Hit Network

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Hit Network
Hit Network logo 2020.png
Type Hot adult contemporary
Country
Australia
Broadcast area
Australia
Headquarters South Melbourne, Victoria
Slogan Get That Feeling
Programming
Language(s)English
Ownership
Owner Southern Cross Austereo
History
Launch date1986
Former names
  • Austereo Network
  • Today's Austereo Network
  • Today Network
  • Today's Hit Network
Links
Website hit.com.au

The Hit Network is an Australian commercial radio network owned and operated by Southern Cross Austereo. The network consists of 41 radio stations broadcasting a hot adult contemporary music format, as well as 6 digital radio stations.

Contents

History

The Hit Network was formed in 1986 as the Austereo Network after Austereo, the licensee of Adelaide commercial radio station SAFM, purchased Fox FM in Melbourne. The network grew throughout the late 1980s and the 1990s, acquiring B105 Brisbane, 2Day FM Sydney and PMFM Perth, as well as establishing joint-venture stations in Canberra and Newcastle. The network would later become known as the Today Network, with stations adopting a contemporary hit radio music format.

Following the acquisition of Austereo by Southern Cross Media Group, the company incorporated the regional Hot FM, Sea FM and Star FM networks into the Today Network.

In October 2014, Southern Cross Austereo announced it would relaunch SAFM in Adelaide as Hit 107, [1] with a staggered network-wide relaunch announced in December. [2] On 14 January 2015, the network was relaunched as Today's Hit Network, with the relaunch extending to Canberra in January 2016. [3] Sea FM Hobart was relaunched as Hit100.9 in February, [4] with the remaining network stations adopting the Hit Network branding as part of a national brand consolidation in December. [5]

On 27 July 2020, the Hit Network was relaunched, adopting a new logo and "pop-based" music format in an attempt to target a 30–54 year old audience. [6] In addition, Hit 105 Brisbane and Hit 107 Adelaide reverted to their heritage brands. On 20 August 2020, Southern Cross Austereo announced the network would introduce statewide networked breakfast programs in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, replacing 19 local shows. [7] [8]

On 1 December 2020, Mix 94.5 Perth switched affiliation from the Triple M network to the Hit Network, with Hit92.9 relaunching as 92.9 Triple M. [9]

Stations

As of 1 December 2020, the Hit Network consists of 41 FM radio stations with their slogan of "Get that Feeling".

ACT

NSW

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Network shows

Digital radio

As of 27 July 2020, the Hit Network broadcasts an additional six radio stations on DAB+ digital radio.

YearsTriple M stationFormatAvailabilityHistory
2012–Buddha Hits Chill music Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra
2019–Dance Hits Electronic dance music Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide
2020–Easy 80s Hits 1980s music Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart Formerly known as:
– Easy Hits Radio (Easy listening music from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s) [2016-2020]
– Stardust Radio (Soft pop, jazz standards, beautiful music from the 1950s, 1960s) [2012-2016]
2020–Little Fox Children's music Melbourne
2020–Oldskool 90s Hits 1990s music Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart Formerly known as:
– Oldskool Hits Radio (Hot adult contemporary music from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s) [2016-2020]
– More Digital (Music from the 1980s, 1990s) [2015-2016]
– Loveland Radio (Love songs from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s) [2012-2015]
2018–Urban Hits Urban music Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide

Choose The Hits was a station only broadcast on digital radio and ran between 1 February 2010 and 24 May 2010. [10]

The Hit Network launched Caravan Radio on 24 May 2010. It was a "pop up" Digital Radio station that played the best bits from Hamish & Andy's Caravan of Courage journeys while they toured the United Kingdom on their fourth Caravan of Courage. [11]

See also

Related Research Articles

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SAFM Radio station in Adelaide, South Australia

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Triple M Perth is a commercial radio station owned and operated by Southern Cross Austereo as part of the Triple M network. The station is broadcast to Perth, Western Australia from studios in Subiaco.

Sea FM Former Australian radio network

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Hit 100.9 Radio station in Hobart, Tasmania

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Mix 106.3 Radio station in Canberra, Australia

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Choose the Hits Radio station in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

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Radio Gaga was a pop up digital radio station broadcasting nationally in Australia while Lady Gaga toured the country in 2010. The station was part of Austereo's Today Network and only played Lady Gaga's music.

Caravan Radio was a pop up Digital Radio station that broadcast nationally in Australia while Hamish & Andy tour the United Kingdom in 2010 on their fourth Caravan of Courage journey. The station is part of the Austereo Today Network.

Weekend Breakfast is an Australian radio station breakfast show on the Hit Network hosted by Dylan Alcott, Julez Jarry and Angus O’Loughlin.

Triple M Gippsland is a commercial radio station owned and operated by Southern Cross Austereo as part of the Triple M network. The station is broadcast to townships in the Gippsland region of Victoria from studios in Warragul.

References

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  2. "SCA's Today stations to rebrand as Hit". Radioinfo.com.au. 17 December 2014.
  3. "Canberra's Hit104.7 Arrives". Radio Today (Australia). 15 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  4. "#HitHobart". Radio Today (Australia). 4 February 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  5. Battersby, Lucy (26 September 2016). "60 regional radio stations to become Triple M or Hit Network". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  6. Challenor, Jake (27 July 2020). "Hit Network set for biggest overhaul in half-decade". Radio Today (Australia). Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  7. Challenor, Jake (20 August 2020). "Confirmed: SCA's Hit Network axes 19 regional breakfast shows". Radio Today (Australia). Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  8. Martin, Melissa (20 August 2020). "Southern Cross Austereo makes staff cuts across Australia, breakfast shows are networked". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  9. Hoffman, Lily (18 November 2020). "Perth radio shake up: New Triple M station, Xavier Ellis, Juelz Jarry and Pete Curulli breakfast show axed". The West Australian. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  10. Austereo finds new digital partner [ permanent dead link ] - themusic.com.au 26 January 2010
  11. Hamish & Andy get their own station with Caravan of Courage Radio - mUmBRELLA, 24 May 2010