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.
New South Wales
|Licence area||AM Network||FM Network|
|Armidale||2AD (1134 kHz AM)||2NEB "FM 100.3" (100.3 MHz FM)|
|Broken Hill||2BH (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.
4 2GF repeater on 103.9 MHz FM in Maclean.
6 2LM repeater on 104.3 MHz FM in Kyogle.
|Licence area||AM Network||FM Network|
|Gympie||4GY (558 kHz AM) 1|
|Toowoomba||4WK (1359 kHz AM)2||4AK (1242 kHz AM)3|
14GY repeater on 107.1 MHz in Noosa.
24WK repeater on 963 kHz in Warwick.
3Despite 4AK broadcasting on AM, it is considered part of the FM network, as it broadcasts a hot adult contemporary format.
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.
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.
Underpayment of Staff
Broadcast Operations Group has often been accused of a reluctance to pay experienced staff in order to cut operating costs.
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.