Community Broadcasting’s submission to the inquiry into the Australian live music industry

CBAA’s submission to the inquiry into Australia’s live music industry, that spotlights the vital role that community broadcasters play in nurturing emerging talent, helping artists build their audience and income, promoting events and festivals, developing local live music capacity and innovating to bring more live music to their communities.

Read more about the incredible work our sector does for live music PDF icon here or on our submissions page.

Australia’s network of community radio stations is the critical infrastructure to reach geographically and socially diverse audiences with local music and the promotion of local gigs, festivals and events.
Our submission emphasises that a sustainable community radio sector is integral to grow the live music industry.
Community radio stations:
  • Have a close and co-operative relationship with local artists, live music venues, concert promoters and organisers.
  • Manage programs, events and initiatives that are vital for artist development and career pathways.
  • Support artist income with music licensing fees and event bookings and promotions.
  • Host events and undertake activities that support skills development in music production, sound engineering, AV, promotions and event management that build local capacity in event and festival production

For the first time we have accompanied our written submission with a video submission. The video submission shares just a fraction of the incredible work community broadcasters do to connect their communities through live music. The video captures some of the brilliant examples of the mutually supportive relationship between live and local music and community radio:

Music credit: ‘Alive and Kicking’ by Noah Dillon (@NoahDillonmusic)
As performed live at RTRFM’s In the Pines 2023
Audio: CCA Productions
Audio Engineering: Eddie Curtis

– Dancingwater
– Cuckoo Coco
– Ethan Enoch
– Dameeeela
– MC Chosen
– Genesis Owusu
– Angie McMahon
– Amyl and the Sniffers
– New Boys
– Nikodimos
– Melanesian Pride
– Riley Clemmons
– Dina Indrasafitri
– Midnight Rangers
– Don Glori

Featured stations:
– 4ZZZ
– Triple R 102.7 FM
– RTRFM Perth
– PAKAM Radio
– PBS1067FM
– 99.9 Live FM
– 8CCC Radio

Join the Community Radio Network: Application for New Programs Open

Are you a passionate program maker? The Community Radio Network (CRN) is thrilled to announce that submissions for new programs will be open until 31 August. This is a fantastic opportunity to share your show with a national audience.

Make sure you read our new policies and guidelines on our website before you apply. New changes include:

  • We now have two main submission periods twice a year in January-March and July-September.
  • We have a renewed focus on innovation, prioritising music by Australian artists and amplifying and championing diversity by representing the full spectrum of Australian society.


This application period, we’re keen to see a diverse array of programs, and are particularly on the lookout for programs about Australian music.


About the Community Radio Network: 

Community radio program makers have the chance to share their programs with community radio stations across Australia via the Community Radio Network (CRN).

CRN distributes a selection of the best programs produced across the sector – making more than 100 programs available to over 150 community radio stations across Australia. Programs range from special broadcasts of major cultural and festival events, to informative talks, specialist music and current affairs and stations that take the content can use it as a sustaining service or to augment their own local programming.

Radio Audience Measurement: Survey Summary Reports

Survey Summary Reports (including DAB+)




Australian commercial radio continues to experience sustained year-on-year (YOY) growth, according to GfK Survey 4 2024, with 12.4 million listeners tuning in for an average of 12 hours and 47 minutes each week.

Commercial Radio & Audio (CRA) welcomed the latest results, revealing a notable increase of 168,000 listeners in commercial radio’s total audience. Of particular significance, the 25-54 age group showed a steady 2.9% rise YOY, reaching 6.1 million.

The appeal of breakfast radio and in-car consumption continues to be on the rise, with both maintaining their growth momentum. Breakfast saw a 3.4% increase, adding 290,000 listeners year-on-year, bringing the total to 8.9 million listeners. Meanwhile, in-car listeners grew by 5.1% year-on-year, reaching 10.2 million listeners. Over 82% of radio listeners tune in while driving, accounting for 34.9% of all commercial radio listening.

