Longtime friends and comedy colleagues Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy are joining forces to drive Australia home in 2018 across the Triple M Network. Triple M’s first completely national drive time offering will commence on air in Melbourne in October, followed by Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and over 30 other markets in January.A new co-host for Triple M’s Hot Breakfast will be announced soon. More details.
Matthew Abraham Leaves ABC Adelaide
Matthew Abraham, half of the “Matt and Dave” duo, has announced he is leaving the Breakfast program on ABC Radio Adelaide. Matthew has co-presented on ABC Radio Adelaide with David Bevan since 2002, the first 9 years on Mornings then since 2011 on Breakfast. He was also a presenter on the station in the 1990s. Matthew’s departure will mark the end of over 15 years on air with co-host David Bevan.
Fairfax Rejects Singleton’s Macquarie Radio Bid
The plans of John Singleton and long-time adviser Mark Carnegie to take control of Macquarie Media have been left in tatters after Fairfax Media denied the duo access to its data room to assess the publisher’s stake in the radio assets. The pair teamed up late last week to notify Fairfax chief Greg Hywood of their intent to launch a full takeover of Macquarie Media. But in a blow to their ambitions Fairfax has denied the duo access to its data room, saying the publisher was not seeking buyers for its stake in the business. (The Australian)
Ben Latimer To Fill For Georgia Page
NOVA Entertainment has welcomed Ben Latimer as smoothfm’s Program Director for the duration of a maternity role contract. With over 15 years’ experience, Ben has extensive media experience as the Group Program Manager for Max and smoothfm TV and also held various roles with ARN. Ben covers for Georgie Page, who will depart for maternity leave on 21 July. He will commence in the position on 24 July 2017.
Mark Day Calls It A Day
Mark Day has been a journalist for over 50 years, as a reporter, editor and columnist. He has been a newspapers, magazines and radio station proprietor, radio and TV host, author and blogger. He was a founding columnist for Media in 1999. However he announced in The Australian: “After 57 years in journalism it’s time to say goodbye with my last Media column.”
Paddy Dangerfield’s New Baby
AFL superstar Patrick ‘Paddy’ Dangerfield and good mate and professional fishing guide Aaron ‘Captain Redbeard’ Habgood are launching their new radio program ‘Reel Adventures’. Arriving by boat at Docklands in Melbourne, on Monday June 26 Patrick and Aaron will talk about their love of fishing and what audiences can expect from their new show.
Sydney Offices of 2GB Evacuated
The Pyrmont offices of radio station 2GB were evacuated for a short period of time this afternoon (June 20). Listeners took to Twitter, reporting an announcement had been read out and classical music was played instead of the usual broadcast. It’s unclear why the building was evacuated. Regular broadcasting resumed a short time later.
Alan Jones Back At Home
Alan Jones is recovering following his recent “near-miss” after going into septic shock. The 76-year-old has been off the airwaves over the past week after being admitted to the intensive care unit of Sydney’s St Vincent’s Private Hospital. More details.
Andy Wells Media Win New York Award
Andy Wells Media picked up the Bronze Award for the music special "Celebrating 30 Years: U2 - The Joshua Tree" at the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Awards. The special was hosted by Barry Bissell and written by Jeff Jenkins with Andy looking after audio production and syndication. Full list of winners .
Air News Update
After a number of exceptional applications for a role with AIR News following a recent ad in Jocks Journal, news director Arthur Stevens has announced the successful candidates. The role advertised was for weekday evenings on the national radio news service, and Stevens has opted for a share-role situation with two Melbourne-based presenters, Sarah Patterson and Steve Visscher appointed to the role. Stevens says he worked with Sarah many years ago at 3KZ, and always found her work to be at the high end of professional, and Steve, whilst new to the role has demonstrated an incredibly versatile touch whichwill only add to the solid team at AIR News.
Coffs Harbour Radio Survey
Hit 105.5 Coffs Harbour rated No 1 in the 2017 Xtra Insights survey with 23.6%. They were closely followed by Triple M 106.3 with 23.3%. triple j rated third with 13.9% and then ABC Coffs Coast with 13.1%. More details.
Alana Joins Red FM
Alana McLean has been appointed Red FM Breakfast Announcer. Alana comes to Red via Grant Broadcasters where she worked as breakfast announcer for Star 1063 Townsville. Alana has also worked at Hit 929 in Perth. She will co-host breakfast with Robbie Klitzing. The start date for Alana is Thursday July 13th with the aim of launching the new breakfast show on Wednesday July 19th.
Coffee O’Clock Clocks Off
After four and a half years on air at Life FM Adelaide, the Drive show, Coffee O’Clock, with Jayne Lochert (left) and Sharon Smith (right), has gone into an hiatus. The show was also syndicated throughout regional SA on Lime FM and Riverland Life FM. Sharon has left the station after being involved in various roles over the station’s 24 years on air. Jayne will continue on-air in an afternoon slot and pick up a Promotions Role.
