Tenielle has co-hosted her finalMorning Rush breakfast show on 3YB with Jon Vertigan. On Facebook it was announced: "She is heading home to look after her children. Good luck Tenielle we will miss you. "
Seven Brisbane TV newsreader Bill McDonald will replace Peter Dick on 4BC breakfast for the week May 13-May 17. He'll co-host with Mary Collier.
Amanda Lee, 92.9 Perth Assistant Content Director/Music Director has been appointed as Music Director/Operations Manager for FOX FM in Melbourne. She replaces MD Jack Ball who is off toB105 Brisbane as their new Music Director.
2UE 954 and 4BC 1116 announce they will be covering the best of the British and Irish Lions rugby union tour. The expert commentary team, led by John Gibbs, will be at the games with live broadcasts of games during their upcoming campaign in Australia.
Triple M Brisbane 1-4pm afternoon announcer Jo Lynch is leaving and is said to be taking a break from radio. If you think you can fill her shoes see ‘Radio Jobs.’
Commencing Monday the 13th of May, Australian Independent Radio News (AIR News) will be bolstering their weekday morning news with senior presenter Lesley Yeomans continuing to present the national news component of the bulletin, and news director Arthur Stevens taking over the Sports desk. According to Stevens, the response to Yeomans' recent move into the morning news slot has been nothing short of exceptional, and the decision to run a two-header from 6am is an attempt to further consolidate the news service as one that punches well above its' weight. Afternoons feature Brisbane's Peter Jones, Sydney's Michael Allen and Perth's Fiona McEwan in charge of the newsdesk.
The voice of rugby league for ABC Radio has been stood down pending an investigation into alleged racist remarks aired during the national broadcaster's NRL coverage on Monday. The veteran caller David Morrow, who has been part of the ABC's coverage of rugby league on TV and radio since 1980, was understood to have been telling a joke before the St George Illawarra-Manly clash, not realising he had been put to air earlier than expected. Full story.
WAVE FM Wollongong hit by a tsunami of votes! Voting commenced on Tuesday may 7 in WAVE FM’s 'Apple For The Teacher', with Jade & Travis from The Hot Breakfast on the search for the Illawarra’s most popular teacher. Winning teacher scores an Apple MacBook Pro computer, plus every kid in the class picks up an Apple ipod Shuffle. Voting on Wednesday crashed the WAVE server, with the 300 teachers registered attracting over 120,000 online votes in 30 hours.
On Monday Morning Bundaberg’s HITZ 939 studio became a hive of activity as Dan and Steph, this year’s winners of My Kitchen Rules, dropped in to say hi to their Bundaberg fans. The “studio” was quickly moved to reception, the office doors thrown open early and the Bundaberg community invited to come and say hi to Dan and Steph. Dan was quick to try his hand at being a radio personality by reading the Local Weather, and Steph generously brought in a batch of her Grand Final Winning brownies. More details.
Melbourne community station SYN FM has switched off! SYN's analogue and digital radio services have been switched off in a move to demonstrate the future of community broadcasting if the Federal Government does not address the shortfall in digital community radio funding. More details.
Marcus Paul has joined the 2CC/2CA Canberra news team whilst one of the staff is on maternity leave.
The metropolitan commercial radio market has recorded another month of strong growth up 3.44% in April, compared to the same month last year, to a total of $54.385 million, according to figures released today by industry body, Commercial Radio Australia. The 2013 Metropolitan Commercial Radio Advertising Revenue figures, sourced by Deloitte, show that four out of the five metropolitan markets recorded growth in April. Perth recorded the largest growth up 10.83% to a total of $7.564 million. Sydney was up 3.70% to a total of $16.608 million for the month. Melbourne was up 3.15% to $16.527 million. Brisbane was up 1.41% to $8.479 million and Adelaide was the only state to drop by 2.69% to a total of $5.205 million. More details.
Cale Porter (pictured above) has moved from Nova 100 Melbourne to be full time Network Announcer at Nova 96.9 Sydney.
dmg Radio Australia, Shine and Channel 9 have confirmed that Darren McMullen will present a new spin-off radio program launching this week. The Voice Radio show will run across the Nova network for seven weeks from this Wednesday, in parallel with the TV program which is expected to crown this year's winner by the end of June. Despite errant reports that McMullen was out of favour with producers after last year's monster success, the Scottish-born presenter and former Austereo host was a natural fit for the brand extension, which will air from 6pm to 7pm each week and feature interviews with coaches and contestants, performance replays and back-stage secrets. His Voice success has helped McMullen on the international radar, with the 31-year-old dividing his time between London, Sydney and Los Angeles.(Source:news.com.au)
The Nielsen Newcastle survey results were released on May 3. KOFM is the top rating station with a 21.4% share (+5.8%). They were followed by sister stationNXFM with 14.4%. KOFM's David & Tanya had the top rating breakfast show. triple jcame third with 11.4 % followed by ABC with 10.0%.2HD rated 8.6% with NEW FM on 8.2%. Full details.
The 2013 AFTRS/CRA Commercial Radio Programming conference begins today and continues Saturday and Sunday at AFTRS Moore Park. Speakers include: Mike Byrne, Breakfast EP/Anchor at Mix 106.5, Keith Williams, RCS Managing Director, David Rogerson,Grant Broadcasters Group Content & Program Director and David Kidd, Program Director at 2GB. Full list. Those interested can follow the event athttps://www.facebook.com/aftrs.radio and www.twitter.com/radioaftrs
APN's stable of radio stations in both Australia and New Zealand grew market share in the quarter. The boss of APN's ARN (Australian radio network), Ciaran Davis, said although advertising bookings remained short, there were signs of improvement in the market and radio was well placed for revenue growth in the first half of 2013. Full story.
Dave Smith, former PD with DMG, SCA, ARN is returning from a 12 month OS stint as PD at Dublin’s 98FM. He told JJ: "Looking forward to returning to Aussie Radio soon." Another Aussie who's working overseas is Ronnie Stanton who is based in Canada. He has accepted a new role as PD of Vancouver's Rock 101. Ronnie is a former PD of K-Rock Geelong, MD of Nova 100 as well as other Australian radio stations.
A new biography has been commissioned on Brisbane radio legend Jamie Dunn. It will be written by Bruce McMahon. If you have a story to share email:email@example.com Nowadays Jamie can be heard on breakfast on Brisbane indigenous community station 98.9FM with Ian Calder.
Steve Roweis returning to radio as new GM of 7HOFM.He was formerly with Gold 104/Mix 101.1 Also former Acting GM Ross Turner is now regional content director for all GB Tasmanian radio stations. Steve Goode is the new Music director at 7HO FM and Alex Harwood is the station’s Integration/Promotions manager.
April Radio News
DMG Radio Australia has announced the appointment of Talitha Conway as Head of Online Content, Matt Dower as Group Production Director and Scott Baker-Smith as Nova 100 Assistant Program Director commencing on 3 June. In the newly created role of Head of Online Content, Talitha will work with the national digital team, station programmers, show producers and announcers to oversee the continued growth of DMG Radio’s online portfolio. More details.
6PR and 96FM general manager Martin Boylen urged workers to "stop looking backwards and blaming the past for the problems we have today" in a confidential memo to staff obtained by Perth's The Sunday Times. His email came after an all-staff meeting fronted by Sydney-based Fairfax Radio chief executive Adam Lang turned into "a massive all-staff showdown", according to "sources" (whoever they might be.). During the forum, 6PR breakfast host Steve Mills challenged Mr Lang to resign if the station's ageing building and equipment wasn't promptly attended to, as has been repeatedly promised in recent years. Lang is said to have fired back, telling Mills that he may be sacked before then. Regarding the meeting, a Fairfax spokesman said: "No comment other than to say someone has a killer imagination."Newspaper story.
Former Triple M Melbourne casual panel operator Jared Sheldon has passed away aged 28. Apart from his stints at Triple M he also worked at ROK FM Parkes, NX FMNewcastle (weekday shift) and 2VM Moree (breakfast). Jared suffered a cardiac arrest and died on Friday April 26. He suffered from Ehler's Danlos syndrome which may have caused the cardiac arrest. He had been working in Thailand as an ITC Trainer and was taken to a hospital in Bangkok but could not be revived. His funeral will be held in Melbourne although funeral details had not been finalised at the present time.
The British nurse who died after taking a hoax call from Southern Cross Austereo presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian has blamed the call on her death and asked her bosses to get the radio announcers to pay her mortgage. Mother of two Jacintha Saldanha was found dead in a nurses block near her King Edward VII hospital workplace last December from a suspected suicide. An inquest into her death is expected to reopen and conclude this week. Full story.
Marc Dwyer, currently handling commercial production at the SCA Central Coast hub is moving to Abes Audio from mid May. Marc is a producer and voiceover talent, and owner Abe Udy says: "we are very excited to welcome him to our expanding team."
SEA FM have rated No 1 in the first Nielsen Gold Coast/Tweed Survey for 2013 (16.3%). Sister SCA station GOLD FM - who rated No 1 last survey - came in at No 2 (15.1%) withHot Tomato third (14%). SEA FM also claimed No spot in breakfast with an increase of 3.8%. They also had a huge jump at nights going to No 1 with an 8.3% increase. Full Details. Press release.
96 9 Star FM Shepparton has a new breakfast duo, Tommy and Candy. Before trying his hand at radio, Tommy was a Personal Trainer for 7 years, but found his love for communicating and radio as the young buck on the red carpet for Triple M Melbourne. No stranger to early mornings from his days as a personal trainer, he jumped at the chance to co-host the breakfast show on Star FM in Shepparton. Candy comes to Star FM Shepparton from Hobart’s7HOFM Drive Show. Originally from Melbourne, she’s glad to have jumped ship and come back home to Victoria. She has a background in Marketing and Advertising.
Benni Mihan has attacked former 2GN/Eagle FM PDDene Broadbelt, (see story below) claiming that his time at Dene's internet station Ridge Radio was a 'scam'. He said he was first involved with Dene Broadbelt at Ridge Radio providing voice tracks for the internet station. During that period Broadbelt had told him that the station was being supported by big advertisers including McDonalds. After about 6 months of volunteering, providing voice tracks, Mihan decided to visit the studio of Ridge Radio. He then discovered that the station was simply run out of Broadbelt's bedroom at Bateman's Bay. For the full saga including the Jocks' Journal side of things click story.
