Southern Cross Austereo appoints Gemma Fordham and Mike Fitzpatrick to national content roles

Southern Cross Austereo has restructured the content teams of its Triple M and Hit radio networks.

The changes will see Gemma Fordham’s role at Hit and Mike Fitzpatrick’s Triple M remit extend across the two networks’ metro and regional stations.

Along with Triple M’s Mike Fitzpatrick, Hit’s Gemma Fordham will see her role go national with SCA’s restructure

As part of the new structure, Irene Hulme and Mickey Maher become the national heads of music at each of the networks.

Hit has 42 stations nationally while Triple M boasts 36. Mumbrella has been told there will be no redundancies as a result of the restructure.

Under the reshuffle, news and current affairs will be headed up by Natasha Jobson. Currently national head of SCA’s Audio News & Information division, Jobson will be responsible for metro and regional newsrooms servicing the group’s national AM, FM and DAB+ radio network & apps as well as bespoke news for on demand services – including Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri.

Head of marketing and communication, Nikki Clarkson, will oversee national marketing of all metro markets as well as an expanded regional remit which including SCA’s TV assets and PodcastOne.

The roles will all report directly to SCA’s CEO, Grant Blackley who said of the restructure: “It is critical that SCA has a strong and diverse group of executives in the right roles with the right skills to meet the challenges and opportunities of our ever improving and vibrant audio sector.

“This structure will further enhance our laser focus on entertainment, music and news & current affairs. In a Radio first – our new Network Heads will have direct oversight and management of an expanded national asset base.

“SCA remains committed to developing and deploying the best entertainment, information and music in the business. Combined with our considerable TV assets, PodcastOne and broadening digital presence – SCA is unique in reaching over 95% of Australians each and every week with live and local content like no other.”


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