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I like the music without the interruptions: Comments on SCA's breakfast experiment

Monday 02 December, 2019

Last week we brought you the news that SCA's Adelaide stations were trialing a new system which allowed the local breakfast hosts to be heard across all the network's DAB+ stations, as well as on the main FM station in the market.

SCA Podcast Division now in profit: Grant Blackley

Wednesday 27 November, 2019

SCA’s podcast division PodcastOne moved to its break even point a few months ago and is now beginning to make profits, according to CEO Grant Blackley.

Over the past two and a half years, the company has spent about $5 million setting up the division and recruiting podcasters.

SCA Adelaide's ground breaking playout experiment across FM and digital stations

Monday 25 November, 2019

SCA has begun an experiment in Adelaide that puts its live local breakfast show on each of its DAB+ stations in that city.

As of this morning, Hit 107 breakfast hosts Bec and Cosi are now being heard on all of Adelaide’s Hit Network DAB+ stations, using playout technology to sync the talk breaks with the different playlists of each station.

The Hit DAB+ stations previously carried automated music.

The first morning apparently went off without a hitch.

Nikki Clarkson promoted to a new executive role at SCA

Tuesday 19 November, 2019

Nikki Clarkson has been promoted to the role of SCA's Chief Marketing & Communications Officer. She will also join the SCA executive leadership team.
 
Clarkson’s appointment is the first in a newly expanded leadership team at SCA, with Southern Cross Austereo CEO, Grant Blackley confirming that the new roles of Chief People & Culture Officer and Chief Content Officer would also join the leadership team once appointments are made.
 

SCA selects Innovation Champions for The Lab

Thursday 31 October, 2019

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has appointed 20 internal “innovation champions” to lead its The Lab project, calling on its people to act as ‘torchbearers’ for the new initiative.

In broadcasting we take risks every day: CEO Forum #RadioAlive2019

Friday 18 October, 2019

At the Radio Alive conference today, Tim Burrows hosted a panel of CEOs, who tackled a number of hot topics in the radio industry in their ‘fireside chat.’

Tim’s first question was about brave moves that the CEO have made, and whether they worked or not.

Adam Lang: “Every day in talk radio requires bravery… usually things work really well, that friendship of live talk radio. But sometimes we push it too hard. 99% of our broadcast minutes we can be proud of, but there are a few we can’t.”

Audio revenue is up for SCA, while TV revenue is down

Thursday 22 August, 2019

A 2.4% increase in Southern Cross Austereo’s Audio revenue, for metropolitan and regional radio plus podcasting, to $453.4 M has contributed to a modest overall growth in SCA's revenue of 0.5% to $661.0M.

Grant Blackley joins the board of AANA

Wednesday 08 May, 2019

Southern Cross Austereo CEO, Grant Blackley, is joining the board of the Australian Association of National Advertisers.
 

Simplicity, scale and a safe brand environment underpin SCA’s monetisation strategy: Grant Blackley #RDE19

Sunday 07 April, 2019

Southern Cross Austereo CEO Grant Blackley spoke at a Radiodays session in Lausanne, Switzeralnd, hosted by radioinfo’s Steve Ahern, where he gave insights into the business strategies behind SCA’s monetisation strategies for digital radio and podcasting.
 
SCA’s digital radio strategy is to use the 50% of additional DAB+ spectrum that it owns to aggregate its audience around its two major networks, Hit and Triple M, and to bring all its regional stations into brand harmony with within one of the two networks.

Grant Blackley will speak at Radiodays Europe 2019

Tuesday 12 March, 2019

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and Chairman of Commercial Radio Australia, Grant Blackley will feature as a speaker at Radiodays Europe 2019.

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