Triple M attracted criticism last month when the network announced plans to hold an Australian music countdown – ‘Ozzfest 100’ – on Australia Day, following triple j’s decision to move the Hottest 100 to January 27 after a poll revealed 60 per cent of its listeners were in favour of moving the iconic countdown to a different date.
Triple M derided Triple J’s decision in a statement at the time which said, “so, the taxpayer funded FM has decided that there’ll be no soundtrack for Australia Day”.
“Let’s face it, that’s usually full of hipsters or kids making music on a Mac. At Triple M, we’re going to give you what you’ve asked for. The perfect Australia Day soundtrack,” the statement said, which encouraged listeners to vote for their favourite Australian tunes.
In a post on WSFM’s website, listeners are encouraged to “tell us your favourite Aussie track and why … then, be listening on Australia Day as we go all Aussie, all day on Sydney’s Pure Gold, 101.7 WSFM”.
An ARN spokesperson told news.com.au: “WSFM has a long history of running music specials, including on Australia Day, designed to enhance the music offering for our audiences by playing even more of the songs they love.”
Broadcasters Will Anderson and Mick Molloy have expressed their opposition to the Triple M Australia Day countdown, though not everyone is displeased.
Former politician and political commentator Mark Latham tweeted: