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ACRA recognition unlikely for former Fairfax staffers

Thursday 21 May, 2015

There are some noses out of joint at the merged Fairfax/MRN company over ACRAs entries.

Management at MRN have decided not to authorise ACRA entries for former 2UE staff who no longer work at the network, even though they are eligible to enter.

ACRAs entries need to be signed off by station management and MRN is apparently refusing to endorse those entrants. Maybe the network has learnt the lessons of past redundancy programs in other networks, where former staff members won awards that resulted in negative publicity for the network they had just left.

Forbes, Parker exit MRN merged entity

Friday 01 May, 2015
In a memo to staff, the new MRN, now merged with Fairfax, announced more of who is staying and who's going.

John Blackman on Magic Melbourne

Monday 20 April, 2015

Last week radioinfo reported on the changes at Melbourne's Magic 1278 following the Fairfax/Macquarie Radio Network merger.  As you'll recall, the entire Magic on-air lineup left the station, apart from Breakfast co-host Jane Holmes.

MRN's Chief Operating Officer Adam Lang said, "We remain strongly committed to Melbourne and our audience...(and) during the survey break period we will, as usual, have fill-in presenters..."  

Former 2UE journalists make the move to MRN

Friday 17 April, 2015

Following the merger of Fairfax and the Macquarie Radio Network, it has been widely reported that many former Fairfax staff have lost their jobs.  

4BC was a poor imitation of the ABC: Ray Hadley

Wednesday 15 April, 2015
Speaking on his program this morning, Ray Hadley slammed the now defunct 4BC format as being a "poor imitation of ABC612" Brisbane, and promised that the station will not be running last by the end of this year, once he and Alan Jones join the station later this month.

Hadley said:

"It was confirmed yesterday that Alan Jones and I will be broadcasting on 4BC from 27 April. It's a challenge... I'm looking forward to the challenge.

4BC Brisbane announces new line-up

Tuesday 14 April, 2015

Following the news last week of 4BC's decision to sack on-air presenters, today the station has announced the new 4BC on-air line-up.

On Monday to Fridays, Breakfast will be hosted by Alan Jones, while Mornings will be hosted by Ray Hadley with both shows being networked from 2GB in Sydney.  

When the last bean's been counted, then what?

Monday 13 April, 2015

Opinion from Peter Saxon - subscribers only.

Some 18 months ago I interviewed Steve Blanda following his record breaking 17th ACRA for best newsreader. The ensuing article published on radioinfo was entitled: The Man with the Safest Job in Radio. Obviously, I spoke to soon.

Fairfax Brisbane GM Anthony Frangi redundant

Monday 13 April, 2015

4BC and Magic (previously 4BH) General Manager Anthony Frangi will finish at the station this Friday.

He has been made redundant.

The position of Brisbane General Manager will not be filled in the newly merged Fairfax MRN business.

radioinfo understands that Frangi has already been approached by another Queensland media outlet.

Angela Catterns 'casualty' of merger

Friday 10 April, 2015

2UE’s Angela Catterns is the latest casualty to lose her job following the Fairfax Macquarie merger.

Macquarie National News now heard on 2UE and 2GB

Friday 10 April, 2015
The first 2UE bulletin, networked from Macquarie Radio Network's combined Pyrmont newsroom was heard at 7pm last night

Award winning morning news reader Steve Blanda is expected not to make the move to Pyrmont and will be one of the many redundancies from the 2UE Sydney newsroom.


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