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Port Macquarie Radio Ratings

Triple M Mid North Coast came No 1 in the Port Macquarie Xtra Insights radio ratings with 34.6%.  They were followed by Hit Mid North Coast with 24.6% and then the local ABC with 11.1%. Triple M rated No 1 in all sessions except drive. More details.



Nicole Mitchell Joins Hit 100.9

Hit 100.9 has announced that Nicole Mitchell will join the on air team in Hobart.  Nicole has been appointed Music Director and will take over the 12pm-3pm weekday slot.  On Air experience includes hosting a variety of shifts at Adelaide’s Fresh 92.7 and Nicole has experience in the air too as part of Jetstar Australia’s Cabin Crew since last year.  Nicole commences mid-June and replaces Rosie Panetta who is now heard on 919 Nova in her home town of Adelaide.



ABC Takes Axe To Managers

The ABC again has swung the redundancy axe, making nine radio staff positions redundant, as well as three in television and two in the regional division.  Other staff in support divisions have also been told their positions would be made redundant.  It’s the next phase in ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie’s plans to axe up to 200 staff jobs, part of her reshaping of the ABC into a flatter management structure announced on March 7. In Radio National three content directors will be made redundant.  The vacant roll of manager of capital city radio will not be filled, with station managers reporting instead to Ms Whelan. (The Australian)



Sports digital radio station EON closes down

EON sports, the digital 24-7 sports radio network once backed by Glenn Wheatley, closed on Friday (May 26). The network had been under considerable financial strain for some time and despite a change in ownership - Wheatley left the business months ago - it was unable to secure enough sponsorship to survive.  Full details.   Update:  EON Sports Radio will continue to broadcast online and across its digital radio channels, however, it will no longer have any local announcers.



John Bleby Leaves Hit 107

John Bleby has quit his role as Executive Producer of the hit107 breakfast show in Adelaide.  After an 18 year career with SCA/Austereo in many different program and announcing roles and markets he is taking a break from radio.



‘Herbie’ Joins Hit 93.1

Nat 'Herbie' Herbstreit, an AFTRS graduate, is now the breakfast co-host at HIT93.1 Riverina.  She co-hosts Whitto & Herbie alongside 2013 AFTRS graduate Michael “Whitto” Whittington.  Herbie replaces the former co-host Ash Blucher.




AIR News Update

AIR News evening presenter Natalie Livingstone is swinging into four afternoons a week on the AIR News Virtual Newsdesk, and is relinquishing her evening shift shortly (see ‘Radio Jobs.’) Whilst news director Artie Stevens is in Singapore on business in early June, mornings will be covered by Lesley Yeomans, with Natalie on afternoons and evenings handled by Kym Cartwright, with assistance from the erstwhile Andrew Collins.

 


RTI FM Newest Radio Station in Melbourne!

 

Created and run by 11 students (of Radio Training Institute), RTI FM is overflowing with hot new personalities, who are ready to wiggle their way into your day.  Full details.



 Gina Hogan’s New GM Role

Gina Hogan, GM of SCA's Cairns and Tablelands stations, is the new GM of Mix 94.5 and Hit 92.9. Hogan will relocate to the West Australian capital ahead of the July 17 start date.



SNOW FM Appoints Breakfast Co-Host

Matty Harrison, an AFTRS graduate, has been appointed breakfast co-host on Snow FM in Jindabyne. He also takes on the role of managing the social media for the station.



Ballarat Radio Ratings  


In today’s Ballarat ratings 103.1 POWER FM was the No 1 station with 27.4% followed by sister station 3BA 102.3FM with 22.0%. triple j came third with 7.5%  The Ballarat survey is one of more than 40 regional radio surveys that will be conducted across Australia this year. The research was conducted by Xtra Insights from 24 April – 13 May.  Full details.   Press release.



RadioApp now on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

The radio industry’s RadioApp is now available via Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto, allowing consumers to stream more than 250 Australian radio stations in the car. The release of the latest version of the popular free app allows users to easily view and play their favourite radio stations through their car’s infotainment system.  More details.



Newcastle GfK Survey

KO FM is No 1 in the latest Newcastle survey with 14.3%.  Next came hit 106.9 with 13.1% and then ABC 1233 with 11.6%. Full details.



4KQ’s Laurel Edwards Celebrates 25 Years On Air

On Thursday May 18, 2017 Laurel Edwards, host of the Laurel, Gary & Mark show on Brisbane’s 4KQ, celebrated her 25th anniversary on-air. Commencing her career at 4KQ on May 18, 1992, Laurel has held the same role in the leading breakfast slot this entire time. Full details.



Hot Tomato Clear Winner In Gold Coast Survey

Hot Tomato recorded their best ever survey and increased their share (people 10+) by 4.5% to win the latest GfK Gold Coast survey. Hot Tomato are now on 18.4% whilst Gold FM(-1.4) is on 12.0% and its sister SCA station SEA FM is on 11.2 (-1.6). Hot Tomato also was No 1 station in every session with a 4.6 increase in breakfast.  Full details.  Hot Tomato. Press Release




Merrick Watts To Leave Triple M At Year’s End

Merrick Watts has announced he will be leaving Triple Mwhen the year is out.  The comedian, who hosts the network's drive program in Sydney, will not attempt to renew his three-year contract when it expires at the end of 2017. Full story.





Radio Industry Invests in Young Journalists

 Commercial Radio Australia has announced the finalists in the Brian White Scholarship with the eight student finalists to attend a news workshop in Sydney where final judging will take place to award the inaugural scholarship recipient. Finalists and further details.




