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Radio Wrap October 5, 2018

Radio Wrap: Ronan Keating announces Boyzone tour, radio ratings

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Radio Wrap: Ronan Keating announces Boyzone tour, radio ratings

Ronan Keating reveals Aus Boyzone tour on Fitzy and Wippa

Boyband legacy Ronan Keating revealed to Nova 96.9’s Fitzy & Wippa this week that Boyzone will tour Australia soon.

After having a chat on Nova 96.9 Breakfast about Keating’s new show All Together Now, the big news was announced.

“We’re going to do an arena tour, I think it’s going to be the end of March but this is an exclusive,” Keating revealed.


Radio Ratings: KIIS 106.5’s Kyle and Jackie O return to double digits

Kyle and Jackie O’s tenure at #2 on FM Breakfast in Sydney didn’t last long, they’re back to #1 FM and double digits.

In other ratings news, triple j’s Ben and Liam made gains in Survey #6 in Melbourne, now rating just one point behind KIIS 101.1’s Jase and PJ.

Meantime, Nova returned to the top of the ratings in Brisbane, Mix 102.3’s Jodie and Soda continue to dominate Adelaide Breakfast and Mix94.5 came out on top in Perth.


Red Symons’ son passes away after brain tumour battle

Red Symons‘ son Samuel died this week, succumbing an aggressive brain tumour at age 27.

Red, who last year lost his long-standing job on Breakfast radio at the ABC, said in June that Samuel’s recent treatments had gone well.

Samuel was first diagnosed with the tumour when he was just four years of age. He was also operated on for thyroid cancer at age 11 and developed another brain tumour when he was 16.


9News the most advertised TV brand on radio last month

Channel Nine’s flagship news program 9News was the most advertised television brand on Australian radio last month.

AirCheck data has revealed that 9News was advertised in 843 instances across 19 stations.

Channel Seven has the biggest slice of airtime among the Top 10 brands, with 37% market share.

AirCheck data also revealed that Stan was the most advertised streaming service over the same time period, with 2,336 instances, followed by Foxtel with 1,150.


ABC’s $1 million podcast fund strengthens Aussie audio industry

The ABC’s 2017 landmark initiative of a $1 million podcast fund has been lauded as a huge success.

The initiative launched in October last year, when submissions opened for funding to work alongside the creative team at ABC Audio Studios to produce a distinctive and compelling podcast.

The ABC has revealed just how successful the initiative has been, with the public call-out attracting 1273 submissions after the fund was announced at OzPod 2017.

The $1 million podcast fund has also helped the ABC provide professional development training to more than 10 freelance audio producers across Australia.


Vale Ron Casey

Controversial radio and TV sports presenter Ron Casey passed away this week at the age of 89.

Casey’s career spanned more than 70 years and included stints at 2GB, 2SM and 2KY. He was awarded the Order of Australia medal in 1988 for his services to Australian television and sport.

The broadcaster was also no stranger to controversy. In 1988, he was involved in a heated exchange with Jana Wendt on A Current Affair over Asian Immigration.

He also infamously got into a punch-up with singer Normie Rowe on Ray Martin’s Midday Show in 1991 during a debate on whether Australia should become a republic.

An on-air comment about indigenous Australians effectively ended his career on 2GB in 2000.


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