Changes galore in the latest Sydney and Melbourne radio ratings with the results of survey four released today. Fairfax media’s radio stations were a winner in Melbourne with 3 AW back in the lead, but a loser in Sydney with 2UE again falling: Austero was a winner in Sydney with 2Day FM rising strongly and the struggling triple Ms doing well and adding share. But Austero’s Fox FM lost ground in Melbourne. Macquarie’s 2 GB lost share overall, especially in mornings where Ray Hadley lost ground with a thump. DMG’s Vega in Sydney lost share and was overtaken by the ABC FM classical music station, but in Melbourne ABC FM lost share and Vega rose strongly.

In Sydney 2GB still leads with a 14.8 share, but that was down 0.9 from 15.7% in the third survey; from 2Day up 1.1 to 11.9. ABC 702 slipped back to third from second in survey three with its share falling 0.5 to 10.9 from 11.4.. ABC FM rose 0.2 to 4.3%, overtaking Vega 95.3 which dropped 0.8 to 3.6%. ABC FM has had two good surveys in a row now, perhaps due to changes which some critics claim favour FM broadcasters over AM.

2UE lost 0.6 5.8% from 6.2 and MMM rose 0.7 to 4.5.. 2WSFM (part of the Australian radio network of APB), rose 0.9 to 7.4 from 6.5. ARN’s MIX106.5 rose 0.6 to 4.8 in Sydney.

Alan Jones (and Jason Morrison) grabbed back their top rung in Sydney with a share of 17.6 in Breakfast for 2GB, (17.7 in the third survey). Ray Hadley lost 1.9 to 17.2 for his 2GB Morning Shift. Kyle and Jackie O lifted their Breakfast share for 2Day in Sydney to 11.4, up 0.7. 2UE Breakfasts with Mike Carlton and Sandy Aloisi lost 0.5 to 6.1 in the latest survey.

For the ABC’s 70s station, breakfast with Adam Spencer slipped 0.8 to 12.9, but is still second in the slot and ahead to 2Day.

Deb Cameron in Mornings had a strong survey for 702, up 1.5 to 10.5, close to the highest share 702 has had in mornings for years. Richard Glover in Drive lost ground, shedding 0.5 to 10.9. But 702 is missing James O’ Loghlin in Evenings (despite the ABC website still having him doing the gig). The ABC replaced O’ Loghlin with Andrew Daddo, who defected to Nine for an afternoon news program which starts next Monday. ABC Evenings fell 3.4 to 8.8 in the latest share, the biggest fall in any timeslot for any station.

In Melbourne 3AW added 3.2 in the survey to move back top the top of the rankings with 16.7 (13.5 in the last survey). That will please the under pressure Fairfax radio management. Fox FM (part of Austero) shed 0.7 to 14.8, but ABC local radio’s 774 was steady on a share of 13.0. Vega 91.5 rose 1.1 to 5.1 and ABC FM fell 1.1 to 29, going the opposite way that its sister station in Sydney did.

Triple M in Melbourne went the other way to its Sydney station did, losing 0.8 to 4.0%.

3AW Breakfast with Ross Stevenson and John Burns added 4.3 to 21.6 (from 17.3) and that helped Neil Mitchell in Mornings add share, up 2.8 to 17.1.

774 Breakfast with Red Symons lost ground, down 0.7 to 15.7, but still second in the slot after 3AW. John Faine though added 1.7 in Mornings to 14.7 (from 13.0), giving the ABC two solid performances in Melbourne and Sydney for the survey in this shift. 774 Drive and Evenings shifts fell in the latest survey.

Nova eased 0.1 in Melbourne to 7.8 while its sister station in Sydney was steady on a 7.5 share, which would please DMG Australia

Peter Fray

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Peter Fray
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