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'The night John Cleese (almost) cracked onto me... well, he was thinking about it anyway'

Thursday 24 September, 2015
It’s ACRA’s time.
That time of the year you are loving yourself sick because you have been nominated in a category or convincing yourself someone sabotaged your entry because your work is so much better than the finalists.
I have been to two ACRA’s. My first I was loving myself sick as I had been nominated for and went on to win the Brian White Award for excellence in journalism. The company wouldn’t pay for me to go, so a kind Account Manager convinced CUB to cover my fare to Adelaide with one night’s accommodation.

Commercial radio industry welcomes new Minister for Communications

Monday 21 September, 2015

The commercial radio industry today welcomed the appointment of Senator Mitch Fifield as Federal Minister for Communications.
CRA Chief Executive Joan Warner said: “CRA congratulates Minister Fifield on his appointment and we look forward to working closely with him.” 

Malcolm Turnbull to open National Radio Conference - Maybe

Monday 14 September, 2015

Malcolm Turnbull, who was only hours earlier slated to open this year’s National Radio Conference on the Gold Coast on October 9 in his role as Federal Communications Minister, must now be conseidered in doubt having won the Prime Ministership in a sudden leadership spill that played out over a 12 hour periodon Septenber 14.

Growth in August metropolitan radio ad revenue

Monday 07 September, 2015

The commercial radio industry has recorded growth in metropolitan advertising revenue of 5.23% for August

ACMA extends digital radio trials

Tuesday 01 September, 2015

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is extending the current digital radio trials in Canberra and Darwin until 30 June 2016.

The trials are being conducted by Commercial Radio Australia and use DAB+ digital radio technology. Participants in the Canberra trial include The ABC and SBS with hopes that community services will join the trial soon.

Commercial Radio Australia says it looks forward to exploring how these services might become permanent as suggested in the Communications Department’s recently released Digital Radio Report.

CRA welcomes Government response to Spectrum Review

Tuesday 25 August, 2015

Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) has flagged that price of spectrum will be an important issue as the recommendations are implemented.

The Government today announced it has considered and agreed to implement the recommendations of the Spectrum Review undertaken by the Department of Communications, in conjunction with the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Spectrum is a critical enabler of Australia’s current and future communications infrastructure. However, the legislative framework for managing spectrum in Australia is outdated.

Strong growth in July metropolitan radio ad revenue

Friday 07 August, 2015

The commercial radio industry has recorded growth in metropolitan advertising revenue of 8.60% for July, to a total of $61.893 million.

Marketforce’s “Cat Shark” wins Sirens round two

Thursday 06 August, 2015

Marketforce’s ad “iiNet NBN Buffering Cat Shark” for client iiNet has won the single category and round two overall of the 2016 Siren Awards.

2015 ACRA's and national radio conference tickets on sale

Monday 27 July, 2015

Radio’s annual gala awards night the Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) is set for an earlier start this year, Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) announced, as tickets went on sale today for both the ACRAs and the National Radio Conference.

The 27th ACRAs will be held on Saturday, 10 October at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and the National Radio Conference will take place the day before on Friday, 9 October at Jupiters. 

Radio’s superior ROI revealed in phase three of brand campaign

Tuesday 30 June, 2015

CRA has launched the third phase of the industry-wide “Radio. It’s a Love Thing” brand campaign. Four new radio ads will debut this week across 261 metropolitan and regional commercial radio stations.

The 45 second ads highlight independent new research by Colmar Brunton*, demonstrating the significant transactional uplift and return on investment (ROI) for brands using radio advertising, both on its own and in combination with TV and online.


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