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ABC stops live Olympic radio broadcast

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Tokyo Summer Olympic Games (photo credit: International Olympic Committee)The ABC will no longer carry live radio broadcasts of the Olympics, starting with next year’s Summer Games in Tokyo (pictured).

The national broadcaster announced that the end of the live radio coverage was due to budget issues and the availability of other formats in accessing content from the Games. 

The Sydney Morning Herald later claimed from sources that ABC had problems managing staff assignments for the two-week-long event. The move ends a long run that started at the Helsinki Summer Games in 1952.

ABC News and Grandstand, however, will fill continue with daily updates. ABC had recently purchased radio broadcast rights to the Games from exclusive carrier Seven.

Reactions came quickly afterwards. 

ABC Grandstand's Alister Nicholson expressed dejection at the move, considering he was part of the network’s small crew that went to Rio de Janeiro three years ago. 

"You think about all the great stories there are to tell — and yes, we will continue to cover in some capacity — we won't have broadcast rights in the sense that we will be able to call those great moments," he said.

"The Olympics can inspire Australians to embrace something valuable and, as the ABC's Charter indicates, to contribute to a sense of national identity. There's no bigger event in the world to fulfil this ambition. There is no sporting movement in Australia that covers the multicultural and geographical diversity of our country as the Olympic movement… These are things go to the heart of the ABC Charter," added Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll.

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Gleeson to host new SKY News/WIN regional show

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Peter Gleeson has been tapped to host a new regional affairs show to air on SKY News and WIN.

Debuting at 7pm AEDT on 27 January 2020 from SKY News’ Brisbane studio, SKY News Across Australia with Peter Gleeson will showcase the latest developments from regional Australia and cover serious matters facing regional communities. SKY News reporters will also contribute more localised feature stories.

Gleeson will also have discussions with federal and state politicians on regional matters. 

The new show is part of SKY News’ further investment in the SKY News on WIN tieup.

“Having grown up in regional Australia, I have an affinity and understanding of what makes these cities and towns tick. This will be a unique show that delves into not only the big issues that confront regional Australians but the news and views of everybody linked to these areas,” said Gleeson.

Muller bows out of WSFM

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Scott Muller is heading out of WSFM and the ARN organisation altogether. 

An ARN representative said Muller moved on as his two-year contract as WSFM’s content director had lapsed. However, he is not among the 90 redundancies Southern Cross Austereo announced earlier this month. 

When asked by Radio Today about future moves, Muller said he could not reveal anything until after the holidays. 

“It’s been a career highlight, an honour, and hilarious fun to work with Jonesy & Amanda, EPs Laura Bouchet and Millie Michael, and the whole WSFM team to set new all-time ratings-records for WSFM,” he said.

Wil Anderson exits Hot Breakfast

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Wil Anderson is stepping down from hosting the Hot Breakfast at Triple M Melbourne.

He announced in today’s broadcast that it will also be his last time on the air, as he is concentrating on other ventures in 2020. 

Anderson joined co-hosts Eddie McGuire and Luke Darcy two years ago as replacement for Nick Molloy. 

“It was an amazing challenge to fill the shoes of Mick Molloy, who is a great hero of mine. And one of the greatest comedic and radio talents in the country. I could not have felt more included here, from top to bottom. The management here in the building are just absolutely incredible to me,” said Anderson.

97.3FM removes breakfast hosts

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The breakfast show of 97.3FM Brisbane will be changing hosts in 2020.

ARN announced this week that host Mike van Acker and executive producer Liam Renton are stepping down from the station. Both have been at the station for two years. 

As for Van Acker’s co-hosts, Bianca Dyer is being assigned to an unspecified new role at the station, and Bob Gallagher is staying as well. 

Surfstitch and Stab introduces quarterly mag

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Men’s lifestyle publication Stab has tied up with retailer Surfstitch to produce a new quarterly magazine called Post.

Scheduled for pilot release for the summer 2019/2020 holidays, Post offers fashion, surf, travel, culture, lifestyle, and apparel content. The publication also has a green blueprint, with Issue No1 (pictured) printed on recyclable paper with vegetable dye ink. 

The release is also part of Surfstitch’s new The Common Thread Between Us campaign.

“We’ve had a long relationship with the SurfStitch team and understand the nuisances of the brand and audience. Together we have produced a unique blend of content that reflects the breadth and diversity of the customer base whilst retaining the authentic tone and ‘Saturday state of mind’ the SurfStitch community loves,” said Tom Bird of Stab.

InnovationAus refreshes and launches Asia arm

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Policy and innovation news site, InnovationAus has undergone a facelift and launched its own Asia reporting desk, named InnovationAsia.
InnovationAsia currently sits under its parent site but will become a standalone content producer in the future.
InnovationAus publisher Corrie McLeod spoke to exclusively to Influencing about the recent changes, saying she hoped to bring a more Australian perspective to innovation reporting and policy reporting in Asia.
“James [editor of InnovationAus, James Riley] was very keen to make sure that the reporting really focused on markets to the north. I think the view was that there's a lot of connection and reporting when it comes to Silicon Valley and also I guess other parts of the UK and Europe. But for us being part of the region there was a lot of opportunity to shed some light on where Australia played a role in the innovation sector from a regional perspective. 
“So it's always been a focus over

SEN SA opens Mt Gambier station

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The Pacific Star Network’s South Australia sports channel, 1629 SEN SA, is making a push into the state’s southeast regions with a new station, 1629 SEN Mt Gambier. 

The new station will carry regular SEN SA programming, starting with Kane Cornes and Andrew Hayes’ breakfast show. Dwayne Russell is in on the afternoons with Dwayne’s World and Michaelangelo Rucci and Kym Dillon take up drive with Kymbo & the Rooch.

“SEN SA’s expansion into Mt Gambier is a brilliant opportunity for us to double down on our own commitment to South Australia and better service our regional listeners with more of the sports content that they love,” said Pacific Star Network CEO Craig Hutchison.

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