Claire Murphy, ex-Nova 919 Adelaide, has been appointed as EP of B105's Brisbane breakfast show of Labby, Stav & Abby. Two weeks ago her role at Nova was made redundant. Her former position is now being advertised. See 'Radio Jobs'.
Louise Evans, is the new manager of ABC Radio National.
Former 2GN/Eagle FM PD Dene Broadbelt has had his employment terminated after he engaged talent for a music event without permission from his employer Goulburn Radio. Station manager Gail Bowdern confirmed: “Dene Broadbelt engaged these services without the permission of Goulburn Radio or Eagle FM but we just want to make sure these artists get what they are owed because they did it in good faith with our program director. So we’re making payment today.” Dene was responsible for setting up Ridge Radio, an internet station based in Bateman’s Bay in NSW South Coast. He went on to work for other commercial networks and according to various sources "left a trail of unpaid bills." At Jocks' Journal we can also confirm that during his time at Ridge Radio we were never paid for advertising or microphone flags purchased by the station and tracking down Dene or station management proved to be a fruitless task. Full story. (Our JJ correspondent Syd Goss reckons there should be a 'Where's Dene 2013?' Facebook site ...)
Aaron Chillcott (pictured)has left MIX 101.1 in Melbourne. On Twitter he announced: "Exploring life's next big challenge." Aaron had joined the station in 2012 from Coast FM in WA. The station is now seeking a new Assistant MD and announcer. For all the details: 'Radio Jobs'.
Cal Phillips (pictured on right) is finishing up as Production Manager / Drive Announcer at 2EC/Power FM in Bega this Friday, after 18 months. He's accepted the role of daytime announcer/ Promotions Coordinator at 94.9 Power FM & 2ST Nowra starting on May 6th, replacing Jeff Tighe.
Commercial Radio Australia(CRA) has released four new radio ads promoting digital radio as the ideal Mother’s Day gift. Produced by radio specialist agency Eardrum, the series of four 30 second ads feature different shoppers and their questionable motivation for buying mum a digital radio. The radio campaign which begins this week on high rotation for three weeks, across 42 commercial radio stations in the five digital radio metropolitan markets of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, features a bonus offer of an Endota Spa massage voucher worth $60, when purchasing a selected digital radio from JB Hi-Fi. Commercial Radio Australia chief executive officer,Joan Warner said: “Digital radio sales in the Mother’s Day quarter have nearly doubled since the first Mother’s Day campaign was launched in 2010 and we hope with this excellent JB Hi-Fi offer the upward trend will continue.” To listen to the new digital radio ads click here
Greg Allan, former MIX 1049 Darwin breakfast host with Mel Little, has joined the on air team at MIX 106.5 Canberra. He's the new host of the 12-3pm weekday program.
2GB morning announcer Ray Hadley has launched a stunning attack on NRL boss Dave Smith, labelling the former banker a "dunce" and suggesting Smith goes "back to banking and do it sometime sooner rather than later". Full story.
3AWwill be broadcasting live from an active war zone next week with presenter Justin Smith heading to Afghanistan for a series of special Anzac Day broadcasts. Smith will host live broadcasts on 3AW Radio Mon/Tues/Wed (next week) 8pm-9pm and host an Anzac Day special from 8.30am. More details.
Inaugural Adelaide Crows captainChris 'Bone' McDermott will replace Adelaide's first coach on FIVEaa's drive-time show after Graham Cornes quit yesterday amid a cloud of speculation. Cornes, whose five-year contract ends this year, has been a notable absentee from the airwaves since the start of the AFL season. More details.
Matt Innes has accepted the position of National Nights Image Producer atNova 969 Sydney.
Adelaide radio announcer Graham Cornes has quit FIVEaaafter 23 years on the airwaves. The long-time drivetime sports show co-host told management today he was leaving the station, effective immediately. "It's been a great 23 years. I really want to thank the FIVEaa listeners who have made it such an enjoyable journey, even the Port Adelaide ones who can't wait to see me gone," Cornes said. Full story.
Damien Haffenden has been appointed Program Director of EAGLE FM and 2GN Goulburn. Damien is no stranger to the Capital Radio Network having previously been PD of the Snowy Mountain’s SNOW FM and 2XL Most recently Damien has been Music Director and Breakfast anchor of Grant Broadcaster’s HITZFM at Bundaberg. Damien joins the team on Monday May 6th.
Ashlee Pham, from My Kitchen Rulesfame, revealed her own fiery side on live radio. Pham was interviewed by Hobart's Heart 107.3 Breakfast Radio Show with Kim and Dave after being ousted from the competition the night before. Things took an awkward turn less than two minutes into the chat when Ashlee took offence to hosts Kim Napier and Dave Noonan's remarks. Audio and full story.
Scott Lamond is now doing Drive at ABC Coast FM Gold Coast. He was previously Regional Content Manager/Breakfast at ABC North West WA.
Nine Entertainment has proposed draft amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act to beef up its commitment to regional news services as the media company continues to push for a $4 billion merger with Southern Cross Austereo. The proposal represents a strengthening of Nine's earlier promise to safeguard regional news services amid concerns from rural MPs that a full union between Nine and Southern Cross would decimate jobs. (Source: The Australian.)
Huw and Jake of the 94.3 Star FM Gippsland breakfast show, interviewed Harrison Craig the 19 year old Victorian singer (who has a stutter) from The Voice. But rather than talking they did the interview entirely through song which meant Craig answered the questions in song. Check out the audio at: YouTube link.
Kevin Johnson has moved from breakfast to the drive program replacing Richard Moore on 7HO FM Hobart.
Rodney Watts is the new National Sales Manager for the ACE Radio Network. He started with ACE Radio at3SH/Mixx FM Swan Hill in July 1996.
FOX FM newsreader Carlie Bonavia is leaving the station in July. On her twitter feed she announced: "Dream achieved - time to chase the next one... after three incredible years reading the news for the Matt and Jo Show on the Fox – and being a ‘Best News Presenter’ finalist at the 2012 ACRAs."
After about 15 years at Wave FM in Wollongong,Greg Vincent is moving on. (See 'Radio Jobs'.) He's been with the station for about 15 years. Greg is taking up a position with another Grant Broadcaster station, MIX 104.9 in Darwin. He will replace another Greg, Greg Allan who works withMel. Vincent has previously spent 13 years working in the NT radio market. His last day at WAVE will be on May 3.
After 2 ˝ years on air together the Chris & Browny Show has wrapped up on 105.9 STAR FM in Orange. It's reported that there was tears and a lot of ‘Man Hugging’ but both Chris & Browny were happy to wrap up the show on a high. Paul ‘Browny’ Brown has accepted a position with Hot FM in Gladstone and will return to Queensland by the end of April. Chris Baskerville continues his role on STAR FM solo for the time being. A new co-host will be appointed in the near future.
Interesting to note that Mick Newell's son Matt is doing some work for rival Hobart stationSeaFM. Insiders say this may be awkward if Southern Cross wants to promote the TV partnership of Mick and Matt……as Southern Cross (as a Channel 7 affiliate) own and run Sea and Heart whilst HOFM are the opposition.
Mick Newell, one half of theMy Kitchen Rules father and son team, has cooked his way into the breakfast show on 101.7 7HOFM! Tassie’s lovable larrikin hails from the Huon Valley. He will co-host with fellow Tasmanian Jane Turner. Content Director Ross Turner said: “The truth of the matter is, we just wanted him to supply morning tea for our weekly staff meetings, he said he would if we’d let him play on the radio. A staff poll said, yeah why not, he’s real, he’s relatable and Tassie loves him” He commences on April 22.
Luke Minto has been appointed to the newly created role of Sydney Operations Director fordmg Radio. A new ad in the 'We Want Digital Radio' campaign has commenced. The campaign which launched on more than 215 stations in regional areas around the country last month, urges listeners to register their support for digital radio expanding into regional Australia. Thousands have signed the online petition and notified their local MP that they want digital radio in their area. If you'd like to sign .. go to: wewantdigitalradio.com.au You can also listen to the new ad which launched today, here.
smoothfm listeners will now hear more of Richard Wilkins on weekends and Cameron Daddo will extend to six nights a week from Sunday 14 April. Josh Groban will be the latest artist, in an extensive list of high profile performers to host his own show on smoothfm from Sunday 14 April at 9am. Iconic newsreader Ron Wilson (pictured) is also joining the smoothfm team. Ron will present smoothfm 95.3’s weekday news bulletins in Sydney from 1pm. Ron said,“It’s exciting to be part of the smoothfm family. It is a changing time in the industry and it’s fantastic to be part of a station that’s clearly making an impact in Sydney.”
Derryn Hinch has signed on to become a weekly contributor for 2GB’s Ben Fordham program. Derryn says: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be joining 2GB Drive and working with a successful media personality like Ben Fordham. I look forward to our Wednesday jousts. In a way, I’m coming home. I started my radio career with 2GB and the Macquarie Network covering the blast off of Apollo 11 from Cape Kennedy in 1969."
The Nielsen metro survey results are out today. 2GB are still well ahead of other Sydney stations with 13.2 % share. ABCnext with 9.4%. Fairfax talk station 3AW continue at No 1 in Melbourne with 12.6%. ABC close behind with 11.4. ARN's 97.3 is the top rating station in Brisbane with 12.0 (-1.4) but only just, Nova rated 11.9%. In Adelaide, ARN'sMix 102.3 are still No 1 despite a 2.0% drop. In Perth, MIX 94.5 continue their reign at No 1. Full details.
Wade Kingsley, dmgIdeas Director, has resigned after serving over 16 years with the radio network. He became Ideas Director in May 2011. It was a newly created role with responsibility for clients of dmg radio (Nova FM and Smooth FM networks). Prior to that he served as Group Integration Manager.
Paul 'Browny' Brown is the new breakfast host on moving Hot FM Gladstone. He will join Ash Montgomery on breakfast from the end of this month. Browny moves from Star FM in Orange.
