Tess currently hosts the Tuesday Daily, and has been volunteering at 2SER for three years. She is a graduate of Macquarie University. Outgoing presenter Nic Healey will be moving on to present Breakfast for ABC North West, based in Karratha.

Gemma Maddox

Gemma Joins Hit 104.7

Gemma Maddox has moved from HIT 96.9 in Shepparton commenced at Canberra FM as the Hit 104.7 afternoon announcer 12 – 3.  She is also covering social media.

Carmen Braidwood

Carmen Braidwood moves on after 96FM axing

After 96 FM's breakfast show was yanked, former Perth co-host, Carmen Braidwood is now focusing her energies into a bright career as an MC, business consultant, lecturing at TAFE. Carmen Braidwood and Brad 'Fitzi' Fitzgerald were notified in late October last year that their contracts would not be renewed. Full Story    

SEA Hit 90.9

SEA FM No 1 in Gold Coast/Tweed Ratings

In the first survey for 2018, SEA FM was the top rating station on the Gold Coast with 13.3%.  Former No 1 station Hot Tomato dropped 4.8 to 12.1%.  Hot Tomato also recorded huge drops in all sessions. Gold FM came third with 11.2%.  Full details.

Graeme Gilsenan

Vale Graeme Gilsenan (aka Graeme Gill)

Former Australian announcer Graeme Gilsenan has died aged 82.  He started his radio career in the early 50s as a record boy in the music library at 3UZ for around 12 months before moving to 3KZ where he worked as a panel operator for Alan Freeman, eventually becoming a presenter. In the mid '50s Graeme moved to 2RG Griffith. More details.

GfK

GFK Canberra Radio Ratings - Survey 1

The first GFK Canberra radio ratings were released today April 11. Mix 106.3 is the No 1 station at 18.1%. 2JJJ (9.5%) had the highest increase in ratings at 3.1%, whilst ABC Canberradropped down to 12.9% (-4.0%). They also lost 10.3 in evening and 5.6 in breakfast.  Talk station 2CC increased their share from 5.9 to 7.1%  Full Details   Press Releases.

Radio Alive

Radio Alive campaign grabs marketers by the ears
 
Commercial radio has recently launched the next phase of its “Radio Alive” campaign, using rapid-fire audio effects to bring to life success stories about marketing managers and business owners who have used radio to drive sales results. Full Story  

Nick Backstrom

Nick Backstrom On Brekky

Nick Backstrom, a recent graduate of the Radio Training Institute in Melbourne, will make his radio debut as breakfast announcer at 4LG Longreach. Nick was based for many years in Brisbane where he performed as an actor in many local productions.

Ian Blackley

Blackers Is Back

6iX Perth welcomes back Ian "Blackers" Blackley. He joins their line up from this weekend. He'll also be doing some fill in shifts from next week.

Gary Sands

Gazza Sands Says Farewell

Gary 'Gazza' Sands has announced on social media: "Well the day has finally come after 37 years in Community and Commercial broadcasting that I have packed up the headphones and finished my on air career, there have been some very big highs and a couple of lows, have met some wonderful people and will miss the listeners interaction. Hopefully a new full time career in Emergency Services comes to fruition."

2DAY 104.1

2DAY FM Ditch The Ads

This week 2DayFM announced that they would play zero ads from 9am until 4pm daily. A station Tweet reads: “Commercial free until after 4pm on 104.1 2DayFM." In January the station moved from a ‘Hits and Old School’ format to ‘More Music More Variety’.

Stuart Matchett

Vale Stuart Matchett

Stuart Matchett, former Triple J PD, has died. He commenced at 4ZZZ and was more recently in charge of ABC DiG on DAB.

Macquarie Sports Radio

Macquarie Sports Radio Launches April 4

Macquarie Media has announced the launch of a new sports radio network Macquarie Sports Radio. The station will launch on Wednesday April 4 to tie in with the beginning of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.  The new network will replace the broadcaster’s Talking Lifestyle stations. In Sydney and Brisbane, weekday breakfast will be hosted by John Stanley and Beau Ryan, whilst Melbourne breakfast will be headed by Tony Leonard, Tony Shaw and Jimmy Bartel.Former SEN radio hosts David Schwartz and Mark Allen will lead national drive. Full details.

Spirit Radio

Spirit Radio No 1 in Geraldton

The first ever radio survey for the coastal city of Geraldton in Western Australia’s mid-west region was released today and kicks off the regional radio ratings schedule for 2018.  Spirit Radio (No 1 in survey) and Red FM (No 2) are the commercial radio stations serving the region.  ABC Mid West and Wheat Belt rated No 3. Full details.

