Star Fm's New Content Director
2SM Sydney production guy Peter Samios is moving on. He has taken up a position as content director at Star FM Dubbo.
Cars Drive Digital Radio Figures to 5 Year High
Official data relating to DAB+ digital radio in Australia was released by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) in the 2014 Digital Radio Report, showing nearly 100,000* (97,177) new vehicles have been sold with DAB+ digital radio, and digital radio listening is at an all time high with 21.4% or almost 2.8 million people tuning in each week in the five metropolitan capital cities alone. More details.
Nova Network Now Airing Outros
The Nova Network is now airing the next chapter in branding for music radio stations – Outros, a new service from On The Sly Production. Developed especially for Nova, Outros brand the ends of hit songs to create a seamless platform for jocks while fusing the station’s name into the music. Outros delivers perfect segueways in the style of the biggest hits. More details.
Mel B Leaves 2DAY
Mel B will not be renewing her contract with 2DAY FM. SCA has confirmed that Melanie Brown has left the morning spot she has co-hosted since the beginning of the year alongside Jules Lund, Merrick Watts and Sophie Monk. 'We can confirm Mel B will not be continuing with the breakfast show for the remainder of the year,' said Southern Cross Austereo Sydney General Manager Jeremy Simpson. More details.
Metro Survey #5 results have been released. 3AW
had a strong survey and returned to No 1 in Melbourne. Breakfast (Ross Stevenson and John Burns
) had a 2% increase whilst ABC 774
breakfast (Red Symons
) dropped 2.8%. 2GB
continue their reign at No 1 in Sydney. Despite a slight drop of 1.5%, 97. 3
remained No 1 station in Brisbane. In Adelaide, it was another great result for MIX 102.3
with a 15.9% share. In Perth, MIX 94.5
rated No 1 once again with 14.2%. Full details.
Todd & Sami Debut On 92.7 MIX FM
92.7 MIX FM
Sunshine Coast have welcomed their new local drive show ‘Todd & Sami
For The Drive Home’ to the 3pm – 7pm time slot Monday to Friday. Hear Todd & Sami’s first break here – http://bit.ly/1tAdK2x
In Memoriam: Paul Rowe
Well known country music commentator Paul Rowe
passed away on August 22 from what is believed to be a heart related condition. Paul, who has spent most of his career in the radio industry in both New Zealand and Australia, and more recently over the last 15 years, headed up the iconic Festival FM
at the Tamworth Festival, spent the last days of his life doing what he loved - on air at Australia's largest field days as the AgQuip FM
on site PA voice. Many will also know Paul as the first contact for both the Festival FM radio station and the Official Guide to the Tamworth CM Festival publication. More details.
Dunkerley New PD Role
Andrew Dunkerley is on the move again! He's heading back to the role of PD for Snow FM & 2XL. Andrew told JJ: "The opportunity came up to return to the Snowies and I couldn’t say no! I met my wife there funnily enough from when I previously worked there." He commences on September 12.
The finalists in the 26th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards
(ACRAs) have been announced. Winners will be announced at a gala black tie event, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre on Saturday, 18 October. The National Radio Conference will be held in Melbourne on Friday 17 October. Full list of finalists.
John Laws program rated No 1 on 2HD in the latest GfK Newcastle Survey. Laws morning figure increased by 2.8% - to 17.9. The station also went to No 1 in nights with an increase of 4.7% - now 16.9%.
Radio Industry Mourns Passing of Phebe Irwin
n, an AFTRS
graduate and former WAVE FM
breakfast co-host, has died from complications during an operation. Her funeral will be held at the Albury Crematorium at 1.30 next Wednesday. It will be followed by a wake at La Maison Albury. Phebe was a graduate from the Australian Film, Television and Radio school in 1995. Her first gig was in Albury as a co-host of Truck Radio
, a late night radio program. But she is best remembered for her time as a presenter on WAVE FM
For 8 years she co-hosted The Big Breakfast with Dave Gorr
. WAVE FM Tribute. News report.
'Friendly Phil' Passes Away Aged 89
a former radio announcer, Papua New Guinea radio pioneer, AFTRS lecturer, has passed away aged 89. He died at his Gladesville nursing home on August 22. He worked at stations including 3NE
Wangaratta, 2QN Deniliquin and 2CH
Sydney. He also established radio stations and training programs in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Fiji and the Philippines. More details.
