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Macquarie Radio reports fall in revenue

Wednesday 17 February, 2016

Following last year’s merger of Fairfax Radio with Macquarie Radio, Macquarie Media has posted a 9% fall in half year revenue to $66.83 million.

This is the first full six month period of the combined groups since the merger came into effect on April 1st 2015.

MRN announces cricket commentary team

Monday 02 November, 2015

Macquarie Radio Network (MRN) has revealed its cricket broadcast commentary lineup for this summer.

It features some of the game’s most-recognised names and includes all the biggest local and international cricket matches.

Year three of the network’s landmark five-year broadcast deal is set to be the biggest and best yet. MRN’s world-class cricket commentary team for the 2015/16 season will include Ian Chappell, Glenn McGrath, Damien Fleming, Dean Jones, Greg Matthews, Carl Rackemann, Tom Moody, John Emburey, Mickey Arthur and, new to the team this season, former champion wicket keeper Darren Berry.

Tim Lane, Bruce Eva, Tony Leonard, Karl Langdon and Peter Psaltis will be head commentators for the network and will cover the Tests, One Day Internationals, Big Bash and International T20's.

In addition, legendary cricket commentator Kerry O'Keeffe will also host a summer Saturday Sports Show on 2GB Sydney and 4BC Brisbane and deliver a series of cricket reports that will air across network stations plus more than 50 regional stations. O’Keeffe will also appear in cricket coverage of international matches to provide special comments during lunch, tea and innings breaks

After acquiring the rights to the cricket broadcast for the summer of 2013/2014 and breaking the ABC's long-held stranglehold on the game, cricket will be broadcast on Macquarie Radio Network’s News Talk stations 2UE, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR as well as digital radio station, NTS (News Talk Sport). MRN has a five year broadcast rights agreement for the Australian cricket season that deliver the most comprehensive radio broadcast coverage of live cricket in Australia.

Cricket is undoubtedly Australia’s biggest sport over summer. Macquarie Radio will celebrate all of the tradition and excitement by delivering our cricket audience of 1.3 million* listeners the nation’s best expert commentary team with live calls and insights, making our network a true cricket destination,” Macquarie Radio Network Chief Operating Officer Adam Lang said.

MRN has once again secured Harvey Norman as naming rights partner of the network’s cricket coverage, which will include broadcast integration, on air credits and commercials.

MRN’s cricket coverage will include all Test matches, all One Day Internationals, Big Bash League (BBL) and International T20 matches, providing sports fans with unprecedented access to live cricket.

The following cricket matches will be broadcast across the network:

  • 4BC Brisbane and NTS Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth will broadcast all six Tests starting this week

  • 2UE Sydney will broadcast the three West Indies Tests (Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney)

  • 3AW Melbourne and 6PR Perth will broadcast the Boxing Day and Sydney New Year’s Test

  • Affiliate station FIVEaa will broadcast the Adelaide Test plus the three West Indies Tests (Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney)

  • 2UE, 3AW, 4BC, FIVEaa, 6PR and NTS will broadcast all One Day Internationals and International T20 matches against long time rivals India, whilst the network will adopt a localised approach to the BBL with stations broadcasting all matches that feature their local team.

The network’s cricket coverage will begin on November 5th, with Australia vs New Zealand in the first Test live from the Gabba in Brisbane. 

Queensland radio company triples its size with latest acquisition

Friday 30 October, 2015

Queensland company Resonate Broadcasting is expanding, adding eight commercial radio stations, in six regional Queensland markets to their existing stations in Charters Towers and Longreach to create a radio network that will reach nearly 40% of that state.

Macquarie Radio Network to change name

Monday 12 October, 2015

The Macquarie Radio Network is considering changing the company’s name.

The proposal is listed as an agenda item at the upcoming annual general meeting.
The company has let shareholders know of their intentions, ahead of the November 10 AGM to change the name to Macquarie Media and has recommended shareholders vote in favour.

2GB announces summer line up

Thursday 08 October, 2015

2GB has announced its new-line up for Friday evenings and the weekends following the conclusion of the 2015 NRL season and another highly successful year from Ray Hadley and the Continuous Call Team.

Macquarie Radio Network launches ‘The Road Next Travelled’ with Ray Martin

Wednesday 01 July, 2015

Macquarie Radio Network’s (MRN) Content Creation team has launched an innovative content initiative featuring respected journalist Ray Martin as host.

The program is called “The Road Next Travelled” and runs over eight weeks on MRN’s websites including 2GB, 2UE, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR. It follows three listener contestants who start a journey towards the next phase of their lives, retirement and beyond.

Ross Greenwood to present Budget night for the Macquarie Radio Network

Friday 08 May, 2015

Business journalist and financial commentator Ross Greenwood will present the 2015 Budget Night for Macquarie Radio Network’s (MRN) News Talk stations in a network first.
Greenwood will broadcast live from Canberra for the Budget announcement on May 12th.

The axe has fallen on 4BC and Magic in Brisbane

Friday 10 April, 2015

Fairfax Media has issued a statement confirming the sackings of 4BC on-air presenters, including Breakfast team Ian Skippen and Loretta Ryan. 

Veteren Brisbane jock gone

Friday 10 April, 2015

After reporting a RadioInfo source yesterday maintaining there was no panic among staff at 4BC ahead of a formal process of review today, the shedding of jobs has begun.

It’s understood veteran announcer Ian Skippen has been sacked along with co-host Loretta Ryan, following the merger deal between Fairfax and Macquarie. It’s believed his breakfast slot will be networked from 2GB.

Historic: 2GB and 2UE newsrooms to merge tonight

Thursday 09 April, 2015

Tonight at 6pm is the final news bulletin from 2UE's Greenwich studio following the Fairfax Macquarie merger. The 7 o'clock bulletin will come from the newly merged newsroom in Pyrmont, which is a larger newsroom combining staff from both 2UE and 2GB and created to service both stations and affiliates.


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