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1. SCA sells northern NSW television assets to WIN for $55m

Southern Cross Austereo has agreed to sell its northern New South Wales TV operation to Bruce Gordon’s WIN Corporation for $55m.

The new arrangement sees WIN hand over $45m for the TV assets up front and a further $10m one year later. The area covered includes stretches from Newcastle to the Gold Coast and inland towards Tamworth and beyond. [Mumbrella]

2. Radio insider reveals the industry’s shonky secrets

During the 14 years of my life spent working in the commercial radio industry, the possibility of being shamed on the ABC’s Media Watch program was always in the back of my mind.

That’s exactly where NOVA Radio Network ended up on Monday night after apparently duplicating winners in a competition for Adele tickets in both Sydney and Melbourne, claims which it denied. [The New Daily]

3. ARIA Releases 2016 Wholesale Figures

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) today released its 2016 wholesale sales figures which showed another successful year for the Australian music industry with 5.5% growth generating $352.2 million in revenue. This growth was driven by the continuing surge in streaming revenues and comes on the back of a 5% increase in 2015.

Music streaming revenue has become the dominant consumption format for Australian music fans, now accounting for 38.5% of overall market by value, and growing by 90.5% over the year. The growth driven by streaming fuelled an overall 17.6% increase in the total digital market, totalling $244 million. Digital sales now account for approximately 70% of the total market. [ARIA Charts]

4. Podcast: Radiodays Europe interviews & more

Trevor Dann reports from Radiodays Europe 2017 in Amsterdam where he meets speakers and delegates including Radio 1’s Scott Mills and Radiolab’s Dylan Keefe.

This is just one of the weekly podcasts produced and published by RadioToday, hosted by Trevor Dann and sponsored by Broadcast Bionics. See our archive on the RadioToday Programme channel here. [Radio Today UK]

5. Kyle Sandilands’ interview regret: ‘I did feel bad. First time ever’

Despite what most people think, Kyle Sandilands does have a conscience. The controversial KIIS FM host revealed on air today that he actually felt bad about an interview they aired on their top rating breakfast show yesterday.

In the wake of Mel B’s split from her husband, Kyle and Jackie O yesterday interviewed Scary Spice’s ex brother-in-law, Jeremiah Stansbury, to get some juicy details about the breakup. [News Limited]

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