Nine expects more from less after Jones

Original article by Steve Jackson, Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 6 : 14-May-20

Veteran radio broadcaster Alan Jones has dominated Sydney’s breakfast slot for many years, boasting a 17.9 per cent audience share in April. Industry insiders question whether Ben Fordham will retain Jones’s loyal audience when the latter bows out on 29 May. There is also speculation that 2GB will retrench much of Jones’s production team, which would compound the challenges that Fordham will face. However, he may attract new advertisers and a younger audience. Fordham will have some time to settle into the breakfast slot, given that ratings are on hold until September due to the pandemic.

CORPORATES
2GB, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC

Nine Radio takes short-term hit as Jones exits, but gets space to reset

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 13-May-20

Veteran broadcaster Alan Jones will step down as host of 2GB’s breakfast show after a 35-year career in radio. Ben Fordham will move from the drive slot to take over the breakfast slot, where Jones has dominated the ratings for many years. Patrick Potts of Martin Currie says Fordham is likely to lose some of Jones’s loyal audience, but notes that he may attract a younger demographic. 2GB may also regain some of the advertisers that boycotted the breakfast show in 2019 due to Jones’s comments about New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Jones will continue to appear on pay-TV channel Sky News and write for News Corp mastheads.

CORPORATES
2GB, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, SKY NEWS, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS

Monumental egos collide in a failed radio plot to get rid of Alan Jones

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 24 & 26 : 8-Jul-19

Veteran radio presenter Alan Jones has dominated Sydney’s breakfast slot for 15 years. However, a record defamation payout in September 2018 and several subsequent incidents involving Jones prompted 2GB owner Macquarie Media to look at replacing him with morning show host Ray Hadley. A number of factors were in Jones’s favour, including Nine Entertainment’s takeover of Fairfax and its controlling stake in Macquarie Media. Nine chairman Peter Costello wanted 2GB to retain Jones, while Nine was already struggling with the departure of Karl Stefanovic from ‘Today’. Jones also had the support of Macquarie Media chairman Russell Tate. Jones renewed his contract for another two years in May 2019.

CORPORATES
2GB, MACQUARIE MEDIA LIMITED – ASX MRN, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED

Breach may see 2CH ‘fire sale’

Original article by Jake Mitchell
The Australian – Page: 21 : 6-Oct-16

The Australian Communications & Media Authority has ruled that Macquarie Media must sell Sydney radio station 2CH. The 2015 merger of Macquarie Radio Network and Fairfax Media’s radio assets resulted in the merged group owning three radio stations in Sydney, in breach of the "’two to a market" media ownership rule. ACMA has refused to grant Macquarie a third temporary exemption and deemed that 2CH must be sold.

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MACQUARIE MEDIA LIMITED – ASX MRN, RADIO 2CH PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, 2GB, RADIO 2UE SYDNEY PTY LTD, NEW SOUTH WALES COUNCIL OF CHURCHES, GRANT BROADCASTERS PTY LTD, CAPITAL RADIO NETWORK

Oldest station looks to lifestyle

Original article by Michael Bodey
The Australian – Page: 25 : 18-Jan-16

Macquarie Media CEO Adam Lang says the group is reviewing the format of its 2UE radio station in Sydney, although he has declined to comment on reports that it will adopt a lifestyle and sponsored advertising format. It competes with ABC702 and fellow Macquarie Media station 2GB in the crowded Sydney market. Meanwhile, Macquarie is believed to be in talks with a potential buyer of 2CH, which must be divested under current media ownership laws.

CORPORATES
MACQUARIE MEDIA LIMITED – ASX MRN, RADIO 2UE SYDNEY PTY LTD, 2GB, RADIO 2CH PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, IINET LIMITED, MYOB GROUP LIMITED – ASX MYO, RAINE AND HORNE PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY, 4bc use RADIO 4BC BRISBANE PTY LTD, MAGIC 882, 3AW SOUTHERN CROSS RADIO PTY LTD, MAGIC 1278, 6PR SOUTHERN CROSS RADIO PTY LTD

Cutting costs will ‘only go so far’

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 27 : 12-Oct-15

Southern Cross Media CEO Grant Blackley says it is important for media companies to invest in on-air talent, as well as marketing and promotion. He has defended the group’s move to recruit Rove McManus to host 2Day FM’s breakfast program, arguing that increased ratings result in higher advertising revenue. Blackley adds that cost cuts are only a short-term solution for media companies.

CORPORATES
SOUTHERN CROSS MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX SXL, 2DAY FM AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Kyle, Jackie O slip but Jones still king

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 20 : 8-Jul-15

The latest radio ratings survey by GfK shows that 2GB presenter Alan Jones continues to dominate Sydney’s breakfast slot, with a 16 per cent audience share. The audience share of KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O eased from 10.2 per cent to 8.6 per cent, although Duncan Campbell of Australian Radio Network expects their ratings to rebound. The Hit Network’s breakfast show team of Dan and Maz recorded a modest ratings increase.

CORPORATES
GFK PTY LTD, 2GB, MACQUARIE RADIO NETWORK LIMITED – ASX MRN, 101.7 WS-FM, TRIPLE M CORPORATION PTY LTD, KIIS1065, AUSTRALIAN RADIO NETWORK PTY LTD, SOUTHERN CROSS AUSTEREO PTY LTD, SOUTHERN CROSS MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX SXL, THE HIT NETWORK, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION