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Constantly evolving and discovering: SBS Radio's approach to the pandemic

Thursday 27 August, 2020

SBS Radio is the world's most multilingual public broadcasting service, dedicated to the nearly five million Australians who speak a language other than English at home. It provides Australian news and information in 68 languages on radio, online, via digital television and social media.

Head of Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks, shares some insights into how SBS has responded to the pandemic.

 

Radio welcomes Government relief measures but says more action needed

Wednesday 15 April, 2020

Commercial Radio Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s relief package for Australian media, but said much more action was needed to address the severity of the impact of COVID-19 on radio broadcasters.

72% of Australians are listening to as much or more radio during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday 14 April, 2020

Australian audiences are turning to radio as a critical source of information, entertainment, and connection during the COVID-19 crisis.

 
According to audience listening figures compiled by GfK for Commercial Radio Australia, close to 3 in 4 Australians 18+ are listening to radio the same amount or more during the pandemic.
 
On the downside, 23% of people say they have decreased their in-car listening, while 18% in fact report listening to more than before, as social distancing requirements reduce travel via public transport.

Southern Cross Austereo hits more than 9 million listening hours in March

Tuesday 07 April, 2020

SCA research unearths new consumer behaviour as Australians work from home.

SCA to raise $169 million in equity and to aim at saving $45m

Monday 06 April, 2020

SCA has flagged $40M to $45M savings in costs for the next year, and it is hoping to raise $169 million equity in fully underwritten funding in an effort to keep the company operating during the COVID-19 crisis.
 
The interim and final dividends for FY20 will not be paid, and the board expects that no dividend will be paid in FY21.
 

ARN responds to the impact of COVID-19 by cutting wages and costs

Monday 06 April, 2020

The decline in advertising revenue created by the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis has had a significant impact on ARN with the company already cutting costs, reducing spending and encouraging staff to take annual leave.
 

An Adelaide woman’s live on air plea over fears she will never see her husband again

Wednesday 01 April, 2020
FIVEaa listener Mary from Christies Beach is not allowed to see her unwell husband in his aged care facility and has issued an on air plea for people to “keep up the social distancing” and “get this terrible thing to end” as soon as possible.
 

Bathurst radio stations come together for ANZAC Day

Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Bathurst community radio station 2MCE and commercial stations 2BS / B-Rock FM have united to promote an ANZAC Day dawn service ‘letterbox’ commemoration.

NZ Radio Awards will proceed, but not as a live event

Friday 27 March, 2020

Given the events of recent weeks, the NZ radio  industry has agreed the 2020 NZ Radio Awards will not be proceeding as a live event this year.

Judging has already started and has been extended until Monday 20 April to allow judges more time to complete their categories given the additional pressures placed on everyone at this time.

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