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GfK Digital Ratings Survey 7, 2017
The latest GfK
digital ratings were released on November 21. The No 1 digital stations were: Sydney - ABC Jazz
, Melbourne - Double J,
Brisbane - MMM Classic Rock
, Adelaide - The '90s i Heart Radio
and Buddha Hits radio
and Perth - Smooth
and OldSkool Hits Radio
(tie). Full details.
Melbourne's No 1 FM Brekky Show Axed
GOLD FM breakfast hosts Jo Stanley and Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann have been axed from the Melbourne station despite their breakfast show’s recent ratings success (#1 FM brekky show and #2 overall in ratings). ARN confirmed the Jo and Lehmo Show would not be returning in 2018. In a statement, ARN National content director Duncan Campbell said Stanley and Lehmann would remain on air until the end of 2017. “Further details of the plans for GOLD 104.3 (will) be announced shortly,” he said.
Scott Haas Moving On
After 14 years at Ultra 106five Hobart, Scott Haas, Music Director and Breakfast announcer, will leave the station in the New Year.
Ross Stevenson: the Don Bradman of the Wireless,
but you wouldn't know it.
3AW's Ross Stevenson
has won the ratings for nearly 25 years (128 surveys), with nearly one in four radios tuned to his breakfast program. First with on-air partner Dean Banks
and later with former barrister John Burns
. Read John Silvester's story
on the man who began his career as the co-host of Lawyers, Guns and Money.
Em Rusciano Slams 'Archaic' Radio Ratings Method
2DAY FM's Em Rusciano
has called for a complete overhaul of the Australian radio ratings system. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph she labelled the system 'archaic', claiming that it doesn't take into account the various ways people are listening to radio in the digital age. Full story.
John Bertrand, Gary Pert, Michael Nettlefold
all leave SEN Board
Former America's Cup-winning skipper John Bertrand
and ex-AFL club chief executives Gary Pert
(pictured) and Michael Nettlefold
have dramatically been forced to quit the board of radio station SEN
. The trio and another board member, Peter Quattro,
were all moved to resign by the company's major shareholders. (Source: The Age) More details.
Crocmedia set to buy a controlling interest in SEN
Movement continues at Melbourne Sports Radio network SEN, with suggestions media company Crocmedia is set to buy a controlling interest. It follows the resignation of major shareholder Ron Hall (28.4%) as a non-executive director of Pacific Star Network, despite being retained as an alternate director to Andrew Moffat. Crocmedia ownership involves brothers Mark Rothfield and John Rothfield, aka Dr Turf, and former Footy Show host Craig Hutchison. Hutchison’s name has been linked with the station CEO role. (Source: Herald Sun)
Josh On The Move
Josh Buckle, breakfast co-host at K Rock Geelong, will be leaving the station. He is currently co-hosting with Tom Lewis.
AO Radio Teed Up For 2017
have announced AO Radio
will be in full swing at this year’s Emirates Australian Open. Crocmedia will be exclusively producing 20 hours of live broadcast radio for Golf Australia available through thousands of free earpieces over four massive days. Full details.
Dani's New Producer Role
Danielle ‘Dani’ Westport is the new Producer of The Luke Bradnam Show with Libby Trickett & Dobbo which is heard on Triple M Brisbane and Gold FM Gold Coast.
GfK Metro Survey 7, 2017
The latest GfK survey results were released this morning. The top rating stations were once again 3AW
Melbourne (15.5%), 2GB
Sydney (11.8), Nova 106.9
Brisbane (13.9), Mix 102.3
Adelaide (11.8) and Mix 94.9
Perth (14.1). full results.
Ned & Josh Are Coming To The Capital
After taking home the ACRA for Best Network Program – Provincial last month, HIT FM
WA breakfast team ‘Ned & Josh’
announced to listeners this morning that they will be wrapping up next Friday (Nov. 24) & moving the show to HIT104.7
in Canberra. More details.
Morning Change At ABC Brisbane?
Unconfirmed but we believe that Steve Austin will move to a new shift at 612 ABC in 2018. He hosts the 8:30-11am weekdays program. Unconfirmed but his replacement could be Katherine Feeney.
