Swan to Fox makes sense

Last week SCA announced that Chrissie Swan would join “Fifi & Dave” on Fox Breakfast in Melbourne each Friday at 8am.

It’s a smart move. For both parties, and for quite different reasons.

I’m not privy to the background behind ARN’s decision to exit Chrissie from Mix last year, however decisions like that are not taken lightly, and it would clearly have been well-considered.

Notwithstanding that, I don’t expect many (even ARN) would disagree that Chrissie is an extremely talented broadcaster who resonates (particularly) with female listeners.

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Haters gonna hate

Successful brands, irrespective of whether they are radio stations, breakfast shows or in any other category, are bold and unapologetic about who and what they are.

They understand that to be successful means, amongst other things, ensuring that you are distinctive enough so that a segment of the audience dislikes  what you do.

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Reality has nothing to do with 'real'

Whenever a new Breakfast show in a metropolitan or major regional market is announced there tends to be one of three reactions. 
 
The first is those who are supportive "these guys are awesome, the show will rock";
 
The second the doubters "never rated these guys and I don't know what XYZ programmer sees in them";

 

The third is the critic of part of the casting "I love X, but surely they could have found someone better than Y".

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Good to Great

Hosting Breakfast radio, irrespective of market size or format, is a tough gig.

As the on-air figureheads of the radio station the talent obviously carry enormous influence over the success, or otherwise, of the station.

Breakfast is a trade-off. On the positive side the talent, certainly in metropolitan markets, are paid exceptionally well and they enjoy the side benefits that the significant boost to their profile brings.

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Heritage airplay is not a gender issue


Commercial Radio is often an easy target for criticism; airplay for Australian music, support for new music, dayparting, online streaming royalties.

Some of that criticism is fair, and some is not. The most recent criticism comes courtesy of Tina Arena, who has a new album out (reset).

Arena has stated that the Australian music industry is biased against females who have to work harder than males to achieve success.

Arena has said; "It is very difficult to be a female in the industry in Australia, yes absolutely.

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Sydney in 2014. Intriguing.


The news that everyone had expected was confirmed last week with ARN announcing that Kyle & Jackie O will join the soon to be renamed, and reformatted, Mix 106.5.

It is clear from the sizzle reel that 106.5, which appears almost certain to be called KIIS, will be a CHR/Pop station occupying a frontal position with 2Day and Nova 96.9.

It’s a powerful move, and one that will be likely to change the landscape of Sydney FM radio.

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Reines criticism unfair

Ros Reines (pictured) has written a piece in the Daily Telegraph criticising female (FM) radio hosts for being 'ditzy' and not 'raising the level of debate'.

Reines has focused primarily on Sophie Monk following her fill-in role for Fifi Box on the Today Network and saying that Monk's departure has now meant FM radio content has intellectually skyrocketed.

In part Reines has said;

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Is The Voice the best way to get airplay


Commercial Radio has always been an easy target for criticism over support for new Australian artists.

It is cyclical. At various points in the cycle the criticism has a slightly different focus. 

In the 90’s, the common criticism was that radio was too focused on playing new music by heritage artists, such as Jimmy Barnes (pictured) and that new artists simply couldn’t get a look in.

In the early 2000’s it went the other way. 

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John Laws you are a disgrace


John Laws won’t read this. Even if he did he wouldn’t care.

And that’s fine.

Because he is John Laws and he obviously knows best.

At 2SM he clearly runs the show. He calls the shots. He sets the agenda for his show. He is the final arbiter of what is, or isn’t, suitable content. He's the boss.

He is also a disgrace.

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Wanna be a Rock Star?

There is a book that I have read numerous times in the past year or so, and have talked up to many people. It is an absolute ripper.

The book is called 'Brand Like a Rock Star', and is written by a Canadian called Steve Jones.

Last week Steve sent out the below email called 'The Rock Star Business Manifesto', which I will make a couple of comments on.

