ABC Radio (General Discussion)

Former Seven News Sydney anchor Chris Bath is about to take on one of the biggest challenges of her career: Evenings on ABC Local Radio NSW.

Bath will host across the state from 7-10pm, Monday through Thursday.

She told News Corporation that leaving Seven was “never about the money,” and she simply didn’t want to sign on for another three years after a 20-year run in the newsroom.

Bath can be heard on ABC Sydney (702AM), ABC Canberra (666AM), ABC Newcastle (1233AM) and statewide on ABC Radio.

Bath floats on statewide radio

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After nearly 80 years of broadcasting the ABC will today switch off its shortwave broadcast of Radio Australia into Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.

The ABC insists the technology is out of date, and short wave broadcasts will cease today at midday, eastern Australian time.

ABC reporter Liam Fox says there’s been an outcry from affected listeners, while the ABC’s critics argue that the switch off will damage its reputation in the region in return for savings of less than $2 million.

South Australian senator Nick Xenophon says he will introduce legislation to Parliament to force the ABC to reinstate its shortwave radio service, which ended today.

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ABC redundancies will be a “win for audiences:” Mason

ABC redundancies good for audience

ABC launches new ABC listen audio app

ABC Audio

The ABC has launched its much-anticipated new audio app ABC listen, giving audiences an improved digital listening experience for both live streaming and on-demand content.

ABC listen replaces the existing ABC Radio app and offers enhanced navigation, personalisation and content search functions.

Director of Radio, Michael Mason, said the new app recognised the changing habits of ABC listeners. “Our previous Radio app has proved extremely popular since its launch in 2012 and this new app marks a major step forward in our ability to provide seamless and easy-to-navigate access to our enormous range of on-demand and live audio content,” Mr Mason said. “By focusing on the user’s own behaviours and preferences it opens up our content and allows for much easier discovery.”

ABC listen provides access to 45 ABC radio stations and audio networks including the ABC’s four national networks, its eight capital city local radio stations, 10 digital stations and 23 regional radio stations. It also provides a platform for more than 130 programs and podcasts.

The main features include a redesigned home page highlighting popular ABC programs, trending podcasts and a personalised playlist. Users will also be able to easily access favourite content in the new ‘My Programs’ tab. These functions allow the new app to highlight and recommend the most relevant content to each user.

Users of the new app will still be able to find all their favourite radio streams and content including hourly ABC News bulletins from wherever they listen, be it on their mobile device, tablet or in the car.

Alongside the launch of ABC listen, ABC has released two compelling new podcasts both with listener experiences available exclusively via the new app. Ladies, We Need To Talk is an eight-part series presented by Yumi Stynes exploring female relationships, health and sexuality. Exclusive bonus episodes are available only on ABC listen. And, the six-part series How Do You Sleep At Night? which looks at people who live their lives in the face of judgement and is presented by triple j Hack’s Sarah McVeigh. The entire series will be available for download ABC listen from Wednesday 13 September (or released weekly via other podcast platforms).

ABC listen is now available for free download from either the Apple Store or Google Play. ABC Radio’s triple j and triple j Unearthed apps will continue as stand-alone apps.

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ABC Radio

A new national music and culture show presented by Myf Warhurst; an early evening regional current affairs program; and extended co-hosted Breakfast shows are among some of the changes announced by the ABC today for its 2018 station and network radio lineups.

The ABC’s capital city radio network, its triple j and RN national networks and its regional stations have unveiled their 2018 program schedules which will launch on-air from January 22 next year.

Director of ABC Radio, Michael Mason said the changes to the program schedule along with a move in some capital city stations to co-hosted breakfast shows reflected the changing audience needs.

“We’ve seen a marked shift to longer commute times towards the end of the working day. On weekdays, more than three-quarters of people listen to radio in the car (GfK data),” Mr Mason said. “We know that our metropolitan audiences are seeking a broader mix of quality local news and information at that time relevant to their commute home.”

Mr Mason said changes to the current affairs programs The World Today and PM brought them into line with flagship morning program AM with all three programs now 30 minutes each in duration.