Peter Deppeller

Cricket Australia Cuts Ties with ARN

Cricket Australia has pulled its advertising with the ARN radio network after taking issue with a question one of the network's producers asked at Steve Smith's emotional press conference. Peter Deppeler (pictured), a producer from breakfast show The Kyle and Jackie O Show, attended the conference last Thursday.  When Deppeler, who is better known as 'Intern Pete', was called on to ask a question, he said he wanted to take a "change of tack". "To see you upset tonight is very sad. We asked our listeners what we thought about this and we have opened up to them," he said. "Mate I've got to tell you... hold your head high for what you have done because what's actually been worse is what Davina and Dean did on Married At First Sight."

Maurie Service

Vale Maurie Service

Maurie Service, a well known 4GG salesman/newsman and sport presenter, has died on the Gold Coast. He passed away on Saturday March 31 after a battle with cancer. Born in Melbourne, Maurie was with 4GG for 24 years. He joined the station when it opened in 1967. After leaving 4GG he joined community station 4CRB FM and remained at 4CRB as a newsman until early in 2018. More details.

Peter Graham

Peter Graham's Final Program

This weekend Peter Graham hosted his final 'Saturday Night With Peter Graham' program on Sydney's Lifestyle Radio which is about to relaunch as a sport station. Pete says: "At 66 years of age and proud to have been on "Air" in Sydney for the past 31 years it is now my time to say " No Thanks" . Full story.

Nova 100

Nova 100 Celebrates 13 Year Partnership with MICF
 
Nova 100 and the Melbourne International Comedy Festivalwill celebrate a 13 year partnership from Wednesday 28 March to 22 April. Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny will hold a live outside broadcast on Wednesday 28 March from 6am at the Melbourne Town Hall (Lower Town Hall), thanks to TAC. Showcasing many of the comedy shows, Chrissie, Sam & Browny will also chat to some of the comedians each weekday throughout the Festival.



New Podcast Categories Announced for Radio Awards

Three new podcast categories have been introduced for the 2018 Australian Commercial Radio Awards to celebrate the best original podcasts produced in Australia. Four awards will be presented - Best Original Podcast (Branded); Best Original Podcast (Unbranded) and Best Radio Show Podcast (Metro and Non-Metro). Full details.

Ronnie Stanton

Ronnie Stanton Returns to Australia

Grant Broadcasters has announced the appointment of Ronnie Stanton as Regional Content Director for Queensland and Northern Territory. Ronnie will be based on the Sunshine Coast at the Hot 91.1 and Zinc96.1 studios where he was previously before leaving Australia in 2008. Full Story

Celeb HQ Show

Celeb HQ Show Launches on KISS FM

ARN has announced a new night entertainment show called 'Celeb HQ' with Zoe Marshall and John 'JC' Caldwell. Celeb HQ, features all the latest gossip from Hollywood and home and will air nationally every weeknight from 7pm – 8pm, right after Kyle & Jackie O’s Hour of Power.

Cei Saunders

Cei Saunders Joins Power FM

Cei Saunders is leaving WAVE FM and has accepted a move within the Grant Broadcasters group to sister station POWER FM Bega/Batemans Bay in a permanent workday shift. He  will also assist with Promotions and some Image Production.

Huttsey

'Huttsey' Off To WAVE FM

Patrick 'Huttsey' Hutley will join Wave FM Wollongong as Breakfast Show producer. Huttsey moves from 2EC Bega where's he's been hosting drive and looking after music duties for over a year now.

New Look 1116 SEN Footy

Melbourne’s home of footy, 1116 SEN, will launch its 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season coverage this weekend with an all-new call team – headed by Gerard Whateley. Gerard will be joined by Peter Donegan, Kevin Bartlett, Tristan Foenander and Anthony Hudson along with expert commentators Nick Dal Santo, Daisy Pearce, Danny Frawley, Adam Cooney, Terry Wallace and Bob Murphy.The new team will call the top rating Saturday and Sunday afternoon time slots throughout the home and away season and finals including the 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Final. Full details.