Streaming continues to thrive, with over a quarter (27.8%) of commercial radio’s audience opting to listen in this way. The survey shows an additional 147,000 listeners survey on survey embracing commercial radio streaming, totalling 3.4 million. This 4.5% rise highlights the growing importance of radio streaming.

“As digital platforms evolve, so does radio’s ability to reach audiences. Whether through streaming or traditional broadcasts, radio’s adaptability meets diverse listener needs,” said Jo Dick, CRA Chief Commercial Officer.

“The surge in streaming reflects a broader shift in consumer behaviour towards digital platforms. Commercial radio’s ability to innovate in this space underscores its enduring relevance,” she added.

All demographics saw an increase in streaming audiences survey on survey, with a 9.6% increase among listeners aged 40-54, and a nearly 6% increase in those aged 25-54.

Across the workday, streaming saw a robust 5% increase, with mornings and afternoons experiencing jumps of 5% and 6.5% respectively, versus previous survey.

Listeners to Commercial DAB+ only stations showed increased engagement, with Time Spent Listening (TSL) extending to 6 hours and 8 minutes. Mornings have experienced a significant lift, with nearly 7% more listeners and TSL extending by 13 minutes year-on-year.

Source: GfK 360 Radio Ratings, SMBAP S4 2024, compared to S4 2023, All people 10+, Mon-Sun 12mn-12mn, Cume (000’s), unless otherwise stated. Weekly Time Spent Listening (hh:mm). All numbers refer to commercial radio results unless otherwise stated.


105.1 Triple M Melbourne has today confirmed a temporary Breakfast show: Triple M Breakfast with Wil AndersonDale ‘Daisy’ Thomas and Rosie Walton. The show will run through the AFL season until Friday, 4 October, featuring an all-star line-up of footy and great local comedy. A permanent Triple M Breakfast lineup will be announced at a later date.

Starting Monday 15 July, Wil Anderson, one of Australia’s most revered comedians, and Collingwood premiership player, Daisy Thomas, will bring their charm and down-to-earth humour to the Breakfast show. Joining them is Rosie Walton, a Triple M mainstay for more than 20 years, who is beloved by listeners and well-known for her work on The Hot Breakfast.

Triple M Breakfast will also include appearances from regular guests, including Melbourne Football Club captain Max Gawn, AFLW star Sarah Hosking, with more guests to be revealed.

Triple M Breakfast kicks off Triple M’s weekday lineup, including Workdays with Dangerous DaveThe Midweek Rub and for the drive home The Rush Hour with JB & Billy, which recently saw its best survey results since 2019*.

Wil Anderson said: “I am a huge fan of Rosie, Daisy, and Triple M. I’m ready to take off the sub vest and help the team charge towards a run deep into the finals. I reckon listeners are going to love what we’ve got ahead.”

Daisy Thomas said: “I’m pumped to be setting an early alarm and having a laugh with the Triple M family every day for breakfast.”

Rosie Walton said: “I grew up listening to Triple M Melbourne and it’s a privilege to be part of the station I love. I’m so excited to share the mornings with Wil and Daisy.”

Triple M Melbourne Content Director, Jay Mueller, said: “We are thrilled to have the expertise of Wil, Daisy and Rosie to guide Triple M Breakfast through to the end of the footy season. These are three fantastic people, passionate about radio, music, and footy, who will create a show Melburnians will absolutely love.”

Mark your calendar for Monday, 15 July. Listen to Melbourne’s Triple M Breakfast with Rosie, Wil, and Daisy, weekdays from 6-9am on 105.1 Triple M and LiSTNR.

Source: GFK Radio 360 Metro Survey #4 2024. P10+, Mon-Fri 16.00-18.00. Melbourne. Market Share (%).

About Triple M:

For more than 40 years, Triple M continues to be one of Australia’s best-known radio entertainment brands and the only radio network that provides its listeners with a unique combination of Greatest Hits, Sport and Comedy. With 49 stations across Australia, including six digital stations, Triple M 80s, Triple M Classic Rock, Triple M 2000s, Triple M Country, and Triple M 90s, Triple M has become known for playing Rock’s Greatest Hits, and its iconic talent and shows that get people talking.