New MIX 106.3 Breakfast Show
The Kristen & Wilko Show is the new MIX 106.3 Breakfast Show waking-up Canberra from Monday 26 June. Neil ‘Wilco’ Wilcock joins Kristen Henry weekdays from 5.30am. Full details
John Singleton, Mark Carnegie in takeover bid for Macquarie Media
Fairfax Media has confirmed that John Singleton and long-time adviser Mark Carnegie have made formal approaches for a full takeover of Macquarie Media. Fairfax has confirmed reports in The Weekend Australian that Singleton and Carnegie have teamed up to buy Fairfax Media’s 54 % stake in Macquarie Media. Carnegie and his family speak for 6.8 % of Macquarie Media, while Singleton has a 34 % stake in the company — but the two are eager to control the whole company. (The Australian)
Red Symons' Under Fire Over Controversial Interview
ABC Radio Melbourne has gone into delayed damage control following breakfast presenter Red Symons' remarks to a fellow broadcaster Beverley Wang. Full story.
Alan Jones in hospital with 'nasty bug'
2GB/4BC breakfast host Alan Jones, is back in hospital just a few months after he returned to the airwaves. He went off the air last Friday and was taken to hospital with an infection this week. More details.
New Journalist For Hitz 939 and 4BU
Bundaberg Broadcasters’ radio stations Hitz 939 and Classic Hits 4BU welcome new journalist Laura Francis to the team. She’s bringing her experience from WIN TV in Townsville to their Newsroom. More details.
Albury Radio Survey
Only 1.2% separated Triple M 105.7 (22.9) and Hit 104.9 in Albury (21.7) in the latest Xtra Insights radio survey. The first in Albury since 2014. In third position was ABC Goulburn Murray with 14.4% and then 1494 2AY with 11.4 They also were the No 1 station in evenings. Hit 104.9 came No 1 in breakfast (21.4) just ahead of Triple M (21.1). Full details.Press Release.
Scotty McLaren Leaves Radio
Sun 96.9 Alice Springs announcer Scotty McLaren has announced on Facebook that he's leaving the radio industry. He said: “After giving exactly 20 years of service to radio, today I announce that I am leaving the industry. It's been a hell of a ride and one that I will always look back on with fond memories. I feel as if I have achieved everything that I set out to do as I wide eyed bushy tailed kid from the Northern Beaches of Cairns.”
Tahni Joins hit 107 Adelaide
Tahni Schaefer is leaving Adelaide talk station FIVEaa where she worked as the Producer of Jeremy Cordeaux's nightime show. She’s taken on a new job at Hit 107 Adelaide as Assistant Producer for Amos, Cat & Angus.
EON Sports Enters Voluntary Administration
Barry Wight and Daniel Juratowitch of turnaround and restructuring advisory firm Cor Cordis have been appointed as Voluntary Administrators of EON Sports Radio, effective 13 June 2017. EON was launched in July 2016 as a digital 24-7 sports radio network transmitting on the digital audio broadcasting network and via various applications operating on smart devices and online. More details.
Crystal Vas Joins Power FM Brekky
Crystal Vas, is the new 949 Power FM Shoalhaven breakfast co-host with Todd. At the age of 19 Crystal scored her first commercial gig at 929 in Tamworth as a drive announcer.
Dani Raco Moving On
After 3 years as an Advertising Director at Melbourne's ARN,Dani Raco has decided to move on and will take on a new role at Macquarie Media from July.
Cairns Radio Survey
Hit 103.5 Cairns was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights Cairns radio survey with 22.9 % (-4.9). The last survey was in June 2016. Next came Triple M with 16.9 (+2.1), followed by Star 102.7 with 14.4 (-2.2) and ABC Far North with 14.1 (-0.2). Hit 103.5 was No 1 in all sessions except nights. ABC rated No 1 in evenings despite going down 5%. Full details.
GfK Survey 3 2017 DAB+
The latest DAB+ summary report was released today. Edge Digital was the No 1 station in Sydney. Aussie rated No 1 in Melbourne. Coles Radio is still at No 1 in Brisbane. ‘90s iHeart radio made No 1 in Adelaide. In Perth, sport was the dominating DAB station with ABC Grandstand at No 1. Full details.
Former ABC radio host “parachutes” in for state Labor
Tim Cox, previous longstanding host of ABC morning radio in Hobart, who has also worked for the ABC in Queensland, is to be “parachuted” into the Hobart seat of Denison for the Tasmanian ALP at the coming state election, provoking anger from some party members. Full story.
Phoebe Parsons - Winner Of Podquest
NOVA Entertainment has announced that Phoebe Parsons is the inaugural winner of Podquest. This was an initiative launched by NOVA in April to discover and support new and emerging podcasters from around Australia. Phoebe will have access to NOVA’s production facilities, technical expertise and distribution channels to create a podcast series.
Vale Jill Singer
Australian journalist Jill Singer has died at the age of 60. She was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder earlier this year. Singer began her career as an ABC radio cadet in 1984. After a stint in Albury-Wodonga, she progressed through the ranks of the national broadcaster to land a position as a senior reporter for The 7.30 Report. She was also a regular on ABC 774 in Melbourne. More details.