Vale David Frazer

David Frazer (who was on Facebook as David Sundownroundup) has passed away on the NSW Central Coast. David started at 6AM in Northam in 1979 and also worked at 6MD and 7AD. In recent years he's been part of Coast 96.3 FM in Gosford. David was also the father of 2GO and WS-FM newsreader Sean Frazer.  (Courtesy: The Radio Green Room)



Allan Aldwoth Stays at Triple M South West

After two months of filling in for Triple M South West's breakfast show, Triple M has made Allan Aldworth a permanent announcer. Previous to working for SCA, Allan completed an Advanced Diploma at North Metropolitan Tafe and worked at Spirit radio in Broome and then for the Network for 3 years.



Tonia Makes Bega Home

Tonia Liosatos has made the Bega Valley her home. She has joined 2EC/Power FM as their new journalist. Tonia began her broadcast career at ABC 666 in Canberra.



Ray Hadley: ABC Radio did me a huge favour

2GB/4BC radio host Ray Hadley says ABC Brisbane did him a favour by reshuffling their program line-up.  ABC’s Steve Austin was moved to a new Drive program. Hadley said. “We started about 8 points behind the ABC nearly two years ago. I’m now consistently about 8 per cent. The ABC gave me a huge favour with their program changes; their previous host was a proven performer."



Sian Signs On At ABC

Sian Johnson is leaving the Warrnambool Standard newspaper. She is joining the team at ABC Ballarat.



Jo Hall loses out on radio hosting gig

Channel 9 newsreader Jo Hall has been dropped as the host of the radio show Great Australian Lives following her drink-driving bust. The program, produced by Crocmedia and heard on 3AW as well as available as a podcast, saw Hall interview significant Australians. Hall was breath-tested by police as she drove from her East Hawthorn home to Box Hill in February and was found to have had one too many drinks. Last month she admitted her deep regret at her poor decision to get behind the wheel after a few drinks.




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

ARN 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 PodcastOneAustralia. 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 CountryGeneral 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’sEmma 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 Schwartz

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 Bartlettand John Rothfield (Dr Turf), the latter being part of new management that oversaw the sacking of Allen and Schwarz.

Bert Robertson


Bert Robertson


Vale Bert Robertson


Bert 'Birdbrain' Robertson has died aged 89 (Mar 9) on the Gold Coast. He is best known for his radio work at 4BC, 4GGand 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.


Lena Rapley

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.

Ken Wood

Tim Davenport

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

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

Chris Coleman Does a Melba

After quitting his role at 2CC for a new career, Chris Colemanhas 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

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

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."

Wendy Williams


3MFM Station Manager Wendy Williams To Retire

3MFM 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

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

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 SCAAlbury hub. Shane begins his new sales role on March 5th.
 
Hamish & Andy

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

Allan Cameron

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

Ross Turner

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.


Michhael Croke

Michael Croke Signs Off

Michael Croke who has hosted Saturday Breakfast with ABCCentral 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.

NRL Nation

Crocmedia Launches NRL Nation and NRL Partnership

Crocmedia, 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 Moore & Paul B Kidd

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

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

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 Burke

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

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).
Radio study

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

Blake Phillips

Former 2Day FM worker says male executive raped him

Blake Phillips, 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.

AFTRS

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

Troy Ellis Joins Nova Entertainment

NOVA Entertainment 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

Tanya Hennessy to Host Hit Weekend Breakfast
 
Tanya Hennessy, 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.

Talking Lifestyle

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

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

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

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.

Taz Eriksen

New Hot 100FM Breakfast Team Announced

Taz Eriksen will be joining Sarah Passalick on the Hot 100FM breakfast show. The new duo will be on air starting March 5th 2018.  More details.

Matty Harrison

New Drive Announcer for Mix 104.9FM

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.

Peter Perrin

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.

Tiff Rouge

Darwin’s New Drive Announcer

Tiffany ‘Tiff’ Rouge is taking over from the nationally broadcasted Hamish and Andy drive program on Hot 100Darwin.  A local, 'Tiff' has been part of the station since 2016. She presented the program 'Hanging With Tiff' each weekday.

Natalie Livingstone

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

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

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 Bundy

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 96.9

NOVA Network Launches 2018 Marketing Campaign

NOVA Entertainment 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

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

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 Agro and more recently at WS FM and Hot Tomato on the Gold Coast. Full story.

GFK

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’slatest Radio Insights research on listening drivers. Full details.

Josh Olek


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

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.

Christian O'Connell

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.

Leigh Montagna

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

Chris Coleman's Final Day On Radio

2CC 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

ABC dismantles sound libraries and axes staff

The ABC 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

Matt Granland joins 3AW football commentary team.

