SCA promotes Grant Tothill & Chris Johnson following LiSTNR launch

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has made two senior appointments within its digital team, following the launch of its new LiSTNR app.

Head of podcasting, Grant Tothill, who has been with SCA for over a decade, will now take on the additional role of general manager digital audio. He’ll now be responsible for bringing together all functional areas of the business to ensure SCA delivers on its digital audio ambitions, specifically with regards to LiSTNR.

SCA’s head of digital product, Chris Johnson, will now become head of digital and innovation. He’ll continue to oversee the digital leadership team, as well as manage SCA’s core digital products including LiSTNR.

In addition, Johnson’s remit will also include establishing and managing SCA’s local and international digital partnerships, as well as ensuring SCA stays ahead of emerging trends and opportunities in the digital audio space.

L-R: Grant Tothill, Chris Johnson

Last week SCA revealed that all of its digital audio assets would be housed within LiSTNR, from live streams of Hit and Triple M radio stations, 15 new linear music live streaming channels, plus on-demand news and info services.

LiSTNR will also house SCA’s extensive library of local and international podcasts, effectively spelling the end of the PodcastOne Australia app.

As part of today’s announcement, SCA revealed that the PodcastOne Australia team will now be referred to as LiSTNR Podcasts.

Both Tothill and Johnson will report to SCA chief operating officer, John Kelly, who said the launch of LiSTNR will allow the network to make the most of an emerging digital audio market.

“The consumption of digital audio in Australia is growing rapidly and presents an exciting opportunity for SCA to capitalise on this emerging market and LiSTNR will be our new ‘home’ for SCA’s digital audio content.

“Grant’s proven success in leading PodcastOne Australia from strength to strength gives me the absolute confidence that he will be exceptional in this new and enhanced role.

“We are very fortunate to have someone such as Chris with his level of skill and expertise in digital and we know that he will continue to excel in his new role.”


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