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Australia’s regional media companies unite for urgent regulatory change

Sunday 11 October, 2020

Australia’s leading regional media organisations have united to fight for urgent reforms to "outdated and obsolete laws that put the future of local media at risk and threaten to leave 9.2 million regional Australians without local news services."

Some radio salaries will return to normal next month

Thursday 17 September, 2020

After a tough few months of stand-downs, redundancies and restructuring, where many radio industry staff in all sectors have lost their jobs, some stations are planning to return salaries to normal as advertising slowly increases and sentiment begins to turn around.

Today the nation's unemployment figures improved, showing some signs of green shoots as Australia begins to regain control on the pandemic.

SpokenLayer will launch in Australia in partnership with SCA

Tuesday 08 September, 2020

The partnership with SCA will enable SpokenLayer Australia to access SCA’s vast network of professional voices and enables advertisers to access SpokenLayer’s growing network.
SpokenLayer is a US’s provider of short form audio content for voice assistants, smart speakers and podcast platforms. that specialises in the creation, distribution and monetisation of short form audio content in partnership with publishers and brands.

SCA and Soundcloud launch Soundcloud Radio on DAB+

Tuesday 18 August, 2020

SCA and SoundCloud have extended their exclusive advertising partnership to bring SoundCloud Radio to the Australian market on 24 August via DAB+ and on live streaming radio.
SoundCloud Radio is the first and only station at SCA dedicated purely to new music discovery, offering listeners the chance to hear undiscovered tracks from some of the most exciting emerging artists launching their careers on SoundCloud today.

SCA extends partnership with charities Beyond Blue and The Smith Family

Monday 17 August, 2020

SCA today announced that it will extend its two-year partnership with its exclusive charities Beyond Blue and The Smith Family for an additional six months until 30 June 2021.

$50 million to support regional news

Monday 29 June, 2020

107 regional publishers and broadcasters who applied to the Public Interest News Gathering (PING) Program will receive a share of $50 million in funding committed to support regional news services in 2020-21. 
Of the 107 eligible applicants, there are 13 for radio, 92 publishers and five for television. Three applicants were successful across two streams.

To build brand love you need brand safety

Thursday 18 June, 2020

Over the past few months of lockdown, audiences have been forming new consumption habits.

As advertisers adapt to the changes, a new report from GroupM reminds marketers and advertisers to remember brand safety.

We examine the report and also talk to SCA CEO Grant Blackley about brand safety.

A brand safe environment is "critical for all advertisers," according to Blackley.

Southern Cross Media completes its capital raising

Wednesday 06 May, 2020

Southern Cross Media has successfully completed its equity raising, giving it an expanded war chest of $169 million to see it through the Corona virus crisis.

In an announcement to the stock exchange today, SCA said it used the 'class waiver' that has been made available during the pandemic to allow companie to move quickly on extra share placements.

Southern Cross Austereo will make more staff cuts this week

Wednesday 29 April, 2020

SCA will stand down or reduce working hours for a number of employees this week as it makes more strategic moves to survive the ecomomic damage of the coronavirus pandemic.
In an email to staff, CEO Grant Blackley said the company has assessed the workload requirements of the business.

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.


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