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Spotify adds PodcastOne's catalogue

Thursday 30 January, 2020

The entire PodcastOne catalogue will be available through Spotify in a deal that will create new cross-promotional opportunities.

While the exposure of Aussie content on Spotify will create more openings for distribution, the deal will add some notable US titles such as The Adam Carolla Show and other PodcastOne stars that include Shaquille O’Neal and Steve Austin.

Grant Blackley named 2019’s CEO of the Year

Tuesday 28 January, 2020

Southern Cross Austereo CEO, Grant Blackley, has been named 2019’s CEO of the Year in the peer voted Mediaweek Awards.
 
Mediaweek Editor, James Manning, said it was a challenging year for all media CEOs but readers voted for Mr Blackley as CEO of the Year due to his success managing SCA across three main platforms – radio, with Australia’s biggest radio network, plus a regional TV network with affiliations to the Nine, Seven and Ten networks and digital.
 

Hamish and Andy are back on PodcastOne in 2020

Wednesday 18 December, 2019

Hamish & Andy will return to PodcastOne Australia in 2020 with their original self-titled podcast series.

Hamish & Andy started their radio careers with PodcastOne Australia’s parent company, Southern Cross Austereo and forged new ground with ideas and adventures that earned them fiercely loyal fans of feel-good entertainment. 

The boys have taken it up a notch again; their transition into podcasting has made them the most successful commercial podcast series in Australia over the last two years.

SCA appoints new Chief Content Officer: Dave Cameron

Monday 16 December, 2019

After an extensive local and global search search, Dave Cameron has been appointed Chief Content Officer for Southern Cross Austereo.
 
Cameron, who has worked with SCA for 25 years, is currently SCA Melbourne General Manager, and in his new role he will be responsible for overseeing and delivering strategic leadership and creative excellence for SCA’s key content initiatives across its 78 FM stations, 10 DAB+ radio stations, extended digital and associated on-demand content.
 

Annaliese van Riet is SCA's new Chief People & Culture Officer

Friday 13 December, 2019

Southern Cross Austereo have appointed Annaliese van Riet as Chief People & Culture Officer, effective from 20 January 2020.

Ryan Rathbone joins Grant Broadcasters

Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Grant Broadcasters has appointed Ryan Rathbone as the new Regional Content Director for Queensland and The Northern Territory.

Ryan is returning home after 5 years in New Zealand working for Mediaworks as a Talent Coach and The National Content Director for The Edge Network.

This year he was also recognized by the industry winning Content Director Of The Year Award at the New Zealand Radio Awards.

Nova makes staff cuts as tough times begin to take a toll

Wednesday 11 December, 2019

More cuts to radio networks have come to light with Nova cutting around 15 staff as it faces tough economic conditions.
 
With SCA expected to release up to 90 staff there will soon be over 100 radio professionals looking for new positions.
 
A NOVA Entertainment spokesperson told radioinfo, “We are operating in a tough economic environment and media companies, like many others, have been impacted. 

SCA refinances debt facilities through to January 2023

Wednesday 11 December, 2019
Southern Cross Media Group Limited (ASX: SXL) has successfully negotiated the refinancing of its syndicated debt facility for a further three years.

SCA advised shareholders today that 
 
The new facilities will comprise a 3-year revolving $435m facility and a 1 year revolving $25 million facility and will be used to repay the existing drawn debt of $325m and provide financial flexibility to support the business going forward.
 

The message to business leaders is advertise or die

Monday 09 December, 2019

A record number of Australia’s media owners have united in a campaign to remind chief executives, chief financial officers and chief marketing officers of the importance of advertising to the long-term sustainability of their businesses.
 

Canberra FM Radio gets a new look

Thursday 05 December, 2019

Canberra FM Radio will rebrand Canberra’s MIX 106.3, integrating the look and feel of the station into Australian Radio Network’s national KIIS Network branding.
 
A joint venture between ARN and SCA, MIX 106.3’s adoption of the KIIS Network logo is part of the continued evolution of Canberra’s most popular radio station.
 

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