The iconic brand entertains more than 4.6 million radio and on demand listeners each week and is home to some of Australia’s biggest sporting heroes, comedians and music gurus including Mick Molloy, Marty Sheargold, Mark Geyer, Gus Worland, Margaux Parker, Wendell Sailor, Ryan Girdler, Leisel Jones, James Brayshaw, Billy Brownless, Gorden Tallis, Greg Martin, Mark Ricciuto, Laura O’Callaghan, Chris Dittmar, Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt and Andrew Jarman to name just a few! All Triple M’s content is available live or on demand on the LiSTNR app.


#1 STATION AND #1 BREAKFAST SHOW: B105 Brisbane and Triple M Adelaide

#1 The Fox most listened to station in Melbourne – 5 in a row

#1 Hit Network Carrie & Tommy Drive show – 3 in a row

#1 in AFL and NRL footy

SCA has taken the win for the first half of 2024 as the no.1 home of the 25-54 key buying demographic, a title it has held for 24 consecutive surveys^ and maintaining its reign as Australia’s no.1 25-54 radio network.

SCA continues its winning streak as the no.1 radio network in the 25-54 men demographic and no.1 in women 25-54 demographic in today’s GfK Radio360 Metro Survey 4 2024.

SCA’s Hit and Triple M metro stations added to the wins for Survey 4 including :

  • #1 station B105 Brisbane and Triple M Adelaide overall
  • #1 Breakfast shows B105 Brisbane and Triple M Adelaide
  • #1 Hit Network Carrie & Tommy Drive show
  • #1 The Fox – most listened to station in Melbourne for 5 consecutive surveys with more than 1.22 million listeners
  • #2 Triple M Brisbane overall and #2 Breakfast show

The close competition in the AFL and NRL footy season has seen SCA continue to dominate as the country’s no. 1 footy radio network:

  •  #1 AFL broadcast in metro markets, reaching 733,000 people 10+ across the weekend in Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth**
  • #1 AFL broadcast in metro markets, reaching 442,000 people 25-54 across the weekend in Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth (up 4.2%)**
  • #1 NRL reach for people 10+ at 415,000^^
  • #1 NRL reach for people 25-54 at 243,000 (up 6.6%)^^

SCA Chief Content Officer, Dave Cameron, said: “SCA has delivered another monster result nationally, increasing our lead in the commercially critical 25-54 ‘audience that matters’, well ahead of our competitors. B105 Brisbane and Triple M Adelaide have again held the number one crown, powered by their market-dominating Breakfast shows of Stav, Abby & Matt, and Roo, Ditts & Loz.

“In Melbourne, it’s becoming crystal clear that breakfast listeners are decisively committing to wanting locally relevant, family-friendly fun, with The Fox’s Fifi, Fev & Nick holding on to their ongoing strong results, likewise The Marty Sheargold Show achieving terrific growth in its final survey in Breakfast.

“At the other end of the day, SCA wins the drive home, with Carrie & Tommy cementing their position as Australia’s number one national Drive show for the third time in a row, alongside every one of Triple M’s state Rush Hour shows increasing their share. It’s also exciting to see Triple M hitting number one for the first time ever with Dave Gleeson in national Nights, and both Triple M’s AFL and NRL sports results achieving leadership domination.”

SCA Chief Commercial Officer, Seb Rennie, said: “SCA remains the no. 1 home of 25-to-54-year-olds – the audience that matters – once again this survey. The recent Infinite Dial*** report shows that radio has grown its audience to 81% of the population, or 18 million people: a rise of 2% on 2023. The 25-54 demographic are the biggest consumers of radio at 84% and online radio streaming among this demographic has doubled in three years. This is a compelling reason for advertisers to reach and engage with this important demographic at SCA.

“Combined with our SCA-ACE represented metro stations, the metro 25-54 audience share is 37.4%, extending our lead ahead of our nearest commercial competition by 12.7 share points.

“The NRL and AFL footy seasons are producing some fantastic tight games, and Triple M continues to provide the best commentary of the codes, our broadcasts are number one nationally and in their respective markets, with a strong connection with male audiences.”


