2GB to launch media news show Media Matters

Sydney talk radio station 2GB is to launch a media news  discussion programme, the station’s programming boss has revealed.  

Ian Holland 2GB Media MattersIan Holland, group programme director of the Macquarie Radio Network, said the show – which does not yet have an airdate – will be called Media Matters.

He told Mumbrella that one reason for launching the show was because media journalists “hadn’t acknowledged” the success of the station, which is Sydney’s most listened to, according to the radio industry’s listener surveys. Speaking as 2GB launched its new offpeak lineup, Holland – pictured – said:

“We’re sick and tired of getting a rough time from the media. I can assure you that when we do it, where we do it and who’ll be hosting it, you will all know about it.”

However, he later hinted to Mumbrella that afternoon presenter Chris Smith is one candidate for the role.

Following the demise of ABC Radio National’s The Media Report in January, the show will be one of just a handful of on air shows looking at the Australian media scene. The ABC’s 20-year-old Media Watch is the longest established, while Mediaweek on the Sky Business channel  and The Fourth Estate on community radio station 2ser are more recent arrivals.


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