Chilli FM No 1 in Launceston Radio Ratings

In the latest Xtra Insights survey it was a close result in Launceston with Chilli FM rating as the top station with 23.9%. They were followed by sister station LA FM - 22.5% and thenABC Northern Tasmania with 21.2%. Chilli was No 1 in breakfast and drive.  LA FM was No 1 in morning and afternoon. ABC Northern was No 1 in  evenings. Full details.



Changes At Power

Crystal Vas (pictured) is moving from Power FM Bega Bay brekky to Power FM in Nowra to do brekky and continue with promotions. She has been replaced by Annabelle Brett - Network News Journo from the SCA Gold Coast Hub.  Apart from news reading this is Annabelle’s first on air announcing role.



Heidi Teams With Brady

Heidi Latcham from Hot 91.1 Sunshine Coast and Brady Ellis from Magic 89.9 Port Lincoln are the new breakfast team on Star 106.3 Townsville.



Maddy Joins Magic

Maddy Kennedy has joined the Magic FM on air team at Port Augusta. Maddy was formerly in an off air role with Melbourne's KIIS 101.1 and Gold 104.3.



Marc Fennell Leaves triple j

After 11 years with triple j, movie reviewer Marc Fennell is leaving the station.  He says: "I’ve made roughly 734 reviews over 11 years," he wrote this morning. "I’ve outlived 5 breakfast shows and the entire 'Twilight' franchise. I think now is the time for someone new."



Whooshkaa Partners With Amazon

Whooshkaa has become the first in the world to use technology that allows listeners to hear the news from their favourite news source. Former Macquarie radio boss and Whooshkaa founder Robert Loewenthal, however, sees this new text-to-podcast service as a way not to replace reporters but rather to augment published reports into a new media form that can be monetised.  Full story.



Candy Back On Air

Candy Hertz has returned to radio as a weekend presenter onFOX FM Melbourne.  She says: “Couldn't be more excited to be back on-air and at the station I've listened to my whole life and only ever dreamed of.”



96Three Geelong has appointed Chris Elliott as station Content Director.  After 20 years as an announcer Peter Marsh has moved off air to a programming role.  Also Danni Synot (pictured) has replaced Peter as host of the morning program (Wed-Fri).



Vale Mark Colvin

Mark Colvin, a respected ABC journalist, PM presenter and former foreign correspondent has died at the age of 65.   For the last 20 years he was a familiar voice as the presenter of ABC radio's current affairs program PM. More details.





Tommy & Joe Win Best Radio Ads of 2017

Tommy Medalia and Joe Hawkins have won Gold & Silver at the 2017 Gold Siren awards for a highly amusing series of ads designed to change driver behaviour for the Road Safety Commission called ‘Time with Mum'. More details and audio of winning ads.



Nicole Rutledge Returns To Radio

Nicole Rutledge is returning to radio. She has accepted the position of Announcer and Operations Manager at Mix FM and Sea FM on the Sunshine Coast.



Mark Aiston Departs FIVEaa

Mark Aiston has resigned from his breakfast role at FIVEaa Adelaide.  He will be hosting a radio show based on mental health called The Mental Health Show.



Vale Lou Richards (1923-2017)

Melbourne football legend Lou Richards has died aged 94. Apart from his time as a star Collingwood footballer, TV football commentator and newspaper writer he also worked on radio and would be best known for his time on 3DB. There are numerous tributes to 'Lou The Lip' but we thought this video and tribute from Triple M's Eddie Maguire (and Collingwood club president) was worth sharing courtesy of the Collingwood Football Club website. Lou Richards Tribute.



Mark Makes His Return To 4BU

Mark Greasley is back on the airwaves where he started his radio career – Classic Hits 4BU in Bundaberg. Mark said it was great to be back. “I got my big break into radio in 1976 as Evening Announcer at 4BU and I couldn’t have been happier”Mark said. “To come back over 40 years later to do Breakfast is like a dream come true”. Full story.



Daniel Pizarro Joins ATN

Daniel Pizarro has been offered a casual traffic reporter position at the Australian Traffic Network.  He’s a former journalist with SCA and 1521 QN.



New ACE ACD

Inga Milosic has been appointed as Assistant Content Director at ACE Radio's 3HA and MIXX FM. She’s previously worked for stations including Adelaide's Fresh 92.7 in Adelaide as well as 4SB, 4HI and 4GY.



Removal Of Licence Fees  

Commercial radio broadcasters have welcomed the elimination of radio broadcast licence fees by the Turnbull Government which will result in around $20 million in annual cost savings and help counter increasing pressure from unregulated international and online competitors. The cut, together with a small increase in fees for the use of spectrum, is expected to result in a drop of 94% in the total fees commercial radio stations pay to government. Full details.



New Funding For Community Radio Broadcasters

The Turnbull Government has announced new funding of $6.1 million over two years for the community radio sector to support digital radio services and one-off spectrum reorganisation costs for analogue radio services. The funding announced as part of the Federal Government’s Budget 2017-18, is in addition to $15 million per annum already provided through the Community Broadcasting Program.  Full details.



GfK Survey 2 2017 DAB+ Market Summaries

Edge Digital in Sydney was the most listened to DAB+ station in the latest GfK ratings. In Melbourne, it was Double J. In Brisbane, Coles Radio was well ahead of its competitors. In Adelaide it was a dead heat for number one with Buddha and The 90s iHeart Radio. Perth also recorded a tie with My Perth Digital and ABC Grandstand sharing honours for number one.  Full details.