Matt Granland will broadcast Saturday night matches for 3AWFootball.  Granland, who was axed from SEN 1116, will broadcast Saturday night matches for the Melbourne's top rating talk station.

Kane Cornes

Adelaide Radio Show on SEN Melbourne

SEN’s Melbourne audiences will be listening to a radio show hosted from Adelaide with the appointment of Kane Cornes to its Friday morning spot. He will fill the space left by Gerard Whateley, who will take Friday mornings off to allow him to call the football on Friday nights (Source: Herald Sun).

Triple M Country

Triple M Country – New SCA Digital Radio Station

Triple M Country will go live at midnight tonight, with Southern Cross Austereo launching its new digital radio station. Triple M Country will feature contemporary music by many celebrated Aussie and international artists, from Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers and Keith Urban, to Sam Hunt, Florida Georgia Line, and Carrie Underwood. Full details.

Jaime Chaux

CRA appoints Jaime Chaux Head of Digital

Commercial Radio Australia today announced the appointment of Jaime Chaux to the position of Head of Digital. Mr Chaux takes up the new role in March. Full details.

Emma Field

Emma Field Joins ABC

Emma Field tweets: "After 7 years I'm leaving The Weekly Times to take up a job with ABC Gippsland. It's been a wonderful ride with WT, but I look forward to new challenges and moving back to Gippsland."



Record numbers listen to commercial radio in 2017
 
More Australians tuned into live and local commercial radio throughout 2017 than ever before, with an average cumulative audience of nearly 10.5 million people listening each week in metropolitan areas, growing the audience by more than 200,000 people. More information.

Brett Thomas

SEN Cuts Newsreader

Craig Hutchison has wielded the knife again, with sports newsreader Brett Thomas the latest to be shown the door at SEN. The SportsSENtral newsreader, who was heard in the afternoons, has been sacked, the Herald Sun has confirmed. Thomas has been at the station for almost nine years. “Have worked for the past five years as the afternoon news reader for SportSENtral with stints on the road as well,” his LinkedIn profile says. “Commentate, host, produced there isn’t a role I haven’t done at SEN.”

Janet Cameron

Janet Cameron Wins Australia Day Honour

Janet Cameron has won an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the general division.  This is for service to the broadcast media.She's the Managing Director of Grant Broadcasters. The company started back in 1942 when her father  Walter Grant bought the license for 2DU Dubbo, NSW.

Tim Holt

Former ABC Radio South East presenter Tim Holt also received an Order of Australia honour.  After landing a slot with station Radio DJ in 1969 as a 19-year-old, Mr Holt was making pre-recorded tapes for the military, with a mix of news and music. One of the tapes landed him a job with Radio 2BE in Bega, so he jumped in his car and never looked back.

Mel Mayer has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community of Coolamon and to radio broadcast production.

Matt Cameron

Changes At 3GG

Matt Cameron (Tipping) is now 3GG’s night and weekend announcer. He replaces Orion Kelly who moves into local news. Matt will be filling in for “Deaksy” on breakfast in February 2018.

Daisy Pearce

AFLW star Daisy Pearce joins SEN

Craig Hutchison has named AFLW star Daisy Pearce as the latest station signing. Pearce, 29, will play a number of roles across SEN, including as an expert commentator on match days. She will also appear on the breakfast show with Garry Lyon and Tim Watson as well as having a regular spot with Gerard Whateley.

Cathy Thomas

Cathy Thomas Made Redundant at SEN

Herald-Sun reports that the SEN shake-up has claimed another high-profile victim with general manager Cathy Thomas shown the door. Thomas, who had been in charge of the sports station for the past 18 months, was told her position had been made redundant as part of the sweeping changes being engineered by CrocMedia boss Craig Hutchison. Thomas joined SEN in 2016 after 13 years at Austereo and was responsible for the controversial signing of Garry Lyon to a new revamped breakfast show.

Jase and PJ

Jase & PJ Go National

Jase & PJ will be heard across Australia on the KIIS network each weeknight from 8-10pm (a highlights show). A producer on the show uploaded a post about it on Instagram over the weekend saying: "Melbourne's had a taste for the past 2 weeks... but guess what? You can also get a dose of @jaseandpj week nights 8pm to 10pm around the country."

Commercial Radio

Radio starts 2018 on positive note

Radio ad revenue for metropolitan markets rose by 1.69% year on year to $401.985 million in the six months ending December, reversing a 1.59% decline in the June half, according to data compiled by Deloitte and released by industry body Commercial Radio Australia. Full Details.