National Community Radio Awards
Winners of the 2017 CBAA Community Radio Awards
were announced at a gala dinner held on the Gold Coast on November 11. This year, the prestigious Tony Staley Award for Excellence in Community Broadcasting went to 4MBS Classic FM.
The Michael Law Award for a sustained and outstanding contribution by an individual to community broadcasting was awarded to Ian Stanistreet.
Ian was instrumental in establishing the sector’s National Radio News, which began as a joint venture between 2MCE
and 2NUR. Full story and winners.
Vale Jillian Hocking
who worked as a journalist at ABC
Radio National, trained journalists at SBS
, and was Head of Radio Broadcasting for the UN in Afghanistan, has passed away. For two years struggle against brain cancer. She is also remembered for training journalists in eastern Europe and the Arab world, before returning to become a highly regarded journalism academic in Melbourne. Details
on funeral service.
Ben and Andy Join K Rock
Ben Toyne and Andy Sunderland will be joining the K Rock Geelong weekend lineup for breakfast commencing November 18.
Wollongong Radio Survey
was the No 1 station in this year's Wollongong survey.
They rated 27.4% (-1.7). They were followed by Wave Fm
with 15.6% (-2.9) and then ABC Illawarra
with 14.6% (+1.1). i98 rated No 1 in all sessions. Full details.
Em Rusciano Back in 2018 With New Partner
Em Rusciano's 2DAY FM breakfast show will have a new co-host with actor and radio announcer Ed Kavalee joining in the new year. Rusciano's co-host Harley Breen told listeners on Tuesday morning he was quitting breakfast radio.The breakfast show, which is broadcast from Melbourne, has struggled through low ratings in 2017.
Sarah & Paddy Departing 2GO
2GO Breakfast co-hosts Sarah King & Paddy Gerard will be leaving breakfast. Sarah departs after 26 years with 2GO and Paddy after 14 years with both 2GO and Sea FM. Leisa Wood, General Manager SCA Central Coast said, “Sarah and Paddy have been valued members of the 2GO family and Central Coast community over the past 5 years together. We wish them all the best for the future.” A new breakfast show for 2GO will be announced in due course.
Rabbit and Julie Goodwin Return In 2018
Dave ‘Rabbit’ Rabbetts and Julie Goodwin (Australia’s first Master Chef winner) will return on Star 104.5 Gosford breakfast in 2018. The pair have worked together for the past 2 years.
ARN Announces 2018 KIIS National Network Lineup
have announced the full 2018 national line up for the KIIS Network,
including new nights entertainment show Celeb HQ headlined by Zoe Marshall
and John ‘JC’ Caldwell.
Celeb HQ will air nationally from 7pm – 8pm, right after Kyle & Jackie O’s
Hour of Power. Craig ‘Lowie’ Low
will also contribute special news and features from his base in LA. Full details.
Francis Leach Announces Departure
SEN 1116 Melbourne afternoon announcer Francis Leach has announced he’s moving on. He tweeted: “Peeps. I’ve decided not to return to @SENAfternoons in 2018.Time for some new challenges!”
Clare Bowditch leaves ABC Radio
Clare Bowditch will leave ABC Radio Melbourne at the end of this month to concentrate on her music career and her first book. The ARIA winner and Logie Award nominee has hosted the Afternoons program from 1pm to 3pm on ABC Radio Melbourne since January 2016.
Movement at Brisbane’s Nova106.9
NOVA106.9 will replace its locally produced weekday mornings program with a syndicated Sydney show, moving Katie Mattin to the afternoons slot. Tim Wong-See, who currently hosts the afternoon program, has been left without a job as a result of the shake-up. Replacing Tim will be Greg Burns who will host a customised Brisbane show from Nova’s Sydney studio.
Ed And Ash On Summer Breakfast
Ed Kavalee & Ash London’ will air weekdays on 2Day FM, Fox FM, Hit105, Hit107 & Hit92.9 from December 11 – December 22, 2017. Joining Ed & Ash each morning will be comedian, actor, writer & host, Ash Williams. ‘Summer Breakfast with Ed Kavalee & Ash London’ will be produced in Melbourne.