“The changes to these programs allow us to free up resources to develop more in-depth and investigative journalism for use across all our broadcast platforms,” he said. “There will be more local current affairs from ABC News teams in our Local Radio Drive programs and additional resources will also be put into more timely news and current affairs podcasts as well as longer form digital storytelling, which is where we’re seeing the strongest audience growth.”

Mr Mason said the move to introduce co-hosted Breakfast programs in some of the ABC’s key capital city markets was due to the overwhelmingly positive response from listeners in cities where a “double-header”’ presentation had been trialled.

“The industry bench-mark for Breakfast is for a two-person presentation and in Adelaide the combination of our Breakfast and Mornings presenters has helped push that show to the top of its timeslot,” he said.

The introduction of an early afternoon music and culture show was aimed at a broader audience and would have a contemporary and conversational feel, Mr Mason said. “I can’t think of anyone better than Myf Warhurst to take listeners on a musical and cultural journey of discovery that will celebrate and showcase great Australian music and performers.”

Director of ABC Regional, Fiona Reynolds, said the new 25-minute Regional national current affairs program would be broadcast on all regional stations from 6.05pm – 6.30pm weekdays, and replayed on Radio National and Radio Australia at 7.35pm.

“Our new current affairs program provides audiences, particularly those living in regional Australia, with a mix of news and information from across the country at the end of the day,” Mrs Reynolds said.

“Regional Australians have told us that they want to know what matters to people in other communities and have a say in national conversations.

“The new show builds on our commitment to reflecting the whole of Australia in our news and information, which has never been stronger. Earlier this year, we announced Connecting Communities – a $15.4 million annual funding boost for regional content and services, creating up to 80 new reporter, producer and presenter roles. More than half of these jobs have been filled and recruitment is underway across the nation for the remaining positions.

“In addition, $4 million is being spent on new tools and equipment to enable our regional teams to produce more digital and video content for local and national audiences.

“I’m also thrilled that another $1 million is being invested in extending live audio streaming services to 19 more regional radio stations from mid-March 2018. That means more people can listen to their favourite programs wherever they are – online and on mobile – with a total of 42 regional stations streamed,” Mrs Reynolds said.

Capital City Local Radio

Presenters of the Breakfast and Morning shows in Sydney, Robbie Buck and Wendy Harmer, are joining forces to co-host an extended show that will be broadcast from 6.00am to 10.00am weekdays (with a 30-minute break for AM at 8.00am).

In Brisbane, Rebecca Levingston and Craig Zonca will team up to present weekday Breakfast from 6.00am to 10.00am (with the AM break at 8.00am).

Melbourne also gets a dual Breakfast presentation with local favourites Jacinta Parsons and writer/comedian Sami Shah co-hosting a new show from 5.30am to 7.45am.

ABC Radio Perth sees a shared time-slot from 6.00am to 9.00am (with the 8.00am AM break) with its Breakfast presenter, Peter Bell and its new Mornings presenter, Paula Kruger.

In Adelaide and Canberra, the local stations will see a co-hosted 30 minutes cross-over between their Breakfast and Mornings presenters. Adelaide continues with Breakfast presenter Ali Clarke and its Mornings presenter, David Bevan and in Canberra Dan Bourchier continues to present Breakfast, with Adam Shirley coming in as the new Mornings presenter.

A new capital city mid-morning program, Focus, launches in the Brisbane, Sydney and Perth markets from 10.00am to 11.00am. The new program will cover a wide range of topical issues drawing on the knowledge and expertise of the ABC’s specialist genre reporters as well as industry experts. Emma Griffiths will present in Brisbane; Cassie McCullagh in Sydney and Nadia Mitsopoulos in Perth.

Richard Fidler and Sarah Kanowski will share presenter duties in 2018 on Conversations, which will continue its broadcast from 11.00am to midday weekdays in all states and territories except Victoria, followed by The World Today from 12.00pm to 12.30pm presented by Eleanor Hall.

Myf Warhurst moves from Double J to Local Radio with a new program featuring a mix of music, culture and talk showcasing metropolitan and regional artists and festivals. Myf Warhurst will be broadcast on the capital city stations except Hobart from 12.30pm to 2.00pm and on regional stations from 1.30pm to 3.00pm.

