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Logo radio 2CC Canberra.jpg
City of license Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Broadcast area Canberra RA1 ([1])
Slogan Talking Canberra
Frequency 1206 kHz AM
First air date 31 October 1975 (1975-10-31)[1]
Format News talk
Language(s) English
Power 5kW
Transmitter coordinates 35°13′4″S 149°7′11″E / 35.21778°S 149.11972°E / -35.21778; 149.11972
Former frequencies 1210 kHz (1975-1978)
Owner Capital Radio Network Pty Ltd (50%)
Grant Broadcasters Pty Ltd (50%)
(Radio Canberra Pty Ltd)
Sister stations 2CA
Website Official website

2CC is a commercial radio station on the AM band in Canberra, Australia. It 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. 2CC continued its dominance over Canberra's other commercial radio station, 2CA, throughout the latter half of the 1970s and most of the 1980s. 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 and 2CA was sold to Grant Broadcasters. Currently, 2CC broadcasts a news talk format with local breakfast and drive shows. It also networks programming from Sydney based radio stations 2UE and 2GB.


Local content[edit]

2CC provides a locally based breakfast program with Mark Parton from 5.30am to 9.00am and Marcus Paul hosts Canberra Live' 3-6pm weekdays. On the weekend local programming includes Garden Gurus,Trading Post','Pet Tales' and the 'City News Sunday Roast' from 6.00am to 12.00pm hosted by Chris McLengahan, Marcus Paul, Rod Henshaw, George Mihalos, Pete Davidson and Ian Meikle as well garden experts Merylyn Condon and Keith Colls, vets Shannon West, Elouise Kolemeyer and pet behaviorist Heike Hahner.

Networked content[edit]

The majority of programs on 2CC are networked from 2UE and 2GB 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. A mid-dawn program is networked from 2UE commencing at midnight each day.


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 broadcasts locally based half hourly news bulletins from 6.00am - 9.00am (then hourly till midday) on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

At all other times, hourly news bulletins are supplied by Macquarie National News in Sydney.


A sports based program, networked from 2UE, is broadcast on 2CC weeknights from 6.00pm. During the Rugby League season the "Continuous Call Team’’ is networked from 2GB in Sydney. 2CC provides live coverage of all Canberra Raiders rugby league games with its own Canberra based commentary team headed by Phil Small, Chris O'Brien, Matt DeGroot, Joe Prevedello and Scott Freeman.


2002 plagiarism[edit]

In July 2002, 2CC was accused of plagiarism on the ABC 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 ABC Canberra and then re-broadcast on 2CC.[2] The management of 2CC and the directors of the Capital Radio Network declined to comment on this incident.


  1. ^ http://www.acma.gov.au/webwr/_assets/main/lib100052/lic022_commercial_radio_broadcasting_licences.pdf
  2. ^ "Cheap news at 2CC". Media Watch. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 22 July 2002. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 

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