Triple J to move Hottest 100 away from Australia Day after ‘Invasion Day’ concerns

ABC youth network Triple J will be moving its Hottest 100 countdown from Australia Day to January 27, the national broadcaster has announced.

In recent years, the network has come under pressure to move the Hottest 100 after criticism from Indigenous communities and organisations that holding the show on ‘Invasion Day’ is insensitive and inflammatory.

A review was launched following last year’s Hottest 100 involving Indigenous groups and the ABC’s Bonner Committee – the organisation’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues advisory panel – which was followed by a listener survey.

The survey attracted 64,990 responses of which 60% were in favour of moving the date. This was then followed by a second online survey of 759 18-30 year olds, who also replied in the majority to move the date.

In an announcement posted on Triple J’s website, the station told listeners:

“Triple j is making this move after hearing directly from you. Heaps of you took part in our online survey as part of our review of the date of the Hottest 100. (You can read more about that process below.) You told us how much you love the countdown and most of you are up for a new day. We all agreed that the Hottest 100 shouldn’t be part of a debate about the day it’s on. The only debate should be about the songs.

“In recent years the Hottest 100 has become a symbol in the debate about Australia Day. The Hottest 100 wasn’t created as an Australia Day celebration. It was created to celebrate your favourite songs of the past year. It should be an event that everyone can enjoy together – for both the musicians whose songs make it in and for everyone listening in Australia and around the world. This is really important to us.

Instead of the countdown, Triple J’s Australia Day programming will now feature only Australian music and shows highlighting the country’s diversity. “We’ll be broadcasting a bunch of special programming that covers some of the day’s biggest events, like the Young Australian of the Year, citizenship ceremonies, the Australia vs England One Day Series, Yabun Festival, and much more,” the ABC said in a media announcement.

The voting for the 2018 Hottest 100 countdown opens on Tuesday 12 December.


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