Triple M Brisbane's Marto has told the most emotional story of his life: he has farewelled his foster daughter after four years. Four years ago Marto and his wife Kath and their two children Hilary and Harry welcomed a scared little girl into their family. She has now left a confident girl ready to take on the world, reunited with her father. Audio.
After nearly 13 years here at 6PR and 96fm Perth, Kath Hewitt is about to take 12 months maternity leave. This Friday, 12th April is her last day at 6PR and 96FM. She says: "This job has been a fantastic ride (with mostly highs, not lows). To work with the calibre of people that I do, I've been so very lucky. It's not always that people can find a job they genuinely love and enjoy going to each day, but I do. It's never boring, it's never the same two days in a row and what I love most about it is the different (and often quirky) personalities of everyone." Leanne Comerford has started as her replacement as PA to the General Manager.
The commercial radio market has recorded strong growth of 4.65% in March, compared to the same month last year, to a total of $59.99 million, according to figures released by Commercial Radio Australia. The 2013 Metropolitan Commercial Radio Advertising Revenue figures, sourced by Deloitte, show that all five metropolitan markets recorded growth in March. More details.
Southern Cross Austereo announcer Hamish Blake has taken out another TV Week Logie Award. Last year he won the prestigious Gold Logie and this year he took home the Silver for Most Popular Presenter (Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year/Hamish & Andy’s Caravan of Courage: Australia Vs New Zealand, Nine Network. Brian Henderson, longtime Channel 9 news presenter and Bandstand TV host, was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame. Actress Asher Keddie walked away this year with the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on TV. She is best known for her role as Nina Proudman in Offspring.
Brisbane Lions loss to the Adelaide Crows on the weekend means Brisbane Lions Ambassador and B105 breakfast announcer Abby Coleman has lost the battle with her Crows-supporter husband - and their 15 month old son Fin will now be a Crows supporter for life. Details.
Carlie Wacker has been appointed the Events Manager/Promotions Coordinator for Sunshine Coast Radio (Sea FM/Mix FM).
Brian Lowe replaces Amelia Birnie in the 4BH/4BC Brisbane newsroom. Birnie has accepted a role with the A Current Affair TV program.
A small group of protesters staged a rally outside Sydney radio station 2SM, over recent comments made by John Laws. Last month, during an on air conversation with a woman who was sexually abused as a child (aged 6 at the time), John Laws asked if it was her fault and whether she did anything to provoke the attacks. Full story.
Nova 919 Adelaide newsreader Claire Murphy has 'tweeted' that she is leaving her breakfast newsreading role. She said: "Today was my last day at nova919. It's been a lovely 6 years but it's time to get off my ass and see where this gorgeous universe takes me."
Allegations of software piracy levelled at Dubbo radio stations 2DU and ZOO FM could be widened to include other stations in the Supernetwork. Full story.
IG3, the radio production company, is wearing a different hat from Sunday. Shaun “Fade” Fay is now starring in a new golf show that starts this Sunday on One at 1 p.m. Golf Getaway, shot on the Central Coast, Gold Coast and Queenstown, originally started as an internet show. Shaun says: “I’m still writing radio every day but in 2013 it’s all about content and producing that content in an economical way, which of course radio teaches you better than any other media”. For a preview go to www.golfgetaway.com.au
Canberra’s two FM stations have claimed the number 1 and 2 spots in the Nielsen Radio Ratings released today with 104.7’s Scotty & Nige breakfast show also taking the number 1 position along with every other daytime shift on the station. Canberra FM Radio Content Director,Drew Chapman, puts this growth on MIX 106.3 down to a deliberate return to being involved in everything Canberra from a school fete to the Canberra 100 celebrations through to supporting those in need as highlighted in the recent fundraising campaign which saved Pegasus Riding for the Disabled. The results are: 104.7 (23.9%), MIX 106.3 (16.8%), ABC 666 (14.0%), 2CA (6.8%)and 2CC (6.7%). (All data provided by Nielsen Media Research. Survey 1/13 commenced 17/02/13 and ended 16/03/13.) FULL DETAILS.
Dan Jones is leaving his position as an Announcer at Star FM Dubbo to become the Assistant Content Director of Hot FM Townsville.
Brad Guy, who missed out on the gig at Star FM in Dubbo in 2012, is now keen for the breakfast announcer position at Star FM in Orange. Once again he has put together a video to show he is nuts about radio and keen to get a gig. YouTube.
MIX 94.5 Perth has launched a new all-Australian music show hosted by Blake Williams on Sunday nights called The Scene. Williams said the show was light-hearted and highlighted the next generation of Perth music. “Every week I’ll have a local Perth band or artist in the studio, but for more than just a chat,” Williams said. “The show will feature at least one local act every week and give them some love because it’s so difficult for Perth artists to get airplay on commercial radio." Williams is a local musician himself who gigs weekly as lead singer of Proof. Williams (pictured with Bob Evans) said The Scene was about supporting the national and local music scenes
FOX FM national drive host Fifi Box is now on maternity leave. Her final show with Jules Lund was on Thursday March 28. During her leave Sophie Monk is taking her place.
MARCH RADIO NEWS
During Australia's CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival (March 15-17), country artist Chris Young presented the CMA International Country Broadcaster Award to 4GR/CFM Program Director DavidBurton. (l-r) ShopKeeper Management Owner and CMA Board member Marion Kraft, Burton, Chris Young, and Entertainment Edge CEO and CMA Board member Rob Potts. David has been involved in Country radio in Australia for the last 20 years. He is based in Toowoomba from where he is responsible for the programming and content on all The Range Country Music stations owned by Southern Cross Austereo. He also is Music Director / Producer for The Range TV, a weekly country music video program aired across regional Australia. Full story.
In 25 years, 3AW morning man Neil Mitchell has never done a live read. He has never endorsed a commercial. However on Thursday he launched an auction to do one live read on Good Friday - with Premier Denis Napthine – to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Good Friday Appeal. This co-read live read took place on Good Friday morning live on Neil Mitchell's program. In the end, it was theChemist Warehouse whodonated $27,000 towards the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal to get Neil Mitchell and Premier Denis Napthine's to read an advertisement live on air.
Last Sunday night, the 'How Green Is My Cactus' radio comedy team performed a special one-off liveshow in Canberra as part of the city’s centenary celebrations. Bruce Ferrier from Grace Gibson says: "To say it went down a treat is an understatement, as the following review indicates." They wrote: “The writing by the show’s creator, Doug Edwards and co-writer, Shane Edwards has also stood the test of time with flying colours, resisting the temptation to conform to any form of political correctness by declaring all and sundry fair game."Review.
At the reopening of the inquest at Westminster’s Coroner’s Court, Southern Cross Media applied to be a party to proceedings with the media group’s lawyer Maya Sikand saying the 'hoax' (that took place on air in December) may have had "perceived consequences". Ms Sikand said her clients had apologised for the “unforeseen and totally unintended consequences” of their actions and subsequent death. Full story
6PR Perth drive announcer Howard Sattler has vowed to fight tooth and nail to stay on air despite being recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In an effort to spread awareness and support research for Parkinson’s, Sattler has opened up Linda Cann at Perth's Sunday Times on how he is battling the condition and what keeps him fighting. The Parkinson's condition he was diagnosed with last year has been gradually getting worse - coiling a tightening hand around his throat, stifling and slurring his once forceful voice. The symptoms are a constant reminder of his own mortality -- weakening his movements and stiffening his limbs as if rigor mortis is already trying to set in. But Howard Sattler isnt the kind of person who will do anything quietly, let alone die quietly.Full story.
Clinton Maynard has been officially confirmed as Program Director of 2UE Sydney. The former News Director who has spent his whole commercial radio career with UE, replaces Peter Brennan who left the station in late 2012. His replacement as News Director will be announced soon.
Murray Ryan is the new Production Manager and daytime announcer at Eagle FM, 2GN & Hot Country Goulburn. Ryan, a former AFTRS student, joins the station on Monday 22nd April. He replacesAndrew Mata who will be returning to Charlotte Pass.
Official data relating to DAB+ digital radio in Australia was released by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) today (March 25) in the 2013 Digital Radio Industry Report, showing digital radio sales figures have soared to a total of 192,974* in a four month period, listening continues to grow with almost 1.5 million people tuning in each week and nearly 14,000 new vehicles have now been sold with DAB+ digital radio. The highest ever sales figures of DAB+ devices were recorded over the 2012/2013 Christmas and New Year period bringing the total number of digital radios sold since launch to nearly 1.2 million (1,195,940). This represents an increase of 13.57% year on year for digital radio sales, defying a decline in retail sales over the same period. More details.
Eddie McGuire 'bags' Brisbane Lions and nearly has a heart attack in the process on Triple M Melbourne. Hear the audio.
Essendon captain and reigning Brownlow medallist, Jobe Watsonhas joined the The Matt & Jo Show on FOX FM. He’ll be heard weekly sharing his tips and football insights.
Victorian radio man Bruce Skeggs has died aged aged 80. From the late 1940's through to 1980 Bruce called "The Trots" for Harness Racing Victoria. He was heard on 3XYand many stations all around Australia. It is said he called more than 35,000 harness races. He was also a longstanding Victorian Parliamentarian and journalist with The Argus and the creator of TV Week. He was also instrumental in the founding of Inner FM 96.5 and was involved in the station for several years. (Bruce was actually a witness to the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He was in New York for a conference and watched the whole thing unfold from his hotel window about 3 kilometresaway.) Video. (Bruce Mansfield interviewing Bruce Skeggs in 1997.)
Ten Network director Siobhan McKenna has been appointed as the new chairperson of the National Broadband Network (NBN). McKenna, who is also a director at DMG Radio and managing partner of Illyria, Lachlan Murdoch's investment company, will replace outgoing chair Harrison Young.
Bethany Larsen is the new breakfast announcer and newsreader at Magic FM Port Augusta SA. She replaces Rosie and is the new co-host withMatt. Bethany is 19 years old and comes from the Gold Coast where she achieved a bachelor of journalism at Bond University. She spent over 2 years at Radio Metro on the Gold Coast.
Southern Cross Media's second-largest shareholder has lifted its stake in the regional television and radio group. Allan Gray managing director Simon Marais has increased the fund manager's stake from 10.59 per cent to 11.62 per cent.