*GfK Radio 360 Metro Survey #4 2024.  P10+/P25-54/M25-54/F25-54, Mon-Sun ROS/Mon-Fri 05.30-09.00/Mon-Fri 06.00-09.00/Mon-Fri 15.00-18.00/Mon-Fri 16.00-19.00. Total Radio. Market Share/Commercial Share/Cume Reach.
^24 surveys since Survey #5, 2021FM & DAB+

** GfK Radio Ratings. Metro Survey 4, 2024. Melbourne – Thursday 1800-2230, Friday 1800-2230, Saturday 1200-2230, Sunday 1300-1930. Adelaide – Thursday 1800-2200, Friday 1730-2200, Saturday 1130-2200, Sunday 1230-1900. Perth – Thursday 1800-2030, Friday 1745-2030, Saturday 1000-2030, Sunday 1100-1730. P10+ / P 10-69 / P25-54 / P 10-69 / P25-54. Cume / Market Share %

^^ GfK Radio Ratings. Metro Survey 4, 2024. Sydney / Brisbane. – Thursday 1900-2200, Friday 1800-2000, Saturday 1200-1700, Sunday 1200-1600. P10+ / People 10-69 / People 25-54. Cume Reach / Market Share %

*** The Infinite Dial Australia 2024 – Edison Research and Commercial Radio & Audio (CRA)

About SCA (Southern Cross Austereo)  

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) is one of Australia’s leading media companies reaching more than 95% of the Australian population through its radio, television, and digital assets. Under the Triple M and Hit network brands, SCA owns 154 stations across FM, AM, and DAB+ radio.  SCA also provides national sales representation for 56 regional radio stations. SCA broadcasts 96 free to air TV signals across regional Australia, reaching 3.6 million people a week, with Network 10 programming and advertising representation across Australia’s East Coast, Seven Network programming in Tasmania and Darwin, and Seven, Nine and Ten programming in Spencer Gulf. SCA also features Sky News Regional in 17 markets across regional Queensland, southern NSW, and Victoria. SCA has an exclusive national sales representation agreement with WIN in northern NSW (including the Gold Coast) and TDT (Tasmanian Digital Television). SCA operates LiSTNR, Australia’s free, personalised digital audio destination for consumers featuring radio, podcasts, music, news, and sport. SCA provides Australian sales representation for global open audio platform SoundCloud and Sonos Radio. SCA’s premium brands are supported by social media, live events and digital platforms that deliver national and local entertainment, news, and sport content.

POSITION: PBS Sponsorship and Promotions Coordinator, PBS 106.7FM, Collingwood VIC

PBS 106.7FM is seeking a sponsorship and promotions coordinator to assist the sponsorship department in delivering on-air and multi-platform promotional campaigns for our clients. 

The successful applicant will need to be familiar with the local music and arts scene, experienced in client account management and lead generation, as well as being fluent in writing and editing for scripts, online and marketing purposes. They will be a good communicator, goal orientated, adept at juggling a multitude of tasks, whilst maintaining a focus on the bigger picture. Ideally, they will have established music industry connections, a passion for music and good understanding of PBS.

This role is full-time 35 hours a week, during the office hours of 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday. Occasionally, additional hours outside of normal office hours will be required.



Please send applications addressing the selection criteria, a cover letter and CV with two referees (who won’t be contacted without applicant’s prior knowledge) to Kristen Paterson at sends e-mail) (link sends e-mail) by 9am Tuesday 23rd July, 2024.


PBS 106.7FM acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, the sovereign custodians of the land from which we broadcast. PBS pays our respects to Elders past and present, and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

People from Indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, members of the LGBTQI+ community, gender diverse people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Ray Hadley celebrates 20 years on top of the ratings

Ray Hadley celebrates 20 years on top of the ratings

Survey 4 of Radio360 ratings saw The Ray Hadley Morning Show record a 16.4 share, up 1.1 points – further demonstrating Hadley’s position as one of Australia’s most popular and respected broadcasters.

