SCA’s LiSTNR pushes into talkback with new Steve Price show
LiSTNR – Southern Cross Austereo’s (SCA) digital audio offering – is pushing into new territory, with a new livestreamed Breakfast show fronted by former 2GB host, Steve Price.
Australia Today with Steve Price will debut tomorrow, and run from 7am to 10am (AEST) on weekdays.
The program will be co-hosted by newsreader Natarsha Belling, who already hosts LiSTNR’s daily news podcast, Your Morning Agenda.
SCA’s LiSTNR has been pushing more and more into the daily podcast space – with the likes of Matt & Alex All Day Breakfast, The Briefing and Your Morning Agenda – however this is its first foray into livestreamed talk radio.
It said the new program would be “honest opinion” and “real talk”, highlights of which will be available as a podcast at the end of the broadcast.
Drawing on SCA’s journalists across 46 markets, the company said the podcast will talk directly to locals, live across the nation to get to the bottom of what matters most to Australians “and cut through corporate and political spin”.
Price said it was a privilege to be given the chance to launch a new show which will give “all Australians” the chance to have their say.
“Our rural neighbours have endured unfathomable hardship with bushfires and floods, the whole country has been impacted by COVID-19 and the issues rolling out of Parliament House right now have sparked a cultural reckoning,” he said.
“I know there are so many stories and issues impacting individuals and communities across the country not being told and we want to hear about them. Australia Today will open up national conversations around what’s in the news and happening in the world of politics and current affairs with balanced opinion, shaped by the common sense approach I pride myself on. We won’t be wedded to the left or right side of any issue but we will take a position and argue the case. You won’t ever hear us sitting on the fence.”
Belling, who has worked with Price before, said sometimes the duo will disagree, but they both love to chat.
“I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Steve before, he’s an excellent broadcaster with a great sense of humour… I cannot wait for the many great discussions and laughs ahead,” she said.
“I’m so thrilled to be part of this exciting new venture in delivering breaking news, but also dissecting and discussing the major issues that shape and change our lives. Born and raised in country NSW, I’m a passionate advocate for rural Australia. After recent events there are lots of Australians hurting right now from fires, floods and COVID devastated businesses. This program is about giving all Australians a voice,” she added.
SCA’s chief content officer, Dave Cameron, noted the significance of the new venture.
“We are thrilled to have secured a broadcaster and journalist of Steve’s calibre to lead our bold foray in to live streamed, daily news and talkback on LiSTNR. Steve isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade and cuts through so much of the propaganda Australians have to navigate when consuming their daily news; it’s the reason he dominated the AM airwaves for as long as he did,” he said.
“Australia Today with Steve Price will give real people from across the country a voice and platform to be heard, unfiltered. Every single Australian can listen and contribute to this show wherever they are across the country exclusively via the LiSTNR app. We are excited to continue to make LiSTNR the ultimate audio destination for both live streaming and podcast premium content in Australia.”
Price left his Afternoons slot at Nine Radio’s 2GB and 4BC, and was replaced by Deb Knight, at the end of 2019.