Aiden Grant On The Move To Adelaide
Aiden Grant, K Rock Geelong MD and drive announcer, has accepted a new radio role in Adelaide. He's joining SAFM as MD and Floater.
How Many Radio Stars Can You Fit Into One Studio
What happens when WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda, KIIS 1065’s Kyle and Jackie O and Rosso, The Edge 96.ONE’s Mike E and Emma and 2SM’ s John Laws all come together in one studio?
It was all completely organic – as you can tell by the fact no one really knew what they were doing there - but a few funny moments to come out of it. Highlights included Rosso’s apology to John Laws, John asking if ‘The Love God’ was Alan Jones and, yes, a few comments on Ray Hadley from Kyle.
Malcolm T Elliott Marks Anniversary With Tony Dickinson
Malcolm T Elliott says that it's been 42 years since he and Tony Dickinson became Australia's first comedy team. He was reminded of this fact when he visited Dickinson in hospital. (Dickinson has been battling cancer. See story from Scott Mayman below.) Tony was the 2UW breakfast newsreader and comedy foil and Peter Shanahan was the traffic reporter/foil. Malcolm says it developed into the first breakfast team of it's type but as Tony told him - "there is now one on every street corner." Hear audio of a stunt that Malcolm and Tony did on air in January 1973.
SCA Suffers a $296 Million Loss
Southern Cross Austereo
has suffered a $296 million loss and announced the departure of its chairman Max Moore-Wilton.
The loss in the 2013/14 financial year was caused by impairment charges on the value of its regional television stations. Excluding one-off items, Southern Cross made a profit of $79.7 million, down seven per cent on the previous year. Its revenue dipped 0.3 per cent to $640.8 million. Southern Cross, whose stable of radio stations includes Triple M
and 2Day FM
, said Mr Moore-Wilton will leave the company in the current financial year. Full story
Clarke now with ABC Darwin
Richard Clarke, former Content Director with 8HA/Hot 100 Darwin, is now Operations Coordinator with ABC Darwin.
2SM Sydney In Trouble With ACMA
According to ACMA, radio licensee, 2SM Pty Ltd, breached the privacy provisions of the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice when presenter, John Laws, read a man’s personal phone number on air. Clause 2.3 (d) of the Codes provides that the licensee must not ‘use material relating to a person’s personal or private affairs, or which invades an individual’s privacy, unless there is a public interest in broadcasting such information.’ ACMA found that in a broadcast on 25 November, 2013, Mr Laws twice read out, on air, the full name and mobile phone number of a man who was critical of his program.The ACMA did not accept the licensee’s argument that there was implied consent on the part of the complainant to the broadcast of his phone number. Furthermore, the ACMA did not accept that broadcasting the private details of the complainant was in the public interest.
APN Lifts Interim Profit
Recent acquisitions and a focus on cost cutting has delivered a boost to APN News & Media's interim profit, but the group has warned advertising markets remain volatile, and agency revenues have been soft at the beginning of the second half. The newspaper and radio group earlier this year acquired the remaining half of the Australian Radio Network (ARN) and The Radio Network (TRN) from Clear Channel Communications for $246.5m, funding the deal through a capital raising. The group noted the acquisitions contributed significantly to profit growth in the first half. Full story.
Erin Nolan Quits KIIS FM
Erin Molan, Channel Nine
sports journalist and NRL Footy Show
presenter has quit her weekly sports chat with the Kyle and Jackie O Show
after she was bombarded with inappropriate and sexist questions on their Kiis FM brekky show. As reported by The Australian, Kiis FM management and producers were forced to apologise to the TV star after she was subjected to questions live on air about how many sportsmen she has had sex with and whether she has had a boob job, before Kyle accused her family of being cocaine addicts. Full story.
Dave Higgins Goes Public On Battle With Depression
radio host Dave “Higgo” Higgins
has gone public with his battle with depression in the hope it encourages others to seek help. The radio personality, who decided to share his story in the wake of Robin Williams’ tragic death, wrote on the Triple M website that he received a phone call from his mum in 2001 when he was living in Western Australia “that set a course of change in my world." My sister was on the other line as well,” said Higgins. “Mum proceeded to tell us that we had another brother that she gave up for adoption at birth in 1960. It turns out he was living in Western Australia as well and mum had put her name down on some system to allow him to find and then contact her." Full story
Gene Simmons Comments on Facebook
stations have banned playing Kiss
recordings in Australia (how many do they actually play nowadays?) - however band member Gene Simmons
has clarified his comments on his Facebook page releasing tow statements. On a US radio show Simmons had started talking about people with drug addiction and alcoholics and along the way he lumped in people dealing with suicidal thoughts. Full story.
