“Insensitive” songs pulled from radio networks in light of bushfire crisis

Southern Cross Austereo, which owns the Hit and Triple M networks, made the decision

Songs that could be considered “insensitive or in poor taste” have been pulled from the Hit and Triple M radio networks amidst Australia’s ongoing bushfire crisis.

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), which owns both networks, made the decision to pull potentially problematic songs from rotation, The Sydney Morning Herald reported yesterday (January 8). Stations that have had songs removed include Hit’s 2Day FM in Sydney and Fox FM in Melbourne.

“Out of respect for the devastation impacting so much of our community, we have removed any songs that could be considered insensitive or in poor taste across both the Hit and Triple M networks nationally,” a SCA spokeswoman told SMH. The spokeswoman did not specify how songs would be temporarily pulled from rotation.

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It’s unclear what criteria is being used to screen songs, though Mumbrella reported today (January 9) that songs “with lyrics relating to fire or burning” have been pulled.

SCA joins Nova Entertainment in screening radio playlists in light of the ongoing bushfire crisis. Its head of programming Paul Jackson told SMH that its station’s playlists were reviewed several months ago.

“We are conscious of the sensitivities music and lyrics can have,” Jackson said. “We also have a call-to-action every hour advising listeners on how they can support or donate to organisations like the RFS, CFA, RSPCA and Red Cross.”

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