Cathy Dinn  Chris Coleman

2CC and 2CA Changes

Richard Perno is leaving 2DU Dubbo and will join Talking Canberra 2CC hosting 3-6pm weekdays. He will replace current Canberra Live host Chris Coleman (pictured) who is resigning from his drive role. At Forever Classic 2CA, Cathy Dinn (pictured) has been announced as the new Drive Announcer 2-7pm weekdays. Dinn is returning to her former station to replace Greg Robson who has decided to take a break from radio. Richard and Cathy commence their new roles on Monday February 26.

Ally and Josh

Ally Joins C91.3

Ally Redondo, an afternoon traffic reporter for KIIS FM has joined C91.3FM Campbelltown.  Ally joins Josh Webster for breakfast while regular host Lyndal Koteras is on maternity leave.

Nova

Nova Entertainment on Air Line Up Returns in 2018

Nova has recently agreed to new contracts with the network's key talent for 2018. Cathy O’Connor, NOVA Entertainment’s CEO said, “We are proud of our performance which has been delivered as a result of our consistent on-air line up. We expect to build on our strength in 2018.” Full Details.

Rodney Hogg

SEN shake-up continues

Former Australia Test cricketer Rodney Hogg is the latest pundit to be shown the door a day at SEN a day after it was revealed that evening host Mark Fine and weekend presenter Kevin Hillier were axed. Hogg confirmed the news on Twitter today, thanking listeners for their patronage.  Fine had been at SEN for 13 years while Hillier served 11 years.

Rita Panahi

Rita Panahi joins 3AW's Sunday Morning Show

Outspoken Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi is the newest recruit to 3AW’s Sunday Morning program. Panahi will co-host the morning program alongside Darren James and Nick McCallum, starting on January 21. Panahi will also have regular segments on Nights with Steve Price and a number of other roles on 3AW.

Kevin Hillier

Kevin Hillier Another SEN Casualty

SEN 1116 Melbourne casual presenter Kevin Hillier has also lost his fill in role. He says: "In 45 years of radio I've only been sacked a few times but notched another up today. My time at 1116 SEN is over. Been doing summers and fill ins since 2007, never wanted a full time gig. I love broadcasting, always will and I certainly believe I have a few good shows left in me. Thanks for your support. Another door opens......"

Les Rose

Vale Les Rose

Former radio announcer, Les Rose, passed away on Monday 15 January in Adelaide. Rose, aged 64, died in his sleep following a long illness. He spent 34 years in radio and In the '80s he worked 2CA and 2CC in Canberra. He also worked at 5AU, 2GZ and hosted the 'Hit File' syndicated program.

Frank Vincent

Frank Vincent sacked from 2CA after harassment complaint

The company that controls Canberra radio station 2CA sacked breakfast presenter Frank Vincent on Tuesday after allegations of sexual harassment.Vincent was taken off the air a day after the board of Radio Canberra said it received a report from an independent investigator who was appointed last year to investigate harassment allegations. Full details.   It's been reported that Rob Duckworth could be a fill-in replacement.

Mark Fine

SEN veteran Mark Fine latest victim in shake-up

SEN has sacked its evenings host, Mark Fine, as the changes continue at the sports station. The broadcaster’s 15 years at the station came to an end late Monday afternoon when he received a phone call from management. Full Story

WSFM

WSFM to play all Aussie music on controversial January 26

TRIPLE M’s not the only radio station planning to play all Aussie music on January 26, with WSFM  now announcing they are planning to do something similar. Full story.

FIVEaa

FIVEaa New Look Schedule For 2018

Graham Cornes’ ‘Conversations with Cornesy’ interviews will now be broadcast daily on FIVEaa from 12-1pm weekdays.The move is part of the confirmed 2018 station schedule, which includes Malcolm Blight joining Kane Cornes for Sportsday SA, 6-7pm weekdays.Full details.
Xxtra Insights

CRA Announces Xtra Insights Contract Extension
 
The commercial radio industry has announced Xtra Insights has been appointed to a further two years as the official provider of radio audience measurement surveys in regional Australia.  The contract extension is effective immediately, with ratings surveys planned for several major regional centres in 2018, including Hobart, Wollongong, Gosford, Townsville and Bendigo. More details.

Lindsay McDougall

Lindsay on Illawarra Drive

Lindsay 'The Doctor' McDougall will host ABC's Illawarra Drive from 3-6pm weekdays in 2018. He's a former triple j host and a rock guitarist. Lindsay's program commences on 97.3FM on Monday 22nd January.

