Kyle Blames HImself on KIIS Breakfast Drop
Kyle Sandilands has taken “100 per cent” blame for KIIS 1065 losing the no. 1 spot in the FM radio breakfast ratings, saying he was off sick too often and “relying heavily” on a mixture of medication. Full story.
Fairfax Media Talk With Ten On Merger
Speculation of a possible tie-up between Fairfax Media and Network Ten has boosted the share prices of the media organisations. The share jump follows The Australian’s report that Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood and Ten’s CEO Hamish McLennan have held talks about a merger, as each company battles the financial pressures caused by falling advertising revenue. More details.
Tribute To Bob Cure
Bob Curé, a former breakfast announcer of almost 30 years on 936 ABC Hobart - also known as 7ZR - has died aged 81. He passed away in hospital on October 10. The long-term Tasmanian radio announcer was well-known for his humour and on-air quizzes. Full story.
Southern Cross To Make Summer Changes
Hamish and Andy are expected to be confirmed as returning to Southern Cross Austereo’s national drive slot as FM radio undergoes another summer of upheaval. SCA and ARN have publicly dismissed plans to roll out their new HIT and KIIS brands across capital cities after this week’s rebranding of Adelaide’s SAFM as HIT107 and KIIS1065’s Sydney launch in January. But market expectations have firmed that ARN will relaunch its Melbourne’s Mix station as KIIS in the new year with Kyle and Jackie O networked to Melbourne and Chrissie Swan and Jane Hall moving to drive. Due to a new push to take Sandilands down south, networked drive host Tim Ross’s future at ARN may be under review. (Source: News Limited) More details.
Kyle Cops It At ACRAS
Not being a televised event meant presenters and guests were a little ‘loose’ at the ACRAs reports the Daily Telegraph. There was plenty of sledging and lots of swearing at Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) at the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre. Full story.
Ugly Phil Back To Sydney
Ugly Phil O'Neil has announced that that he will leave Triple M Brisbane and return to Triple M Sydney in December to host mornings. He replaces Anthony Maroon who will be concentrating more on his career as an NRL commentator.
ACRA WINNERS 2014
Amanda Keller and Brendan Jones, better known as WS FM101.7 Sydney breakfast duo, Jonesy & Amanda, have won the Best On-Air Team (Metro FM), at the 26th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRA) announced at a gala black tie event at the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre. Executive producer of the show Laura Viglino won Best Show Producer (Entertainment/Music) and Jonesy and Amanda also took out best Syndicated Program for their national weekly show My Generation. Winner of the Best On-Air Team (Metro AM) was won by 3AW Melbourne’s top rating breakfast team, Ross Stevenson and John Burns. Continuing to dominate their time slot in Melbourne having won more than 100 surveys, this is their third Best On-Air Team (AM) award, having taken out the category in 2011 and 2013. Best Current Affairs Presenter was won by 3AW’s Neil Mitchell. Mitchell, who was inducted into radio’s Hall of Fame in 2007 has won this category for three years running, plus two Best Talk Presenter awards. This year’s Best Talk Presenter was won for the first time by 2GB’s Ben Fordham. Radio’s Best Newcomer on air was won by Smooth FM presenter, Melissa Doyle. Full details. Full list of winners.
(Photos of ACRAS courtesy of andrewjarviephotography.com)
Peter Harvie Inducted Into Radio Hall Of Fame
Director of Southern Cross Austereo and highly respected radio and media industry executive, Peter Harvie was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame at the 26th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards. Harvie was honoured for his outstanding lifetime achievement and contribution to the radio broadcasting industry at a gala ceremony, attended by 1200 of his industry peers at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. More details.
AudienScope Q3 Shows Radio Triggers A Superior Level Of Social Media Interaction
Radio triggers a superior level of social media interaction than other media according to the AudienScope Q3 behavioural insights research, released at the National Radio Conference in by Australia’s radio audience measurement provider, GfK. Radio generates an impressive level of social media interaction with 61% of listeners interacting with social media showing the commercial radio continues to build deep, strong and broad audience engagement. More details.
HIT 107 Coming To Adelaide
Goodbye SAFM Adelaide - hello Hit 107. It launches on Monday with a new brekky show. Amos (Gill) & Dani (Pola) are the new hosts.
