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News October 27, 2015

On The Dial: Canberra and NZ ratings are in; Fairfax Radio Network releases financials

Canberra Survey #3 results are in

With a delay of 24 hours due to some additional processing needed, Survey #3 results for Canberra have been released.

It again sees ABC 666 is out in front for the nation’s capital, taking a full one point increase to hold a 17.4 share. For 104.7, they shaved just 0.3 off their last result to place them second with an even 17.0% of the market.

Stablemate Mix106.3 took a hit, shedding 1.7%, but takes position 3 comfortably with 15.1%. The two Capital Radio stations, 2CC and 2CA, registered 6.3% and 5.6% respectively.

From the commercial side, the market is dominated by the SCA/ARN joint venture stations, with either 104.7 or Mix again winning every demo under 55.

In breakfast, ABC’s Phillip Clark again commands the Canberra morning routine with a 21.1 share. The ABC goes on to see increases in both Mornings and Afternoons with both Drive and Nights virtually a mirror of last round.


NZ ratings: Mediaworks lead NZME, whilst ZB dominates

The second New Zealand radio ratings for the year have been released with some significant movements amongst stations.

The results are the first since an unprecedented number of moves in the market; including station name changes, breakfast and drive show changes, frequency changes, poachings and a new station launch. The ratings across the country reflect that volatility, and the effect of those changes will realistically not be clear until the 2015 ratings period.

From a national perspective Mediaworks has increased its (commercial) share of the market by 3.2% to 49.1%, whilst NZME (formerly TRN) has declined 2.9% to 40.6%.


Nova Entertainment’s new websites launched

NOVA Entertainment has announced the next stage in its digital evolution, with the launch of its new Online, Mobile and Tablet sites.

NE are making some strong inroads to go beyond radio – expanding their online offerings by providing a richer entertainment environment with more video and audio functionality and streaming across any device.

Push comes to shove, it’s also about client integration.

Tony Thomas, NOVA Entertainment Group Marketing Director said, “The launch of our new Nova sites across desktop, tablet and mobile will further enhance the entertainment experience we provide our audiences, every minute of every day, no matter where they are. The richer experience will propel our already rapid digital audience growth and will provide our clients with many more ways to integrate and target their consumers.”


MediaWorks NZ New Group Content Appointment

Following early last month’s appointment of Andrew Szusterman as Group Content and Entertainment Brand Director for both radio and television.

MediaWorks New Zealand recently appointed Leon Wratt their new Group Content Director – Music. Wratt is now charged with the company’s music brands, The Edge, The Rock, More FM, The Breeze, The Sound, Mai FM, Kiwi FM, George, Coromandel FM, Radio Dunedin and Times FM.

Wratt has been with them for 23 years and was both PD of The Edge and GM of Hip Hop and RnB station, Mai FM for the group. Based on Friday’s NZ ratings he is off to a great start.

Leon Wratt said: “I’m incredibly proud to be leading the Radio content team. We have the most loved radio brands and people, both on air and behind-the-scenes, and I am excited to be able to build on the excellent work we are already doing, and create new content and revenue opportunities across the MediaWorks Group.”


Fairfax Radio Network releases financials to the market

Fairfax Media has released its final annual report to the market, confirming the previously released financial results.

In the report, Fairfax make the following commentary on the radio division:

“Radio experienced a decline in revenue of 6% in the 2014 financial year. The total metro radio advertising market grew 2% during that same period.

New programming line-ups were put in place at five of the seven stations in the second half of the 2014 financial year.

Management has been implementing changes to strengthen the position of the business. Sales teams have been restructured to have a national focus resulting in changes to three out of four of the sales leadership teams.

Melbourne’s 3AW and 96fm in Perth continued to have strong ratings and audience share.”



Abes Audio has a vacancy for a Senior Audio Producer based in Launceston.

ARN has a vacancy for Casual Street Crew for 97.3 and 4KQ in Brisbane.

Authentic Entertainment has a role available for a Head of Campaign Activations in Sydney.

SCA has a vacancy for a Commercial Producer based in Albury.

102.9 FM Hot Tomato on the Gold Coast has a vacancy for a Breakfast Show Executive Producer. (Maternity Leave Contract)

96.5 Wave FM has a vacancy for a Breakfast Show Producer.

ARN has a vacancy for a Creative Writer based in Brisbane.

Nova Entertainment are looking for Casual Announcers for Nova 96.9 Sydney.

Fairfax Radio Network has a vacancy for a Sales Co-Ordinator based in Perth.

97.3 Coast FM and 6MM in Mandurah have a vacancy for their Talent Bank.



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