Rod Cuddihy To Leave Mix 106.3 Breakfast Role
Mix 106.3 Canberra has announced that Rod Cuddihy one-half of the Kristen (Henry) and Rod breakfast team, will come off air and continue in a behind-the-scenes management role. The new breakfast presenter will be announced on Monday, June 19 and will start on-air at MIX 106.3 alongside Kristen a week later. Full story.
Mackay Radio Ratings
Hit 100.3 rated No 1 in the latest Mackay radio ratings with 24.9%. SCA sister station Triple M came second with 22.1%. Next came ABC Tropical North with 16.8% followed by Grant Broadcaster station Star 101.9 with 9.9%. Hit were No 1 in breakfast, afternoon and drive. Triple No 1 in mornings (+6.5) and evenings (+7.8). More details.
Jess Sully Joins 2EC/Power FM
Jess Sully is leaving NOW FM Moree and joining 2EC/Power FM in Bega as producer/floater.
Wayne Wesson Moves To Hot FM
Wayne Wesson, former Gold 92.5 Gold Coast Breakfast Announcer (Smith & Wesson in the early 90’s) has joined Sunraysia Community Radio Association station 106.7 HOTFM Mildura. He’s a music advisor to Station Manager Ivan Behsmann and is also be heard on air Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Nick O'Connell Leaving ACE Radio
Nick O’Connell is moving on from the ACE Hamilton office. He’s been with ACE for a few years and currently anchors the Country Today program on the ACE Radio Network's 3YB, 3CS, 3HA, 3WM and 3SH.
GfK Metro Radio Ratings 3/2017
It was a close shave for 2GB in Sydney and Mix 94.5 in Perth - although they both rated No 1 - smooth 95.3 was only 0.1 behind 2GB and in Perth Nova 93.7 was only 1.0 behind Mix 94.5. In Adelaide FIVE aa edged out Mix 102.3 to be No 1. 3AW was a clear leader in Melbourne with 15.5% with talking lifestyle unable to grab 1% share in any session. In Brisbane Nova106.9 was the dominating station (+2.0). Full details.
Em Rusciano Returns To 2DAY Breakfast Program
Em Rusciano has made a heartbreaking confession during her first morning back on air, after taking two weeks off to cope with her miscarriage. After thanking the “thousands” of fans who had offered support, the 2DayFM host revealed that not everyone had been so kind. Full story.
triple j’s New Film & TV Reviewer
Three weeks ago triple j movie reviewer Marc Fennell announced he was stepping down from his film and TV review role, opening up a nationwide search for his replacement. In that time triple j amassed 1300 applications. In the end they selected 22 year old Amelia Navascues as triple j’s new TV & Film Reviewer.
Vale John K Watts (1937-2017)
John K Watts, Perth radio broadcaster and football legend, died on Saturday June 3 after a battle with cancer. He was 80 years of age. The Watts and (Barry) Martin Breakfast Show was a huge hit in Perth. More details.
Abi Returns To Radio
Abi Benaud is the new Executive Producer of Brisbane’s Hit105’s Stav, Abby and Matty with Osher Breakfast show. Abi has been working as a PR Executive at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast for the past five months.
Radio CEOs Unite To Send a Message To Parliament
Chief executives from Australia’s major commercial and subscription TV, newspaper and radio companies united in Canberra on may 31 to demonstrate support for the Federal Government’s broadcast and media reform package. The industry is making an unprecedented show of support to send a strong message to Parliament that urgent changes are required to modernise Australia’s outdated media laws. Full details.
Kyle Sandilands has revealed he was ejected from a London hospital during the Grenfell Tower fire for being 'too fat'. The KIIS breakfast announcer called an ambulance as he had chest symptoms and thought he was having a heart attack, only to be sent home as stressed staff dealt with dozens of burns and fire victims from the towering inferno. Full story.
Andy Lee confronts breakfast radio announcer
Breakfast team Nick and Sophie at Hit 106.9 Newcastle spoke to Andy Lee of Hamish and Andy, ahead of their latest TV show ‘True Story’ on Nine last night. During the interview Andy revealed that Nick kissed his sister. Full details.
A Day in the Life of Deborah Clay
As one of the most powerful women in broadcast journalism, National News Director for the ARN, Deborah Clay, shared her tips for success with Stellar in the Daily Telegraph. Full story.
Ugly Phil O’Neil and the Hot30 Countdown
At the height of the Hot30’s popularity, Ugly Phil quit the show and moved overseas, and now he’s revealed why. Speaking to Rachel Corbett on her podcast You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere, the 54-year-old said he had no idea how popular the Hot30 was when he was hosting it. Full story.
John Laws Looks Back On 60 years
After 60 years behind the microphone, 2SM morning announcer John Laws has written a memoir. He spoke to ABC TV's Leigh Sales about his career. Full story.
Radio 4AM & 4KZ both celebrate their 50th Anniversary in September this year. The station would like to hear from any former staff members with your contact details. Do you have any old photos or memorabilia that you could loan to the station for the celebration? Check out this special Facebook page for more details.