Hamish & Andy make record-breaking feat with podcast

Hamish & Andy have again taken the crown as Australia’s #1 podcast, this time breaking a record in doing so.

Southern Cross Austero podcast platform LiSTNR confirmed today that the duo have not only hit top spot across the country, including the comedy category, for October, but have broken the record in doing so – 22 times. This feat has reportedly never occurred since Triton Digital began releasing monthly results three years ago.

Hamish & Andy’s audience in the last month has also grown by over 50,000 to reach near one million listeners.
“To have Hamish & Andy achieve 22 number ones is simply outstanding,” SCA Executive Head LiSTNR Podcasts, Grant Tothill, said.

“We have enjoyed continued growth across our owned and operated podcast titles along with our partner titles. To be the leading podcast sales network is a great outcome.”

The news comes after Hamish & Andy extended their contract with LiSTNR in November last year.

It will no doubt be welcome news for LiSTNR and SCA, which is currently in discussions about a takeover bid from radio rivals, ARN.

At SCA’s annual general meeting last month, it was announced that the network’s annualised cost base will be reduced by more than $15 million, with $10 million to come out this financial year (by June 30, 2024).

Despite this, SCA chair Rob Murray announced that LiSTNR is “on target” to be profitable in the last quarter of this financial year. This comes after ARN confirmed in its proposal that it intends to “form an independently managed, separate and equally owned digital audio joint venture, comprised of substantially all of ARN and SCA’s respective existing digital audio assets and operations”.

CEO John Kelly reiterated at the AGM that LiSTNR is “fully owned, developed and controlled” by SCA and that it is “looking forward in the years ahead to delivering the benefits to our shareholders, our partners, and our communities.”


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