Broadcast Operations Group

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Owned by Bill Caralis, Broadcast Operations Group (BOG) operates a number of radio stations in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, Australia. These are collectively known as the "Super Radio Network". Stations belong to one of two networks - an over-35s talk and classic hits network headed by 2SM Sydney; and an under-35s CHR network headed by New FM Newcastle.

Assets[edit]

New South Wales[edit]

Licence area AM Network FM Network
Armidale 2AD (1134 kHz AM) 2NEB "FM 100.3" (100.3 MHz FM)
Broken Hill 2BU (567 kHz AM) 2HIL "Hill FM" (106.9 MHz FM)
Coffs Harbour 2HC (639 kHz AM)1
Dubbo 2DU (1251 kHz AM)2 2ZOO "Zoo FM" (92.7 MHz FM)3
Grafton 2GF (1206 kHz AM)4 2CLR "FM104.7" (104.7 MHz FM)
Gunnedah 2MO (1080 kHz AM) 2GGG "Triple G" (97.5 MHz FM)
Inverell 2NZ (1188 kHz AM) 2GEM "Gem FM" (95.1 MHz FM)5
Lismore 2LM (900 kHz AM)6 2ZZZ "Triple Z FM" (100.9 MHz FM)
Moree 2VM (1530 kHz AM)7 2NOW "Now FM" (98.3 MHz FM)
Mudgee 2MG (1449 kHz AM) 2GEE "Real FM" (93.1 MHz FM)
Newcastle 2HD (1143 kHz AM) 2NEW "New FM" (105.3 MHz FM)
Orange 2EL (1089 kHz AM)
Parkes 2PK (1404 kHz AM) 2ROK "ROK FM" (95.5 MHz FM)
Port Macquarie 2PM "Radio 531/FM93.5" (531 kHz AM)
Sydney 2SM (1269 kHz AM)
Tamworth 2TM (1287 kHz AM) 2TTT "92.9" (92.9 MHz FM)
Taree 2RE (1557 kHz AM) 2MAX "Max FM" (107.3 MHz FM)
Tweed Heads 2MW "Radio 97" (972 kHz AM)8
Young 2LF (1350 kHz AM) 2LFF "Roccy FM" (93.9 MHz FM)9

1 2HC repeater on 100.5 MHz FM in Woolgoolga.

2 2DU repeater on 972 kHz AM in Cobar.

3 2ZOO repeaters on 103.7 MHz FM in Cobar and 89.5 MHz FM in Wellington.

4 2GF repeater on 103.9 MHz FM in Maclean.

5 2GEM repeaters on 106.7 MHz FM in Glen Innes and 102.9 MHz FM in Bingara.

6 2LM repeater on 104.3 MHz FM in Kyogle.

7 2VM repeaters on 89.5 MHz FM in Goondiwindi, 92.9 MHz FM in Lightning Ridge, 103.5 MHz FM in Collarenebri, 105.5 MHz FM in Mungindi and 106.7 MHz FM in Walgett.

8 Radio 97 repeaters on 104.1 MHz FM in Currumbin and 103.5 MHz FM in Mullumbimby.

9 2LFF repeaters on 107.7 MHz FM in Cootamundra and 99.5 MHz FM in Cowra.

Queensland[edit]

Licence area AM Network FM Network
Gympie 4GY (558 kHz AM)
Toowoomba 4WK (1359 kHz AM) 4AK (1242 kHz AM)1

1Despite 4AK broadcasting on AM, it is considered part of the FM network, as it broadcasts a hot adult contemporary format.

Controversy[edit]

Senate Inquiry[edit]

The BOG was cited in several instances during a Senate Inquiry into Regional Radio. There had been concerns raised as to loss of localism due to networking of radio stations. Bill Caralis was asked to appear several times at various hearings around the country, but never attended.[1]

Local Content[edit]

In October 2009, Broadcast Operations Group was named by the ABC's Media Watch program for failing to provide sufficient local content as stipulated by ACMA licence conditions. Media Watch identified three stations; 2HC Coffs Harbour, 2EL Orange and Radio 531 Port Macquarie, which all took the Grant Goldman breakfast show feed out of 2SM in Sydney and failed to meet local content conditions. In response to enquiries by Media Watch, Caralis stated that he believed local news, weather and community announcements played during the Grant Goldman program was sufficient to meet ACMA's licence conditions. As a result, ACMA launched an investigation into the matter. As of November 2009, this investigation was ongoing, however, as of 30 November 2009, the three aforementioned stations commenced broadcasting a three hour locally produced program from 12pm weekdays.[1]

Underpayment of Staff[edit]

Broadcast Operations Group has often been accused of a reluctance to pay experienced staff in order to cut operating costs.[2]

In September 2009, Broadcast Operations Group was found to have underpaid a journalist and has been ordered to make a $10,000 backpayment. The journalist, who was studying communications at a Gold Coast university, worked part-time over a two-year period in the newsroom for Tweed Heads radio station Radio 97 was graded as a cadet. The Fair Work Ombudsman found that the Journalist was performing tasks that would normally be given to a Grade 1, Band 1 journalist under the Commercial Radio Journalists Award.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regional Dis-Content". ABC TV. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Craig (18 February 2009). "Caralis now sacking staff before they start". Media Hunter. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 

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