Nova’s New MD

NOVA Entertainment has appointed Jodie Williams as Music Director for Sydney’s Nova 969. Jodie comes from 949 Power FM in Nowra and replaces Josh McCabe who is now MD for Nova 93.7 in Perth.



Roma Xtra Insights Survey

The first ever radio ratings for Roma in south-east Queensland was released today (May 3) as part of the industry’s regional radio surveys program. HIT95.1 Maranoa (95.1) was the top rating station with 29.7%.  4ZR AM (1476 AM) came second with 23.9% followed by ABC Southern with 22.5%.  Full details.   Resonate Press Release.



Last Chance To Enter National Community Radio Awards
 Entries for the 2017 CBAA Community Radio Awards close on Monday, 8 May and 9:00am AEST – giving broadcasters just a few days to put in their submissions for any of the 20 categories.  These national Awards celebrate excellence in community broadcasting. A full list of categories and criteria is available here: www.cbaa.org.au/awards (Pictured is 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Contribution award winner Rob Stewartfrom Gove FM.)


SCA’s Matt Dickson Off To Cannes

SCA Matt Dickson will represent the Australian radio industry in Cannes next month, with his selection as a juror on the Cannes Lions radio jury panel. Matt is currently Head of Creativity for The Studio, SCA’s client creative services unit. Matt will join his fellow Australian jurors for the 64th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, held from 17-24th June in Cannes, France.



Kyle & Jackie O To Make Radio History

KIIS 1065’s Kyle & Jackie O are gearing up to make radio history with one of their biggest giveaways yet.  On Friday, May 19 every single caller who makes it on air on their KIISbreakfast show will win a brand new award winning Hyundai i30.  The station claims the ‘You Get A Car’ giveaway will be like nothing you’ve ever heard before.  All listeners need to do to be part of radio history is call into KIIS 1065 on Friday May 19 from 6am and get on air with Kyle & Jackie O.  More details with audio.



Jono Coleman On Lifestyle Nights

Jonathan Coleman has been doing nights from 9pm -midnight on Talking Lifestyle radio heard in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.  Jono told JJ: “It’s fun. But early mornings from 7 am on Studio 10 and late nights on the radiomeans little sleep. Love a challenge! See Dano every day down the hall at 2CH. Very funny.”



The Chaser Boys Air From Monday 

Charles Firth, Andrew Hansen, Dom Knight and Chris Taylor, will be on Triple M Sydney for 12 weeks, Monday – Friday 11am-1pm. The show will also be available via streaming, radio app and podcast etc. Their program will run for 12 weeks.



Finalists And Host Announced for Siren Awards

The best radio ad of 2017 will be battled out between 10 of Australia’s leading agencies and production studios from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth as part of the national Siren Awards, which will be announced next month.  Stand-up comedian and Fox FM, Melbourne breakfast presenter, Dave Thornton will host this year’s Siren Awards in Melbourne on 11 May. A full list of finalists and details in the attached release.  Listen to the finalists here.  



Gfk Metro Survey 2, 2017

2GB remained the No 1 station in Sydney with 11.6% with 3AW still No 1 in Melbourne with 13.8%. Nova in Brisbane had an increase of 2.8% and are now on 13.8%. MIX102.5 are still at No 1 in Adelaide with 12.5% and MIX 94.5 rated No 1 in Perth with 14.5%.  It was a disastrous start for Talking Lifestyle in Melbourne and Brisbane. Both stations recorded losses in all shifts. Talking Lifestyle recorded the lowest rating breakfast show in Melbourne with just 1.1 % and in Brisbane with 1.3%.  Full details.



Richard Fowler Joins 94.1

Richard Fowler, ex-Gold FM, will be heard on breakfast at Gold Coast community station 94.1FM weekdays from 5am to 9am.  He’ll replace Gary Boughen who will move to drive 3pm to 7pm weekdays.



Nova’s Matt De Groot Joins Y7


Nova’s Matt de Groot has joined Y7 as their newest Y7Be columnist.  Matt will be writing about lifestyle, dating, nightlife, men’s fashion and male grooming on the site’s Lifestyle and Entertainment section.    Along with his News role on Fitzy & Wippa, Matt regularly appears as a contributor on The Morning Show on 7 and Ten’s Studio 10.




Allan Aldworth Joins Triple M

Allan Aldworth, former breakfast announcer for WA’s Spirit Radio Network, is now with Triple M Great Southern.




Kingaroy - Xtra Insights Survey


Hit South Burnett rated No 1 in the Xtra Insights survey with 23%.  ABC Southern Queensland were next with 16.3% and then 4SB with 7.8%.  Hit South Burnett rated No 1 in breakfast, morning, afternoon and weekends.  ABC Southern Queensland was No 1 in nights.  Full details.   Press Release.




Say It, See It – Voice Tracks Become Scripts 

RCS has announced a breakthrough in combining voice recognition technology with studio automation. Its new Speech to Text Transcriber makes RCS the first automation company in the world to offer integrated speech recognition to identify Voice Tracks. The new tool is being demonstrated on the RCS booth at NAB, Las Vegas (North 2517). More details.



Vale ‘Chas’ Lumsden

Charles ‘Chas’ Lumsden has passed away at the age of 77. In his final years he was living on the Sunshine Coast. He worked for several stations including 7EX, 3UZ, 5KA, 7HT, 7HO 3TR and 4AY.  He was the father of Todd, Michael and Jacky.  A private Service was held on Thursday, April 20. (Chas pictured from his days at 5KA.)  2014 Interview with Chas Lumsden.


