As forecast by Southern Cross Austereo chief executive Grant Blackley to Mediaweek a week ago, the broadcaster has used its existing content teams in a major restructure that follows the departure of Guy Dobson in January.
The restructure for its Triple M and Hit Networks will be a radio first.
The role of Network Heads, Gemma Fordham (Hit) and Mike Fitzpatrick (Triple M) will extend to all metro and regional stations. This will include the management of all shows and on-air talent. Fordham and Fitzpatrick will expand their current remit of five metro stations to 42 Hit and 36 Triple M stations respectively.
Irene Hulme and Mickey Maher have been appointed heads of music for the Hit and Triple M Networks. Hulme will expand her remit from metro only stations to the 42 Hit and 4 Hit digital stations, and Maher, who is currently head of content for regional radio, will now work across the 36 Triple M and 4 Triple M digital stations nationally.
SCA commented as experienced, passionate and talented music strategists Hulme and Maher will implement an even stronger and sharper focus on music across both networks.
News & current affairs will be headed up by Natasha Jobson, who is currently national head of audio news & information. Jobson will continue to oversee the execution of news creation across multiple metro and regional newsrooms servicing SCA’s national AM, FM and DAB+ radio network & apps as well as bespoke news for on demand services – including Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and other B2B news opportunities.
To further mature and validate SCA’s investment in first-class events – national events director Jacqui Hoban will now report to chief operating officer, John Kelly.
In line with the new national management structure, head of marketing and communication Nikki Clarkson will oversee national marketing of all metro markets as well as an expanded regional remit – including SCA’s TV assets and PodcastOne.
The network heads, heads of music, head of news & current affairs and head of marketing and communication will all report directly to the CEO.
SCA’s CEO Grant Blackley said, “It is critical that SCA has a strong and diverse group of executives in the right roles with the right skills to meet the challenges and opportunities of our ever improving and vibrant audio sector.
“This structure will further enhance our laser focus on entertainment, music and news & current affairs. In a Radio first – our new Network Heads will have direct oversight and management of an expanded national asset base.
“SCA remains committed to developing and deploying the best entertainment, information and music in the business. Combined with our considerable TV assets, PodcastOne and broadening digital presence – SCA is unique in reaching over 95% of Australians each and every week with live and local content like no other.”