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ABC Radio moves to inform, entertain and educate in the COVID19 crisis

Thursday 02 April, 2020

The ABC's Managing Director David Anderson has outlined how the national broadcaster is keeping the nation informed, educated and entertained in response to COVID-19.

“Clearly, the challenge for the ABC is to continue providing the essential broadcast and digital services all Australians expect of us,” he said.

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.

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.
 

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.

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

ARN's Jason Staveley tests positive to COVID19

Wednesday 25 March, 2020

ARN’s Jason Staveley has tested positive to COVID-19 and is recovering at home.
 
Jason notified friends via Facebook that “I have tested positive to #coronavirus and am now in quarantine at home. It hit me fast and can hit hard, so please do everything the experts are asking.
 
“The testing process is well organised – my result was delivered late yesterday in a little over 24 hours. The follow up from the Federal Health Dept has also been great.”

Southern Cross Austereo cuts wages and suspends ASX trading

Wednesday 25 March, 2020

Southern Cross Austereo has moved quickly to try and ensure the long term survival of their business and employee livelihoods by cutting wages and implementing a new leave policy.
 
From April all staff earning over $68,000 p/a will be required to take an immediate 10% pay cut for the next six months. This change will not apply to any employees paid an award-based wage and no employee will be required to work overtime during this period.
 
Onair staff have offered their assistance and also reduced their fees and contracts by 10%.

I want to run away and put my head in the sand and I can’t: Amanda Keller

Tuesday 24 March, 2020
WSFMJonesy & Amanda reflected on how much life in Australia has changed over the past week and the struggles many people are now facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
“I want to run away and put my head in the sand, and I can’t and nobody can,” Amanda said.
 
Jonesy added, “I went pass the Ryde Centrelink office yesterday and it just broke my heart to see all those people just queued around the block and you really feel for them, what can we do for you?”

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