POWER FM Down Three Announcers – so what do you do?
On Thursday August 14, Power FM Ballarat PD Garreth Cockerell received the news that three of his announcers were unavailable because of sickness and annual leave, and he was literally left thinking how he would cover the shifts. For the answer ... follow this link.
Max Leaves Brisbane After 24 Years
Congratulations to Max Dudley who has been appointed as the new Executive Producer of SAFM Adelaide breakfast. Max who is currently assistant Producer of Triple M’s Grill Team Brisbane, commences on September 22.
Jamie Has New PD Gig
Jamie Row has joined Nova 106.9 Brisbane as their new Program Manager. In recent times he has been doing casual shifts including on air at Hot Tomato Gold Coast.
Nik Leaves Radio After a 20 Year Career
Nik James has hosted his final program on 2MC FM Port Macquarie. He's spent over 20 years in radio including over 10 years, 9 months and 3 weeks at 2MC FM. He's taken a new job with HCCU (Holiday Coast Credit Union).
Mark Scott foreshadows major changes to ABC services
managing director Mark Scott
has laid the groundwork for the public broadcaster’s future as “an important strand” of Australia’s “civic life” and major changes to its services. The Australian reports that in a speech to students at the Queensland University of Technology’s Faculty of Creative Industries, Mr Scott spoke of a future of asset sales, scaled-back services, more outsourcing and more focused broadcasting. Full story.
John Stanley Wins Kennedy Award
Sydney Talk station 2UE's Breakfast presenter John Stanley took out the award for Radio Commentator of the Year at the prestigious Kennedy Awards for Excellence in NSW Journalism this week. The award recognises a significant year for Stanley, who has been co hosting the 2UE Breakfast program since January with former Fairfax Media Director – News Media Garry Linnell. The Kennedy Awards recognise excellence in journalism in NSW.
'Dicko' Battles Cancer
Tony Dickinson, veteran radio and TV broadcaster is in hospital, suffering cancer. He was diagnosed 18 months ago, but has only now gone public. Tony pioneered Australian TV's 6pm one-hour news format at SAS10 (now SAS7). He's best known as the frontman of Channel Ten's Adelaide News in the 1980's, working alongside Anne Wills, Jane Reilly and Anne Sanders - just to name a few. Prior to television, "Dicko" worked in radio - A former Program Director of radio 4BH in Brisbane, he's also best known as the breakfast newsreader at 2UE where he was the first to break the news about the tragic Granville Train Disaster. Well wishers can contact Scott Mayman - 4BC News Director. Scott worked with Tony in Sydney Radio and has been asked to act on behalf of the family. Call 0415 728 195 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cooney Seeks New Radio Job
Campbell Cooney, has accepted a redundancy from the ABC. Campbell joined the ABC in 1997, and has reported on rural issues, mining, politics and sport, before taking responsibility for the Pacific. He’s covered coups in Fiji, elections in Papua New Guinea and tsunamis in Solomon Islands and Samoa. Campbell reported for both radio and television. He's now seeking a new radio job.
Fairfax Media Swings Into Profitability
Fairfax Media has swung back to profitability, with a result boosted by the sale of its accommodation website Stayz. But earnings in traditional print divisions—particularly in New Zealand and Australian community, rural and regional newspapers—continued to come under pressure, along with Fairfax's radio division, which suffered a 6 per cent revenue decline. Full story.
Christopher Sewell has left WAVE FM Wollongong and accepted the breakfast jock role at STAR FM in Dubbo. (See ‘Radio Jobs’.)
Presenter changes at 612 ABC Brisbane
612 ABC Brisbane has announced that evenings presenter, Rebecca Levingston, will replace Tim Cox on Drive when he returns to his family in Hobart at the end of August. Rebecca Levingston is a familiar voice to ABC listeners as host of the state-wide Evenings program since 2012. ABC News presenter, David Curnow, steps into the ABC Local Radio Evenings chair. The new line-up will commence on air September 1.
Jackie O Walks Out of KIIS FM Radio Show
Jackie O stormed out of the studio this morning and left co-host Kyle Sandilands to host their Kiis FM breakfast show on his own after the two had a fight in the opening break of the show. The on-air spat started just after 6am when Jackie O had a go at Sandilands for chucking a sickie last week. More details.