The Afternoon and Drive programs shift later into the day, with Afternoons from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and Drive from 4.00pm to 6.30pm. The Drive programs will include more regular input from state-based ABC News teams with a greater focus on local current affairs.

The 2018 line-up features new Afternoon presenters in Brisbane (Katherine Feeney); Melbourne (Richelle Hunt); Canberra (Anna Vidot); and the return of Liz Travaskis in Darwin.

There are also new Drive presenters in Brisbane (Steve Austin); Perth (Geoff Hutchison); and Canberra (Laura Tchilinguirian).

Early evening programming rounds off with a 30-minute wrap of national news and analysis with PM presented by Linda Mottram. The new editions of both The World Today and PM start on-air from January 2, 2018.

Evenings programs remain from 7.00pm to 10.00pm with new presenters in Brisbane (Kelly Higgins-Devine); and Darwin (Mikaela Simpson).

There are new Weekend presenters in Brisbane (Loretta Ryan); Perth (Jamie Burnett and Charlotte Hamlyn); and Darwin (Conor Byrne and Joel Spry on Saturdays and Jessica Ong on Sundays).

Regional Radio

ABC Regional is extending and consolidating its Drive programs in Queensland with three programs to be produced from the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and Cairns. The Drive shows will extend their broadcast from two to three hours from 3.00pm to 6.00pm weekdays, and each program will have two producers.

Queensland’s five Drive programs will be consolidated to mirror regional Drive programs across Australia. NSW currently has two and VIC, TAS, SA, NT and WA each have one Drive program.

Matt Webber will continue presenting Gold Coast Drive. Regional Drive will move from Brisbane to Maroochydore and be presented by Sheridan Stewart covering the Sunshine Coast and the remaining state-wide audiences.

Townsville Drive presenter, Pat Hession, will present Mornings for Townsville during the new timeslot of 9.00am – 11.00am from July 2018. While Pat is on leave, Andy Toulson will present Mornings for the first half of next year.

The Drive presenter for Cairns, Adam Stephen, will cover northern Queensland. Early Morning Country with Michael Clarke will air across regional Queensland from 5.00am – 6.00am and will be produced in Townsville.

Gold Coast Breakfast Presenter, Bern Young’s program from 5.00am – 6.00am will continue to broadcast to the Sunshine Coast.

Regional Australia’s Drive programs will be followed by a new 25-minute regional current affairs show. The new conversational-style program will analyse the latest regional and rural news from around Australia, and will also provide information on the key local stories from around the nation.

Radio National

In 2018, ABC RN will introduce a new Arts offering, The Hub. Presented by a different specialist each weekday, with contributions from an ensemble of artists, makers, writers and critics, The Hub steps into the creative worlds of the stage (Mondays with Michael Cathcart), books (Tuesdays with Claire Nichols), visual arts (Wednesdays with Eddie Ayres) and the screen (Thursdays with Jason Di Rosso). On Fridays, The Hub presents Stop Everything! with Beverley Wang, Benjamin Law and Dr Lauren Rosewarne sharing their savvy, critical take on popular culture.

And for all the talk on the latest releases, Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh get together each week for a chat about the books they’re reading and loving on The Bookshelf.

Regional Radio’s new 25-minute current affairs program, which takes a look at issues of interest in regional and rural Australia, comes into the RN schedule weeknights from 7.35pm.

Also in early 2018, RN Drive presenter Patricia Karvelas will extend her lively discussion of topical events to television, hosting a weekly national affairs television program at 9.00pm every Sunday on the ABC NEWS TV channel.

For more information on RN’s 2018 schedule click here or go to

triple j

Ben Harvey, Liam Stapleton and Brooke Boney will stay on at triple j Breakfast following a great first year together.

Gen Fricker will continue hanging out with Lewis Hobba on Drive until Veronica Milsom returns from maternity leave.

Linda Marigliano moves to Mornings, Bridget Hustwaite takes over Good Nights and Declan Byrne comes in as the new host of Home & Hosed.

On the weekends, Karla Ranby will present Weekend Lunch while Sally & Erica step into Weekend Arvos.

