Below is the media release for a new contract deal ARN has inked with its most important radio employees. There is no mention in the release of the contract fees, although News Corp reports the duo could earn as much as $17.5m each over the term of the contract if they meet ratings goals.
ARN is thrilled to announce Sydney’s favourite breakfast team Kyle and Jackie O have signed an historic five year contract extension, cementing KIIS 1065 as the home of the world’s biggest stars.
Now in their 11th year in breakfast, The Kyle & Jackie O Show (with Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson) are undisputedly Sydney’s favourite way to start the day, claiming the #1FM Breakfast show outright every year for the past decade.
This new five-year deal demonstrates ARN’s unwavering commitment to being one of Australia’s leading media companies by investing in the best talent and ensuring the dominance ARN has established in the market will continue.
Since launching Sydney’s newest radio station, KIIS 1065, in 2014, Kyle & Jackie O have held the #1FM breakfast show title more times than any other Sydney breakfast team and in 2016 Sydney’s favourite radio duo have been unbeaten in radio ratings.
“KIIS feels like home for us, the station has such a vibrant energy not only on air but throughout the company and with everyone we work with at ARN, it’s a great place to be.
Kyle and I both love what we do, giving our audience access to the world’s biggest celebrities and hottest entertainment news and gossip, and I am really looking forward to delivering even more of this over the next few years,” Jackie said.
Kyle agreed: “There was never a doubt in my mind KIIS was our home for the long haul, because we helped to create it! It’s my baby. Jackie and I are still doing what we love and doing it better than ever.”
ARN’s national content director Duncan Campbell said: “Kyle and Jackie are without doubt Australia’s most successful radio team and I am thrilled they will continue to be KIIS 1065’s breakfast show.
“The breakfast shift is the most gruelling and competitive in the market and The Kyle & Jackie O Show has rated the outright #1FM Breakfast team every year for the past decade and they have by far the biggest breakfast audience in Sydney.
“KIIS 1065’s loyal listeners love Kyle and Jackie’s bold, edgy show and their reputation as the best in the business means today’s most popular stars want to speak to Kyle and Jackie first, which gives KIIS 1065 audiences exclusive access to the most compelling interviews and engaging entertainment. Combined with the creative and often very emotionally moving content they deliver on-air and online, it’s easy to see why their show is a compulsory part of their fans’ day.
“It has been an incredible three years at KIIS 1065 and I’m excited to see what the next five years hold for The Kyle & Jackie O Show.”
ARN’s CEO Tony Kendall said: “Kyle and Jackie O are worldwide stars themselves and have been an integral part of KIIS 1065, and indeed ARN’s, growth over the past three years and they will continue to be instrumental in the station and company’s success.
“And it’s not only the radio ratings that Kyle and Jackie dominate. Kyle and Jackie O’s fan engagement extends to a social reach of over 2 million active followers, more than 1.9 million monthly video streams and 1.5 million monthly unique users on the KIIS website. This is all testament to the deep connection Kyle and Jackie O have with their audiences”.
“ARN is committed to investing in the best talent to build entertainment brands Australians love and, as a multi-platform media company, this five-year deal with Kyle and Jackie is an integral piece of our strategy to broaden the reach of our content.”
Australian Radio Network (ARN) is one of the leading broadcasters in the country with ownership or investments in 12 radio stations nationwide. Its network brands KIIS and Pure Gold, along with iHeartRadio and The Edge, entertain and influence over four million listeners across Australia.
Its KIIS network consists of Sydney’s KIIS 1065 with Kyle & Jackie O, KIIS 101.1 in Melbourne with Matt & Meshel, Adelaide’s Mix102.3 with Jodie & Soda, Brisbane’s 97.3FM with Robin, Terry & Bob and Perth’s 96FM with Carmen & Fitzi. All shows nationally have Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes & Kate Langbroek in Drive.
Its Pure Gold network consists of Sydney’s WS FM101.7 with Jonesy & Amanda, Melbourne’s GOLD104.3 with Jo & Lehmo, Brisbane’s 4KQ with Laurel, Gary & Mark and Adelaide’s Cruise 1323 with John Dean.
The Edge is available on FM as The Edge 96.ONE in Sydney and nationally via iHeartRadio and DAB+. The Edge Breakfast hosts are Mike E & Emma.
ARN also launched iHeartRadio, the world’s fastest growing digital service, to the Australian market in 2013 and the platform has had over 835,000 downloads. iHeartRadio is a free, all-in-one radio, music streaming, entertainment and live events platform. In addition to being able to access their favourite music from around the globe, audiences can access their favourite stations in Australia from ARN, the ABC, SBS and Fairfax, as well as stations from New Zealand and the USA.
ARN is an APN News & Media company.