It must pay to have your knuckles rapped with a feather by media regulator ACMA. The latest radio ratings show that Kyle Sandilands and Alan Jones, the two "bad boys" of Sydney radio and the most recent roused on by the regulator, lifted their audience shares in the latest survey, while the goody two shoes ABC local radio station 702 saw a big fall (after the big rise in the previous survey).
Sandilands has been "disciplined" by ACMA over various atrocities in recent years while Jones' latest brush was earlier this year over climate-change claims that turned out to be wrong. Both have emerged without a scratch insofar as their listeners are concerned. Sandiland's breakfast program (with the luverly Jackie O) on 2Day FM jumped by 0.7 to 10.5 (from 9.8 in the third survey). Jones' breakfast program on 2GB rose a very solid 1.4 to 18.5 from 17.1. His rants obviously go down well with middle-aged, cranky listeners in Sydney's west. That helped 2GB win the survey with a 0.8 rise in share to 15.7. 2Day's share rose 0.3 to 9.8.