For over 42 years, Richard Moore has called Hobart radio home and now the long (long) run at 7HOFM has come to an end. The King of Hobart radio is set to hang up the headphones and give his vocal chords a well-deserved rest. Richard Moore has prided himself on being Hobart through and through, with many unforgettable moments. Stand outs include shaking hands with Royalty, but for Richard his biggest achievements come from his work with the community, in particular the recent Bushfire disaster in Tasmania. Richard also made up half of the legendary Cooke & Moore Breakfast show that ruled Hobart's airwaves for 22 years and even boasted its own television show. (* Richard is featured in new Jocks' Journal that is published Thursday.)
Comedian Tommy Little will join Nova 100’s weekend lineup from this Saturday 23 March. Following his success on Nova 100’s summer breakfast show, Tommy will now be heard every Saturday morning from 6am to 9am. Mike Cass, Nova 100 Program Director said, “Tommy embodies what Nova is about; real and relatable people who bring engaging compelling content to life. Tommy said, “I’m on air at the time I’m usually coming home from a night out so this should be interesting.”
Greg Allan is leaving the MIX 104.9 breakfast show in Darwin. He joined Mel Little as co-host in August 2011.
Lisa ‘Milly’ Millard will join Jason ‘Snowy' Carter andMark Aiston from Tuesday 2nd April as a temporary co-host of the Mix 102.3 breakfast show until Jodie Oddy returns from maternity leave. Jodie is expecting her third child.
2Day FM breakfast host Kyle Sandilands is moving from The X-Factor at Channel 7 to be a judge on Australia's Got Talent that will now be seen on Channel 9. He joins comedienne Dawn French and singer Timomatic on the judging panel.
Fairfax Radio Network has appointed Nick Randall as National Sales Director – a key position within the Company’s executive leadership team. Nick will start his new role in April and joins Fairfax from Southern Cross Austereo. He will report directly to Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Radio Network, Adam Lang. Nick began his radio sales career at Melbourne’s Fox FM in 1999 and has had a number of senior positions over the past decade including: Senior Group Sales Manager Melbourne, Director of Sales Brisbane, Director of Sales Sydney and National Sales Operations Manager.
The commercial radio industry has launched a national information campaign urging listeners to support digital radio’s expansion into regional areas, chief executive of Commercial Radio Australia, Joan Warnersaid today. A nationwide radio and online banner advertising campaign will begin today (Monday 18 March) urging listeners to register their support for digital radio expanding into regional Australia with local MPs, via a specially set-up website: www.wewantdigitalradio.com.au The ad campaign will be run on more than 200 regional radio stations throughout Australia, targeting the estimated 6.9 million Australians who listen to commercial radio in regional Australia each week. “Audiences in regional areas have expressed frustration that they do not have access to the quality and diversity of free to air digital broadcast radio services enjoyed by their metropolitan counterparts as a result of the roll-out of DAB+,” Ms Warner said. More details.
Fresh! is a new program on 2GB Sydney which is all about good food, good wine and good health. Celebrity chef Luke Mangan is the host and he's joined by wine expert Peter Bourne, Sunday Telegraph restaurant reviewer Elizabeth Meryment, the editor of The Good Pub Food Guide, Keith Austin and nutritionist Susie Burrell. It's on Sunday mornings at 10am.
mcm media has appointed Brett 'Nozz' Nossiter to the role of content acquisitions and partnership director. Brett was formerly with DMG radio where he created and managed five DAB+ radio stations and managed artist relations for streaming service Rdio. He replaces Luke Wallis who had been with the company for 10 years.
Whoops! Who was the i98FM news reader who referred to the new Pope Francisas a ‘Jesus’ (instead of a ‘Jesuit’) saying this was the ‘first time that this happened.’
Perth television and radio personality Peter Dean, has died aged 74. His career in broadcasting spanned more than five decades and included radio stations 6IX and6PR. But it was for his tireless work with Telethon that he was perhaps best known. Dean died after battling motor neurone disease. His former co-host on 6IX's record-breaking morning show in the 1960s and 1970s, John Fryer, 79, said his friend would be remembered for his roles with Telethon and the Logie-winning program, Anything Goes. Full story.
Sarah Shands, a 25 year old Brisbane radio producer, got the better of a brazen burglar by giving him a stern talking to before he gave her computer back and apologised. Sarah, an ABC radio producer, was living at East Brisbane when she woke to her puppy Otis Ray growling at 5.45am one day last month. She confronted him and 'said, 'What are you doing? Give me my stuff back!' and he just handed it over and said, 'Oh, sorry.' I said, `What else did you take? Show me your pockets!''' Full story.
Bogart Torelli will host Sydney’s smoothfm 95.3’sMore Music Breakfast show. Bogart has been heard in Sydney on Drive, and nationally on weekends, since she joined smoothfm in November 2012. From Monday 18 March, Cameron Daddo will move into nights. Experienced announcer Simon Diaz will be heard nationally in afternoons, following Ty Frost in mornings, while Byron Webb will now be heard in Drive on smoothfm 95.3 replacing Bogart.
Matt Haywood, formerly of Hot FM WA, is now the Imaging Producer for the Rush Hourat Triple M Melbourne. Taylor McMullen, ex- Sea FM/Heart FM Hobart has joined Hot as Network Imaging Producer.
2DU and ZOO FM are being taken to court over allegations used unlicensed computer software. Global software manufacturers Microsoft and Adobe have launched a civil lawsuit seeking damages over an alleged breach of intellectual property (copyright) which will be heard in Sydney on April 3. Full story.
Hal Short, Christian radio pioneer, has announced he is stepping down from his role on numerous United Christian Broadcasters boards globally, including his role as Chairman of the board of UCB Australia. Hal began his journey in Christian broadcasting in 1974 when he joined Radio Rhema in New Zealand. In 1978 the station became the first Christian radio station to be broadcasting anywhere in the British Commonwealth.More details.
Brad Swanville from Perth is the new breakfast announcer atRadioWest Merredin.
Dwayne Jeffries (pictured)ex-2GO Gosford breakfast co-host has been appointed as Assistant Program Director at Hope 103.2 Sydney.
Former 2UE overnight newsreader Mark Piepers has spoken to the Sydney Morning Herald on an incident involving Ray Hadley. The argument between Hadley and Piepers began one morning in 2001. Hadley was driving into work listening to the 2UE news bulletin. Piepers claims he made the mistake - in Hadley's eyes - of replacing some two-day-old rugby league scores with fresh AFL results. Full story.
The nationally syndicated radio segment, Tech Daily with Andy Wells, welcomes PayPal Australia as official sponsor and expands broadcast network by 20% to over 60 radio stations across Australia, with an audience of close to 1 million.
On Wednesday, 13th March, community radio stations from around the country will be participating in a day of special programming for Commit to Community Radio, a campaign to raise awareness of the lack of government funding to aid community stations from analogue to digital. Phillip Randall of the Digital Radio Consultative Committee and CEO of Hope Media Ltd states that unless the Federal Government takes action soon, the very existence of community radio in Australian could be non-existent in less than 2 decades. More details.
Katie ‘Monty’ Dimond will fill in for Chrissie Swan at MIX 101.1 Melbourne as Chrissie prepares for the birth of her third child later in March. Monty will join Jane Hall and anchor Jamie Row as a temporary co-host of the breakfast show until Chrissie returns from maternity leave.
Southern Cross Media Group Limited has confirmed that it has entered into an agreement withEon Broadcasting Pty Ltd, 90% of which is held by Oceania Capital Partners Limited, to acquire all of the shares in its subsidiary Sunshine Coast Broadcasters Pty Ltd (Sea FMand Mix FM) for $17.75 million. The Wheatley Organisation Pty Ltd holds the remaining 10% of Eon. SCA CEO Rhys Holleran said: “It is a sad day for many of us who have been personally involved with this business for more than 15 years. It is a credit to our management team that it has an unrivalled reputation in the local community. Whilst this station will move to new ownership, the new owners are very capable of continuing the strong management of the station moving forward. It is our intention to continue to work with the new owners during a transition period to ensure the business’s ongoing success. We sincerely thank all the staff at the Sunshine Coast radio station for their contribution to our group.” At one timeGlenn Wheatley was CEO of Hoyts Media when it operated the Triple Mnetwork. SCA has had to sell Sunshine Coast Broadcasters Pty Ltd, the holder of the two commercial FM radio licences on the Queensland Sunshine Coast as a consequence of SCA holding more than the permitted number of commercial FM radio licences in the Brisbane and Nambour licence areas after its acquisition of Austereo Group Limited in 2011. More details.
2NM and 98.1 Power FM have appointed Billy McFerran as their new program and content director. Billy had just moved home to Newcastle after a 5 year stint at SCA’s Sea FM and Heart FMHobart as PD when the vacancy arose in Muswellbrook. Departing PD Amy Collett is off to Star FM in Dubbo as the SCA station's new PD. The Muswellbrook stations also welcome Jai Bernard as promotions manager after a 6 month stint as promotions assistant at sister Grant Broadcaster's station, Wave FM Wollongong.
For the first time in many decades, in 2013 News Talk 4BC will not be broadcasting Rugby League games into the Brisbane market. 4BC General Manager David McDonald says, “This announcement is a major blow to 4BC listeners.” After many months of negotiations with the NRL, 4BC’s commitment to providing extensive local rugby league coverage to Brisbane listeners had been well advanced, with preparations to call tomorrow night’s Broncos match from Suncorp Stadium already in place. Full story.
As of Monday 3rd of March 2013, John Paige has moved on from STEREO 974, where he was Station Manager and is now looking forward to working in another capacity within Commercial Radio. During his time at STEREO 974, John says he gained valuable experience, in Station Management, and the day to day working’s behind the scenes. John can be contacted direct on 040 994 1182.
The Perth commercial radio market recorded growth of 11.58% in February, compared to the same month last year, to a total of $7.987 million, according to figures released by Commercial Radio Australia. The 2013 Metropolitan Commercial Radio Advertising Revenue figures, sourced by Deloitte, show that total advertising revenue for February 2013 in the five metropolitan markets, compared to the year before, was up by 0.44%, to a total of $52.003 million. Both Perth and Melbourne markets recorded growth for the month. More details.
