Ace launch FM translator in Portland

Ace Radio's 3HA in Hamilton will tonight launch their FM translator into Portland, Victoria.

Ace already broadcasts the Mixx FM brand into Portland, and the 3HA translator will double the commercial FM services available in the town.


Hozier plays the Fox rooftop

This Friday in Melbourne, Hozier will play a live event on the Fox FM rooftop for Today/Hit Network listeners and clients.

Hozier will play multiple songs, including his smash hit 'Take me to Church' and his new track 'Someone New'.

Hozier's new video features Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer and has received over 5 million views since being launched earlier in March.





MRN shareholders vote yes to merger with Fairfax

Macquarie Radio Network shareholders have, as expected, voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merger with Fairfax Radio Network this morning at an extraordinary general meeting.

At the meeting Fairfax formally confirmed their two nominees to the new board were Greg Hywood and James Millar.

Speaking at the meeting, Macquarie Chairman Russell Tate said, in part;


On 22 December 2014, MRN announced the proposed merger between MRN and Fairfax Radio Network, FRN (Proposed Transaction).

Under the Proposed Transaction, MRN will acquire 100% of the issued share capital of FRN in exchange for the issuance of new MRN Shares to Fairfax and an equalising cash payment to Fairfax of approximately $18 million based on the net debt positions of FRN and MRN.

On completion, existing MRN shareholders will hold 45.5% and Fairfax will hold the remaining 54.5% of MRN shares on issue.

The proposed 'merger of equals' brings together Australia's leading news-talk radio operations which currently occupy number one overall ratings positions in Sydney (MRN's 2GB) and Melbourne (Fairfax's 3AW).

The combined group will consolidate the operations of an additional five radio stations across Australia: 2UE (Sydney), Magic 1278 (Melbourne), 4BC (Brisbane), Magic 882 (Brisbane) and 6PR (Perth) and also includes two additional radio businesses, Satellite Music Australia and Fairfax Radio Syndication.

As part of the proposed transaction and due to regulatory requirements, MRN is required to divest 2CH and Macquarie Regional Radio network.

I will lead the merged operations as Executive Chairman for an interim 12 months supported by Adam Lang, currently FRN's Managing Director, who will be appointed Chief Operating Officer.

The Board will comprise Jack Singleton, myself, two Fairfax nominees, Greg Hywood and James Millar, and one yet to be determined independent Director, who is expected to be appointed shortly after completion, subject to ACMA approval being received.

This means that, as at completion of the proposed transaction, assuming it is approved, each of Kate Thompson, Maureen Plavsic and Max Donnelly will step down from the Board. I would like to thank each of them for their service to MRN over the years.

The Directors believe that significant benefits will be delivered from the proposed transaction, including:

  • bringing together the greatest mix of talkback talent ever assembled in a single radio network. The combined group boasts leading presenters who engage listeners with an unprecedented quality and diversity of commentary, entertainment and sport coverage;
  • unlocking significant cost and revenue synergies from enhanced networking and sales opportunities for both our news talk and music stations;
  • providing national advertisers in particular with ease of access to the increasingly important and sought after over 45 demographic segments;
  • economies of scale associated with programming and talent costs derived from broader distribution of appropriate content and improvements in quality of content; and
  • mitigating the market and talent risk to which MRN is exposed by geography.

Each of John Singleton and the Carnegie family, as the major and substantial Shareholders of MRN, have indicated that they will support the proposed transaction and constitution amendment and vote in favour of them, assuming the various conditions in the MIA are satisfied and no superior proposal is received.

I note that since announcement of the proposed merger on 21 December 2014, four months ago, no alternative proposal has emerged.

I also note that approval for the proposed transaction has been received from the ACCC and ACMA, Fairfax's Radio 96FM has been sold, no material adverse change to the business, assets, liabilities, financial, trading position, profitability or prospects for either MRN or FRN has occurred or is likely to occur before completion of the proposed transaction and there has been no 'prescribed occurrence' in relation to the MRN Group (except for Macquarie Regional Radio and Radio 2CH) or FRN Group.

Accordingly, we expect all other conditions precedent to be satisfied subject to the transaction being approved by MRN Shareholders.


Smart sues Macquarie for $4m

Brad SmartBrad Smart has launched legal action against the Macquarie Radio Network (MRN) over what he claims are unpaid fees following the sale of the Smart Radio Network in Queensland to MRN in 2011.

MRN acquired the Smart network for $6m, via a subsidiary company Macquarie Regional Radio (MRR). The stations traded included; 4LM Mt Isa, 4ZR Roma, 4SB Kingaroy, 4HI and Hot FM Emerald, 4VL and CCC-FM Charleville.