End Of An Era On Classic Hits 4BU

It was the end of an era on Friday April 21 as Trevor Leuttonturned off the microphone in the 4BU studio for the last time.“I started work in radio after long wanting to be part of the industry since a small boy listening to 4BC in Brisbane” said Trevor. Full story.



Arthur Muhl Back In Brisbane

Arthur Muhl, former ABC Geraldton breakfast announcer, has returned to Brisbane as the new Content Director of Brisbane's 96five. He was a part-time employee at 96Five (then Family Radio) in the early '80s when they were located at the Bible College of Queensland and he was doing the Breakfast Show for the station via ethnic broadcaster 4EB.



Rohan Edwards Back To 2DAY

Rohan Edwards is leaving KIIS and returning to 2DayFMSydney as Assistant Music Director/On Air Floater on Monday 19th June. He commenced his career with the 2Day FM Street Team.



Studio Named In Eoin Cameron’s Honour

Eoin Cameron’s regional radio roots have been officially recognised when the main studio at the ABC Great Southernin Albany was named in honour of the veteran broadcaster.
ABC’s main Albany studio is now the Eoin Cameron Studio after the shock death of the 65-year-old in June, while a three-month paid radio internship will also be launched in his honour. Full story.   (Eoin pictured in the Albany studios in '60s.)



Matt Newell To Anchor Dad

Matt Newell is replacing Steve Segale as anchor and producer of the 7HO FM Hobart breakfast show hosted by his father Mick alongside his new co-host Maria Foundas. In the meantime, Steve Segale has taken on the position of 7LA Launceston Program Director.



triple j New MD

Nick Findlay is now the Music Director at triple j, following Richard Kingsmill's new role as Group Music Director across a number of ABC Radio properties.  Findlay has been at triple j for over 10 years, and has worked alongside Kingsmill. Kingsmill will continue to host 2017, his Sunday night program showcasing new music.



MIX 106.3 Win Canberra Ratings

Mix 106.3 rated No 1 with 20.2% (+4.3) in the latest GfKCanberra ratings.  They were followed by sister station hit 104.7 with 18.4% (+2.5).  ABC Canberra came third with 12.3%(-2.2).  Full details.



Mel Dee & The Big C

5MU/Power FM Murray Bridge PD and announcer Mel Dee Dzelde is battling cancer.  She announced on Facebook: “For those of you who don't know yet, I've been diagnosed with rectal cancer, with secondary cancers in the liver. I'll be having chemo, radio therapy and liver and bowel surgery. Wow what a big year I'm about to experience. Gladly I'm in the "Curative Stage" so I've got this!"  Her good friend Claire Murphy has set up a Go Fund Me support page to help Mel with her financial needs. Mel has already used up sick leave and annual leave and is facing a year of little to no income while her husband Chris Dzelde also takes time off to take care of her.  Full details.

Rohan Chabaud Moves to SCA

Rohan Chabaud is leaving 3NE/Edge Wangaratta is heading to Southern Cross Austereo at Albury.  He’s accepted a fulltime role as Commercial Producer.



Mardi Cole Back Playing Music
Mardi Cole was back on 2CH Sydney over the weekend as a music presenter. In recent times she’s been heard as a traffic reporter.



Daisy Joins Triple M


Daisy Pearce, six-time Helen Lambert medallist and AFLW player, has joined Triple M’s AFL footy call.  Daisy called her first game on Saturday – Carlton v’s Gold Coast Suns – and will be back on 23rd April calling the Hawthorn v West Coast Eagles game from the MCG.




Tina Arena Returns To Smooth

Tina Arena is returning for the fifth time to join the smoothfmweekend line up to host her own show from this Sunday 16 April to Sunday 7 May as well as a Mother’s  Day special on Sunday 14 May. Tina Arena recently released a new double album ‘Greatest Hits & Interpretations’ that celebrates her music career and includes hits such as Chains, Burn, You Set Fire To My Life and Sorrento Moon.



Mark Hales Moves To Nova

Mark Hales, Music Director and Morning Announcer at River 94.9 Ipswich has left.  He joins Nova Entertainment as podcasting operations manager. Greg 'Woody' Wood will take on the MD role.


Mt Isa Xtra Insights Survey



Hit102.5 rated No 1 in the Mt Isa radio survey.  They rated 47.2% (10+ Station listened to most) in Mt Isa's first ever radio survey.  4LM rated No 2 with 13.9% just ahead of ABC Nth West Queensland with 13.8%.  Full details.   4LM Press Release.   Hit102.5 Press Release.




Natasha Exelby Guest Newsreader

ARN has welcomed seasoned journalist Natasha Exelby to Sydney’s KIIS 1065 as guest breakfast newsreader. Natasha will read breakfast news on KIIS 1065 next week, 6am – 9am from Monday, April 17 – 21, while The Kyle & Jackie O Show is on survey break. The Kyle & Jackie O Show, including newsreader Brooklyn Ross, will be back on-air from April 24.



Chaser Boys On Triple M

Triple M Sydney will reunite four of the original Chaser team members: Andrew Hansen, Dom Knight, Chris Taylor and Charles Firth.  They will present a daily radio show for a 12 week season from Monday 1 May.




