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Talk of change at 2UE. And hope of none at 2CH

Sunday 15 November, 2015

Through the corridors of 2UE it has pretty much been accepted, for some months now that come the new year the station will have a different format and likely, a different line-up.

It will still be Talk but in a very different style to what it has been over recent years. “We’re the owners of two talk radio stations in Sydney,” says Adam Lang, COO of the recently rebranded MRN, now known as Macquarie Media Limited (MML). “We’ll be adopting a strategy of one complementing the other, not competing head to head.”

A new weekly show on 2UE

Friday 13 November, 2015

One of Australia's best-known food and wine experts, Lyndey Milan OAM, has joined 2UE to present a weekly one-hour program called ‘Fresh’.
Milan, who has a 30-year pedigree as a successful cook and presenter, joins Clinton Maynard's ‘Lunchtime Lowdown’ program each Thursday from 2.00pm to 3.00pm to present Fresh with Lyndey Milan.

MRN announces cricket commentary team

Monday 02 November, 2015

Macquarie Radio Network (MRN) has revealed its cricket broadcast commentary lineup for this summer.

It features some of the game’s most-recognised names and includes all the biggest local and international cricket matches.

Year three of the network’s landmark five-year broadcast deal is set to be the biggest and best yet. MRN’s world-class cricket commentary team for the 2015/16 season will include Ian Chappell, Glenn McGrath, Damien Fleming, Dean Jones, Greg Matthews, Carl Rackemann, Tom Moody, John Emburey, Mickey Arthur and, new to the team this season, former champion wicket keeper Darren Berry.

Tim Lane, Bruce Eva, Tony Leonard, Karl Langdon and Peter Psaltis will be head commentators for the network and will cover the Tests, One Day Internationals, Big Bash and International T20's.

In addition, legendary cricket commentator Kerry O'Keeffe will also host a summer Saturday Sports Show on 2GB Sydney and 4BC Brisbane and deliver a series of cricket reports that will air across network stations plus more than 50 regional stations. O’Keeffe will also appear in cricket coverage of international matches to provide special comments during lunch, tea and innings breaks

After acquiring the rights to the cricket broadcast for the summer of 2013/2014 and breaking the ABC's long-held stranglehold on the game, cricket will be broadcast on Macquarie Radio Network’s News Talk stations 2UE, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR as well as digital radio station, NTS (News Talk Sport). MRN has a five year broadcast rights agreement for the Australian cricket season that deliver the most comprehensive radio broadcast coverage of live cricket in Australia.

Cricket is undoubtedly Australia’s biggest sport over summer. Macquarie Radio will celebrate all of the tradition and excitement by delivering our cricket audience of 1.3 million* listeners the nation’s best expert commentary team with live calls and insights, making our network a true cricket destination,” Macquarie Radio Network Chief Operating Officer Adam Lang said.

MRN has once again secured Harvey Norman as naming rights partner of the network’s cricket coverage, which will include broadcast integration, on air credits and commercials.

MRN’s cricket coverage will include all Test matches, all One Day Internationals, Big Bash League (BBL) and International T20 matches, providing sports fans with unprecedented access to live cricket.

The following cricket matches will be broadcast across the network:

  • 4BC Brisbane and NTS Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth will broadcast all six Tests starting this week

  • 2UE Sydney will broadcast the three West Indies Tests (Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney)

  • 3AW Melbourne and 6PR Perth will broadcast the Boxing Day and Sydney New Year’s Test

  • Affiliate station FIVEaa will broadcast the Adelaide Test plus the three West Indies Tests (Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney)

  • 2UE, 3AW, 4BC, FIVEaa, 6PR and NTS will broadcast all One Day Internationals and International T20 matches against long time rivals India, whilst the network will adopt a localised approach to the BBL with stations broadcasting all matches that feature their local team.

The network’s cricket coverage will begin on November 5th, with Australia vs New Zealand in the first Test live from the Gabba in Brisbane. 

"God just keeps giving me second and third chances"

Thursday 22 October, 2015

Former Sydney talk presenter Malcolm T Elliott - 2UW, 2GB, 2UE has been released from Pindara Private Hospital at Southport on Queensland's Gold Coast after having a heart Ablation and Pacemaker/Defibrillator fitted. 

Elliott who underwent 5 heart by-passes in Sydney in 2004 has been in poor health since last Chrismas has now returned to his Lismore home with claims,  "God just keeps giving me second and third chances, I might start looking for a job at iHeart Radio".

2UE partners with macau government

Thursday 22 October, 2015

The Macau Government Tourist Office and Sydney’s News Talk 2UE have partnered to create a custom campaign to promote the sights and sounds of Macau as a tourist destination.
2UE Weekend Afternoons presenter Tim Webster and his team visited Macau in South-East Asia for four action-packed days, including a live two-day broadcast from a suite at the spectacular Conrad Macao at Cotai Central.
During the visit, Webster visited the Macau Eiffel Tower, did the Skywalk at AJ Hackett Macau Tower and Macau by night.

Reports suggest Mike Gibson victim of depression

Friday 25 September, 2015
With the media and sports world still reeling from the death of Mike Gibson this week, The Daily Telegraph is reporting one of the greats of Australians sports journalism suffered depression and took his own life. 
Gibson reportedly lapsed into depression amidst a relationship breakup, property disputes and a lack of demand professionally.
Gibson was found dead in his Central Coast home by his brother on Wednesday.

Macquarie Radio Network launches ‘The Road Next Travelled’ with Ray Martin

Wednesday 01 July, 2015

Macquarie Radio Network’s (MRN) Content Creation team has launched an innovative content initiative featuring respected journalist Ray Martin as host.

The program is called “The Road Next Travelled” and runs over eight weeks on MRN’s websites including 2GB, 2UE, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR. It follows three listener contestants who start a journey towards the next phase of their lives, retirement and beyond.

Steve Blanda: "I value radio news"

Monday 22 June, 2015

When radioinfo caught up with Steve Blanda recently (read here), he revealed how he had shed a tear listening to the final 2UE bulletin from his hotel room in London.
Steve was on holiday when he went through the formal process of being made redundant following the Fairfax Macquarie merger – he came back to Australia unemployed.

'I shed a tear:' Steve Blanda on that redundancy

Friday 19 June, 2015

When the Macquarie Fairfax merger happened, 2UE news stalwart Steve Blanda was holidaying in London.
With fifty staff to lose their jobs from a number of departments including news, few imagined the man who holds the record for the most number of ACRAs would be among the casualties.

Ross Greenwood to present Budget night for the Macquarie Radio Network

Friday 08 May, 2015

Business journalist and financial commentator Ross Greenwood will present the 2015 Budget Night for Macquarie Radio Network’s (MRN) News Talk stations in a network first.
Greenwood will broadcast live from Canberra for the Budget announcement on May 12th.


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