Andrew Denton has revealed the Triple M game House from Hell!, which predated Big Brother, was the greatest shame of his career. He said he quickly came to realise the competition that entrapped contestants was “a thoughtless, dangerous exploitation of human beings. In my defence, we never went back there,” he said during a keynote speech at the Commercial Radio Australia Conference. But, he added, “If I’d been smart I would have formatted it!” Denton also revealed radio was his favourite of all his media. “Radio remains my first love,” he said. “The greatest of all media to work in.” Full story.
Adam Lang Appointed Chairman of CRA
A new Board of Directors has been appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of industry body Commercial Radio Australia, held in Melbourne before the National Radio Conference. Adam Lang, Managing Director of Fairfax Radio Network was elected as chairman of CRA, replacing outgoing Chairman, Rhys Holleran, CEO of Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) who completed his second term from 2012 – 2013, having also been Chairman from 2001 – 2004 and remains on the Board. More details.
CRA Unveils Radio: I's A Love Thing
Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) unveiled the $25 million industry-wide “Radio. It’s a Love Thing” radio brand campaign at the National Radio Conference in Melbourne today. Chairman of the CRA Brand Committee and Australian Radio Network, chief executive officer, Ciaran Davis and Eardrum creative director, Ralph van Dijk presented the campaign to the nearly 600 attendees and described it as one of the most integrated and impactful brand campaigns that the industry had rolled out. More details including 'Audio' of song.
New Appointments at NOVA
NOVA Entertainment has appointed Rohan Brown (pictured above) as Program Director for Nova 100 Melbourne and Peter Clay (pictured below with team) as Program Director for the smoothfm network. Brown joined NOVA Entertainment in 2008 and has been Program Director for the smoothfm network since the station launched in May 2012. Brown has over 17 years programming experience, both on and off air, across multiple radio stations and networks. Rohan Brown’s appointment follows the resignation of Mike Cass to return to the UK. Brown and Peter Clay will commence in their new roles in December 2014.
Hadley and Carlton in On Air Brawl
2GB presenter Ray Hadley called former Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton a 'dog' and a 'grub' and threatened to 'put one on his chin' during his regular morning segment on Wednesday. It followed a clash of opinions over Woolworths' 'racist' singlets. Full story.
ARN Partners with Fairfax Radio Network
In a new collaboration, music, news and talkback stations from Fairfax Radio Network will soon be added to iHeartRadio, Australian Radio Network’s (ARN) platform as part of a new partnership. Since launching late in 2013, iHeartRadio has exceeded all expectations with live streaming more than doubling across all ARN radio stations along with more than 460,000 app downloads. From late October listeners registered with iHeartRadio will be able to tune in to iHeartRadio to hear news and talk back from 2UE (Sydney), 3AW (Melbourne), 4BC (Brisbane) and 6PR (Perth) and digital station NTS. Fairfax’s music and entertainment stations Magic 1278 in Melbourne, Magic 882 in Brisbane and 96fm in Perth will also be available. More details.
2DAY FM To Change Brand?
Southern Cross Austereo has hosed down rumours that the company will ditch its embattled Sydney flagship radio brand 2Day FM reports The Australian newspaper.
National Radio Conference This Friday
The commercial radio industry’s National Radio Conference will be held in Melbourne at the Grand Hyatt this Friday, 17 October. Nearly 600 delegates including CEOs, station owners, senior executives, station managers, programmers, music directors, sales and marketing executives, creative teams, engineering and human resources from radio stations across Australia will attend. Keynote speaker is Andrew Denton. Full details.
Shane Healy Resigns From Fairfax
Fairfax Radio Network Managing Director Adam Lang today announced that 3AW and Magic 1278 General Manager Shane Healy has resigned and will leave the network after 25 years. Shane Healy joined 3AW in 1989 as Sports Director and also called AFL football with Rex Hunt for six years during the 1990’s. He was appointed General Manager of 3AW in 2003 and has led the station to its dominant Number One position in the Melbourne market, a mantle it has held consistently for more than a decade.
Want to Co-Host The Project?