Bendigo is mourning the loss of Geoff Morris, who was described by his friends and former colleagues as a pioneer for blind people. Mr Morris died on March 5 at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, aged 72. He was a well-known Bendigo resident who used to write a relationship column in the Bendigo Advertiser. He was remembered by friend Richard Jones as a caring and inspirational man. “I’d broadcast footy preview and wrap-up shows with him since the early 90s, first on Triple C FM and then on Phoenix FM,” Mr Jones said. Full story.
Sam Phelps, 2TM/FM 92.9 Tamworth Content Director, has moved on after his position was made redundant.
Jake James is hosting the new breakfast show at RadioWest in Esperance. It's his first full time announcing position after working as a casual for SCA for 4 years.
Rosie Panetta, ex-Magic FM Port Augusta is joining Hot FM WA. She replaces Heidi Anderson and joins Tom Bell as the co-host for breakfast from Monday March 18.
Ed Sheeran will debut on smoothfm on Saturday mornings from 9 March at 9am. The UK singer will be a special guest on Saturdays complementing high profile announcers Ronan Keating, Cameron Daddo, Richard Wilkins, David Campbell and Jason Donovan.
The Nielsen survey results for Metro have been released. (This will be the last year that Nielsen will conduct the radio survey in Australia. GfK will take over audience surveys in 2014.) For the first survey of 2013, talk stations 2GB (down 2.0) and3AW (-1.3) continue their reign at No 1. However in Sydney and Melbourne ABC radio is starting to bridge the gap. ARN'sMix 102.3 are the clear leaders in Adelaide with a 16.8% share. In Brisbane, ARNstation 97.3 also rate No 1 with 13.4. MIX 94.5 were once again at No 1 in Perth. Full details.
Simon Diaz has joined smoothfm as station floater and operations support. Simon has worked for Mix FM in various roles across all day parts over the last 13 years. Rohan Brown, Program Director for smoothfm said, “Over the Christmas period Simon proved himself as a class performer and to have someone of his caliber backing up our talented on air team is brilliant news for the continued growth of smooth.” Simon will be based out of Melbourne and will start immediately in afternoons as Byron Webb takes a two week break.
2GB morning announcer Ray Hadley and 'these people' are the focus of attention on last night's Media Watch program on ABC TV. Video.
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) says it is looking at its options, following reports it is considering a merger with Nine if changes to media laws are approved. SCA, in a statement on Monday, said it was reviewing a number of options for the company, which owns television stations in regional areas and broadcasts programming from the struggling Ten Network.Full story.
Mel Greig, whose life was turned upside down following the tragic suicide of a UK nurse, has revealed that she will return to work at 2DayFM. The Sunday Telegraph spotted the radio host with a girlfriend at an inner-west pub yesterday. Greig has been keeping a low profile since a prank call made with co-host Michael "MC" Christian to the hospital treating Kate Middleton in December. Full story.
Nine Entertainment is understood to be the subject of a merger proposal with Southern Cross Media. It is one of the deals being floated as media companies jockey for position before promised changes to media rules governing how much of Australia's population the commercial television networks can broadcast to - presently no more than 75 %. Executives from Nine and Macquarie declined to comment. Read more.
Nova 106.9FM marked the end of summer with a World Record attempt for the longest and fastest backyard slip'n'slide. Nova 106.9FM's, Ash, Kip and Luttsy, were behind the creation of the monster backyard slip'n'slide, which was built the length of a Par 4 hole on the Victoria Park Golf Course in inner-city Brisbane. The Brisbane breakfast announcers were joined by 15 Nova listeners who won the chance to participate in one of three categories:"fastest over 100 metres", The "longest slide" and The "expression session". Competition was fierce for the official World Record category - "fastest over 100 metres", with the record successfully smashed by Nova staff member, Nate Ryan, who was recorded by a Queensland Police Service radar gun sliding at 44km an hour, posting a new world record time of 9.33 sec. Check out the video.
Dan Lyons has joined his former NOVA FM radio partner Ken Green at Melbourne's Light FM.However Dan works at the other end of the day and co-hosts the drive program with Kel McWilliam. Ken co-hosts the breakfast show with Lucy.
One lucky Novocastrian will be the winner of an in-ground pool worth over $30,000 this Saturday at the final draw of NEWFM Newcastle's 'Drool For A Pool' competition. More details.
LAFM has raised over half a million dollars worth of employment for Launceston. Over the past 3 weeks, LAFM have been on the search for work in Launceston and surrounds with the Job Hunt campaign. The campaign is aimed at introducing the unemployed back into the workforce after an alarming increase in the unemployment rate in Tasmania from 5.2% to 5.4% in just 3 months. LAFM have joined forces with national recruiting agency, The ORS Group and have secured position’s in various industries including hospitality, administration, hairdressing, labourers and mechanics. LAFM General Manager Colin Taylor commented - "The success of this promotion is fantastic. To be able to use our influence to act as a conduit to assist the people of Northern Tasmania source employment is immensely gratifying. Without the support of the ORS Group and our joint sponsors and most importantly the business community of Launceston this promotion would not be at the level it is now."
February Radio News
Tim Lee, former Fox FM afternoon announcer has joined MIX 101.1 Melbourne as an online producer for the Chrissie Swan and JaneHall breakfast show.
The economic effects of the Queensland floods have forced regional broadcaster Prime Media Group to write down the value of its radio licences by $15 million.Prime Media chief executive Ian Audsley said the non-cash accounting charge reflected the uncertainty in the regional Queensland radio market due to the"lingering effects of three natural disasters in the past two years".Mining job losses and the reduction in both federal and state government advertising were also factors that had been considered, Mr Audsley said in a statement. Full story.
Tributes have poured in for former Perth radio announcer Errol Battersby who died on February 11 and was remembered on Saturday by former colleagues at a wake at the Inglewood Hotel. Through a long career in radio Battersby was known by many names including Jim Beam, Big Red and Earl Baxter. He worked in Perth at 6KY, 6IX, 6PR, 6PM and 92.9 and at 5KA Adelaide during the late 1960s using his real name. Full story.
2DAY FM's Kyle Sandilands enjoyed a lunch with John Laws at Sienna Marina in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo on Tuesday. Kyle was a recent guest on Laws 2SMprogram. Towards the end of his on air appearance Laws suggested to Kyle that they 'do lunch.' Although John enjoys his Wild Turkey and other alcoholic beverages Kyle admits that he doesn't really enjoy the taste of alcohol and is more likely to partake of a Coke.
4BC Brisbane breakfast producer Mark Dransfield has left the talk station to return to television as a producer for the Sunrise TV program.
Sydney Morning Herald writer Jonathan Swan reports: "Many former colleagues of star broadcaster Ray Hadley tell of a ferocious temper that goes largely unchecked." Full story.
After 37 years of bringing the weather to Adelaide viewers,Network Ten's Jane Reilly has announced she will retire from television in April. "After working for 37 years full time on Adelaide TV, much of the time here with my friends at TEN, I have decided to retire from television," Reilly told adelaidenow "It's been a very hard decision to make, as I absolutely love working for Network Ten and I have many loyal fans, who I know will be surprised by this announcement." The decision came earlier in the year after accepting a role on the FIVEaa breakfast show, alongside Keith Conlon. Reilly told viewers that she had been enjoying the new challenges that radio presented, and relished the opportunity to give it her primary focus.More details.
4BC Brisbane and 2UE Sydneywill introduce a new sports show to be hosted by Paul "Fatty" Vautin and John Gibbs. Fatty and Gibbsy will host Weekend Sports Today – which will air between 1pm and 5pm Saturdays and Sundays starting 9th March 2013. The show will also be broadcast heard on selected regional stations across the country. It will feature a wide range of sports including: Rugby League, Rugby Union, AFL, Soccer, Motorsport, Golf, Tennis and much more.
Dale Thomas and Luke Hodge return to Nova 100 as Hughesy & Kate’s football experts, for the 2013 AFL Premiership season, from Friday 22 March. Hawthorn Captain Hodgey returns for a third year in his regular Monday spot and Collingwood legend Daisy has signed on for a fourth year as Nova 100’s AFL expert on Friday mornings. A passionate Carlton supporter, Hughesy is never short on football or contract advice for two of the AFL’s best players and 2013 is sure to be no different. Hughesy said, “It is fantastic to have two champion footballers, who know how to laugh at themselves, back on Nova 100. It will only be slightly sad to watch their dreams be shattered when Carlton wins the Premiership this year.”
Andy Mathers has joined the Melbourne based outdoor company S&J Media Group. He takes on the role of national sales director. Andy has spent more than two years as sales director of Classic Rock which then became Smooth FM. Prior to that he was with Star 104.5 as General Manager.
As many as 37 community radio stations Australia wide are facing fears that they will no longer be able to broadcast. The affected Melbourne stations confirmed that without Communications Minister Stephen Conroy committing adequate funds to the Digital Radio Project, they will be at risk of not having a digital service in the future. More details.
AIR News has appointed Lesley Yeomans to the breakfast news role commencing Monday 4th March. Lesley has worked in newsroom roles in Sydney and Brisbane before settling in Melbourne firstly at Triple M, then 3AW and more recently Radio Sport National, where she stayed for almost 12 years producing and presenting the breakfast news bulletins In the past few years, she’s worked for Fox News Radio in New York as their Australian correspondent, covering major stories like the Queensland floods and the Victorian bushfires. AIR News managing director Artie Stevens says "Lesley will bring her high standard of professionalism to our early morning national news service which can be heard right across Australia. Our coverage is mainly heard on on Community radio stations, and whilst we are proud of the standard we have developed for the Community Radio sector, Lesley takes us to a new level."
