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Pandora confirms streaming service closure date for Australia

Pandora has confirmed its streaming service will shut down from 31 July for all Australian and New Zealand listeners.

The news comes three weeks after the music streaming service announced it would close its Australia and New Zealand operations after five years.

Pandora officially relaunched in the Australian market in 2012, after a five-year hiatus.

However, a day after Business Insider Australia reported the CEO of Pandora, Tim Westergen was stepping down, Pandora announced it would close its Australian operations to “remain laser-focused on the expansion” of its core business in the US.

It also followed Jane Huxley, managing director for Australia and New Zealand’s departure from the company in March, after four and a half years. Her replacement had not yet been announced.

Soon after the news was announced, Pandora’s sales team won Mumbrella Sales Team of the Year at the 2017 Mumbrella Awards.

In a statement today, Rick Gleave, director of business development and partnerships at Pandora said he was “honoured” to work with the team in Australia.

“Since we opened our doors in 2012, the team grew our user base to over one million monthly listeners, delivered market-shaping advertising and retail distribution deals and executed highly successful music events and sponsorships.

“To that end, I’d like to thank our employees as well as advertisers, automotive and consumer device partners for their support. And lastly, but perhaps most importantly, I’d like to thank our listeners for giving us the opportunity to connect them with the music they love.”

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