Bugs, Bulldogs, Broncos and a Brand New Breakfast Show for Bundaberg’s Hitz939

This week the brand new breakfast show kicked off on Hitz939in Bundaberg. Matthew Ambrose made the move north from Magic FM, Port Augusta teaming up with Tracey Sergiacomi. The week begun with a commitment ceremony that degenerated into paying out each other’s NRL team.  Full story.



Hot Tomato Appoints Graham Miles As CEO

The parent company of 102.9 Hot Tomato, has appointed current radio station General Manager Graham Miles into the role of CEO.  The Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company, which also owns the myGC website, said in a statement that the company’s Board appointed Mr Miles to the position “based on his expertise, experience and long term management of the business”.

Marc Dwyer Leaves Star 104.5

Marc Dwyer has been appointed Creative Writer at SCA's 2DayFM and Triple M in Sydney. He will be leaving Star 104.5Gosford in four weeks.



The Bachelor's Alex Nation Announces New Radio Role

Alex Nation became a household name after capturing the heart of Richie Strahan on last year's The Bachelor Australia.  She is now looking at a stint on radio. Alex, aged 25, will debut as a radio co-host alongside Luke Forrest and Jay Bruno on Melbourne community station Southern FM's 'The Drive Out with Jay, Foz and Alex'.



National Community Radio Awards Entries Open 

The 2017 CBAA Community Radio Awards are now open for entries. These national awards celebrate excellence in community broadcasting across 20 categories.  Community radio stations with programs, initiatives or practices that have increased their capability and improved the services offered to that station's community are encouraged to apply. or more information and to enter, head to the CBAA website: www.cbaa.org.au/awards



Tim Aquilina Off To Cairns

Tim Aquilina, Assistant Content Director of EON Broadcasters, is leaving the Sunshine Coast.  After 4 years with MIX/SEA FM he’s accepted a programming role as Content Director with Triple M/Hit103.5 FM in Cairns. (SeeRadio Jobs’.)

 



Dubbo Radio Survey

Hit 93.5 (formerly Star FM) rated No 1 in the latest Xtra Insights radio survey.  Hit 93.5 were 24.9% (all people 10+), followed by 2DU with 20.6% and ZOO FM 17.1%.  Hit 93.5 rated No 1 in breakfast.  2DU was a clear leader in mornings and nights. Full details.



Greig Bolderrow Announces Retirement

Greig 'Boldy' Bolderrow has retired from radio.  His final day was March 31.   Greig began his career as a teenage announcer but will be best remembered for his 33 years as General Manager for Southern Cross Austereo in Wide Bay.



Karen-Louise Allen Moves To Macquarie

Karen-Louise Allen has left ARN Sydney.  She is moving to Macquarie Media in the role of ​Direct Sales Manager, Sydney.



Neil Bradshaw Appointed GM

Neil Bradshaw has been appointed as General Manager Fraser Coast Maryborough and Hervey Bay with responsibility for Hit101.9 and Triple M Fraser Coast 103.5 as well as the Nine TV brands in Maryborough.  He was the Wide Bay General Sales Manager.  He replaces Greig Bolderrow who has retired (see above).

Vale Rob Jackson

Rob 'Jacko' Jackson, former announcer and journalist/newsreader, has died aged 70. Rob joined the 2ECBega - Batemans Bay team in 1985 as a journalist.  He came to 2EC after 11 years with 2WG Wagga Wagga.  More details.



ABC News Social Media Accounts To Merge

On April 10, ABC News will have a new look – on air and online.  As part of these changes they are consolidating their ABC News social media accounts. They are deactivating their ABC News 24 Facebook account and moving existing fans into the ABC News account.  Full details.



Ben Erbsland New Late Night Host

Ben Erbsland will move from Nova 100 Melbourne to host Late Nights across the Nova Network.  Ben is currently weekend announcer for Nova 100 in Melbourne and works with the programming team in an operations role. Ben got his start in radio by volunteering with the breakfast radio show at Fresh FM 92.7 Adelaide.




Anthony Thompson Off To Albury

The recent job opening at 2AY Albury has been filled. Anthony Thompson will transfer within the ACE Network to take on the Content Director/Producer role.  He begins work in Albury this Monday.  A role for a Content Director at 3HA/Mixx FM now exists.  see ‘Radio Jobs.



New Role For Harnsle Job

Harnsle Joo, a former Junior Editorial Assistant at Mamamia Women’s Network, has been appointed Associate Producer at 2GB Sydney.  She replaces Gabriella Power.  



Harvie Retires From SCA Board

Peter Harvie, Commercial Radio Radio Hall of Fame inductee, has retired from the board of Southern Cross Austereo.



The Radio Industry’s Shonky Secrets

An anonymous radio announcer writes: “During the 14 years of my life spent working in the commercial radio industry, the possibility of being shamed on the ABC’s Media Watchprogram was always in the back of my mind. That’s exactly where NOVA Radio Network ended up on Monday night after apparently duplicating winners in a competition for Adele tickets in both Sydney and Melbourne, claims which it denied. You can watch the Media Watch segment here. Full story from The New Daily.



2AY Loses Content Director

Brandon Hughes is moving on from 1494 2AY Albury after nearly 10 years with ACE.  Ace Radio’s Group Content Director Mat Cummins says: “We wish him well for the future, he's a talented young man who will be missed at ACE.”



Burgo Is Back!

John “Burgo” Burgess will return to 6IX from April 22. After a year away spent focussing on east coast projects, Burgess will be back in the presenters chair from 6am to midday on Saturdays. Full story.