4BC & 4BH has appointed Steve White as its new Promotions & Marketing Director. Currently he is the General Manager of 7HO FM in Hobart. Prior to his current role he was the Network Promotions Director at the Macquarie Radio Network based in Sydney. His previous roles were in Queensland and NSW in senior Promotions & Marketing Director roles. 4BC & 4BH General Manager, David McDonaldsaid “We consider ourselves lucky to have been able to secure someone of Steve’s calibre and experience to join our team for this crucial role in our operation and within the Fairfax Radio Network. As we continue to move into new areas of digital exploration whilst maintaining and growing our existing platforms I believe that Steve will provide us with the right attitude, vision and creativity that we need.” Steve said, “I cannot wait to begin in my new role with 4BC & 4BH and working for the Fairfax Radio Network. The opportunity to work closely with the Executive team to improve and progress 4BC and 4BH’s ratings position in the Brisbane market was such an exciting challenge and combined with the opportunity to return to Queensland was one that I could not say no to when it was offered to me.” Hewill commence on Tuesday 2nd April 2013.
The radio industry has taken the first step to future proof the radio audience measurement system with the announcement of GfK as the preferred service provider for radio audience measurement surveys from 1 January 2014. Mobile data capture and online recruitment and data capture will be key new features of the next radio audience measurement contract awarded to international research company, GfK, Commercial Radio Australia(CRA) announced today. “This is an exciting time for the radio industry and marks a new era for the future of radio audience measurement in Australia ensuringcurrency continuity, a multi-mode approach to data collection including plans for the testing of electronic measurement enhancements,” said Joan Warner, chief executive officer of CRA. The new three year contract with GfK will be negotiated to begin 1 January 2014 and introduces an e-diary for computers, tablets and mobile phones, synchronised across the internet and compatible with all operating systems. It will be necessary for GfK to conduct further successful parallel pilot testing throughout 2013, prior to the new contract coming into force. This will ensure validity of the new processes and multi-model data capture methods and comparability with the existing currency. Full details.
Southern Cross Media Group's first half profit has slumped 52 per cent during what the company says is one of its most difficult periods. Southern Cross made a net profit of $45.1 million in the six months to December 31, down from $94 million in the previous corresponding period. The profit fall was partly due to a $40 million tax benefit in the previous corresponding period from the company's acquisition of the Austereo radio business which owns stations including Sydney's2DAYFM and the Triple M network. More details.
2SM morning announcer John Laws collapsed at A-list restaurant Otto on Saturday night and had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance. He rose from his table at the Woolloomooloo eatery about 11pm when his legs gave way and he collapsed to the ground. An ambulance was called and came all the way along the promenade, startling diners at nearby restaurants. Laws, 77, was taken to hospital for observation and later released. (Source: Daily Telegraph)
The Chairman of APN News & Media, Peter Hunt has announced his resignation and that of the CEO and Managing Director, Brett Chenoweth and three independent Directors Melinda Conrad, John Harvey andJohn Maasland (the Departing Directors). This takes effect at 9am on 19 February 2013. In addition, independent Director Kevin Luscombe will retire in April 2013 as previously planned. More details.
dmg Radio Australia has appointed Dan King as Program Director for Star 104.5. With a 12 year career in radio, Dan is currently the Nova Network Nights Audio Producer with dmg Radio Australia in Sydney. He has extensive experience in Imaging Production, Audio Production and as an announcer across a number of Australian radio brands. Dan said, “Having learnt so much working with the excellent team at Nova in Sydney I’m looking forward to returning home for this next exciting step in an industry that I love. I can’t wait to work with the entire team at Star 104.5.” Dan will join Star 104.5 as Program Director on Monday 18 March 2013.
After 4 years working in the UK, former 92.9 & Nova 100announcer Tim Arnold has joined Brisbane's B105 as Operations Manager and Mornings Announcer, replacing Matt Sutton.
Candy Hertz is leaving 7HOFM Hobart to join a new breakfast show at Star FM Shepparton. Station General Manager Steve White is also moving on.
Former Brisbane radio announcer Haydn Sargent passed away on Thursday at the age of 77 after a long illness. Sargent became a household name in Brisbane through his popular talkback program on 4BC and television career from the 1970s. He also worked for the ABC and at one time was the Station Manager of the Christian community station 96Five. Premier Campbell Newman said he was a much-loved personality. "He had a loyal following of listeners who would hang on every word," Mr Newman told the house. " He will be mourned by his wife Norma, his five children and nine grandchildren." 4BC tributes.
Alexis Kuchel is now back on afternoons at SAFM Adelaide. Alexis (formerly Alexis Savaidis) took a 6 month break but is now heard weekdays from 12pm - 3pm. Her previous radio roles include host of the Hot 30 Countdown and co-host of Take 40 Australia when the show was with Andrew G.
News Talk 4BC and 4BH will broadcast side-by-side for the official unveiling of Bee Gees Way and the Bee Gees statue, in the presence of Barry Gibb. 4BH and 4BC have secured the exclusive rights to broadcast and video-steam live from Redcliffe, the place where it all began for the Bee Gees. Barry, Robyn and Maurice Gibb started their musical career in Redcliffe and were first heard on 4BH in 1959. Both stations have also secured exclusive interviews with those who had shared part of the Bee Gees musical journey. They include Bill Gates, Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Cliff Richard, Leo Sayer and Samantha Sang. More details and audio.
smoothfm will be heard nationally on DAB+ Radio from Thursday 14 February. smoothfm 95.3 in Sydney and smoothfm 91.5 in Melbourne launched as a distinctive and unique, soft easy listening format on 21 May 2012. Listeners in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide will now be able to experience smoothfm on DAB+ Radio and via on-line streaming and iphone app. Paul Jackson, dmg Radio Australia’s Group Program Director, “We are delighted with the rapid success of smoothfm in Sydney and Melbourne. It was always our intention to create a national brand for both our listeners and clients. We regularly get emails asking how listeners can hear smoothfm outside of Melbourne and Sydney so we are looking forward to extending smoothfm’s unique and distinctive format into five capital cities.”
Last week the Men's Shed in Taree was visited by Merrick and the Highway Patrol from Triple M Sydney. Unfortunately there was a mix up and the OB did not take place for one reason or another. However, the MAX FM Taree brekky show decided on Tuesday February 12 to take the MAX FM BBQ and give those hard working guys at the Men's Shed a good Aussie Breakfast! 2RE's Craig Huth says: "We thank Merrick and the Triple M crew for visiting the area with the Carbeque and invite them anytime to promote a good cause in the Manning Valley. We might even take them on in the 107.3 MAXFM BBQ for a good old sausage sizzle cook off! The Challenge is there."
2GB morning announcer Ray Hadley yesterday became embroiled in a heated row with station management over an alleged verbal altercation with a junior staff member.In a day of high drama, Hadley was in crisis talks last night after being initially ordered off the air for three days over the dispute. The decision to suspend the top-rating host sparked threats of a boycott by his loyal staff, whom Hadley was allegedly defending. But after a staff memo was sent out announcing Hadley would not return to the show until Monday, management had an apparent change of heart late last night and agreed for him to go on air today. Full story. (Source: The Daily Telegraph.)
Lisa Ashcroft is the new General Manager at 2TM/FM 92.9 Tamworth. Lisa has been with the station 16 years working in sales. 2TM now has a new brekky duo. The Morning Brew is co-hosted by Kaia (McDonald) and Big Andy (Seymour). They replace Mal McCall who retired in January.
2Day FM announcer Michael Christian hasmade a return to the airwaves after a two month suspension. 'MJ' along with Mel Grieg was being investigated by Scotland Yard following the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha. Christian resumed his regular seat at Fox FM’s morning slot in Melbourne, starting at 10am. It was his first show since the radio hoax stunt on December 5. There is currently no update on when Grieg will come back to work. SCA CEO Rhys Holleran said: "We are happy to have Michael back on air. We have always supported our talent returning to work when appropriate and today marks that occasion for MC. We look forward to welcoming Mel Grieg back when the time is right."
The testing is never going to be good enough because they have rubbish tests, they’ll never catch anyone.” Jason Akermanis told Nathan, Nat & Shaun on Nova 93.7 in reaction to the Australian Crime Commission’s Report on drugs in sport. The former Brisbane Lions premiership player didn’t hold back his feelings at all.“Part of me wants to tell you the truth and say there is no way that those guys at that level with that much money, whether its European soccer, NFL, baseball league, NBA, Rugby League, AFL…Once you put money in to it, you will always get guys in those sports taking illegal substances, doing it better and better.asked if he was offered anything during his career, Akermanis said, “not really no, because I was never in that scene. We just drank beer when I started out. I wasn’t offered anything but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there.” Full story.
Brad "Potts" Pottinger is now doing afternoons on Perth's 96FM. He replaces Wayne McClean who is still with the station and continuing his role as Music Director and Assistant Program Director. Potts still keeps his off air role as Assistant Music Director.
(UPDATE) Merrick & the Highway Patrol were going to do a live OB from the Men's Shed in Taree on Wednesday but it was cancelled. An insider told JJ: "Basically, a couple of blokes from The Men's Shed threw a massive tantrum about all the attention and told Triple M to p-- off and basically shut down the OB." Here's what the Patrol team had to say on air . The OB was inspired by a bloke called 'Norm'. He is Norman Webster and met Merrick when he advertised ‘any tapes of Larry Adler – the mouth organ virtuoso or any records or tapes of Swiss yodeller Harry Torani’. Merrick struck up a friendship, bought him the entire collection of cd’s and a brand new CD player.
Tullia Connor has finished up as co-host on SEAFMDevonport/Burnie/Scottsdale on January 18 to return to Coffs Harbour. Current host, Lee Dixon has been re-united with Dayna Sayer who has returned to Tasmania after seven years in Canada. “Dayna and Lee have been great friends for several years so it’s been a matter of great timing for us that she decided to return to the North West Coast. It’s a natural fit and a definite win for us and the Coast!” SEAFM’s Lee and Dayna can be heard weekdays from 6am across the North West and North East Coasts of Tasmania on SEAFM Devonport, SEAFM Burnie, and SEAFM Scottsdale.
Adam aka ‘Straney’ has accepted the position of WAVE FMMorning Announcer 9am-1pm. Straney has been part of the Grant Broadcasters family for some time now, including the past few years putting together the breakfast show at 2ST Nowra, plus doing weekends at WAVE. Station PD Dean Kesby says: "With WAVE’s ‘bookends’ of Jade & Travis on the Hot Breakfast, and Clarky on Drive now in place, the addition of Straney into Mornings I believe gives us a super strong on-air platform for success this year." Straney’s start date is still TBC, but it's expected to be mid-March.
