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Radio stars beat TV rivals in BRW rich list

Radio personalities have surged ahead of their TV counterparts in this year’s BRW Top 50 Entertainers list, with Alan Jones, Ray Hadley and Kyle Sandilands & Jackie O among the heavy hitters.  

Breakfast presenter for 2GB, Jones is number 20 on the list with annual earnings of $5m, while 2Day FM’s Sandilands & Jackie O earned $2.3m.

Hadley, also from 2GB, earned $2m, while 2Day FM’s Hamish & Andy came in with earnings of $1.9m.

Higher on the list, in 24th position, was Eddie McGuire who in September returned to radio to host the breakfast show on Triple M, with earnings of $4m; while similarly TV and radio personality Rove McManus was 25th on list with earnings of $4m.

Overall however, the top five was led by rock band AC/DC with $105m, thanks to the success of their album Black Ice and subsequent 17-month world tour.

The band beat The Wiggles ($45m) who were pushed to third position after holding the top spot for four years running.

Meanwhile, Kylie Minogue came in second ($47m), Russell Crowe was fourth ($25m), while Keith Urban came in fifth ($20m).

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