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More SCA stations turn audio streams back on

Monday 04 January, 2016

In an important move by Australia's biggest regional network, Southern Cross Austereo has turned its digital streaming back on for an additional eighteen regional radio stations.

Listeners can access the live broadcast streams from station websites and apps.

SCA’s Head of Regional Media, Rick Lenarcic is pleased the network can now offer local audiences more ways to hear their favourite music and local information.

Streaming back on some regional stations

Wednesday 21 October, 2015

Stations in some key regional markets have turned their audio streams back on this week.

Larger markets such as Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Wollongong, Dubbo and Gelong are now back on the internet and their app streams.
Grant Broadcasting and SCA appear to have resumed in bigger markets.


Tipping point for streaming music industry

Monday 24 August, 2015

Renting music is becoming more popular.
As music streaming services move into the mainstream, they are changing consumer habits and disrupting the traditional music industry business models. This trend has been evident for a while, but new figures show that the industry is reaching a tipping point.
Steve Ahern analyses the latest SNL Kagan report Economics of Mobile Music and looks at the implications for the radio industry.

PPCA copyright case back in court this week

Sunday 31 May, 2015

Commercial Radio Australia's case against the PPCA over capped copyright fees returns to the Copyright Tribunal this Monday.

Arguments for both sides are expected to continue for at least a week, after which the tribunal will deliberate on the issue.

The ongoing case concerns simulcasting of live free to air radio programs.

The PPCA is seeking an additional fee for online simulcasting. CRA, on behalf of the radio industry, is opposing that, because fees have already been paid for those broadcasts.

Streaming dispute before Copyright Tribunal this week

Thursday 26 March, 2015

The radio streaming dispute has returned to the Copyright Tribunal this week.
The case looks unlikely to reach a swift conclusion unless one side or the other backs down in some way, and there has been no indication of that happening so far.
radioinfo has sought comment from both sides, but neither CRA or the PPCA are commenting while proceedings are before the tribunal.
The case concerns simulcasting of live free to air radio programs.

Canberra survey delayed: now out Thursday

Tuesday 30 September, 2014

The Canberra survey results, which were due out tomorrow, have been delayed due to the need to process additional data.

CRA says: "In the latter part of Canberra survey three, 104.7 and Mix 106.3 recommenced broadcasting local radio via the internet, requiring processing of additional survey data.

"As a result, Canberra survey three results will be released on Thursday, 2 October instead of Wednesday 1 October."

SCA turns streaming back on for some markets

Friday 15 August, 2014

As predicted last week here on radioinfo, Southern Cross Austereo has turned streaming back on in three of its larger markets, Newcastle, Canberra and the Gold Coast.

Is the regional streaming switch-off hurting ratings?

Thursday 07 August, 2014

With falls in SCA's Gold Coast stations today, the company will be looking for ways of regaining share, one of which may be to turn back on its audio streams.

Government will not consider further action on copyright dispute for now

Wednesday 05 March, 2014

Steve Owens lives in Newcastle and works 100 metres from the KO and NX FM studios in Charlestown. But he can’t get good reception, so he listens online. At least he did until Australia’s commercial stations stopped streaming.
So he wrote to the Minister about it, and received what he calls a “bull s**t political reply,” which he has shared with radioinfo.
The 68 year old former radio announcer now works as a Real Estate Valuer, out of his home office and listens to the radio while he works.

PPCA and CRA still at loggerheads after Tribunal hearing

Thursday 13 February, 2014

Grant Broadcasting's executive director Grant Cameron, has told Radio National the extra cost to his company would be more than $1 million a year for the company's 51 stations around Australia.

The record companies, represented by the PPCA this week applied in the Copyright Tribunal for a timetable to pursue a final scheme for exact online simulcast of free to air radio broadcasts.

The final hearing date has been set for March 2015.


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