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|City of license||Canberra, Australian Capital Territory|
|Broadcast area||Canberra RA1 ()|
|Frequency||1206 kHz AM|
|First air date||October 31, 1975|
|Former frequencies||1210 kHz (1975-1978)|
|Owner||Capital Radio Network Pty Ltd (50%)
Grant Broadcasters Pty Ltd (50%)
(Radio Canberra Pty Ltd)
2CC is a commercial radio station on the AM band in Canberra, Australia. It originally began broadcasting on 1210 kHz in 1975 changing to 1206 kHz in 1978. It is jointly owned by regional radio operators Capital Radio Network and Grant Broadcasters.
2CC, which began broadcasting in 1975, was Canberra's second commercial radio station. It instantly topped the Canberra ratings survey gaining a reputation as one of Australia's most progressive and successful radio stations. 2CC continued its dominance over Canberra's other commercial radio station, 2CA, throughout the latter half of the 70s and most of the 80s. In 1988, KIX106 (now Mix 106.3) and FM 104 (now 104.7) went to air as Australia's first supplementary FM licences (also the first commercial FM licences since 1980). KIX106 was a supplementary licence of 2CC, and FM 104.7 a supplementary licence of 2CA. In the mid-1990s, due to the AM stations' dwindling audience and the increasing popularity of the music based FM stations, ARN (owner of 2CC and Mix 106.3) and Austereo (owner of 2CA and 104.7) merged to form a joint venture ownership of both FM stations, selling off 2CC and 2CA to the Capital Radio Network. In 2004, 50% ownership of 2CC & 2CA was sold to Grant Broadcasters.
2CC is a very different radio station these days. For some years now 2CC has adopted a News/Talk format with local breakfast and drive shows, it also networks programming from Sydney based radio stations 2UE and 2GB.
2CC provides a 24 hour news service. Its own, locally based, Capital Radio News Service provides news bulletins from 5.30am every half hour during its breakfast show and then hourly from 9.00am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday. It also broadcasts locally based half hourly news bulletins from 6.00am - 9.00am (then hourly till midday) on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
All other times hourly news bulletins are networked from 2UE in Sydney.
2CC provides a locally based breakfast program with Mark Parton from 5.30am to 9.00am Monday to Friday and from 6.00am to 12.00pm on weekends. Mike Welsh hosts Drive weekdays 3-6pm
Various people host the Saturday & Sunday morning program.
The majority of programs on 2CC are networked from 2UE in Sydney. Networked programs are broadcast from 9.00am to 3.00pm and from 6.00pm to 12.00am Monday to Friday and from 12.00pm to 12.00am on weekends. An overnight program is also networked from Midnight each day.
A sports based program, networked from 2UE, is broadcast on 2CC weeknights from 6.00pm. During the Rugby League season the highly successful “Continuous Call Team’’ is networked from 2GB in Sydney. 2CC also provides live coverage of all Canberra Raiders rugby league games with its own Canberra based commentary team headed by Phil Small, Chris O'Brien and former Raider Darren Porter.
In July 2002, 2CC was accused of plagiarism on the ABC's television program Media Watch. The program alleged that journalist Kylie Johnson had been plagiarising stories from radio 666 ABC Canberra news bulletins by changing a few words here and there and then reading them out on 2CC an hour later. In evidence, Media Watch presented transcripts of stories first broadcast on Triple 6 and then re-broadcast on 2CC. The management of 2CC and the directors of the Capital Radio Network declined to comment on this incident.
- "Cheap news at 2CC". Media Watch. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 22 July 2002. Retrieved 11 March 2010.