On his 20-year milestone, Ray Hadley said: “A lot has happened personally and professionally over the past 20 years. My now adult children were children themselves when this journey started and now they have provided me with 7 wonderful grandchildren – those little ones usurp any commercial success.

“A wise old broadcaster once told me: ‘Be yourself, get in before anyone else and work public holidays’. The formula seems to have worked.

“My thanks to my wife Sophie for her total loyalty, and love to John Singleton for having faith in me all those years ago.”

Managing Director of Nine Radio, Tom Malone said: “This is an extraordinary achievement. As far we know, no individual broadcaster has been number one for 20 years, without a blip. It’s the perfect scorecard! It all comes down to Ray’s work ethic and his commitment to his listeners.”

Hadley’s unbeaten streak started in Survey 4, 2004 and he remains the most decorated radio host in Australian Commercial Radio Award (ACRA) history, with a stunning 34 awards.

He was inducted into the ACRA Hall of Fame in 2017 and honoured with the special Country Music Capital Award for his passionate and sustained support and promotion of Australian country music at the 52nd Golden Guitar Awards.

After 19 successful years broadcasting at 2UE, Hadley joined 2GB in late 2001 and on 4th March 2002, The Ray Hadley Morning Show first went to air. Hadley is also the founding member of The Continuous Call Team (CCT).

Hadley’s passion for sport broadcasting has seen him cover 98 State of Origins, 34 Rugby League Grand Finals, three Rugby World Cups, and will this year be Nine Radio’s lead commentator for his seventh Olympic Games.

Source: GfK Radio360 Ratings, 2GB Sydney Survey 4 2024, Share, Cume (000s), Mon-Fri 9am-12pm, AP10+, unless otherwise specified

Triple gold for Nine Radio


Nine’s talk stations have claimed triple gold in GfK Radio 360 Survey 4, with listeners declaring Sydney’s 2GB and Melbourne’s 3AW their No.1 stationand the stations’ Breakfast and Mornings programs sitting on top of the podium in commercial radio and streaming. 

In Sydney, 2GB recorded a 14.0 share (up 0.7) and in Melbourne, 3AW recorded 13.7 – stamping Nine’s live and local programs as the definitive agenda setters for listeners every day.

In the Breakfast shift, 2GB’s Ben Fordham Live is No.1 in Sydney with a share of 17.0 (up 0.4) and 3AW’s Breakfast with Ross and Russ is No.1 in Melbourne with 19.6.

The Ray Hadley Morning Show is No.1 for the 158th time – marking Hadley’s incredible 20th year of consecutive survey wins in Mornings, with a 16.4 share (up 1.1). Mornings with Tom Elliott also remains No.1 with Melbourne listeners, recording a dominant 15.7 share.

Nine Radio’s Head of Content, Greg Byrnes, said: “These results show Australians have turned to talk in big numbers, and as the home of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Nine’s talk stations have laid the foundations for another dominant year in 2024.

“The number one results in Sydney and Melbourne, along with the record cume result in Perth, highlight the strength of our always on, live and local content.

“Talk radio is relentless. what Ray Hadley has achieved today is truly remarkable and he’d be the first to thank his hundreds of thousands of listeners who tune in every day right around the country.”

(4 markets)
1.9 million
listeners each week


Nine Radio is the No.1 destination for live audio listeners across the country, with a commercial streaming share of 26.9.

2GB and 3AW are No.1 in overall commercial streaming, with a 29.7 and 26.5 share respectively, as well as across all main standard sessions.

Breakfast and Mornings saw significant listener numbers, with Ben Fordham out in front with a commercial streaming share of 43.9 (up 3.3) and Ross and Russ recording a dominant commercial streaming share of 35.8.

Mornings at 2GB and 3AW also recorded a No.1 commercial streaming share with a 28.8 for Ray Hadley and 33.6 for Tom Elliott (up 4.2), respectively.

Greg Byrnes, said: “For over a year now the Radio360 data has highlighted Nine Radio’s dominance in streaming. Listening via a connected device is fast becoming the preferred way to consume talk radio – it sounds better, it’s easily accessible and more and more Australians are finding that out for themselves.”

