Radio

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Second time lucky

The ABC in Brisbane is moving to South Bank. I imagine its commercial rivals are envious.

Roy and HG join Triple M

I thought they'd never do it, but Greig Pickhaver and John Doyle (aka HG Nelson and Rampaging Roy Slaven) have moved to commercial radio! The Triple J stalwarts will host the Triple M east coast 4-7pm drive shift on Mondays and Fridays only from January 12. Austereo content director Guy Dobson says in a media release:

"Roy and HG are Aussie icons and we've been trying to get them on board at Triple M for years. Finally, over a slap up Chinese lunch they agreed! Drive has become increasingly competitive and it is important for Triple M to stand out from the rest next year so we've created a line up that is different to everything else. The details of our Tuesday to Thursday Drive shift and the completed Triple M line up will be announced in coming days. Triple M is set for a great year."

Ratings: Dick's revenge?

4BC's breakfast show has surged 3.8 percentage points to take second place in the eight and final 2008 radio ratings survey - a fitting finale for veteran early morning man Peter Dick (pictured), who will retreat to the afternoon shift to make way for Jamie Dunn next year. In fact, BC made good gains across the board - arguably in part due to the publicity it received in the aftermath of the Dunn appointment. (Maybe long-term listeners remembered to mark it in their survey diaries this time around.) Nova 106.9 still leads overall and in breakfast, where it is followed by BC, 612 ABC Triple M, B105, 97.3FM (just a non-significant whisker behind) and then daylight before 4BH and 4KQ. B105's overall result was helped by Hamish and Andy's massive 22.7 share in the drive session (which help-ed lift the station's average). Overall, the leader board goes: Nova, B105, Triple M, 97.3FM (again only 0.1 point behind), 4BC, 612ABC, 4BH and 4KQ (which had a shocker). In Sydney, 2GB, 702ABC, 2Day and Nova are at the top; Mix 106.5 made a small gains, but Triple M's now-disbanded Shebang breakfast team tanked even further in its dying days. In Melbourne, 3AW, 774ABC and Fox FM are fighting it out. Stay tuned for an analysis of the year in radio, and some bold/foolish predictions for 2009.
PS: See disclosures.

Media movements

Karl Stefanovic and Leila McKinnon have reportedly recorded a pilot for a new 5.30pm show for the Nine network. If it goes ahead, will it be screened at 5pm in Brisbane, or is Extra finally in for the chop? Meanwhile, Emily Jade O'Keeffe is said (by her colleagues at couriermail.com.au, where O'Keeffe has a blog) to be one of 10 women in the running for Sami Lukis's job at Brisbane's Triple M. As I've said before, Triple M will want to choose carefully because breakfast radio will be a whole new ballgame next year. It would be a shame for the station to squander the ratings gains it has made in recent surveys by choosing the wrong person.
Update: The Sunday reports that Heather Foord may host Extra next year. Interestingly, Nine news boss Lee Anderson doesn't commit to anything in the story. In fact, he doesn't even say that Extra will be returning next year.

Another axing

Rumours have reached me that a Sydney-based commercial radio backroom person - who I won't name unless and until the story is confirmed, but he is not unfamiliar to readers of this blog - has been sacked after a falling out with management.
PS: John Laws is reportedly in talks for an interviewing gig at Channel 7.
Nov 24 update: Funny, last time I saw this page, I'm sure there was another face on it ...

Jodie really blew it

Quote of the week from Adelaide radio announcer Jodie Blewett regarding an on-air quiz:

"And if any f . . . er gets question number nine I will run around the studio naked."

The question asked what "IQ" stands for. I would have known it; would you?
More here.

Sami sequel

From a Triple M media release:

Yep, the rumours* are true. Sami Lukis is moving to Sydney and will host Triple M’s breakfast with Phil O'Neil in 2009.
Announced on air this morning, Sami told her listeners and her co-hosts Ian Skippen, Greg Martin and Greg Sullivan that they would have to find a replacement for her, and be nice! Sami’s last day on air in Brisbane will be tomorrow, Friday November 21 because she and Phil will be launching their new show in Sydney on the first day of Summer - Monday, December 1.
Austereo Brisbane General Manager Richard Barker said it was an excellent opportunity for Sami, and while the station was sad to see her leave, it does certainly create an exciting opportunity for a new voice to join Skip, Marto and Sully on air.
Stay tuned for further developments!

* That would be the rumours first published here at Showbritz (thanks, of course, to one of my radio contacts).
And, of course, the release doesn't mention that the move is making the Brisbane station vulnerable at an important time ...

Sami Lukis heads south

You read it here first! On October 30, I blogged that Brisbane-based Sami Lukis was rumoured to be heading south with the Triple M network. Now it has been reported that Lukis will join Phil O'Neill (a.k.a. Ugly Phil) in a bid to revive the Sydney station's flagging fortunes. My understanding was that they'd be doing a networked night show, but it seems now that they'll be tackling the all-important breakfast gig that fell vacant when The Shebang imploded. The move presents a challenge for Triple M Brisbane's Ian Skippen and The Cage program, which has gained ratings recently and will face a threat next year from 4BC recruit (and former Skippen colleague) Jamie Dunn, and for Brisbane's Channel 9, which employed Lukis as its weather presenter.

Spelling it out

They say there's no such thing as bad publicity, as long as they spell your name right. So where does that leave Kip Wightman from Nova 106.9 in Brisbane in regards to this brisbanetimes.com.au story? In case they fix it, here's how the caption (and story) renders his name:



Oh, and is that how you really spell the plural of pony?
Disclosure from the glasshouse: There are many errors on this website too, but it's a one-man band.

Sachs apology in full

This is the apology the BBC will give in the Russell Brand- Jonathan Ross affair:

On 18 October, the BBC broadcast an exchange between Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross on the Russell Brand show on Radio 2.
This concerned the actor Andrew Sachs and his granddaughter, Georgina Baillie.
Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand
Ross and Brand both apologised for their behaviour
Some of this exchange was left on the voicemail of Mr Sachs.
The conversation was grossly offensive and an unacceptable intrusion into the private lives of both Mr Sachs and Ms Baillie.
It was a serious breach of editorial standards, and should never have been recorded or broadcast.
The BBC would like to apologise unreservedly to Mr Sachs, Ms Baillie and to our audiences as licence fee payers.

Meanwhile, another BBC Radio 2 executive, David Barber, has quit over the affair.

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