Breaking new ground: Women lead Top New Talent to Watch in 2019
Radio Today has unveiled its annual list of Top New Talent to Watch, and this year the list broke new ground in terms of female representation.
10 of the 13 personalities named were women, with those named coming from all three major Australian radio networks, plus two from Grant Broadcasters.
It’s a major step forward and a strong indication of the networks prioritising female talent development.
Contrast that with 2018’s list (7 female, 11 male) and 2017’s list (9 female, 12 male).
For the first time, the list was published with the support of a presenting partner, in the form of Southern Cross Austereo‘s talent development program Hubble.
SCA head of talent development Adrian Brine praised the work of those named on the list.
“What a privilege it is to work alongside and in collaboration with so many amazing talented females on the rise in this industry,” he said.
“SCA in particular with the support of Gemma Fordham, Head of Hit Network, we look forward to seeing so many more given the opportunity to be the best storytellers, comedians and content providers in this country.”
NOVA Entertainment group program director Paul Jackson said he was proud to see so many women developing into great presenters.
“It’s great to see so many talented women recognised this year.
“We’re especially proud of the development of Mel on Nova, along with Rosie on Nova 91.9 and Katie on Nova 93.7 who both began their daytime shows in the last six months.”
iHeartRadio content direct Brett Nossiter added; “iHeartRadio has always been a great champion of female presenters and our Dance station is also testament to that, with incredibly talented Aussie DJ presenters like Brooke Evers, Nervo, Jesabel, GG Magree and Royal Radio.
“The iHeartRadio team are thrilled that Amber Lawrence has been recognised in the 2019 Top New Talent List for her fantastic work on iHeartCountry Australia.
“Amber is the perfect host for the station because, as an artist, she has a genuine passion, knowledge and insight of country music.”