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The top 50 brands in the first half of 2020: AirCheck report

Sunday 05 July, 2020

With the first half of this year unlike any other, AirCheck Australia has tallied the Top 50 Most Advertised Brands.

As a whole, the number of ads on radio was down 10% compared with the same time frame last year. Between January and June in 2019 there were 4.3 million spots placed, while during this year that dropped to 3.9 million instances.

Harvey Norman was yet again out in front, with 101,324 ads placed on 51 stations, followed by National Tiles and Domayne.

The free multilingual news service on COVID 19 will continue twice a week

Sunday 05 July, 2020

The NEMBC Multilingual News Service about COVID 19 will continue as a report available twice a week.

NEWFM unites Novocastrians against panic buying

Tuesday 30 June, 2020
Tired of the panic buying going on in Newcastle and The Hunter, NEWFM’s breakfast team, The Novos, decided that they would lead the charge against the insanity gripping shoppers.
 
This morning they urged their listeners to unite against panic buying,  spoke to a reformed panic buyer who has changed his life due to the pandemic and got the final word in from Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes, who’s advice was “get up and shop earlier” or "Just go to a bigger shop".


Deb Knight returned a negative test for COVID19

Thursday 25 June, 2020
2GB host Deborah Knight has tested negative for COVID-19 after developing symptoms.
 
Deborah told Afternoons replacement hosts Peta Credlin and Clinton Maynard she decided to get tested after developing a sore throat and headache late yesterday.
 
“Here I was reporting all day on the situation in Victoria … and I thought ‘look, I’m going to have to bite the bullet here’. If I’m feeling crook, I can’t just sort of soldier on.”
 

ABC commits $3 million from Fresh Start Fund to support Australian creatives during COVID-19

Tuesday 02 June, 2020

The ABC has committed more than $3 million to date from its Fresh Start Fund to help kickstart Australian productions and content ideas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the launch of the $5 million development fund on 23 April, the ABC has earmarked some $3.2 million of the total to more than 80 productions and ideas for new Australian dramas, documentaries, comedies, music, arts and children’s content.

Australia's agency advertising declines by over one third in April: SMI report

Monday 01 June, 2020

The Standard Media Index is reporting that Australia’s media industry has felt the full consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the economy in April,.

This Friday one lucky couple will be tying the knot with The NOVOS Drive Thru Wedding

Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Due to COVID-19, many Novocastrians have had to cancel or postpone their big day, so NEWFM’s breakfast team, The NOVOS, Jade, Matty, and Krivo, decided to offer their help, and now hundreds of people have applied.
 
The concept is simple, the bride and groom drive up to the wedding zone opposite the beautiful Bar Beach, they will exchange vows and the celebrant will make it official, all without the couple leaving the car.
 
Drive-up engaged, drive away married. 
 

Where are all the jobs in radio?

Friday 15 May, 2020

While Australia’s unemployment rate has jumped to 6.2 per cent in April, up from 5.2 per cent in March, radio is only just coming to terms with the overall impact of COVID-19.

HT&E in a strong position despite the ravages of COVID19

Thursday 07 May, 2020

ARN shareholders have been delivered some sobering, though not unexpected, news at the 2020 HT&E AGM being held online this morning.

Will regional stations get a pass on local content quotas?

Wednesday 06 May, 2020

Gathering local content for regional radio stations is becoming more difficult as the COVID-19 crisis affects the ability of station staff to assemble content as many are working from home and some newsrooms have reduced staff numbers.

 
Commercial Radio Australia is asking the Federal Government for relief from the current local content regulation for the 220 stations broadcasting in regional areas.

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