Emma Mullings Off To US
Hope 103.2 afternoon presenter Emma Mullings is leaving Sydney and moving with her family to Miami in the USA in 2018. Emma, who is also a talented singer and TV host, has been with the station for 5 years. Laura Bennett has moved from brekky and replaces Emma on afternoons.
The Monkeys win Round 3 of Sirens
Sydney agency, The Monkeys
(now part of Accenture Interactive) has won Round 3 of the 2018 Siren Awards taking out the single category and overall win with the Meat and Livestock Australia ad “Beef. The Greatest”. Monkey’s creative team Chelsea Parks, Hugh Gurney
and Grant Rutherford
have incorporated a song into the ad, explaining why beef isn’t ‘just’ beef. Audio.
Xtra Insights Ipswich Radio Survey
The first ever radio ratings for the Queensland city of Ipswich was released on October 31. Local station River 94.9
was No 1 station with 26.4%. They were followed by Brisbane-based stations Hit 105
(9.6) and Triple M
(7.0). River was a clear No 1 station in all sessions. Full details.
hit92.9’s new Breakfast Show
hit92.9 has a new Breakfast Show for 2018 featuring galpal Heidi Anderson, former West Coast Eagle Xavier Ellis, and WA-son-returning, Ryan Jon. Heading over from 104.7 in Canberra, Ryan has been on the air for three years most recently on hit92.9 and is known for his hard but honest guest interviews. Last but certainly not least is Heidi Anderson. The female voice for hit92.9’s current Breakfast Show, Heidi, Will & Woody. Heidi, Xavier and Ryan will air their first show on January 8th.
HIT104.7's Ryan and Tanya to leave Canberra
breakfast team Ryan and Tanya
are leaving Canberra, with their last show on Friday. Ryan Jon is returning to Perth (see story above) to present breakfast for radio station Hit 92.9. Tanya Hennessy is moving from Canberra to further her phenomenal multimedia projects, including some "international opportunities", which are still under wraps.The pair have been in the breakfast chair for less than two years. Full story.
Neil Marks To Leave 2LM
Lismore breakfast host Neil Marks
is stepping down as host of his radio show to focus on fatherhood and motorbikes. After 33 years of radio, many of those at 2LM
and ZZZ FM
, Neil said he was "too young" to retire. Once he hangs up the headphones, he will be picking up his boots for a new job at Lismore Motorcycles. Full story.
Dave Nicholson Joins Spirit Geraldton
Dave Nicholson has a new radio role as the Spirit Geraldton Breakfast Announcer. He was previously with 2EC in Bega where he was Morning Announcer and Assistant Content Director. He begins at Spirit on November 20th.
Hit Network’s New Overnight Program
A new national overnight show will air on the Hit Network in 2018. It will be hosted by Danny Lakey, who currently co-hosts the Hit breakfast in Central Queensland.
Triple J Goes Off Air
triple J was plunged into silence this morning, with the radio station suffering major technical difficulties around Australia. The outage started just before 8am AEDT and lasted more than an hour. Some listeners heard nothing while others heard a recorded announcement about the “reception difficulties”. Triple J didn’t address the issue on social media for more than 30 minutes before finally explaining what was going on. (Source: news.com.au)
Paul and Lise To Head 96FM Breakfast
ARN have announced that Paul Hogan and Lisa Fernandez will replace Carmen Braidwood and Brad Fitzgerald on breakfast. Carmen and Brad have left the station. Paul & Lise first met in 2011 when Paul was asked to join Lise for Breakfast on Perth radio. For the past four years, Hogan has been in Hobart co-hosting breakfast on hit 100.9. Lise will be continuing work with Channel 9.
RTI FM Back On Air
Five unique individuals are coming together to create RTI FM.
For a wakeup with a difference tune in to hear ‘The Big Brekky’ with Aimee, Rodge
. Following The Big Brekky, solo shows from all five personalities will see you through your afternoon. Full details.
ABC announces 19 new radio streams available by 2018
The ABC has announced that 19 regional radio stations will be streamed live via mobile and online by March 2018, through an additional $1 million investment in local communities. Full story.
