Hamish & Andy renew contract with Southern Cross Austereo & LiSTNR
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has announced a renewed commercial partnership with broadcasting heavyweights Hamish Blake and Andy Lee.
As part of the new deal, the golden duo will continue to produce their weekly Hamish & Andy podcast for the network, as well as launching new seasons of their nostalgic spin-off pod Hamish & Andy’s Remembering Project.
The flagship podcast, Hamish & Andy, will be available on all platforms, however Hamish & Andy’s Remembering Project will be a LiSTNR exclusive until the entire third season is completed.
Once all weekly episodes of the Remembering Project have been added to LiSTNR, they will then become available on other platforms.
The length of the contract extension is not yet clear, however it does make a continuation of a fruitful almost two-decade history between SCA and both hosts.
They premiered on Melbourne’s Fox FM in 2003 with The Almost Tuesday Show and took over the Melbourne Drive slot in 2006. The show eventually went national and the duo have been involved with SCA in various capacities since.
After stepping away from radio at the end of 2017, Blake and Lee made a successful pivot into podcasting, with the duo’s show for SCA enjoying 47% year-on-year growth and ranking as the number one comedy podcast in Australia for four years straight.
SCA’s chief content officer Dave Cameron welcomed the contract extension, saying that he was thrilled the duo would remain part of the SCA family.
“The boys’ approach to everything they do has their own distinct and ingenious brand of fun that audiences across the country continue to enjoy,” Cameron said.
“We love working with them and are excited about creating a third season of Hamish & Andy’s Remembering Project and exclusive content for LiSTNR, alongside the continuation of the biggest entertainment podcast in the country, Hamish & Andy.”
Blake and Lee, meanwhile, reflected on their successful transition into podcasting and promised to keep on churning out content for their audiences.
“We had our doubts as to whether the internet would hold its relevance and deeply suspected it would fade away like CDs and DVDs,” the pair said.
“Thankfully, it remains strong and a great place for us to house our podcast for people to grab on their preferred platform.
“We’d always said we’d do 40 shows for 40 years. Four years down, 36 to go.”