Following the success of last year’s Your Chair competition, ARN and Roving Enterprises have teamed up to offer everyday Aussies the chance to guest co-host Network Ten’s flagship current affairs program, The Project. A nation-wide talent search is on to find people from all walks of life to join The Project hosting team to discuss the news topics of the day. The Project hosts Carrie Bickmore, Rove McManus and Peter Helliar have a spare seat saved and look forward to see who is going to join them at the desk in November. More details.
Itch, Dami Im and Bonnie Anderson at ACRAS
The entertainment line-up for the 26th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) in Melbourne this Saturday night has been announced, with hit UK artist Itch to perform along with local artists Bonnie Anderson and Dami Im, joined by First Break winners Castlecomer. Itch will perform his smash single “Another Man” from forthcoming debut album The Deep End to be released October 17 in Australia. For the ACRAs, Itch will perform his single with Hollis Wong.
Australian Radio Network (ARN) has announced that Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones and Amanda Keller have renewed their contracts for three more years. Currently in their ninth year on air together, they have been in the top spot for four out of the six 2014 ratings surveys.
Bob Adds 10 Years To His Contract!
2CH Sydney morning announcer Bob Rogers has renewed his contract with 2CH in a ten-year verbal agreement. Owner John Singleton popped into his program to tell him of the new offer. Bob will be 88 in December which means he could retire at 98! The station has also launched a new jingle and imaging package using the positioner, "All the Hits you love and know - Happy Days - 2CH 1170". Singleton also let slip in the interview that Johnny Young will be joining the 2CH line up in an afternoon program. Audio of interview.
Stephen Everitt To Retire From ACE
Stephen Everett has announced that he will retire as Managing Director of Ace Radio Broadcasters in 2016. He's been in the head role of the Victorian based network for the past 20 years.
Denton keynote Speaker At Radio Conference
former Triple M
Sydney radio host, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s National Radio Conference
in Melbourne on Friday, 17 October. Denton’s session is titled Giving Head Jobs to Cobras
Andrew is the man who introduced The Chaser
to Australian television (Election Chaser
, CNNNN); and later, and as co-creator and Executive Producer of The Gruen Transfer, Gruen Planet, 30 seconds, Elders, Hungry Beast, AFP, Can of Worms, Joy of Sets, Randling
and more – all through the production company he created and helmed, Zapruders Other Films. Full National Radio Conference program.
Photo: Newmedia (copyright)
John Stokes Loses Battle With Cancer
John Stokes, former ABC Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast announcer, died on the weekend after a long battle with cancer.
His final air shift was on June 29 2013. He had taken leave twice before to fight non-Hodgkins lymphoma and returned to work only in March 2012 after beating it into remission. He announced in June last year that chemotherapy appeared to have shrunk the tumours but was not working completely and he needed to concentrate on his treatment. Friend Trevor Jackson wrote on the Radio Green Room Facebook page: " In the mid 80's he worked out of an ad hoc studio/office for the ABC on the Gold Coast on what was then 4SO. John became good mates with Simon Marnie at that time and as a keen surfer was sometimes heard doing surf reports for JJJ. 4SO moved to the FM band and became ABC Coast FM in the late 80's broadcasting from new studios at a site chosen by John, naturally just a stone's throw from the surf at Mermaid Beach. Later John was asked to start up an ABC Coast FM station on the Sunshine Coast, where he became entrenched as their Breakfast host."
* Also we've received a report that longtime ABC Hobart host Bob Cure has died. Bob was also heard in his later years on Ultra 106 Five. He spent 30 years on ABC breakfast.
Kim Leaving Heart Breakfast
Heart 107.3 is preparing to farewell Kim Napier from Heart Breakfast with Kim and Dave!
After opening up behind the mic to Hobart audiences for over two decades in news and breakfast radio, the on-air host told Hobart this morning that she is looking forward to freeing up her mornings and spending time with her family back in Adelaide. Saying goodbye to years of early starts with breakfast co-host David Noonan on Heart 107.3, Kim will finish up on air on Friday 19 December - at the end of the radio ratings year. Dave is set to continue in the breakfast shift and it’s anyone’s guess as to who will step into the studio beside him!
SA FM - The Final Goodbye
Adelaide reports on their website - " We have had an amazing time and created some awesome memories. Change is upon us and on Monday something new will be happening." Audio.
