Canberra radio stations 2CC and 2CA are located in an industrial complex in the ACT suburb of Mitchell (pictured right), where their premises are a bit old and tired.
However, by the end of the year, the stations will have moved to a brand new, purpose-built studio complex next to their transmitter site, just a few kilometres away, on land that has been owned by the stations for many years.
The new site is right next to competitors FM104.7 and Mix 106.3, and close to ABC Radio Canberra’s transmission site, so it will create a media hub in northern Canberra when it is opened.
The close location of the commercial radio sites goes back to the days when Canberra’s two original commercial AM stations were granted FM supplementary licences, with 2CA owning FM104.7 and 2CC owning Mix. After some time, the FM stations merged into one joint venture company and remained on the 2CC site, and the AM stations were bought by Kevin Blyton and moved location.
Work has already begun on the new site, with the concrete slab already laid and completion expected towards the end of this year.
The new studios will have an open plan area inside, with studios along one wall and offices plus a loading dock on the other wall.
The Blyton owned stations have held off spending much money on the old premises in anticipation of acquiring new equipment and facilities at the same time as the new building is finished, with plans underway for studio fitout as part of the construction project, Jones told radioinfo.
Michael Jones talked radioinfo’s Steve Ahern through the building plans.