SCA Perth GM Resigns

Linda Wayman has resigned as General Manager of Southern Cross Austereo in WA and will leave the company at the end of March.  Wayman has been juggling some serious issues around her parents' health with her responsibilities at SCA since January, and has decided that her parents must come first. More details.




Grant Broadcasters To Outsource Production


A reliable source has reported that Grant Broadcasters will make their entire production and creative team on the Sunshine Coast redundant.  It’s believed that they will outsource this operation to Voices Today and will possibly have one producer to load audio from their Sunshine Coast Hub.  




Alan Jones To Return To Breakfast

Alan Jones will return to 2GB and 4BC on Monday after more than four months off-air due to ill health. Jones, 75, initially went on leave in mid-November for back surgery but then had to undergo several neck operations in January. More details.



New EP For Nova Breakfast


Liza Altarejos is the new Executive Producer for Chrissie, Sam & Browny’s breakfast show on Nova 100 Melbourne.




ACE Radio Announce New GM For Gippsland Stations

The Management and Board of the ACE Radio Broadcastershas announced that David McDonald has been appointed General Manager of ACE radio stations Gippsland’s 1242 and Gippsland’s TRFM. David McDonald’s most recent role was that of CEO of Variety the Children's Charity in Queensland, before commencing his own business McDonald Consulting; specialising in communication and executive training. More details.

 

RTI is Back!

RTI student-led radio is ready to hit the airwaves this week with the best and freshest radio talent ready for the Australian market. Managed produced and presented by Advanced Radio students from Melbourne’s Radio Training Institute, RTI will showcase 8 personalities across 6 shows for 5 days beginning Wednesday 22 March. More details.



2DAYFM Appoints Jaben Ryan To Afternoons

Jaben Ryan has been appointed as the new 2DayFM Sydney Afternoon Announcer/Operations.  He commences on Thursday 6th April.



DAB+ Only Figures Released

 Projections by PwC for DAB+ digital radio show that nearly 60% of new vehicles sold in Australia in 2021 will be fitted with a digital radio, forecasting nearly double the number of current new vehicles fitted with the technology.  More details.



Robert Shaw ‘No Longer Required’ On SEN

The Herald Sun reports:  “Changes keep coming at SEN with a Sunday morning favourite the latest to get the chop. Former Fitzroy and Adelaide coach Robert Shaw has been told he’s no longer required on the weekly review program he’s co-hosted with Mark Fine for the past few years. Adam Cooney is his replacement."



GfK Radio Ratings Survey 1 2017 DAB+

The GfK DAB+ summary report shows the cumulative audience for digital only stations, which is the total number of different (unique) people who listen to a DAB+ only radio station in that market for at least eight minutes (one quarter-hour), in a defined period. The No 1 listened to stations were: Sydney - Edge Digital, Melbourne - Double J, Adelaide - The ‘90s iheart Radio, Brisbane - Coles Radio and Perth - Buddha.  Full details.



Esperance Radio Ratings

 Radio ratings were released today for the first time for the town of Esperance in the southeast corner of Western Australia. Hit FM rated No 1 with 25.6%.  Next came Triple M with 23% and inn third place was ABC Esperance with 20.4%.  Full results.



Commercial Radio Industry Offers
New Journalism Scholarship 

The commercial radio industry has announced a new scholarship that will offer students the opportunity to work in four of Australia’s leading radio newsrooms.  The Brian White Scholarship offers aspiring journalists an eight-week paid work attachment, consisting of two weeks each at Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and Nova Entertainment. Full details.



Tim Verrall Leaves EP Role
Tim Verrall has announced on social media he's leaving his position as EP of Nova's Chrissie, Sam and Browny breakfast show.



Jane Huxley to depart Pandora ANZ
Pandora has announced that its inaugural Managing Director for the ANZ region, Jane Huxley, is leaving Pandora to pursue other opportunities.  Huxley says: “it’s been an amazing ride at Pandora, and I’m so proud of all we have achieved. During my time we have grown a listener base of over 5 million registered users.”



Vale John Burnley (1938-2017)

Well known Australian radio announcer and programmer John Burnley died in Brisbane on Sunday afternoon (March 19).  He was 78.   John was recently admitted to the Wesley Hospital having spent the last few days in the care of the Wesley Palliative Care Unit. He hadn’t been well for some time having suffered a heart attack two years ago. John started as a youngster with 7HT in his hometown of Hobart.  He also worked at: 7HO, 7LA, 7EX, 2GB, 2UE, 2SM, 6KY, 6IX, 2CC, 4BK, 4BC, 4BH and Star FM. More details  (courtesy of Wayne Mac).



Dave Nicholson’s New Gig

Dave Nicholson is leaving NG Media in WA and is heading off to 2EC Bega as Mornings/Assistant Content Director.  He commences on March 27.



Dave Howard Leaving Launceston

Dave Howard has resigned from his position of Content Director of LAFM, CHILLI and 7SD.  His last day is April 13th. Dave told JJ: “This wasn't an easy decision for me after rebuilding LAFM, CHILLI and 7SD over the past 19 months. In addition to that, I also built and launched Tasmania Talks on 5 stations across Tasmania. We even won 3 ACRAS for our first 12 months of Tasmania Talks.” He doesn’t have any plans at this stage but says he is looking for a new gig and is ready for a new challenge.  Former PD Steve Segale who's been the breakfast producer at sister station HOFM returns as PD from April 18th.



