News January 9, 2020

SCA removes ‘insensitive’ songs during bushfire emergency

SCA removes ‘insensitive’ songs during bushfire emergency

Radio network Southern Cross Austereo has pulled several songs from its playlists across both the Hit and Networks amid the national bushfire crisis.

As Mumbrella reports, the decision has been made to remove certain songs that might be considered ‘insentive’ or ‘in poor taste’ during the crisis.

Hit & Triple M head of music Mickey Maher confirmed to Radio Today that some songs have been removed out of respect for those communities suffering.

“Out of respect for the devastation impacting so much of our community, we have removed any songs that could be considered insensitive or in poor taste across both the Hit and Triple M networks nationally.”

’s chief programming officer Paul Jackson wouldn’t be drawn on whether the network’s Nova or smoothfm stations had removed any music during the crisis.

He did, however, say that several songs that could be considered offensive were removed from playlists a few months back.

“We are conscious of the sensitivities music and lyrics can have. Several months ago we looked at the playlists for all our stations and took off all songs that might cause offence.”

In response to the current crisis, Jackson said NOVA is doing its bit to drum up support for organisations helping victims.

“We also have a call to action every hour advising listeners on how they can support or donate to organisations like the RFS, CFA, RSPCA and Red Cross,” he said.

When asked for comment, a spokesperson for told Radio Today that the network’s playlists are regularly reviewed.

“ARN regularly review playlists based on listener feedback and are always mindful of how some songs may affect our audience, especially given the devastating impact of the bushfires,” the spokesperson said.

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