Sep 13, 2013

Radio’s ‘bullshit’ quotas are holding back Aussie music: exec

Annual music industry talk-fest Big-Sound is wrapping up, and the talk was of local content requirements for commercial radio, plus what the Abbott government will (or won't) do to help the domestic music industry.


Outspoken promoter and label head Michael Chugg has lashed out at commercial radio’s local music quotas at the annual music industry conference BigSound, which wraps up in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley today.

Industry bigwigs indulged in three solid days of talking over the future of a rapidly shrinking industry. At “The Future Of Australian Music” panel, Chugg set tongues wagging when he declared local music was missing out. Commercial radio stations in Australia are currently required to play between 5-25% local content (depending on their format), which Chugg believes they’re hiding away late at night, favouring international acts during prime time.

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6 thoughts on “Radio’s ‘bullshit’ quotas are holding back Aussie music: exec

  1. AR

    Sooo, Oz music is as bad as it sounds?

  2. @Keening_Product

    Community radio is a tiny part of the market – to suggest it’s good for growing Aus’ industry implies we’re not good enough for our own prone time.

    We have loads of great bands but they’re unseated by well-marketed international acts.

  3. Andybob

    The more Australian music I hear, the more Australian music I like.

  4. Professor Tournesol

    ‘Interesting music’ and ‘commercial radio’ don’t belong in the same sentence unless separated by the word ‘not’. As Millie Millgate said, there’s an amazing breadth and depth to Australian music that is showcased on community radio, that’s the place to go.

  5. Professor Tournesol

    @Keening_Product, no it does invite speculation over how well local bands could sell if they were supported in the same way by the commercial operators.

  6. Wodenitbenice2

    You go to gigs, the bands often ask from the stage “Where did you hear us? Triple J?” – “YES” is the reply, over and over.

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