Double J

As announced earlier in the week, Zan Rowe moves her triple j Mornings show to Double J and will continue to co-present her Bang On podcast with Myf Warhurst throughout the year.

You Am I front-man Tim Rogers, presents a new Friday show Liquid Lunch. There will also be some familiar triple j voices joining that station next year with Gemma Pike presenting The J Files and Hau Latukefu presenting the soul and hip-hop program Sky High.

Tim Shiel will be presenting weekday afternoons from 3.00pm to 7.00pm and Caz Tran across Weekends from 9.00am until 2.00pm.

For more information on triple j’s and Double J’s 2018 respective schedules, click here and here or go to

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ABC Radio Australia launches new extended Morning show to PNG and the Pacific
Papua New Guinea and the Pacific listeners to get more dedicated live programming from 2018

ABC Radio Australia listeners in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific will get an additional two hours of dedicated live morning weekday programming in 2018 with the launch of a new morning news, talk and entertainment show from January 22.

Pacific Mornings will be presented by Seini F. Taumoepeau and Tahlea Aualiitia and incorporate Radio Australia’s long-running, agenda-setting news program, Pacific Beat, which returns with a new presenter, Catherine Graue.

Manager of ABC Radio Australia, James O’Brien said the extended morning show would allow greater coverage of daily and breaking PNG and Pacific news stories as well as introducing a broader mix of chat, music and entertainment.

“We’re keeping Pacific Beat at the heart of our new morning schedule where it will continue to bring audiences across PNG and the Pacific the leading news stories and interviews with regional newsmakers,” he said. “From next year, listeners will be able to tune in from 6.00 am (AEST) to listen to Pacific Beat followed by Seini and Tahlea to help start their day with a fresh take on what is happening in their region.”

The Managing Editor of the ABC’s Asia Pacific newsroom, Kellie Mayo, said Pacific Beat would be a shorter and more focused program broadcast from 6.00 am to 6.30 am and from 7.00 am to 7.30 am (AEST) each weekday morning offering original journalism from the ABC’s trusted team of Pacific experts. The afternoon edition of Pacific Beat will continue from 3.00 pm to 3.30 pm (AEST) weekdays presented by Bruce Hill.

The remaining ABC Radio Australia schedule will continue to offer its PNG and Pacific listeners a rich mix of live content from the broader ABC which will include a new music program featuring local and indigenous Australian artists presented by Myf Warhurst and a national Australian Evenings program presented by Indigenous performer and broadcaster, Christina Anu. ABC RA’s 2018 schedule will also include daily editions of ABC’s leading news and current affairs programs AM, The World Today and PM as well as the best of ABC Radio National including Late Night Live, Big Ideas and RN Drive.

Introducing Seini F. Taumoepeau
Seini F. Taumoepeau is a Tongan-Australian who first worked in radio at the age of 13. Seini was born in Australia and spent much of the first eight years of her life living with her grandparents and extended family in Tonga.

Seini studied contemporary music, media and indigenous studies at university and has worked in the media, arts, education, music and cultural sectors for more than 30 years. She feels a close connection to First Nations people and each year travels to Ti Tree to teach in the local school.

Introducing Tahlea Aualiitia
Tahlea Aualiitia has been working for ABC Radio Hobart for the past four years where she is currently producing their Drive program. Tahlea has also presented Sunday Afternoons on ABC Radio as well as ABC Radio Tasmania’s statewide Evenings program.

Tahlea attended the University of Tasmania where she received First Class Honours in Journalism, Media and Communication. Tahlea also has a blog “The Opposite of Adulting” where she writes about her “attempts to be a grown up”.

Introducing Catherine Graue
Catherine Graue grew up in Lae, Papua New Guinea and speaks both Tok Pisin (PNG) and Bislama (Vanuatu). She is a producer/presenter with Australia Plus TV and Radio Australia and produced the award-winning #TalkAboutIt TV show broadcast internationally on Australia Plus TV. Catherine has recently spent time in Port Moresby working on the DFAT-funded Media for Development Initiative. She has also worked for Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle and worked remotely on the island of Tanna, where she trained journalists and staff at the local community radio station.