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Capital Radio Network has a vacancy for a General Manager in Perth..Details.

 

 

RCS are looking for a Radio Automation Support Person.Details.

 

 

C91.3 FM has a vacancy for a Sales Manager.Details.

 

 

91.9 Sea FM are looking for a Music Director / Morning Announcer.Details.

 

 

 

Crocmedia are looking to appoint a NSW Commercial Manager based in Sydney.Details.

 

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C91.3 FM has a vacancy for a Sales Executive. Details.

 

 

 

Grant Broadcasters are looking for Sales Staff in Cairns  Details.

 

Omny has a vacancy for an Operations Manager based in Melbourne Details.

 

 

 

 

 

ARN has a vacancy for a Senior Account Manager based in Melbourne. Details.

 

 

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Rachel McLarnon is now Music Director & Morning Announcer at NX FM in Newcastle.

 

Troy ‘Chooky’ Deighton heads up a new department for Grant Broadcasters as their Digital and New Media Manage

Helen Nash has been appoitned new Non-Executive Director to the SCA board.

Jonathan Brown is joining Meshel & Tommy every Monday throughout the AFL season.

 

 

Steve Hirst is returning to Hot91 and Zinc96 as their new GM

 

Sam Thompson is the new Content Director for GOLD104.3 Melbourne

Sophie Hallwright joins Today’s hit network Shazam Top 20 as Executive Producer.

Cat Lynch is joining Amos Gill on breakfast for hit107.

 

2UE's Angela Catterns is the latest casualty of the merging of Macquarie Radio and Fairfax Radio

 
 

Alexandra Spurway is joining hit 104.1 2DayFM’s The Dan & Maz Show as the Senior Producer.
 

 

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Wollongong Ratings

1 I98 23.8 (28.5) WIN
2 Wave FM 16.0 (17.3) GRANT
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2014
  • IRIS Research

Wellington Ratings

1 NewstalkZB 15.3 (10.5) TRN
2 The Breeze 13.7 (14.6) Mediaworks
3 ZM 11.3 (12.4) TRN
4 The Sound 7.5 (7.1) Mediaworks
5 The Rock 7.4 (8.3) Mediaworks
6 The Edge 6.6 (8.3) Mediaworks
7 Coast 5.7 (4.6) TRN
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Warrnambool Ratings

1 Coast FM 37.7 - Ace
2 3YB 21.7 - Ace
3 triple j 7.3 - ABC
4 ABC Local Radio 4.0 - ABC
5 ABC Radio Nat. 2.5 - ABC
6 Classic FM 1.5 - ABC
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  • Xtra Research

Sydney Ratings

1 2GB 13.0 (12.1) MRN
2ABC 7029.5(8.5)ABC
3KIIS 10658.7(8.6) ARN
4WSFM 7.9(8.9)ARN
5Nova 96.9 7.6(7.5)NE
6smoothfm 95.3 7.3(6.6)NE
7triple j6.5(6.5) ABC
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015

Perth Ratings

1 Mix 94.5 14.9 (13.8) SCA
296FM11.5(10.2)ARN
3 Nova 93.711.4 (12.6) NE
4ABC72010.3(9.6)ABC
5triple j 9.0(11.0) ABC
6 6PR 8.4(7.3)Fairfax
792.9 6.4(8.2) SCA
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015
  • 96FM now owned by ARN

Newcastle Ratings

1 KOFM 15.3 (15.3) SCA
2 ABC1233 11.9 (11.1) ABC
3NXFM 11.6(9.7) SCA
4New FM10.0(9.3)BOG
5 triple j 9.9 (10.8) ABC
6 2HD 9.8 (10.3) BOG
7 Classic FM 3.9 (4.7) ABC
  • 10+ Share Mon-Sun, Survey 3/2014

 