Joining NXFMNewcastle's breakfast line-up from Monday 11 February is Heidi Anderson.Heidi joinsHeath and Normy. Steve Smith,NXFM General Manager. Normy said “It’s about time she got here, I look forward to seeing her face instead of Heath’s at that time in the morning”.“Bringing Heidi onboard continues the growth of the NXFM brand as Newcastle’s unrivalled leader of the under 40 market”. Heath said “Normy will need to change his name to start with the letter ‘H’ to fit the brand better. I’m thinking ‘Hormy’ rolls off the tongue nicely”.
Ian Holland has left 2CH Sydney. The MRN station PD and breakfast announcer finished up on Friday February 1 and told JJ that this morning he enjoyed a sleep-in which was a pleasant change to his normal weekday 2am alarm call. For the time being he'll be "taking it easy" but says he is grateful for his many years with both 2CH and 2GB.George Illich is currently covering the breakfast shift for the moment and other shifts will carry on as normal. Steve Anderson will take on additional responsibility in the programming department.
On Friday February 1, ABC farewelled one of the legendary producers of Australian radio John Diamond, or JD as he's known to friends and colleagues. JD has spent the past 48 years in radio. He'd worked with many of the biggest names and has seen huge changes in the way radio is produced. ABC also farewelled Radio National producer Phillip Ulman after a long and distinguished career with the ABC.
Matt Sutton, B105 Brisbane morning announcer and Operations Manager is moving to Canada. He will host the morning show on 991 Fresh FM. Matt commences on air on 23 February.
British prosecutors said they would not bring charges over a hoax call by SCA's Michael Christian and Mel Greig to the hospital where Prince William’s pregnant wife Catherine was being treated. The Crown Prosecution Service said on Friday there was no evidence to support a charge of manslaughter, despite the fact that Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, apparently committed suicide after answering the call. Full story.
Geelong premiership winning captain, Cameron Ling, and leading sports broadcaster Steve Quartermain, are the new headline additions to the award-winning 3AW Footy team for the upcoming 2013 season. Ling played 11 seasons and 246 games with the Geelong Cats, where he captained the Cats to the 2011 AFL Premiership. Quartermain has been a journalist for over 30 years and throughout his career, has broadcast many major sporting events. They join Brian Taylor, Dwayne Russell, Tim Lane and other members of the AW commentary team.
Top-rating New Zealand radio and television broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes has died. Family were gathered around him when he died at his home in Hawke's Bay aged 62. In 1972 he joined the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation as an announcer in Christchurch. A bright future was almost cut short with a near-fatal car accident in 1973, in which he suffered a neck fracture, brain haemorrhage and lost vision in his right eye. He recovered after several weeks in hospital and re-launched his radio career, working in Britain, other parts of Europe and the United States for much of the 1970s. Holmes returned to New Zealand in 1985 and hit the radio waves again, hosting several shows, including on Newstalk ZB and, in April 1989, he took on television with his namesake 7pm show, Holmes. Full story.
On Friday 1st February ABC Grandstand Breakfast with Francis Leach celebrates one year on digital radio and online. The program, which broadcasts each Friday through Monday morning, consists of a regular team of guests, coverage of seasonal sports results plus local and international interviews and music. Of the first anniversary of his program Francis says “When I started out a year ago, I wanted to create a program that would appeal to fans of sports in general rather than being code specific. I wanted to offer interesting and engaging guests and have some fun talking all things sports, use social media to our advantage and somehow incorporate some really good music. I think we’ve managed to do that”.
January Radio News
ABC radio has apologised for a "lapse in standards" following complaints about Melbourne ABC 774 presenter Jon Faine and on-air interviews he conducted involving the AWU slush fund allegations. The interviews, conducted on November 23 with former2UE presenter Michael Smith and The Age's editor-at-large Mark Baker, led to at least one formal complaint to the ABC's complaints department.The interview in question was characterised by Faine's hectoring of Smith and his assertion that he "give it his best shot". The ABC has now responded to that complaint. (Source: The Australian).
Media Sound, part of the Media Group, have added Experienced Audio Engineer, Matt Innes, to their rapidly expanding team. Matt’s impressive career spans over seven years in the radio and recording industry including working for major radio stations like 2 DAY FM Sydney, B105 Brisbane, Sea FM Gold Coast, Star 104.5Central Coast, Hot FM and 4TOFM Townsville. More details.
Resa Zekants is joining the 4BH/4BC Brisbane Creative Team. She will officially commence in Creative on Monday the 11th February. Resa holds a Bachelor of Communications and several of her articles have been published in the South City Bulletin.
HITZ 939 and Classic Hits 4BU were on air live for just over a straight 24 hours keeping residents of the Bundaberg Region up to date with severe weather warnings, road reports, interviews and more. Those involved were Mark Hamel, Pete Hurren, Paul Egan, Damien Haffenden, Simone Bayleyand Paul Egan. Facebook pages being administered by Trish Mears and Tracey Sergiacomi. In Bundaberg, which yesterday was a major crisis point as people were airlifted from the roofs of homes by helicopter, 130 patients were today to be evacuated from the city's hospital. Ten critically ill patients were flown out yesterday.
Angus O’Loughlin is host of The Bump - a new interactive 2DAY FM radio program hosted solo by the former SAFM breakfast host. ‘The Bump’ airs weeknights also on Fox FM Melbourne, B105 Brisbane, 92.9 FM Perth, SAFM Adelaide, NXFM Newcastle, Sea FM Gold Coast and other markets on SCA's regional network.
Michael Christian and Mel Greig have been dumped by Southern Cross Austereo after their royal prank which went horribly wrong.Austereo made the announcement on the show's Facebook page on Sunday, directing followers of Christian and Greig's Hot 30 show to a page for the show's replacement, called The Bump. However, Hot 30 producers Ben Harlum and Emily Mills, who were also involved in the prank, have apparently escaped the axe, tweeting about their involvement in the new show.Mel & MC will remain on leave and Rhys Holleran says they will return to work when the time is right.More details.
Brian 'Spoonman' Carlton who recently rejoined 2UE Sydney as a producer on the drive program will also have a regular air shift. He will host a Sunday night program from 6pm with The Stir.
The Capital Radio Networkhas announced the launch of a new Digital Radio station, X Digital. Perth’s All New, All Hit, X Digital launched at 10am on Friday January 25. With a focus on more music and less talk, X Digital is Perth’s only digital radio station playing 55 minutes of hits every hour. Josh Elliott, Perth General Manager said “With a small playlist of less than 30 songs, X Digital is all about only playing the biggest hits. Song selection is based on a mix of sources including iTunes downloads, ARIA charts, Spotify & Rdio as well as artists trending across Twitter, Facebook & YouTube.”X Digital is available on your Digital Radio as well as online at xradio.com.au, TuneIn and the X Digital iPhone app.
Elliott Lovejoy is leaving Hill FM Broken Hill and is off to join Magic FM in the Riverland in SA as the new breakfast co host.
John Kerr will host his last shift on air at 2UE Sydney on Sunday January 27 – bringing the curtain down on a remarkable 56 years in the radio industry.John's last midnight to dawn shift will be on 2UE 954 this weekend. He’ll hang up the headphones for the last time at 530am on Sunday and then retire to the Gold Coast. He has spent more than five decades in Australian radio – including 18 consecutive years at Australia’s oldest commercial radio station 2UE 954. More details.
Longtime 4BH Brisbane announcer Paul J Turnerannounced his resignation today on Facebook. For several years Paul hosted the weekend morning programs (6am-midday) and was the station's fill in host for the weekday programs. He’s still keen on radio and added : “Any offers anyone?” In other news, former Sydney announcer Steve Barker has joined the station as one of its casual presenters.
Tony McManus has told Jocks' Journal that he's thrilled to be moving to Cairns to take on the role of breakfast announcer at 4CA. McManus was with 6PR Perth for 16 years and says he had a wonderful career at 6PR with too many career highlights to list. When he signed off at PR he didn’t tell listeners he wouldn’t be returning, deciding instead to treat his last show as "business as usual". He commences at 4CA in early February.
Adelaide's Cruise 1323 is in trouble with ACMA after playing the 'Coles' version ofDown, Down during the Craig Huggins program without telling its listeners it was an advertisement for Coles. ACMA found this breached a new code of conduct because listeners would not have known it was an advertisement. The song was immediately preceded by a station promo and was followed by two songs. The ACMA also investigated the broadcast of the same advertisement on the same day by ARN's other Classic Hits stations, but found these radio stations did not breach the code because they "distinguished the advertisement from the surrounding 'classic hits' by broadcasting announcements that clearly connected the 2012 version of Down Down to Coles Supermarkets." Read more.
Barry Gibb will return home to Queensland’s Moreton Bay region on February 14 to unveil a tribute to the phenomenal career of the Bee Gees. Moreton Bay Regional Mayor Allan Sutherland made the big announcement on the4BC and 4BH Breakfast, mentioning Barry Gibb will unveil the long awaited Statue of the Gibb brothers and also open the Bee Gees Walkway that he has personally curated, next month. More details.
The Nova Network has appointed Katie Dower as Executive Producer for Nova’s national Drive show, Meshel, Tim & Marty. With extensive experience both as a producer and in a creative and strategic capacity, most recently Katie was employed as Operations Manager and Executive Producer for The Hamish and Andy Show. Katie said, “I’m excited to be joining the talented team at Nova and launching head long into some new challenges. Clearly I love a challenge with my second child due later this year.”
Ken (Green) and Dan (Lyons) have reunited! Dan has been away with his wife in the UK for the past 10 months and they finally met up for a coffee in Melbourne and Jocks' Journal just happened to be there for their get-together. However we should emphasise it's not a reunion of such 'on air' as nowadays Ken can be heard as the co-host of the Light FMMelbourne brekky show with Lucy (Holmes).
