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New advertisers coming to radio as others pause their campaigns

Thursday 02 April, 2020

Coronavirus restrictions are hitting most industry sectors hard, but there are other segments of the economy that are well placed to deliver their goods and services during this time of shutdown.

Some radio networks have successfully pivoted to target these new advertisers, helping to replace those that have cancelled or delayed their campaigns during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Job Keeper grant helps radio stations retain staff

Thursday 02 April, 2020

Many businesses, including radio companies, breathed a collective sigh of relief this week when the government announced a relief measure aimed to keep staff connected with their employers, called JobKeeper.

The JobKeeper payment is intended to provide wage subsidies to businesses that are significantly affected by COVID-19.

An Adelaide woman’s live on air plea over fears she will never see her husband again

Wednesday 01 April, 2020
FIVEaa listener Mary from Christies Beach is not allowed to see her unwell husband in his aged care facility and has issued an on air plea for people to “keep up the social distancing” and “get this terrible thing to end” as soon as possible.
 

Bathurst radio stations come together for ANZAC Day

Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Bathurst community radio station 2MCE and commercial stations 2BS / B-Rock FM have united to promote an ANZAC Day dawn service ‘letterbox’ commemoration.

Turn on the radio to lower demand on your internet connection

Friday 27 March, 2020
In Britain, where this week people have been told to isolate at home, demand on mobile data and internet bandwidth has become stretched.

In response to this, video streaming services have decreased their quality to lessen the drain on bandwidth and people have been asked to prioritise their online tasks so that those working have enough bandwidth to remain connected.

Radio must be exempt from lockdown: CRA

Friday 27 March, 2020

Commercial Radio Australia has called on Federal and State/Territory Governments to ensure radio broadcast operations and broadcast staff are exempt from any lockdowns due to the coronavirus crisis and are able to stay on air to provide essential information.
 
CRA chief executive officer Joan Warner said that CRA has contacted the office of the Prime Minister, Communications Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers today.
 

Corona media consumption increases

Friday 27 March, 2020

As more people are working remotely, quarantining and not going to entertainment venues because they are closed, media usage in the home is increasing.

The impact of the Corona virus is putting people out of work and closing businesses, but it is also resulting in a surge of media consumption.

NZ Radio Awards will proceed, but not as a live event

Friday 27 March, 2020

Given the events of recent weeks, the NZ radio  industry has agreed the 2020 NZ Radio Awards will not be proceeding as a live event this year.

Judging has already started and has been extended until Monday 20 April to allow judges more time to complete their categories given the additional pressures placed on everyone at this time.

2GB's Natalie Peters tests positive for Covid19

Thursday 26 March, 2020
2GB newsreader Natalie Peters has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

After returning from overseas she isolated herself and, in her first week of isolation, developed symptoms then took a drive-thru test that came back positive.

“I can’t tell you how relieved I’m feeling right now that I’ve not been wandering around the streets of Sydney for the past 11 days.

“I’ve been strict with my isolation and that’s the thing that stops me from making it worse.”

3AW lineup changes now the AFL is suspended

Thursday 26 March, 2020

With the AFL season temporarily suspended due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, 3AW today announced the following changes to its schedule.

Where AFL matches were scheduled at the following times, these programs will now take their place:

THURSDAY & FRIDAY
1800-1900: Sports Day
1900-2000: Money News
2000-2400: Nights with Denis Walter

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