Graham and Sharon Kemp

Graham Kemp Loses His Wife Sharon

On Sunday 14th January, Sharon Kemp - wife of former Brisbane radio boss Graham Kemp, passed away in the early hours.  Graham and Sharon were together 40 years.  Sharon died after a battle with cancer.  She was step mum to Tony and Megan.  Sharon's funeral will be on Thursday 1pm at Mt Gravatt Crematorium.

Mark Robinson

Robbo Axed From Melbourne's SEN

After 13 years with SEN 1116 management has axed Mark 'Robbo' Robinson. He was a panelist on many of the 1116 SEN radio station's shows, including The Run Home.
 
Sacha French

Sacha Moves To Hit Network

Executive Producer Sacha French has moved from KIIS 101.1 to SCA Melbourne to work with Hughesy and Kate. She'll produce their new Hit Network drive show which commences on January 15.
CBAA

CBAA Dismisses Industry Protest

CBAA (Community Broadcasting Association Of Australia) has responded to a protest by Amrap (Australian Music Radio Airplay Project) after all six members vacated the CBAA offices. Full details.

Gerard Whateley

Whateley Explains ABC Defection

Gerard Whateley has opened up about why he swapped the ABC for a much smaller audience on Melbourne radio station SEN. "I'm 43, I've been there [the ABC] since I was in my 20s," Whateley told Fairfax Media. "It's my moment to go and have a crack at something else." Full Story.

Brad Hardie

Brad Hardie in Hospital after Suspected Stroke

6PR radio presenter, Brad Hardie has suffered a suspected stroke and is recovering in a Melbourne hospital. It is yet to be determined how long he will be away from the microphone. Hardie won the Brownlow Medal in 1985 while playing with the Bulldogs in his first season in the VFL. Full Story.

Lisa and Paul 96FM

New 96FM Duo Plan To Fire Up Airwaves

96FM new breakfast duo Lisa Fernandez and Paul Hoganhave promised an “unfiltered” and “politically incorrect” return to the Perth airwaves. Full Story.


Meshel Upset Over Stitch-Up

It seems Meshel Laurie is a bit disgruntled about the use of her image on this mornings first episode of "Jase & PJ". Kiis FMs' new drive show "Will & Woody" made an appearance on the show this morning wearing t-shirts and had coffee mugs with "Matt & Meshel" branding. Laurie took to Instagram with a post about it.

Scott Muller

ARN Announces 2018 Changes at WSFM
 
ARN has announced Scott Muller has been appointed Content Director for Sydney’s WSFM, and Mike Hammondand Steven Fitton will join the WSFM team in 2018 as Morning and Afternoon announcers respectively. Jason Staveley will continue his role as Music Director and Drive announcer on WSFM. More details.

Antony Van Der Meer

Former Adelaide Announcer Killed By Lightning

Antony Van Der Meer, a former presenter on Adelaide community radio station Fresh 92.7, was struck and killed by lightning in the Northern Territory. The 35-year-old man was hiking the Rim Walk with family members on New Year's Day. Full story.
Steve Barker

A Busy Barker

Macquarie National radio's Steve Barker was a busy boy once again covering the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. This was the fastest Sydney to Hobart race in history! It also resulted in a controversial finish with the race's most successful yacht in its 73 year history,  Wild Oats 11 - going from its (unprecedented) 9th line honours win and 3rd race record to (no prizes for) 2nd!  Steve says: "Radio won - day, night, people were in the picture and informed.  Live, immediate, national, exciting!"

Kirsty Meyer

Kirsty Returns To Australia

Kirsty Meyer has been appointed as Content Director for Southern Cross Austereo Cairns stations Hit and Triple M.Kirsty returns from Abu Dhabi where shewas Program Director at Radio 2.

Gerard Whateley

Gerard Whateley Leaves ABC

Sports broadcaster Gerard Whateley has announced he is leaving the ABC, to take up a role with Melbourne sports radio station SEN.   He issued a statement on social media on Monday afternoon confirming "circumstances" had conspired to hasten his departure from the national broadcaster. He will join a revamped SEN as host of a morning program called "Whateley" and as the station's chief sports caller. Full story.

Aaron Ironside

Hope Content Director Moves On

Hope 103.2 Sydney Content Director Aaron Ironside has moved on. The station its expected to soon announce his replacement.

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