26.9 388,000


Australians’ appetite for Nine’s ratings-leading talk and opinion remains high with more than 644,000 listeners tuning into Nine Radio catch up podcasts in June, and the network recording more than 1.7M downloads.

As winter hits in the southern states, Nine’s premier sporting content is firing listeners up, with the 3AW Football catch up podcast reaching more than 72,000 listeners – up a remarkable 46% MoM – and 3AW Wide World of Sports posting an impressive 36% MoM increase, with more than 34,000 listeners. The Continuous Call Team also posted a 45% MoM increase in catch up listeners.

Nine’s Head of Podcasts and Digital Content, Mia Stern said: “Sport is a key pillar of our content programming and with the Olympic Games just 17 days away, we’re thrilled to see the appetite from listeners continue to grow across our sport catch up programs.

“Aussies are some of the most passionate sports fans in the world and Nine Radio will be the number one destination for catch up listeners later this month, as we deliver every moment of the Olympic and Paralympic as Australia’s official broadcaster.”

1.761 million 644,704

Source: GfK Radio360 Ratings, Survey 4 2024, Mon-Sun 5.30am-12MN, Market Share % Total, Market Share Streaming %, Commercial Streaming Share %, Cume (000s) Total and Streaming, 3AW Breakfast Mon-Fri 5.30am-8.30am, 3AW Mornings 8.30am-12pm, AP10+, Nine Radio – 2GB, 3AW, 4BC, 6PR, unless otherwise specified.Source: Triton Podcast Metrics, June 2024, Downloads, Listeners, Nine Entertainment, unless otherwise specified.

2GB on top in Sydney

2GB on top in Sydney

And Sydneysiders have another reason to celebrate today, with Ray Hadley clocking up an incredible 20 years of consecutive ratings wins – one of the longest streaks of all time.

The Ray Hadley Morning Show recorded a 16.4 share (up 1.1 points) and a 28.8 commercial streaming share, further demonstrating Hadley’s position as one of Australia’s most popular and respected broadcasters.

Ben Fordham Live is Sydney’s No.1 in Breakfast, with 17.0 (up 0.4), while in commercial streaming 2GB Breakfast posted an incredible 43.9 share (up 3.3), reinforcing the power of live and local content across all devices.

2GB Content Manager, Luke Davis, said: “This is another extraordinary result for 2GB, with share increases across every key timeslot!

“Ray Hadley today reaches 20 years unbeaten on Mornings, which is one for the history books, while Ben Fordham continues his incredible dominance of Breakfast in this city.

“Sydney listeners are turning to 2GB and our experienced broadcasters in increasing numbers, and with our exclusive Olympic Games coverage just 17 days away, there’s still plenty to look forward to!”

Further highlights of Gfk Radio 360 Survey 4 in Sydney:

  • Afternoons with Michael McLaren recorded his best share since taking the helm of Afternoons with 10.6 (up 0.5) (Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm)
  • Drive with Chris O’Keefe recorded his best result of the year with 8.3 share (up 0.7) (Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm)
  • Money News with Deborah Knight is No.1 with a 15.9 share (up 4.7) (Mon-Thu 7pm-8pm)
  • Nights with John Stanley remains the clear No.1 with a share of 22.2 (more than double his nearest competitor) (Mon-Fri 8pm-12am)
  • Weekends with Luke Grant is No.1 with a share of 13.2 (Sat-Sun 9am-1pm)
  • The Continuous Call Team is No.1 in the Friday, Saturday and Sunday time slots with a 12.2 share (up 1.2 and 2.3 points clear of its nearest rival)

Source: GfK Radio360 Ratings, 2GB Sydney Survey 4 2024, Mon-Fri 5.30am-9am, Mon-Fri 9am-12pm, Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm, Mon-Thur 7pm-8pm, Mon-Thur 8pm-12MN, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm, Fri 7pm-11pm, Sat 1pm-10pm, Sun 1pm-6pm, Market Share % Total Radio, Streaming share % AP10+ .