Crocmedia AFL Commentary Team

An array of Australian football’s biggest names will form part of Crocmedia’s AFL Nation expert commentary team in 2017. Crocmedia has unveiled its full list of expert commentators, including 13 of Australia’s best and most successful ex-players, coaches and opinion-makers. Peter Donegan and Sandy Roberts return to lead the call team, with Stephen Quartermain making his long-awaited return to the commentary box to call Saturday afternoon football on AFL Nation.  Full details.



Mandurah Radio Ratings   

97.3 Coast FM and 1116 6MM are the commercial radio stations serving the community for Mandurah, the second-largest city in Western Australia. The survey was conducted from 13 February to 4 March by Xtra Insights. Coast FM rated No 1 with 34%. 6MM had a 5.5% share.  Full details.



Behind The Wheel Now on EON Sports Radio

Broadcasting on DAB+ across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, Behind the Wheel will be heard each Thursday evening at 7pm (Syd/Mel time), as well on the EON Sports Radio online service. More details.



Retired ABC Radio Announcer - Canberra Citizen of the Year

Retired ABC Radio Canberra announcer Alex Sloan has been named as the 2017 Canberra Citizen of the Year. She was farewelled from ABC Radio Canberra last year as she retired after a career of 27 years with the ABC.  Sloan moved to Canberra in 1995 from Radio National in Sydney to do the drive program for the then 666 ABC Canberra.  More details.



Graham Webb Notches Up 63 Years In Radio

Graham ‘Spider’ Webb made his radio debut aged just 17 this month on March 28, 1954.  He says he intends to ride the airwaves as long as he can.  Full story.



GfK Radio Ratings (Metro) - Survey 1

The first GfK Metro Radio Ratings were released today, March 14. The top rating stations remained the same. They were: Sydney - 2GB (11.3), Melbourne - 3AW (13.0), Brisbane - 97.3(12.5), Adelaide - Mix 102.3 (12.0) and Perth - Mix 94.5 (14.3). Full details.




Entries Open For ACRAS

Radio presenters and on-air teams from around Australia will head to Melbourne again this year for the 29th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs).  The awards return to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, October 14 and entries opened on March 13.  Entries for this year’s Awards close on 19 May 2017. Information about entering the Awards, categories and conditions of entry can be found at the website:   http://www.acras.com.au  More details.



Henry James is taking off….again!

The former Grant Broadcasters national host of OZMADE, and two time ACRA winning presenter has his sights set on a year long adventure through North America before returning to Australian radio early 2018.  “This last year has been huge!”Henry exclaims. “Stepping back into my role as Music Director for SeaFM Northern Tasmania I’ve implement some great local tactics that have seen big results for both our clients and listeners.  More details.



Vale John Minson (1927-2017)

Australian country music legend John Minson has passed away in Coffs Harbour.  He was 89.  He is remembered fondly from his time at Radio 2TM where he hosted “Hoedown”beginning in 1967. By the late ‘60s, Hoedown was so popular it was running from 7.30 to 11pm and 2TM became the first station to be playing country music every weeknight.  More details.



2CH New Line Up and Logo

Sydney’s 2CH has announced the next step in the evolution of the brand with the launch of its new on air line up and new logo design. Rod Brice, Group Content Director says, "The Easy Classics positioning will commence on air on Monday 13th March, along with the commencement of our weekday line up of Gareth McCray Breakfast, Bob Rogers Mornings, Kel Richards Afternoons, Ian Rogerson Drive and Johnny Young Nights. Our new logo is about reinforcing the localness of this iconic Sydney radio brand.”  Full details.



Radio Listening Strong Over Summer

A new report released by radio audience measurement company GfK, shows metropolitan and regional radio continues to be the most engaging medium with consumers during the summer months, with nearly nine out of ten (86%) respondents indicating they listen to more radio in summer. Full story.


APN Makes New Executive Appointments

 APN News & Media (APN) has announced new appointments to the Executive Team.  Current CEO of ARN, Tony Kendall, will be elevated to take on a newly created APN Group Role as Chief Revenue Officer.  Rob Atkinson (pictured), current CEO of Adshel, will replace Tony Kendall as the CEO at ARN.  Mike Tyquin will replace Rob Atkinson as CEO of Adshel, after serving as Chief Commercial Officer since May 2014.



New Commercial Radio Industry Code of Practice

 Commercial Radio Australia has welcomed the registration of the new Commercial Radio Industry Code of Practice by ACMA.  Developed by the industry in consultation with ACMA, the code regulates the content of commercial radio and aims to ensure broadcasts meet community standards and attitudes while protecting the right of freedom of speech. Full details.



Kev Poulton Joins Sandra Moon on 2AY

Border AM radio station 2AY has fallen into line with its two commercial FM rivals by switching to two breakfast announcers. After six years of being a solo early morning host, Sandra Moon has welcomed a former rival as co-host. Kev Poulton, who was a breakfast presenter on FM 105.7 The River from 2011 to 2015, joined Moon on-air for the first time on Monday morning.  Full story.



EON Sports Radio Struggling With Debt

Scott Gullan from the Herald Sun reports: “Remember EON Sports radio, the national 24-hour digital station that was going to revolutionise our listening habits. Glenn Wheatley was the man behind it and he famously declared at last July’s launch that rival SEN was in trouble as “we are going to do it better.”  Well, six months on and the revolution has hit some problems."  Full story.



Em Rusciano has quit her 2Day FM breakfast show twice

Em Rusciano has only been hosting the 2Day FM breakfast show for six weeks, but she’s already tried to quit twice. She made the confession on radio to Fifi Box during a National Breakfast Show on The Hit Network for International Women’s Day. Full story.



