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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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SCA has a vacancy for a Commercial Scheduler in Sydney. Details

 

 

7HO FM are looking for a Sales Manager. Details.

 
 
 
 

NZME has a vacancy for a Content Director - Hokonui  Details

 

 

 

SCA are looking for an Assistant Content Director in Albury across Star FM and The River. Details.

 
 

ARN is looking for a Traffic Executive based in Sydney.. Details.

SCA are looking for an Announcer in Coffs Harbour. Details.

 

7HO has a vacancy for a Promotions Manager. Details

 

Nova 96.9 has a vacancy for a Casual Announcer. Details.

 

 

 

6PR has a vacancy for a Casual Producer. Details.

 

Grant Broadcasters has a vacancy for a Client Manager on the Sunshine Coast. Details.

 

 

2ST and 94.9 Power FM are looking for a Program and Content Director.Details.

 

 

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Nova Entertainment has a vacancy for a Senior Brand Integration Manager.. Details.

 

 

ABC Local Radio are looking for 2 Local Content Managers, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. Details.

 

Tasmanian Broadcasters has a vacancy for a Producer based in Launceston. Details.

 
 
 
 

SCA has a vacancy for a Breakfast Announcer in Rockhampton. Details

 
 
 
 

K-Rock and Bay FM are looking for a Journalist / Newsreader on a 12 month contract. Details.

Grant Broadcasters has a vacancy for a Journalist and Breakfast Co-Host in the Riverland of SA. Details.

 

 

 

 

 

6PR is looking for a Casual Journalist. Details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Grant Broadcasters has a vacancy for a Broadcast Engineer based in Cairns. Details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

2Day FM is looking for an Announcer / Operations Support.  Details.

 
 

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Wayne McClean has been appointed Content Manager/Music Director for 96FM. Wayne will head up the content team at the station.

 

 

Tommy Jackett joins the Melbourne digital team as the Digital Content Producer 

 

 

 
 
 

Geoff Watts at 96FM is moving into a new position as Content and Marketing Specialist.

 

 
 

Perth radio legend Gary Shannon has joined  6IX.

 
 

Alison Donnellan is heading to Triple M Brisbane as their new Operations Manager.

 

Creina Chapmanis joining SCA as Head of Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Communications.

 

 
 
 

Rabbit is making the move to the Central Coast and will be joining Star 104.5’s breakfast show with Craig and Mandy.

 
 
 

96FM Content Director Brad McNally’s position has been made redundant. ARN confirmed his departure after close to a five year stint.

After close to 30 years with the company and five years in charge of Australia’s largest commercial radio group, Craig Bruce has departed Southern Cross Austereo as Group Content Directo

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Oscar Gordon is the new Executive Digital Content Producer for both KIIS 1065 / KIIS 101.1. 

 
 
 
 

Nathan Soulsby has re-joined Nova Entertainment as their new Music and Commercial Partnerships Manager.


 

 

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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
  • 10+ share, Survey 1/2014

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
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015
  • Xtra Research

Sydney Ratings

 

1 2GB 12.8 (11.9) MRN
2ABC 702 8.6 (8.0) ABC
3 WSFM 8.2 (8.5) ARN
4 TRIPLE M 7.9 (7.2) SCA
5KIIS 1065 7.6(8.9) ARN
6smoothfm 95.3 7.2 (7.6) NE
7Nova 96.9 6.9(6.8)NE
8triple j6.3(6.5) ABC
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 4/2015

Perth Ratings

1 Mix 94.5 14.3 (13.5) SCA
2 Nova 93.7 12.5 (11.3) NE
3 96FM 10.5 (10/9) ARN
4 triple j 10.3 (12.0) ABC
5ABC72010.1(9.8)ABC
6 hit 929 7.8 (7.2) SCA
7 6PR 6.9(7.2)MRN
8 6IX 6.4 (6.0) CAP
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 4/2015
  • 96FM now owned by ARN / 6PR owned by MRN

Newcastle Ratings

1 KOFM 1563 (15.3) SCA
2 ABC1233 13.6 (11.9) ABC
3NXFM 10.7(11.6) SCA
4 2HD 10.4 (9.8) BOG
5 Triple J 9.9 (9.9) ABC
6New FM8.5(10.0)BOG
7 Classic FM 4.0 (3.) ABC
  • 10+ Share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015

 

Melbourne Ratings

 

1 3AW 12.1 (13.7) MRN
2 ABC 774 10.9 (11.5) ABC
3 Gold 8.7 (7.9) ARN
4 Triple M 8.6 (7.9) SCA
5 Fox FM 7.7 (6.9) SCA
6 smooth935 7.5 (7.4) NE
7 KIIS 101.1 7.3 (6.2) ARN
8Nova 100 6.3(6.3)NE
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 4/2015
  • Mix101.1 now KIIS 101.1 

Gold Coast Ratings

1 Hot Tomato 14.2 (14.1) HT
2 Gold FM 11.9 (14.3) SCA
3 Sea FM 9.6 (9.5) SCA
4 ABC 91.7FM 7.9 (6.7) ABC
5 triple j 7.8 (9.4) ABC
6 ABC612 5.2 (3.3) ABC
7 Radio National 2.5 (2.3) ABC
  • 10+ Share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015

 

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
  • 10+ share, Survey 1/2014

Canberra Ratings

  104.7 18.8 (18.5) SCA
  ABC666 15.3 (15.3) ABC
  Mix 106.3 13.9 (11.6) SCA
  Classic FM 8.6 (9.3) ABC
  triple j 8.2 (8.5) ABC
  2CC 6.1 (6.0) Capital
  2CA 5.5 (7.0) Captial
  Radio National 3.6 (3.0) ABC
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 2/2015

 

Brisbane Ratings

 

197.3FM14.0(13.7)ARN
2Nova 106.9 13.2(12.3NE
3ABC61210.0(10.8) ABC
4 4MMM 9.8 (9.1) SCA
5hit105.3 8.3(8.0) SCA
5 4KQ 8.3 (7.7) ARN
6 TRIPLE J 7.8 (7.8) ABC
7 4BC 5.0 (4.9) MRN
84BC 4.5(5.0 MRN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 4/2015
  • B105 now hit105.3

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

Adelaide Ratings

1 Mix 102.3 14.0 (14.3) ARN
2Nova 91.9 12.5 (12.4) NE
3 FIVEaa 12.0 (12.0) NE
4ABC89110.9(12.3) ABC
5 Cruise 10.4 (8.8) ARN
6 Triple M 8.8 (8.5) SCA
7triple j 7.6 (8.7) ABC
8hit1076.7(6.0) SCA
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 4/2015 (GfK)
  • hit107 on-air Oct 2014, was SAFM
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Southern Cross Media
SXL
0.950
2.15%
APN News & Media
APN
0.510
-0.97%
Fairfax Media
FXJ
0.840
0.00%
Macquarie Radio
MRN
1.14
0.00%
Pacific Star Network
PNW
0.280
21.74%
Oceania Capital
OCP
1.16
0.00%
Ten Network
TEN
0.195
0.00%
Seven West Media
SWM
0.800
1.91%
Nine Entertainment
NEC
1.65
10.33%
Prime Media
PRT
0.675
3.05%

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