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Radio Battlegrounds

After a challenging 2012, the lines have been drawn and the troops are in position for the 2013 radio year. Colin Delaney looks across the country at the old and new faces and the biggest fights on the cards in the battle for the ratings win.

2012 was a tumultuous year for Australia’s radio industry. Marred by several well-publicised incidents, the reputations and standing of talent, management and key brands in the space took a beating, as did the image of the medium as a whole.

But the stage is now set for the battle of 2013 after the ratings season begins on January 20 and those in the industry Encore spoke to are hopeful the coming 12 months will see a turnaround with a number of new additions to the talent lineup and the return of many industry veterans. Um CEO Mat Baxter believes one show in particular will be a major game changer
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2012 – The year in radio

In this roundup from the Encore and Mumbrella Annual, we look back at the year in radio.

2012 begins with 2DayFM shock jock Kyle Sandilands in a continuing sponsorship shit-storm. Jenny Craig is the first to sponsor the Kyle and Jackie O breakfast show after advertisers withdrew from the program in late 2011 following Sandilands’ vitriolic on-air rant at a News.com.au journalist that included calling her a ‘fat slag’. The public response to the weight loss brand’s decision to advertise sees them cancel their ads 24 hours later.

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Claire Hooper and Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross start their new partnership on Sydney’s Mix106.5 breakfast show as Jane Hall joins Chrissie Swan on Melbourne’s Mix101.1 breakfast show.

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The Kyle and Jackie O Show opens the year with a ratings drop from 11.2 per cent to 10.1 per cent. Elsewhere, Adelaide’s Mix 102.3 clings to a market lead ahead of FiveAA.

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In late February
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Derryn Hinch is back with public affairs commentator role at Seven

Hinch: back at Seven

Derryn Hinch, who was sacked by Melbourne radio station 3Aw last month, has re-emerged at Channel Seven, his former employer.

The outspoken broadcaster takes on a role as national public affairs commentator working across Seven shows Sunday Night, Seven News and Sunrise.

Hinch starts in the new role in November, when his time at 3Aw comes to an end. However, he is slated to appear on Sunrise on Monday morning.

“My doctor says I’ve got a Rolls-Royce liver – and now I’m back at the Rolls-Royce network,” said Hinch, referring to a liver transplant he had last year.

“I can’t wait to get started. I’ve got a lot of energy, and a lot of ideas and stories I want to pursue. The fat lady hasn’t sung yet. In fact she won’t be needed on stage for a long time,” he said.
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Melbourne radio ratings: 3Aw builds on big market lead

3Aw breakfast's Ross Stevenson and John Burns

Melbourne’s most popular radio station – 3Aw – has widened the gap at number one, recording the biggest jump in the Nielsen ratings from 24 June to 1 September.

The Fairfax-owned Am station jumped from 15% to 16.2% audience share Monday to Sunday, with the biggest listenership spikes at breakfast and in the evening.

The 3Aw breakfast show with Ross Stevenson and John Burns – which was up by 2.5 percentage points – now enjoys a massive 21.6% share of morning listeners, one of the most dominant positions in Melbourne radio.

The station’s drivetime audience also grew slightly, up 0.2 percentage points to 12.8% share Monday to Friday, but it is probably too early to say whether the impact of the sacking presenter Derryn Hinch in late August had any baring on the result.

Arn’s Mix101.1 was the survey’s biggest casualty, down 1.4 percentage points to 6.2% share Monday to Sunday, and fared
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Tom Elliott to replace Derryn Hinch at 3Aw

3Aw has announced Tom Elliott as its replacement for Derryn Hinch, who was fired by the station earlier this week.

Talking on 3Aw’s Mornings with Neil Mitchell, station Gm Shane Healy said: “We want to keep positioning 3Aw to be the best station in Australia. Not just now, but in three, five and ten years’ time.”Healy said the slot would probably expand to a three hour show.

The axing of the controversial Hinch, whose contract will run until the end of the year came as something of a surprise. At the last survey, 3Aw was the market leader in drivetime with 12.6% share.

Elliott, who has filled in for Hinch in the past, is scheduled to take over in the new year.
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Derryn Hinch – the story behind the human headline

Shock jock Derryn Hinch, who was fired by the radio station he worked for for a decade last night, was recently interviewed by Brooke Hemphill about ethics, current affairs programming and writing children’s musicals.

“The secret to my success,” Derryn Hinch says, “is everyday at 20 to four, I go in here and have a nap.”

Hinch points to a room adjacent to his office on the seventh floor of Media House, the headquarters of Melbourne’s Fairfax Media and the radio station 3Aw where he hosted his drivetime talkback program.

It sounds like a joke but at precisely 20 to four, Hinch hands over a copy of his autobiography and says, “I’ll leave you with your book and I’ll be back in 10 minutes”. He ducks next door and pulls shut a black curtain. It really is time for Hinch’s daily nap. And why not? After five decades in the media,
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3Aw presenter Derryn Hinch fired

Derryn Hinch: out after 10 years with 3Aw

Derryn Hinch, a drive-time presenter on Melbourne’s most popular radio station 3Aw, has been sacked.

