ARN restructure sees Richie Wright take on national content role & Jeff Burzacott elevated in Adelaide
Pictured: Jeff Burzacott (left) and Richie Wright
There’s been more change at the Australian Radio Network’s (ARN) Adelaide operation, with content director Richie Wright switching to a national role.
Wright became content director of Adelaide last year in the wake of Barry Keohane’s departure.
Now, just over six months later, he will move into a newly created national role, as national content operations manager. He will still be based in Adelaide, but will work with chief content officer Duncan Campbell, as well as ARN’s content director across the country.
He will be charged with executing the overarching audio content strategy for listener and commercial content across ARN’s radio, podcast and music platforms.
In his place as Adelaide CD will be Jeff Burzacott, who has been the music director for Mix 102.3 and CRUISE 1323 for the past 10 years.
Campbell said the new roles will help ARN to grow and thrive in Adelaide.
“I am pleased to announce these new roles today for both Richie and Jeff who are valuable members of the content team. Both roles signify investment into the ongoing evolution of ARN as Australia’s destination of choice for audio content. Richie’s creative and operational skills will be perfect for his new national role to provide support for the content teams across all our platforms – radio, music and podcasts,” he said.
“As the music director for Mix and Cruise for the past 10 years, Jeff has the skills and experience needed to take on the role of Content Director and lead the content team in Adelaide to even greater ratings success while working with the commercial team to drive greater revenue as well.”
Today’s announcement is just the latest in a raft of movements and upheavals at ARN Adelaide.
Long-serving Breakfast co-host Jody Oddy abruptly departed in November after 13 years and over 80 survey wins. She was then permanently replaced by Erin Phillips with ARN noting the show was going in a new direction.
Phillips and co-host Mark ‘Soda’ Soderstrom then mysteriously disappeared from the airwaves in March, with ARN sending mixed messages about what was going on behind the scenes and when they would be back.
ARN is also facing changes in Melbourne, with co-host Polly ‘PJ’ Harding departing the Jase & PJ show to return home to New Zealand. That program, too, has had a change in EP and various behind-the-scenes staff departures.