Radio Today’s Most Powerful Women on Radio in Australia

• Jake Challenor, publisher and editor of The Music Network and Radio Today, comments

Radio Today has published its annual Most Powerful Women on Australian Radio list.

Radio Today said the 10 remarkable women (and the honourable mentions that follow) have real star power. They are engaging, smart, assertive, driven and brilliant communicators. They deliver the laughs and the ratings five days a week and are leading the way for other women to succeed in the radio industry.

Radio Today spent considerable time talking to industry experts and factored in the thoughts of leading radio programmers about who they consider being in the Top 10. It also factored in market size and the competitive landscape.

The 10 Most Powerful Women on Australian FM Radio in 2020

  1. Jackie ‘O’ Henderson – KIIS 106.5 (#1 last year)
  2. Chrissie Swan – Nova 100 (+)
  3. Amanda Keller – WSFM (-)
  4. Carrie Bickmore – Hit Network (+)
  5. Kate Ritchie – Nova Network (+)
  6. Jane Kennedy – Triple M Network (+)
  7. Abby Burdon – Hit105 (+)
  8. Fifi Box – Fox FM (-)
  9. Robin Bailey – 97.3FM (-)
  10. Susie O’Neil – Nova 106.9 (new)

“Every year Radio Today looks to the industry to help compile a list of the most powerful women on FM radio,” Jake Challenor, publisher and editor of The Music Network and Radio Today, told Mediaweek.

“Together we evaluate and debate profile, ratings, growth and influence in determining the Top 10. This year’s final selection are true stars, with a number of standout changes from 2019.”

“Again this year #1 goes unchanged as Jackie O holds her position, courtesy of continued double-digit survey results and a primetime TV gig. It’s also great to see Nova’s Chrissie Swan move up and Susie O’Neill arrive following the departure of Kate Langbroek from her full-time Drive show on the Hit Network.”

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