A press release sent out this evening said that Hinch was told that his contract would not be renewed after he came off air tonight.

Hinch, a New Zealand born former police reporter, TV show host and novelist, brings to an end a 10-year stint with the Fairfax-owned talkback station.

The news comes a fortnight 3Aw’s 4-6pm drive time slot lost some ground in the ratings, slipping to 12.6% share – but still held on to its market lead.

The station said that it had stood behind Hinch through a series of controversies. “Only last Friday 3Aw gave the broadcaster the day off to fight in court a charge of failure to vote,” the company said.

3Aw general manager Shane Healy said: “Life will not be
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Sydney presenters dominate radio awards’ Best On Air category

Sydney breakfast presenters have dominated in the best on-air team Metro category for the forthcoming Australian Commercial Radio Awards.

The awards will be held in Sydney on October 13.

The finalists for the Best On Air Team Metro, announced today, include Wsfm’s Jonesy & Amanda, Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa, 2Day’s The Kyle & Jackie O Show and Triple M’s The Grill Team Sydney with Gus Worland, Mark Geyer and Matty Johns.

The Kyle and Jackie O Show won the award last year.

Johns was also nominated among the best newcomers, along with Yumi Stynes of Mix Network and former Killing Hiedi singer, Ella Hooper for Melbourne’s Fox FM.

Among those nominated for Best Show Producer – entertainment/music are Kyle & Jackie O’s Gemma O’Neil, Kerri Jones for the Fifi & Jules Show, Fitzy and Wippa’s Tom Ivey and Jaimi Robinson of Holmsey & Flan of the Gold Coast’s Hot Tomato.
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Encore magazine launches iPad App

Encore magazine, Mumbrella’s sister title, has today launched an iPad edition.

The app is available via Newsstand on the App Store with the App itself free.

Single issues of the magazine are available for $4.49 through In-App Purchase with a six-month subscription available for $19.99.

The iPad edition of Encore contains some content not included in the print edition, and interactive features designed to showcase creative content production.

The iPad edition comes after a complete re-launch of the 30-year-old magazine in November 2011 that saw a broadening of the publication’s focus to cover the extended media landscape including film, TV, radio, print and digital with particular focus on the business of content production and storytelling.

Encore’s managing editor Brooke Hemphill said: “There could be no better platform to deliver information about the media, marketing and entertainment industries than iPad and we have created an enhanced version of the magazine that
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We need to talk about Encore

So today I’ve cleared my diary. As has my colleague Brooke.

You see, there’s something we want to talk to you about.

Here’s our numbers:

Tim Burrowes: 02 8296 0201

Brooke Hemphill: 02 8296 0237

We’re both going to be at our desks, all day.

We want to talk to you about Encore magazine.

Today sees the launch of our iPad app.

I must admit, I’ve had mixed feeling about the iPad in the two years since it launched. There was the initial feeling of excitement. Followed by a slight cynicism as newspapers seized upon it, a little desperately it seemed to me, as their saviour.

But in recent weeks my thinking changed again.

As you may remember, we relaunched Encore magazine late last year – at the same time we moved its focus much more closely to Mumbrella’s audience. After three years away from print, I found myself falling back in love with magazines.
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Entries now open for ACRAs

Entries are now open for this year’s Australian Commercial Radio Awards. The ceremony will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 13 October. Entries for this year’s awards close on Friday 25 May.

The announcement:

Entries are open for this year’s Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs), which will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 13.

The 24th annual event has become a highlight of the radio industry’s yearly calendar with the Awards attracting the industry’s stars, personalities and media executives from around Australia.

Chief executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia, Joan Warner said it was always great to hold the event in Sydney.

“Sydney is a great place to hold the ACRAs and represents a very strong and vibrant market for commercial radio,” Ms Warner said.

Organised by Commercial Radio Australia, on behalf of the radio industry, the national Awards include 33 categories,
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Geoffrey Edelsten has secret love child, claims ex-wife

Geoffrey Edelsten has secret love child, claims ex-wife
Geoffrey Edelsten has a secret love child, his ex-wife has claimed. The 68-year-old Australian medical entrepreneur, who is married to socialite and former Dancing with the Stars contestant Brynne, has allegedly kept 22-year-old Matthew a "secret" for years. Edelsten's former wife Leanne alleged on Derryn Hinch's 3Aw radio show yesterday that Matthew's mother is called Isabel Beard. Sources claim that Beard worked as a receptionist for Geoffrey years ago. Leanne divorced Geoffrey in 1988, but then discovered in 1990 that he had fathered a child with another woman. "What amazes me more is how Geoffrey for 20 odd years thought he could keep this a secret," she said. "He said to me he did not think she could get pregnant. He would (more)
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Broadcaster Derryn Hinch walks stranger down aisle at her wedding