A new Canberra based radio station has commenced broadcasting on the new Digital Spectrum currently being trialed in the ACT. Canberra 100 is the territory’s Centenary Station and has been launched by MIX 106.3 and 104.7, Canberra FM Radio. More details.
mcm media have announced thatMaude Garrett will be the new host of The Hot Hits program replacing Andrew Gunsberg. Maude has hosted SCA'sParty People and has also appeared on TV shows including Weekend Sunrise, Talkin ‘Bout Your Generation, The Morning Show and Can of Worms.
Geelong’s 93.9 BayFM will launch the new year with a new sound, after 14 years in breakfast and 22 years with BayFM Paula Kontelj passed the baton of Breakfast Radio and her Co-Host Hayden Miller to new comer Karen Mason this morning live on-air. After a lengthy interview process Program Director Mark Hyland and General Manager Dean Anglin settled on Ms Mason as the successor of Mrs Kontelj earlier this week saying “Karen’s drive for the role and willingness to imbed herself into the Geelong community made her the perfect replacement for Paula.” More details.
Broadcaster and journalist Jane Marwick is the new voice of Afternoons on Radio 6PR for 2013. Jane is well-known to 6PR listeners as a regular program fill-in presenter and as a contributor to Paul Murray’s “Friday Free For All” segment. Born and bred in York, WA, Jane began her radio career in Esperance, followed by a stint at the age of 21 yrs with talk station 2UE as a presenter and producer of Phillip Adams show. She has also worked for the ABC on-air and in promotions and was part of top-rating shows at Perth stations’ 92.9, Triple M and 96fm. More details.
John Kenneally, former FIVEaa Adelaide breakfast presenter will host a brand new Saturday night music program on the station.
Gail Bowdern has been named as the new General Manager at 2GN and Eagle FM. (She replaces the late Steve Swadling.)
Scott Cam will host The Block All Stars Radio Show on theNova Network commencing February 2. It will air nationally on Saturday mornings from 8-9am. Tony Thomas, dmg Radio Australia Group Marketing Director, said: “We’re excited to be partnering with the Nine Network to bring one of the most successful TV properties to radio and Nova listeners. And we welcome Scott Cam to the Nova Network.“
Southern Cross Austereo has appointed Clive Dickens, a UK radio executive, to a newly created digital role to grow revenues from its digital media operations. The Absolute Radio chief operating officer joins SCA as director of digital and innovation.
Southern Cross Austereomanagement has been shamed into pulling an offensive interview from itsTriple M Adelaide breakfast show after News Limited revealed one of its presenters had called MasterChef: The Professionals host Marco Pierre White a "rude prick". Dale Lewis and co-hostsAli Carle, Warren Tredrea and Jon Blake were banned from playing the controversial audio this morning. But the hosts were allowed to discuss the controversial exchange, pre-recorded yesterday, in which Lewis insulted White about his three marriages and famed temper. Full story and audio.
The Financial Review reports that Guy Dobson has re-signed as Chief Content Officer at Southern Cross Austereo. His three year contract ended this month. It’s speculated that his salary is is now close to $1.08 million. In other company news, SCA Perth have appointed Emma Keft as their Strategy Manager, WA. She was recently Deputy National Advertising Manager for Pacific Magazines' K Zone and Total Girl titles.
Dave 'Rabbit' Rabbetts can now be heard on Nova 969 Sydney on mornings. He replaces Ben Wood who has moved from mornings to host National Late Nights. The networked show was hosted by Nath Valvo. He is now doing weekends onNova 100 in Melbourne.
91.7 ABC Coast FM Gold Coast will have a new presenter for the drive program in 2013. Bernadette Young moves from drive to host the breakfast program with Scott Lamond (pictured) joining 91.7 ABC Coast FM team as drive presenter. Scott returns home to Queensland from WA where he presented the breakfast program and managed the regional ABC North West station. In other ABC WA news, Arthur Muhl has moved on from ABC breakfast in Geraldton and returned to Perth.
Following the worldwide fury of the royal phone prank the latest advertising data shows revenue tracked backwards in Sydney's commercial radio market during the expected Christmas boom period. It shows the Sydney market was down 2.09 per cent to $15.529 million. Total advertising revenue for 2012 was down in all markets, except for Perth. It follows a tough period for Southern Cross Austereo. When the market opened after the prank call scandal, investors wiped $46 million from the value of Southern Cross Media Group. That day shares in the broadcaster plummeted 5.88 per cent, or 6c, to close at $1.04. More. (Source: news.com.au)
Angus O'Loughlin who recently joined SAFM Adelaide to co-host breakfast with Hayley Pearson is now moving to Sydney's 2Day FM. Ryan 'Burgo' Burgess, who recently moved to FOX FM Melbourne to host mornings, is moving back to Adelaide and will now be a part of the breakfast lineup on SAFM along with ‘Michael’ (Big Brother).
Alex Mitchell has joined Star FM Dubbo on breakfast. Alex was formerly with Power FM Muswellbrook.
Longtime 4BC/4BH Marketing & Promotions Director, Des Poeling-Oer, has decided for family reasons to relocate to Sydney to be with his wife as the demands for her role have now substantially increased. (See ‘Radio Jobs’.) In other Fairfax news, Mandy Walter is now the company's new HR Manager based in Media House Melbourne and Joe Sexton, formerly with the ABC, is now National Technology Director.
Sarah Morice will partner Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson on 2UE breakfast in weekdays from Monday to Friday 5.30-8.30 am in 2013. 2UE General Manager Chris Parker says:"Sydneysiders are keen to understand, connect and participate in the conversation about a range of issues, while also wanting to be entertained. In Dicko and Sarah we have the on air team in 2013 to provide them with that” Sarah is the brightest young talent to emerge from within 2UE in years. She will bring a fresh and unique news perspective to the breakfast timeslot. She is an extremely talented and well respected journalist, having recently been awarded the prestigious Brian White Memorial Award for excellence in journalism." Morice, is currently working in the 2UE newsroom. They will commence on January 21.
Fairfax Radio Network has announced four new appointments across the content, news, technology and human resource teams. Clark Forbes has been appointed as National Content Director, Rob Curtain as National News Director, Joe Sexton as National Technology Director and Mandy Walter as National Human Resources Manager. Adam Lang, CEO of the Fairfax Radio Network, said that he was pleased with the new appointments and excited for the year ahead. “These changes signal very exciting times for the Fairfax Radio Network and we are delighted to have been able to choose many of the best candidates internally,” Mr Lang said. “Clark Forbes brings a great depth of experience to his new role as National Content Director, having formerly led 3AW as Program Director. Mr Forbes will play a significant role in leading the strategic Content growth and development of the Fairfax Radio Network." More details.
Brian “The Spoonman” Carlton, former 2GB and Triple M announcer today has signed on with 2UE. He will produce Jason Morrison’s new drive program. In other news, weekend afternoon host Peter Berner has quit the station and speculation that Kathryn Robinson would co-host breakfast has proved to be untrue after she decided to decline the position to co-host with Ian Dickson.Read more. Other changes include the extension of 2UE's Sports Today which will now run seven nights a week.
At 8am on Tuesday, Jason “Wolfie” Wolfgram boarded a Metro Bus to begin 7HO FM’s 50 Hours for $50,000. The objective of the marathon was to raise $50,000 for the victims of the devastating Tasmanian Bushfires. 50 Hours later on the Hobart Waterfront, the broadcast ended with the $50,000 goal well and truly exceeded. Then in a huge last minute surprise, iconic Tasmanian brewer, James Boags, donated a massive $50,000 to the appeal, taking the total to$125,000! Commenting on the past 50 hours, 7HO FM General Manager Steve White said “knowing the generosity of Hobart people, we felt this appeal might be quite successful, but the result has blown us all away. I couldn’t be prouder of Wolfie and the 7HO FM support team. This is something we’ll all remember for a long time”.
Scott Menz is the new Executive Producer of breakfast and Assistant Content Director at SAFM Adelaide. He was most recently the Executive Producer of Nova's National Shows.
A change in direction at Fairfax-owned Sydney radio station 2UE has been cited by presenter David Oldfield as the reason behind his decision to leave the network. (The Australian)
Ross Watson is leaving HITZ FM Bundaberg. Ross worked on air and in production. He's accepted the role of Program Director at 5RM/Magic FM in the Riverland. (See 'Radio Jobs'.)
Launceston radio stations LAFM and Chilli 90.1 facilitated a 12 hour radio appeal from 6am – 6pm to benefit victims of the devastating Tasmanian bushfires that continue to be a cause of concern for many residents. Brekky crews from both stations kicked off the appeal at 6am and have broadcast all day in conjunction with their colleagues. General Manager Colin Taylor said. “The generosity of Tassie people never ceases to amaze me. Listeners and the business community have donated $26,905 today and demonstrated that in tough times they are willing to dig deep and help their fellow Tasmanians. We have uncovered some amazing stories today of everyday people going to extraordinary lengths to provide assistance to those in need, it truly is a humbling experience. It is also one of those days that you love being in radio, where you witness the generous spirit of people and the positive impact we can make, when needed. This of course wouldn’t be possible with the assistance of a dedicated and enthusiastic team of people that make Chilli and LAFM the finely tuned machines they are. I am justifiably proud of the efforts of our entire crew who have worked tirelessly keeping listeners informed of current fire alerts and situations along with throwing their full weight and passionate attitudes behind this worthy cause.” (Update: At 6.05pm tally was $27,077.
Radio 2UE 954 has announced that David Oldfield would leave the station for family reasons and would not return in 2013. Oldfield had been hosting the night time program between 8pm and midnight, Monday to Friday. General Manager, Chris Parker, thanked David Oldfield for his valued contribution to the station and said that the listeners would miss him. David Oldfield said it was a difficult decision to walk away from a great station like 2UE 954. “To return in 2013 would not have been in the best interests of my wife and children,” Oldfield said. An announcement about a permanent replacement in the 2UE 954 Night shift will be made shortly. Full details.
6PR talkback radio host Tony McManus won't be returning to the Perth station after the holiday season. McManus said he was told he was being "benched" several weeks ago as 6PR explores new directions. "6PR obviously has huge plans for next year and there are going to be some very exciting things take place, but it appeared that I wasn't going to be a part of that, but having said that everything happens for a reason and I'm now into the pre-season draft for 2013," McManus said.He has been at 6PR for more than 13 years. Full story.
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