Wheatley hopes to expand network

Staff Writer

Glenn Wheatley has spoken to The Australian about his Sunshine Coast operation and his desire to grow his network further.

He said, "We're hopefully looking to expand. There is a desire to try and look further," but, "there's not a lot of stations out there up for sale."

On his purchase of Sea FM and Mix FM on the Sunny Coast from SCA, Wheatley said:

"Rhys (Holleran) tried to hang on for grim death – he didn't want to sell. I don't think he was ever going to win that fight with ACMA. But fortunately I found some partners in Oceania Capital and I'm very fortunate to have been able to make a bid and win the tender. Two prettier stations I wouldn't wish to be involved with."

Of his relationship with Oceania Capital, he said, "It's a good thing for me – there's no doubt I needed tidying up in that area," he smiles. "I'm good at branding and marketing and I know what to do with radio but, no, I've got some very good astute partners keeping me in check."

"Good radio, compelling radio, will not be smashed out of this business by the Spotifys of the world. And I've always loved the regional markets. I'm happy to meet with all the Harvey Norman franchisees and car dealers."

Read more in The Australian here.

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