While I can see the argument that this might improve format diversity in the large markets, I don’t know that such a concentration of control, if not ownership, is in the best interest of diversity in Australian radio. There will be a consolidation of roles that will lead to job losses and reduction in opinions and innovation. I can seen a single news service for example across all these services.
There will need to be a divestment of some stations. Obviously the hit network. 2Day, Fox, B105, SAFM and 92.9, but also the Pure Gold stations Gold 104.3, WSFM and Cruise.
Crazy to think ARN wouldn’t keep stations like Fox, Gold and WSFM, but they couldn’t rebrand them within the KIIS and Triple M brands and keep the audience successfully.
They could move key talent across networks though I guess.
Also interesting to see which stations move studios. SCA have the more comprehensive national technical network so it would make sense to make the most of that. Kyle and Jackie O could end up back at world square, but under the KIIS brand.
Around Brisbane, to accommodate Triple M, they’ll need to divest River and Hot 91. Zinc might go too given the shares facilities with Hot 91.
Other shared markets which will need divestment due to exceeding the 2 station rule are:
Hobart x1 (probably 7HO)
Bendigo/Maryborough x1 (probably Gold 1071)
Mildura x1 (probably River 1467)
Gold Coast x1
EDIT: Having read the letter to the SCA board, it looks like ACP get the stations ARN don’t keep, which they’ve outlined as including 25 stations currently owned by SCA. I wonder why that number is so high? Maybe ACP wanted a bigger piece of the pie? Maybe keeping stations liked to TV together so that local sales and operations don’t need to be split.
Maybe if MMM is sold the new owner can rip up the agreement that says Killing Heidi’s Mascara must be played at least once day. My god that’s a terrible song, and yet they flog it to death, including just now on the airwaves.
Probably still iheart considering how much works gone into it and the reliance of not having to do Australian development. The app is developed in the US. Needless to say the deals with community radio and other commercial stations.