Police execute search warrant on ABC Brisbane
The Queensland Police Service has executed a search warrant on the ABC
in Brisbane, seeking leaked state Cabinet documents used in a series of news stories. Full story.
96FM Axes Breakfast Show
WA Today reports that 96FM
has axed its breakfast show hosts Carmen and Fitzi with the duo set to be replaced by Lisa Fernandez
and Paul Hogan
in 2018. After poor ratings and recently being ranked Perth's sixth most popular breakfast show, Carmen Braidwood
and Brad Fitzgerald
will finish up at the station on Monday. Full story.
Margaret Throsby Hosts Final Weekend Program
will host her final ABC Classic FM
program this Saturday. With more than 50 years’ experience with the ABC, she’ll be moving to a new role within the ABC that will see her educate and inspire the next generation of broadcasters. More details.
Ben Latimer New NOVA 96.9 PD
Ben Latimer has been appointed program director of Sydney's Nova 96.9. In other news, Sarah McGilvray, who is returning from maternity leave, will take on an an on-air role with Fitzy and Wippa’s breakfast show.
Neil Mitchell Celebrates 30 years on 3AW
On Friday October 20 3AW
morning host Neil Mitchell
celebrated 30 years at the Melbourne talk station. The only radio he did before that was a regular spot with Derryn Hinch
when Mitchell was editor at the Herald Sun newspaper. They used to do a spot at 5 minutes to 12. Audio and photo highlights.
Glenn Hartas Joins LAFM
Glenn Hartas, former General Manager of 91.9 Fresh FM Gladstone, has a new radio role in Tasmania. Glenn has accepted the position of Music Director and Drive Announcer at LAFM Launceston. He commenced with LAFM Monday on October 16th.
SCA appoints Kim Norman Sales Director
– PodcastOne Australia
SCA has announced the appointment of Kim Norman as Sales Director – PodcastOne Australia.A Sales Executive for Austereo almost 10 years ago, Kim returns to SCA, most recently from HT&E’s AdShel where she was State Sales Manager for NSW & ACT.
Triple M Brisbane Breakfast Changes
Lawrence ‘The Moonman’ Mooney is officially joining ‘Marto’ and Robin on the new Triple M Big Breakfast 104.5FM in 2018. Lawrence has been a regular contributor to Triple M Brisbane Breakfast, calling in as “Big Mal” and most recently filling in for Ed Kavalee whilst he was on paternity leave. Kavalee, who has shared the brekkie microphone at Triple M Brisbane for the past four years, will be moving back to Melbourne to spend time with his new baby boy and his wife. Kavalee will continue with SCA as well as his raft of media commitments including Have You Been Paying Attention?
Erin Molan Wins Best Newcomer On Air (Metro)
presenter Erin Molan
won the ACRA for 'Best New Comer On Air'. She's also a part of the 2GB Continious Call Team that also won the 'Best On Air Team - Metro' (AM). Jocks' Journal spoke to Erin at the awards. Audio.
Hamish & Andy Win for
Best Station Produced Comedy Segment
Hamish & Andy (Hit Network)
scored another ACRA on Saturday night winning for Best Station Produced Comedy Segment - Metro.
Jocks' Journal spoke to the poopular duo at the awards. Audio.
Link to the 'Australia's Best Bloke'
2017 Hobart Radio Survey
For the second year running, ABC Radio
Hobart was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Research
Hobart survey. In order the top 5 stations were: ABC Radio Hobart (18.0%), 7HOFM
(17.7), Triple M Hobart
(16.9), Hit 100.9
Hobart (16.7) and Triple J
(12.3). Full details. Press Releases.
2GB’s Ray Hadley & Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty
Take out top Radio Awards
broadcaster, Ray Hadley
has become the most celebrated radio announcer in the history of the ACRAs,
this year winning the Best Talk Presenter, Best Sports Event Coverage, Best On-Air Team (Metro AM), as part of the Continuous Call Team and an induction into the Hall of Fame, taking his total awards to 30 throughout his 36-year radio career. For the second year running, Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell
and Marty Sheargold
, hosts of NOVA’s
number one national drive show, won the Best On-Air Team (Metro FM). Full list of winners.