Aussie Music Journo Legend Passes On
Ed Nimmervoll, Australian music journalist and author has passed away in Melbourne aged 67. Nimmervoll, one of the most respected and well-liked journalists in the Australian music industry, was diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago. In 1966 he left his architecture studies to write album reviews for Go-Set pop music newspaper. He would go on to edit the magazine, as well as creating Australia’s first national chart, which appeared in the October 5 issue in 1966. He also created Juke magazine and wrote a few stories and provided chart info for Jocks’ Journal. More details. (Photo courtesy of Mike Rudd.)
Sydney Radio Feuds
In today’s Daily Telegraph Annette Sharp writes about “The legendary feuds that shaped Sydney radio over the past 70 years.” Annette writes: "This year the conflict blazed anew when Sydney reigning FM breakfast king and queen, Kyle Sandilands and Jackie “O” Henderson, quit 2DayFM and moved across the dial to the rebranded Kiis FM. As quickly as Kiis FM’s fortunes soared, 2DayFM’s crashed." Full story.
Paul Murray Stepping Down
6PR Perth presenter Paul Murray has announced he’ll be stepping down as Drive presenter at the end of 2014. Murray said he felt the time was right for him to step back from full-time work. “The show is in terrific shape at the moment and I’ve loved my time on 6PR but after a media career that’s spanned four decades it’s time for me to spend a little more time with my wife and travel the world. After informing management of my plans we’ve agreed that I will continue to present Drive until the end of the year and return in 2015 in a fill-in capacity.” The search for a new Drive presenter has commenced and an announcement will be made on his replacement in the near future.
Mark Braybrook Returns This Weekend
Brisbane’s News Talk station 4BC has announced a new, local weekend lifestyle show to be hosted by 4BC’s Mark Braybrook, who will return to the station to host the new program. The new show will launch on Saturday 11 October 2014 and broadcast every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm, following the end of the NRL and 4BC’s coverage of the 2014 season. “We’re very excited to launch Mark’s new lifestyle weekends show, as this is the first time we’ve gone local on weekends for a few years. Our new show adds strength to our commitment to local programming,” 4BC General Manager Anthony Frangi said. 4BC’s summer programming will also include the entire cricket season, broadcasting from November 5.
NOVA: The Hits of 2014
The Nova Network and Sony Music Entertainment have announced the new compilation album NOVA: The Hits of 2014 will be available from Friday 10 October. It will feature some of the biggest tracks heard on the Nova Network this year. A first for Nova, the album features 21 tracks including Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass, Calvin Harris’ Summer, Pharrell Williams’ Happy, Paloma Faith’s Only Love Can Hurt Like This, Justice Crew’s Que Sera and G.R.L’s Ugly Heart.
Mel Greig To Address A Festival
Former SCA host Mel Greig will address a British radio festival in the hope that colleagues can learn from her infamous prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge for morning sickness. She will appear at Radio Festival 2014 in Manchester next Tuesday to discuss the 2012 hoax call and the subsequent death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha. Full story.
Jamie Dunn Tells ACA of 2 Years of Online Abuse
98.9 Brisbane breakfast announcer Jamie Dunn has appeared on A Current Affair telling how he became the victim of two years of online abuse culminating in his daughter being targeted and a threat to blow up his car.A woman has been charged on 17 counts. http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article/8916340/the-logie-winner-and-the-stalker
RCS, has promoted Mike Powell to the position of SVP International Operations and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining RCS, Powell hosted top-rated morning shows on several UK music radio stations before transitioning to station management. Titles Powell has held previously include: Program Director and later CEO of the County Sound Radio Network, CEO of UKRD Group. He was one of the first in the UK to use RCS Selector software and the very first to use its revolutionary Master Control automation system (at Star FM).
CAAMA Launch RCS Zetta System
Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Radio network is installing the recently launched RCS Zetta system. According to Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), the technology places it ahead of many in the broadcast industry. It will allow the station to provide remote sectors with improved language specific program delivery, assisted by 24-hour support from RCS. CAAMA Radio became Australia’s first licensed Aboriginal broadcaster in 1980 and broadcasts across the second largest radio network in the country.