Broadcaster Derryn Hinch walks stranger down aisle at her wedding
Derryn Hinch has revealed that he recently walked a stranger down the aisle at her wedding. The Australian broadcasting personality - who recently returned to his 3Aw radio show after being under house arrest for five months - said that it was "surreal" giving away bride Elisabeth Kelly at her ceremony at St Thomas' Church in Moonee Ponds because he had never met her before. Kelly reportedly emailed Hinch to ask if he would attend her wedding after her own father passed away. In return for his services, the new couple put up a sign encouraging organ donations at their ceremony. Hinch received a liver transplant last year as part of his ongoing battle with cancer. Hinch told the (more)
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Derryn Hinch to undergo more surgery after liver transplant

Derryn Hinch to undergo more surgery after liver transplant
Derryn Hinch has to undergo more surgery after his liver transplant earlier this year. The Australian radio personality, who received a new liver in July after his ongoing battle with cancer, is scheduled to return to the Austin Hospital this morning for a procedure to remove a stent inserted as part of his transplant. According to the Herald Sun, the operation was booked a few weeks ago and Hinch has since been making visits to the hospital twice a week. Hinch is currently serving a five-month home detention sentence after being found guilty of contempt of court when he publicly named two sex offenders during a rally in 2008. He was recently nominated for 'Best Current Affairs Presenter' (more)
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Derryn Hinch: 'I used to be an idiot'

Derryn Hinch: 'I used to be an idiot'
Derryn Hinch has described his former self as an "idiot". The 67-year-old Australian radio personality, who recently underwent an organ transplant after his liver cancer returned, said that he often marvels at his own "stupidity" back in his heavy drinking days. Hinch said on current affairs show 60 Minutes: "I was a f**king idiot, an absolute f**king idiot. You just sit down and stare at your own stupidity." "I'd have hate to have gone to my grave, shuffled off as a pathetic old drunk because anything you had done in your life that was good, any campaigns you'd run, would be overshadowed (more)
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Derryn Hinch sentenced to home detention

Derryn Hinch sentenced to home detention
Derryn Hinch has been sentenced to home detention. The Australian radio personality, who had a liver transplant two weeks ago to combat his ongoing battle with cancer, was found guilty of contempt of court after he publicly named two sex offenders during a rally in 2008. According to The ABC, Hinch has been banned from broadcasting and using social media sites like Twitter for five months and will also have to remain in his Melbourne home for the same period. The judge reportedly acknowledged Hinch's successful career, but added that his lack of remorse and the fact that he named the sex offenders more than once meant that he had to hand him a custodial sentence. As (more)
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Derryn Hinch's operation a "success"

Derryn Hinch's operation a
Derryn Hinch has revealed that his surgery was a success. The 67-year-old Australian radio personality, who underwent a liver transplant last week after his cancer returned, said that he is "feeling fine" after suffering a minor setback. A spokesperson from Austin Hospital revealed yesterday that the star would have to undergo another medical procedure after doctors discovered a blockage in his bile duct. They said: "Yesterday he was very close to going home. That was only pending blood tests and the blood tests came back yesterday indicating that bile is (more)
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Derryn Hinch to undergo more surgery

Derryn Hinch to undergo more surgery
Derryn Hinch has experienced complications from his recent liver transplant. The Australian radio personality, who received a new organ last week after his liver cancer returned, will undergo another medical procedure after doctors discovered a blockage in his bile duct. Austin Hospital spokesperson Taryn Sheehy told the Herald Sun: "Yesterday he was very close to going home. That was only pending blood tests and the blood tests came back yesterday indicating that bile is not draining from the liver, so they need to manage that. It's certainly not an emergency. It's a common issue to arise for liver transplant patients." (more)
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Derryn Hinch receives liver transplant

Derryn Hinch receives liver transplant
Derryn Hinch has undergone a liver transplant. The Australian radio personality, who revealed in March that he would need a new organ after his liver cancer returned, was anaesthetised in the early hours of Wednesday morning after discovering that a donor had been found. Transplant unit director Professor Robert Jones told the Herald Sun: "Derryn had been on our list for many months and the cancer was getting quite out of control. ICU will probably kick him out very quickly because he's going to start talking once he wakes up. He may be out of ICU in the next 24 hours because he's had such a good surgery." Hinch's wife Chanel Hayton added: "[Derryn] was really (more)
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Derryn Hinch delays sentencing for transplant

Derryn Hinch delays sentencing for transplant
Derryn Hinch has been successful in a bid to delay his upcoming sentencing. The Australian broadcasting personality, who is currently receiving treatment for liver cancer, was charged with making the names of two sex offenders public at a rally in 2008. Hinch will reportedly plead not guilty to breaching suppression orders in a court on Friday, but his sentencing will be postponed by two months to allow him time to receive a liver transplant. He told The Daily Telegraph: "A four-letter word in my life is time, and this buys some time. Whatever happens on Friday, win or lose, I won't be jailed. [The time I have left is] very precious." He said of (more)
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