Mumbrellacast: Radio’s rough end to 2019, the curiosity of The Cat, and govt axes Department of the Arts

This week, the Morrison government abolished the Department for Communications and Arts, shifting communications into the Department for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications and not acknowledging the arts at all. The Mumbrellacast team talks through what this means for the media marketing and advertising industry, including why some of the biggest media bodies in Australia refused to comment to Mumbrella editor, Vivienne Kelly, about the shunning of the portfolio.

Also this week more changes took place in radio. Wil Anderson departed from Hot Breakfast on Triple M in Melbourne, Bianca Dye and Mike Van Acker left 97.3 FM breakfast in Brisbane, and Kate Langbroek will not return for the Hit Network’s Hughesy and Kate in 2020. Nova was also the last of the commercial radio networks to suffer a round of redundancies. The team wonders if this is just the period of change that radio had coming and discusses the market conditions it reflects.

Plus, Antony Catalano and Bruce Gordon indicated they might make a move to block Seven’s merger with Prime Media, as together they own 26% of the shares in the regional media body. The team ponders: When did regional media become the new sexy thing to own, and whether the pair will burst into the chapel and object right as the marriage is taking place?

In the news

  • Redundancies at Nova (0:36)
  • Seven struggles with Prime merger (8:23)
  • Scott Morrison drops the Department of Communications and Arts (18:14)

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