Macquarie Sports Radio will pause broadcasting from Friday as it undertakes content review

Macquarie Media has announced it will cease broadcasting its Macquarie Sports Radio talk programs in the three major markets from 11pm this Friday, 1 November. The pause is for the purpose of reviewing the station’s development, and follows the departure of former CEO Adam Lang last week.

The markets affected by the decision are Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, in which Macquarie Sports Radio had a 1.1%, 0.3% and 1.5% share respectively in the latest GfK radio survey.

“Macquarie Media Limited today announced that development of its Macquarie Sports Radio stations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will be paused and reviewed over the summer months and that the current schedule of sport talk programs will cease as of 11pm, Friday 1 November,” said Macquarie Media chair, Russell Tate.

Sports broadcasts will continue, and the talk programs will be replaced with content from partners.

“Over the coming months, Macquarie Sports Radio will continue live sport broadcasts including all scheduled Test Match, BBL, One-Day Internationals & International T20 Cricket matches as well as its English Premier League coverage,” Tate said.

“The stations will draw an increased amount of content from local and international partners, including Macquarie Media’s News Talk stations and Nine, and will continue to access Macquarie National News services for constantly updated sporting news.”

Nine is in the process of a takeover of Macquarie Media, which is guaranteed after the company gained a 90% share this month.

Tate previously said that “Macquarie which will undergo significant change in the next few months as our operations are integrated with those of Nine Entertainment Corporation”.


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