Hadley and Keller inducted into Radio Hall of Fame
and Amanda Keller,
were tonight inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame at the 29th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards. In front of more than 1000 industry peers, 2GB’s Ray Hadley and WSFM’s Amanda Keller were both recognised for their outstanding lifetime achievement and contribution to the radio broadcasting industry. Full details.
A Round Table of Radio’s Digital Experts
This final session was presented by Matt Saraceni - Innovation Community Manager - Telstra Labs, Telstra. A panel of radio experts from the ARN, SCA, Grant Broadcasters, ABC and Crocmedia shared their thoughts on the industry’s digital side. Angela Stengel (ABC) says - “We should be leaders in this area.” One question was - ‘What’s your most successful project?’ - Rohan Dwyer: (Grant Broadcasters) - "Tasmania Talks.". Simon Chapman (Crocmedia) - "Crocmedia’s AFL Trade Radio." Angela Stengel (ABC) - “An app we launched recently called ‘How Do You Sleep At Night?’ . Chris Derrick (SCA) - "The RadioApp that we started and then handed over to CRA."
Challenges of Journalism In A Dangerous World
Steve Ahern spoke about his experiences in Kabul, Afghanistan and other ‘media dark’ areas of the world. Steve’s company AMT has been working with news media in these difficult countries. He spoke of one female journalist in Kabul who was pursuing a career in journalism. However she wouldn’t work on camera as she said her family would kill her! However she hopes that times will change and hopefully one day her daughter will work on camera - and so she continues to work behind the scenes as a producer. He also shared a story about two of his interpreters who were also working as ‘secret police.'
Real News In A World Of Fake Facts - Radio Alive 2017
The panel included: Deborah Clay (National News Director - ARN), Jason Morrison (Director of News - Channel 7), Michelle Griffin (News Director - The Age), Chris Pane (Huffington Post) and Alan Sunderland (Head of Editorial - ABC). It was hosted by Tim Burrowes (Mumbrella). Jason Morrison spoke about the recent “stop the fags” hoax story. He said “don’t be sucked into a story unless you see it for yourself and not just some social media pics.” The panel also discussed the recent ‘Vegemite blend 17” - is it a real news story - or is purely a product push? Should it be covered in news and where does commercialism meet journalism? Michelle Griffin says The Age didn’t cover it as it was boring. The recent Ray Hadley story involving the employee of West Orange Motors was also raised. Jason says that Ray was right. and says regarding the station that blocked his comments - “ If they don’t trust him on this story then they shouldn’t take his program”.
Powerhouse Women In Media At Radio Alive 2017
was the moderator for the Powerhouse Women In Media session at Radio Alive. The panel included Erin Molan
(Macquarie Media and Nine Network), Carrie Bickmore
(Hit Network and Network Ten), Amanda Keller
(WSFM and Network Ten) and Susie O’Neill
(Nova and Olympic swimmer). More details.
#QandA Session Kicks Off Radio Alive 2017
Virginia Trioli headed a live QandA radio session. Some interesting comments … Tom Elliott (3AW drive host) says he doesn’t read any newspapers - although he writes for the Herald Sun. Michelle Rowland (MP) says radio is still her biggest form of media. She starts her day with News Radio. For a bit of fun in the afternoon she listens to FM radio. It might be Triple M or even Hope FM. Also enjoys Jones and Amanda on WS FM. Mitch Fifield (Minister for Communications and Minister for the Arts) begins his day reading six newspapers. He also tunes into AM on ABC and then the early morning TV news programs. Others on the panel included Joel Creasy (comedian), Jamila Rizvi (writer, presenter and commentator) and Michelle Guthrie - Managing Director ABC.
Triple M Hires The Chaser Friday 13th
The Chaser's Andrew Hansen, Charles Firth and Dom Knight will return weekdays from 3-4pm on Triple M Sydney. Radio Chaser will also regularly feature Chas Licciardello, Craig Reucassel and Chris Taylor. Full details
CRA Announces Extension Of GfK Ratings Contract
The commercial radio industry today announced a five-year extension of the radio audience measurement contract with international research company GfK
as the industry gathered at the Radio Alive 2017 conference in Melbourne. Full story.
