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Triple M stands by Australia Day ‘Ozzest 100’ despite growing backlash

Southern Cross Austereo’s Triple M has refused to back down on plans to air an  “Ozzest 100” countdown on Australia Day in a move it has linked to ABC station Triple J’s decision to move the date of the Hottest 100 to a less divisive date.

Triple M sent out an email to its subscribers yesterday, announcing the launch of its “perfect Australia Day” soundtrack. It criticised the “hipsters” of Triple J for deciding there would be no soundtrack on Australia Day.

Three weeks ago, Triple J announced it had changed the date of its annual Hottest 100 countdown to recognise criticism from the Indigenous community that January 26 marks the anniversary of the invasion of their country by white settlers.

Yesterday’s email from Triple M read:

“So, the taxpayer funded FM has decided that there’ll be no soundtrack for Australia Day. Let’s face it, that’s usually full of hipsters or kids making music on a Mac.

At Triple M, we’re going to give you what you’ve asked for. The perfect Australia Day soundtrack.

We want “Triple M’s Ozzest 100” to include all the songs that define Australian music. That’s why we need your help to build it!

Tell us about your favourite Aussie songs. We don’t care about a Top 40 chart position. who wrote it, or even awards. it’s just got to be Aussie.

Simply tell us the title and artist of your top 3 by clicking the big orange button below. Don’t delay, requests close December 31st. The Triple M Team “Triple M’s Ozzest 100” built by the Triple M Club. Australia wide, Australia Day 2018.”

Almost immediately, Triple M was called out on social media.

In a short statement sent to Mumbrella, Triple M’s head of content, Mike Fitzpatrick, responded to the backlash: “At Triple M we are avid supporters of Aussie music and like we do throughout the year and every Australia Day we will celebrate Aussie artists.”

Fitzpatrick: ‘Celebrating Aussie artists’

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