The legal action is centred on what Smart has claimed is the non-payment of 'retainer fees' as part of the transaction.


Hadley calls for Laws to retire

pic: David MoirIn a blunt attack on John Laws, 2GB's Ray Hadley has said that the broadcaster should call time on his career as he is holding himself up for 'public ridicule'.

Hadley said; "it's none of my business what Mr Laws does on his program, and nor do I care, he's talking to such a miniscule audience we shouldn't really worry about it.

But when someone who has been in broadcasting for 60 years or thereabouts has no empathy for a sexual assualt victim, maybe it's time we called full-time."


SCA grow online in February

click to enlargeSouthern Cross Austereo has released their online traffic numbers for February, as measured by Nielsen.

SCA's Director of Digital Sales and Operations, James Bayes, commented;

"February's results reaffirm the merits and success of a mobile-first strategy that SCA implemented two years ago, which continues to yield huge scale and momentum.


AFTRS Show Radio back for 2015

As it has done for 21 years, the Advanced Diploma of Radio students from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School will broadcast from the Sydney Royal Easter Show again this year.

The 2015 students will be broadcasting on Show Radio 107.9 FM, and online at, from Thursday 26 March to Wednesday 8 April.

The broadcast will be the first major assessment for the students; who will work on-air, as producers, in digital, reporting from the field and as panel operators.


Ed Sheeran reveals new record label on Nova

Ed Sheeran, Kent Small, Jamie LawsonA nice score on Nova overnight with Ed Sheeran revealing the news that he will be launching his own record label, "Gingerbread", with UK artist Jamie Lawson the first signing.

Speaking on the Nova nights show with Kent Small, Sheeran commented;

“This is a world exclusive, no one else in the world knows this yet. I’ve set up my first record label, it’s called Gingerbread and Jamie is my first signing.

I wanted Australia to be the launch pad because Australia is a country that I feel would really really dig Jamie.”


Ed’s on the Rooftop this Friday

Ed Sheeran will be performing live on the "World Famous Rooftop" in Sydney in an exclusive gig for Today’s Hit Network this Friday.

hit 104.1 2DayFM has launched a tactic to give away tickets across the workday.

Some of the world’s biggest stars have played on the Rooftop including Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Avril Lavigne, Jason Derulo, Brian McFadden and Justice Crew. Ed will now be part of the roll call.







The Top Hot New Talent 2015 - The Audio #8

We are over halfway, ok in a sec we will be -  It's Brad March’s Top Hot New Talent 2015

This is all about you hearing their goods.  We are not asking you to judge one against the other. We will get you to vote when you have heard all of the Top Talent. Then we'll publish the Top 5 'most likely' as voted by Radio Today readers. 

You can take a listen to Daniel Gawned and Caitlin McCormack hereJaben Ryan and Hayley Morcom here and Gosia Rakiej and Ryan Jon hereRoss Wallman and Simon Takla hereSam & Dom and Bec Lee here. Tim Wong See and English Chris here. Tom & Olly and Cat Lynch here. You can see all the Talent Brad picked around the country here as well. 

Next we have Elliot Lovejoy and Ashleigh Blucher – you can hear them below.




Kayla Itsines hits Sydney

Personal Trainer Kayla Itsines' lap of the map with free bootcamps, hit Sydney on the weekend.

1000 plus people braved the cloudy skies at Moore Park along with hit 104.1 2Day FM’s Dan & Maz to get hot and sweaty.


New Magic Brand for NZ

MediaWorks is launching a national brand in New Zealand with Magic to launch April 20.

The Magic brand will be programmed by Ian Avery who is also the CD for the The Breeze. 


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Grant Broadcasters has a vacancy for an Infrastructure & Development Manager - Digital Media. Details.


Nova 96.9 have a 10-month Integration Project Manager role available. Details.

Hope Media in Sydney has a vacancy for a Producer for the Open House program. Details.



NewstalkZB is looking for a Producer for the Sunday Cafe. Details.


i98FM in the Illawarra are recruiting a casual Journalist. Details


SCA has a vacancy for a Breakfast Producer - Central Coast. Details.


Nova Entertainment has a vacancy for an Integration and Marketing Manager for a 10 month maternity cover. - Sydney. Details.





SCA has a vacancy for an Announcer / Promotions Assistant - Dubbo. Details



Chilli FM has a vacancy for an Announcer / Music Director. Details.


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LAFM is on the search for an On-Air Personality/Music Director. Details.


2CH Sydney is looking for a Sales Manager and six Account Managers. Details.


ARN in Brisbane is looking for an Integration Specialist. Details.



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