Shane Jacobson, Australian actor, presenter and entertainer, best known for his role as Kenny in the film of the same name, will host the annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs). Jacobson, who most recently starred in The Time of Our Lives, The Bourne Legacy, Mother and Son, Top Gear Live with Jeremy Clarkson and James May, and Jack Irish with Guy Pearce, is no stranger to radio, having once enjoyed a regular radio segment back in 1999 on Melbourne’s Gold FM. Jacobson will host the radio industry’s gala awards on Saturday 18 October at Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre with some of Australia’s most popular radio hosts joining him on stage as presenters. More details.
97.3 Brisbane radio host Robin Bailey returned to work this morning (October 7) and spoke emotionally on air of the death of her husband of 15 years. With a box of tissues on hand, and her voice breaking, Bailey read from a prepared statement and said that the five weeks since her husband Tony Smart took his own life were the hardest of her life. She said telling her children that their dad was never going to come home was the worst thing she’d ever had to do, but praised the three boys for their “exceptional and extraordinary” decision to pay tribute to their dad at his funeral. More details.
Chris Miller, ex-3AW/Magic production and Paul Maric are the new hosts of Behind the Wheel. The weekly automotive radio show is heard on a number of commercial stations across Australia, including 3GG, 2LT, Flow FM network and on dozens of community stations via Air News syndication.
Auckland Radio Ratings
Round two results of the Auckland 2014 Commercial Radio Audience Measurement Survey conducted by TNS New Zealand was released. The survey, conducted over 6 weeks and sampling 3,054 people aged 10 years and over has found that Newstalk ZB has the most listeners, with 178,000 different people tuning in each week. The Edge is in second place with 169,200 different listeners each week followed by ZM in third place with 136,900 listeners. The Breeze is in fourth position with 136,700 listeners each week and Mai FM is in fifth position this round with 126,200 listeners. Full details.
has revived a possible sale of its radio network, with investment bank Macquarie under-taking an informal mandate to review options for the media company. At the same time the investment bank is again reviewing options for a partial spin-out of the media company’s Domain property listings arm, amid pressure from shareholders to unlock the more than $1 billion in value from the business. The Australian understands Fairfax recently revived talks with ad baron John Singleton’s Macquarie Radio,
owner of talkback radio station 2GB/2CH
, on a potential radio tie-up. The Australian.
NOVA Launch new Online, Mobile & Tablet Sites
NOVA Entertainment has announced the next stage in its digital evolution, with the launch of its new Online, Mobile and Tablet sites, offering deeper client integration and richer content, across its market leading entertainment portal. Tony Thomas, NOVA Entertainment Group Marketing Director said, “The launch of our new Nova sites across desktop, tablet and mobile will further enhance the entertainment experience we provide our audiences, every minute of every day, no matter where they are. The richer experience will propel our already rapid digital audience growth and will provide our clients with many more ways to integrate and target their consumers.” novafm.com.au launched on Friday 3 October.
Former 2GB consultant and adviser John Brennan who helped introduce talk radio as well as the "good guys" format into Australia has written a memoir titled: “Brenno: The Life and Times of a Media Godfather”. More details (The Australian).
ABC 666 Win Survey 3 in Canberra
The GfK Canberra survey results are out today. In Survey 3 it was a ratings win to ABC 666 with 17.4 % (+1.0). Next came FM 104.7 with 17% and MIX 106.3 with 15.1%. Radio Canberra stations 2CC rated 6.3% with 2CA on 5.6%. Full details. Press release (Radio Canberra). Press release (Canberra FM Radio).
New Hot 91.1 Breakfast Show
Hot 91.1 on the Sunshine Coast have a new breakfast show hosted by Sam Coward and Lynda 'Edmo' Edmunds. Lynda has been a part of the station for the past 7 years as an announcer and as a news reader. She will be joined by well-known local of 33 years, Sam Coward, an international actor and director of the stage and screen who’ll be making his big screen debut alongside Tara Reid in Charlie’s Farm in November.
Jeff Goodwin Back On Radio
Jeff Goodwin, ex 4RO Rockhampton, is joining 101 FM Logan in Queensland and will be heard Mondays 9am to 12noon with his "Talk Of The Town" program commencing on October 13.
Robin Return To Breakfast Show
Robin Bailey is set to return to the 97.3 breakfast show on Monday. The ARN Brisbane breakfast team has been without Robin Bailey for most of September after the sudden death of her husband Tony Smart.