Melbourne Ratings

1 3AW 13.6 (12.8) Fairfax
2 ABC 774 10.7 (10.0) ABC
3 Fox FM 7.6 (8.5) SCA
4 Triple M 7.4 (6.8) SCA
5Nova 100 7.3(7.8)NE
6smoothfm 91.5 7.2(7.4)NE
7 KIIS 101.1 7.1 (6.3) ARN
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Gold Coast Ratings

1 Gold FM 14.3 (15.0) SCA
2 Hot Tomato 14.1 (13.9) HT
3 Sea FM 9.5 (8.8) SCA
4 triple j 9.4 (7.6) ABC
5 ABC 91.7 FM 6.7 (6.6) ABC
6 ABC612 3.3 (4.2) ABC
7 ABC FM 2.9 (2.2) ABC
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Christchurch Ratings

1 Newstalk ZB 17.0 (16.1) TRN
2 More FM 10.7 (11.8) Mediaworks
3 The Breeze 10.2 (8.8) Mediaworks
4 The Rock 9.0 (10.3) Mediaworks
5 The Edge 6.9 (6.5) Mediaworks
6 The Sound 6.0 (6.4) Mediaworks
7 Classic Hits 5.7 (5.7) TRN
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Central Coast Ratings

1 Sea FM 17.7 (12.4) SCA
2 2GO FM 13.2 (17.5) SCA
3 Star 104.5 11.4 (14.3) NE
4 ABC 92.5 10.7 (9.9) ABC
5 2GB 9.8 (8.9) MRN
6 triple j 5.8 (5.2) ABC
7 WSFM 2.8 (0.7) ARN
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Canberra Ratings

  104.7   (17.0) SCA
  Mix 106.3   (15.1) SCA
  ABC666   (17.4) ABC
  triple j   (8.1) ABC
  Classic FM   (9.9) ABC
  Radio National   (4.0) ABC
  2CC   (6.3) Capital
  2CA   (5.6) Capital
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Brisbane Ratings

197.3FM14.6(12.3)ARN
2Nova 106.9 10.8(13.5)NE
3ABC61210.7(8.5) ABC
4triple j 9.4(9.0) ABC
5B105 9.3(9.7) SCA
6Triple M 8.7(8.8) SCA
7 4KQ 8.6 (7.1) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015

Auckland Ratings

1 Newstalk ZB 13.4 (13.0) TRN
2 Coast  9.6 (8.1) TRN
3 The Edge 7.8 (6.0) Mediaworks
4 The Breeze 7.0 (6.5) Mediaworks
5 Classic Hits 6.7 (5.9) TRN
6 ZM 5.9 (5.6) TRN
7 Mai FM 5.2 (4.3) TRN
  • 10+ share, Survey 1/2014

Albury Ratings

1 Star FM 22.9* (22.7)** SCA
2 The River 20.7* (27.0)** SCA
3 2AY 16.6* (11.9)** ACE
4 ABC Local Radio 14.0* (11.2)** ABC
5 triple j 9.9* (4.2)** ABC
6 Radio National 2.2* (1.6)** ABC
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2014
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Adelaide Ratings

1 Mix 102.3 13.8 (15.5) ARN
2ABC89112.5(10.0) ABC
3Nova 91.911.3(11.2)NE
4FIVEaa 10.4(11.4)NE
5Triple M 9.7(10.8)NE
6Cruise 13239.2(8.1)ARN
7triple j8.3(6.6) ABC
8hit1075.9(8.1) SCA
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CompanyStock IDPriceChange
Southern Cross Media
SXL
1.06
0.95%
APN News & Media
APN
0.940
1.08%
Fairfax Media
FXJ
1.07
3.40%
Macquarie Radio
MRN
1.17
3.54%
Pacific Star Network
PNW
0.285
-1.72%
Oceania Capital
OCP
1.25
0.00%
Ten Network
TEN
0.210
2.44%
Seven West Media
SWM
1.37
2.62%
Seven Group Holdings
SVW
7.50
0.67%
Nine Entertainment
NEC
2.34
2.18%
Prime Media
PRT
0.860
1.18%

 

 

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