The ‘G Man’ Leaves CAAMA For 3KND

After three years leading the team at Melbourne’s Indigenous broadcaster 3KND, Indigenous media pioneer im Remedio is moving on. Gerry Terati Lyons has now been appointed to the position of 3KND Manager and commences on Monday March 20. Gerry has been in the broadcasting sector for over 25 years including Radio Manager at CAAMA in Alice Springs, for the past 7 years.  Full story.



Pete Diskon Update

Former 2EC morning show host Pete Diskon has joined theCMTO as a trainer. Disko says he is looking forward to nurturing some of the great talent in Community Radio. In addition to his teaching role Disko is hosting a weekly magazine show on 2EAR-FM South Coast on Monday afternoon and Braidwood FM on Wednesday morning.



Wheatbelt WA Xtra Insights Survey 1/2017

ABC Great Southern WA was the top rating station in the Wheatbelt (WA) Xtra Insights survey with 23.4%.  Next cameSCA stations Triple M with 18.9% and Hit with 17.8%. They were followed by ABC Mid West with 9.2 %.  Full details.

Tanya Has Over 23 Million Views

Canberra based Hit104.7 breakfast radio host, Tanya Hennesssy had had over 23 million views of a video she recorded in her Crace apartment last Sunday on her iPhone tackling the subject the daily make-up routine with her ‘Realistic Make-Up Tutorial’. Rifinery29 based NYC have picked up Tanya’s post and published it on their platforms. The post has received over 90,000 comments and 270,000 reactions and counting. Video clip.



Jason Matthews To Leave Hit 104.7/Mix 106.3

Jason Matthews, Hit 104.7 and Mix 106.3 CD is departing Canberra.   He has accepted a new job as Branding Director for Granite Transformations in Sydney.  He leaves the station on March 21.



Alex and Chris Join Vision

Vision Christian radio network have a new duo for their national afternoon program. Alex Glover, ex-Gem FM Inverell, has teamed up with Chris Gray. They made their debut on March 6.



Geoff Field’s New Role

Geoff Field has been appointed News Director at 2SER FM. He has quit his casual news role at 2SM and joined the University of Technology in Sydney as a full-time mentor to the journalism students.



National Breakfast Show for International Women’s Day

In an Australian radio first, The Hit Network will celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March with a national metro breakfast show led by its female talent.  Anchored by Fox FM’s Fifi Box and 2Day FM’s Em Rusciano in Sydney, the show will also feature Abby Coleman, Hit105, Heidi Anderson, Hit92.9, Cat Lynch, Hit107, Hit Network national show hosts Ash London, Carrie Bickmore, Sam Frost and Constance Hall, as well as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman. The breakfast show will air 6-9am across metro Australia and the show will be lived streamed on hit.com.au and via Facebook Live.

 

New GM For Grant Broadcasters

Grant Broadcasters, the owners of 5RM, Magic931 and KIX Country have appointed aa new General Manager for the local stations based in The Riverland. Greg Bakkercommenced in the role on February 27 and is looking forward to building on the great work of previous managers. More details.



Ellie Moves From Workday Role

Ellie Angel-Mobbs is finishing up as a workday announcer at 2DayFM after 8 years on air.  She will have a new off air content role at 2Day and will still be heard on weekend shifts.




Damon Adams Joins 5MU


5MU have welcomed Damon Adams to the team. Setting aside his teaching career, Damon has been chasing his radio dream and his hard work has paid off!  Having completed his studies at the Australian Radio School with Sean Craig Murphy and working regularly on Adelaide community radio, Damon is looking forward to filling-in for 5MU’s Afternoon Personality Adam Connelly, who’ll be taking some time off to take care of his baby girl on Paternity Leave.  More details.




Deb Clay Promotion

Deb Clay has been promoted to the role of ARN National News Director.  She’s responsible for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth news.


 
Xavier Joins Weekend Brekky

Former West Coast/Hawthorn player Xavier Ellis will be heard on hit92.9 Perth weekend breakfast. He joins Heidi, from Heidi, Will and Woody for the new weekend show.

 
 
Grant Johnstone’s New Role

Grant Johnstone is now the General Manager with ACE Digital. Prior to this appointment he was GM for TRFM and 1242 Gippsland for 11 years.



Buzz Joins FOX

Hit105 Afternoons announcer Chris ‘Buzz’ Bezzina has joinedFOX FM in Melbourne in the role of Announcer & Operations Manager. Buzz got his start in Gosford, before spending 2 years in Brisbane at hit105.




ACE Radio To Launch ACE Digital

The ACE Radio Board has announced the creation of a new business unit within the ACE Radio network.  ACE Digital will be headed up by General Manager Grant Johnstone, and will commence operations on Monday March 6th, 2017.  As well as an internal marketing role, ACE Digital is charged with securing and growing traditional network income. More details.



Sydney’s 2CH First New Appointment For 2017

EON Broadcasters, owners of Sydney’s 2CH, has announced its first new appointment after taking over the station from Macquarie Media in January. Ian Rogerson will be joining the 2CH on-air team from Monday 13th March in “Drive” from 3pm to 7pm Monday to Friday. More details.



New Committee Swept Into Restore Bay FM 100.3

After months of internal disruption, members of the Bay FMhave re-elected President James Harling and Secretary Marcus Fitz-Gerald. Both were forcibly removed from office on a baseless and invalid technicality by a number of committee members aligned to a group called "Friends of Bay FM".   Bay FM is a Queensland community station based in the Redlands region.  More details.

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