Radio Stars Power $21 million Radio Alive Campaign
The commercial radio industry has launched its new $21 million Radio Alive
campaign nationally, highlighting the power of its on-air stars and its growing reach across digital, mobile and social media platforms. Full story.
Radio stays number one in latest Share of Audio Study
Radio has strengthened its position as Australia’s favourite and most listened to form of audio entertainment, with time spent listening on mobile devices increasing over the past year, according to a comprehensive study on listening trends. Full story.
Ray Hadley Accuses Two Big Media Companies Of Censorship
the radio 2GB talkback broadcaster took aim at SCA
and Fairfax Media
after his broadcast about a court case involving an employee of West Orange Motors, in the NSW central western town of Orange, was not played on the local Triple M station or reported in the local Fairfax-owned Central Western Daily newspaper. The truck driver, who was involved in a fatal accident and has been charged with dangerous driving causing death and negligent driving causing death, was given his licence back by a magistrate. Full story.
Random Radio News
Radio Influences Dining Trends
One out of two radio listeners dine out at least once a week, 30% are eating out more frequently than before, and what they hear on radio influences their meal time decisions, according the latest Finding Consumer Trends report released by Commercial Radio Australia and Presslaff Interactive Revenue. The Dining Habits survey, which involved more than 2,750 listeners from across Australia, reveals listeners’ preferences and interests when choosing to eat out and at home. Full story.
The Adventures on the Glen Huntly Tram
It's the mid-1950s and a group of friends, colleagues and work acquaintances together with a motley collection of others travel daily on the Glen Huntly tram. Produced in the studios of Golden Days Radio, 95.7fm, it’s believed that “The Adventures on the Glen Huntly Tram” is the first radio drama to be produced since the demise of the long-running ABC serial, “Blue Hills” in September 1976. Full details.
New Masts For NQ Radio
NQ Radio completed construction at east Innisfail of the new 105 metre mast for station 4KZ and 4AY. The present 121 metre mast, believed to be the tallest structure in Far North Queensland, will be demolished once the new structure is on the air. Full story.
Neil Mitchell and Jon Faine take stock of their decades-long duel
To tally their years as the dominant forces in Melbourne radio, you come up with a number just north of 50 – 3AW's Mitchell this week on 30, ABC Melbourne's Faine this year on 21 – and yet in that time the powerhouse broadcasters at 3AW and the ABC have rarely met, barely talked and, on the face of it, found little in common as people or as broadcasters. Full story.
Which Media Women Get Paid More Than Men?
When WSFM duo aka Jonesy and Amanda — recently emerged from pay talks with their parent company ARN, Jones made a rare public admission. He said: “Amanda earns more than me,” Jones told The Australian, to which Keller quickly countered: “You don’t know that I earn more than you.” Full story.
Guy Sebastian teams up with
Hamish and Andy to prank radio executives
Hamish and Andy wrote a song in 10 minutes and gave it to Guy Sebastian to see if he could convince a room full of SCA radio executives it’s his next single. Full story.
Maz Compton reveals how she was sacked
Maz Compton has opened up about the brutal way in which she found out she was getting replaced on radio by Rove McManus and Sam Frost. Full story.
World’s Highest Paid Radio Hosts
According to Forbes Magazine Howard Stern leads the list, making $90 million between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017. The SiriusXM host now has a net worth of $450 million. Conservative talk host Rush Limbaugh came in second earning $84 million. Ryan Seacrest rounds out the top three with $58 million. Forbes lists Bill O’Reilly in 4th with $37 million although O’Reilly hasn’t had a radio show in quite some time. 5th was Sean Hannity at $36 million and Glen Beck was 6th with $10 million.
4GG 50th Birthday Reunion
Former 4GG Gold Coast staff met on Sunday October 1 to celebrate 50 years. (Former News Team members - Peter Jones, Ross Thompson, Neil Johnson and David Mackay.)