Triple M announces new ‘Ozzest 100’ Australia Day song countdown

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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?

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21 Dec 2017 - 6:39 pm


21 Dec 2017 - 6:41 pm

triple J may be funded by tax payers but Triple M is owned by shareholders and funded by advertisers neither of which would be happy about this decision.

22 Dec 2017 - 6:54 am

What’s next Cocktober ?

22 Dec 2017 - 8:35 am

Easter on MMM the “we grew here, you flew here” countdown.

22 Dec 2017 - 8:43 am

At the end of the day, Australia Day is still a national holiday that millions still observe and celebrate. Triple J chose to move their countdown and their audience agreed.

Triple M’s audience want to celebrate great Aussie rock, and they should be allowed to do so.

John Tucker
22 Dec 2017 - 6:02 pm

What a beauty
Well done MMM
For those with a differing view to the perpetually offended , we can listen and celebrate Australia Day listening to MMM
Bonza sport

23 Dec 2017 - 1:19 pm

Personally, I’ve gone from proud Triple M listener to embarrassed Triple M listener.

Big Mac
24 Dec 2017 - 3:04 pm

Well done to MMM. Standing up to the tidal wave of political correctness!

Nothing racist or insensitive about it. Just a different viewpoint.

27 Dec 2017 - 4:30 pm

Triple m move not in good taste but triple j is? They are a taxpayer funded station for crying out loud. What gives them the right to lecture us that pay their wage?? Triple j a bunch of taxpayer stuck up snobs who look down in Australia and its music. If they are so smart let them exist in the commercial world.

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5 Jan 2018 - 1:53 pm

@ Ivan you did read the bit where they surveyed their listeners got around 200 000 responses (activation persons wet dream I’m guessing) and then moved the hottest 100. Australia day is still exactly where it always has been.

7 Jan 2018 - 8:07 am

Really ? Its 2018 boys time to move on. How about the Top 100 Indigenous songs
one weekend ?

10 Jan 2018 - 11:53 am

Actually, 60 percent of jjj listeners voted that they did not mind what day the hottest 100 was on. And about 40 percent said that did not want it changed. To me, I see that as a strong vote to not change it as the 60 percent of voters didn’t actually mind what day it was on, they just wanted it to be on. jjj made a bad choice there. mmm made the best decision and I can’t wait for some cool aussie artist tunes on Australia day.


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