Triple M announces new ‘Ozzest 100’ Australia Day song countdown
Triple M has announced a new Australia Day song countdown called the ‘Ozzest 100’.
The new countdown will take place on January 26, with Triple M subscribers exclusively sent a statement about the move and a voting link.
“So, the taxpayer funded FM has decided that there’ll be no soundtrack for Australia Day. Let’s face it, that’s usually full of hipsters or kids making music on a Mac,” said the statement.
“At Triple M, we’re going to give you what you asked for. The perfect Australia day soundtrack.
“Tell us about your favourite Aussie songs. We don’t care about a Top 40 chart position, who wrote it, or even awards, it’s just got to be Aussie.”
News Corp quotes a radio industry insider who says that jealousy towards triple j’s long standing countdown played a part in Triple M’s decision.
“All the commercial networks have been jealous of triple j’s Hottest 100 being ‘event’ radio, with people across the country holding parties to listen to it,” the source reportedly said.
“It makes perfect sense Triple M would try and hijack that audience and target the percentage of triple j listeners who didn’t want to move the date.
“Triple M now basically play all the bands triple j used to play 10 or 20 years ago anyway.”
The decision to hold a new countdown appears to be a direct reaction to the public broadcaster’s decision to move their publicly voted countdown to January 27, after it had been held on January 26 since 2004.
The date change was made last month after a public consultation process where 64,990 listeners weighed in with their opinions.
60% of participants voted to change the date as it was culturally insensitive to Indigenous Australians and their supporters who consider it Invasion Day, or a day of mourning rather than one of celebration.
The move by Triple M has already seen mass debate on social media, and has left many wondering, is this decision in good taste?