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Triple J Launches Aus-Only Digital Channel

News posted Thursday, August 25 2011 at 11:00 PM.
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Triple J Launches Aus-Only Digital Channel

Digital radio stations may be exempt from local content quotas, but that hasn’t swayed our national youth broadcaster, who have just launched a new channel devoted entirely to new Australian music.

From October 5, triple j Unearthed will broadcast unsigned and independent local music 24/7 on digital radio in five capital cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth) and online via triplejunearthed.com. Its playlists will be drawn from the more than 30,000 artists on the triple j Unearthed website, which is responsible for kickstarting the careers (for better or worse) of Art Vs Science, Boy & Bear, Washington, Stonefield and The Jezabels.

The new station was launched by presenters Zan Rowe and Tom Ballard and stand-up comedian ABC Managing Director Mark Scott at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne earlier tonight (August 25). Guests dined on arancini and rice-paper rolls, while a promotional video featuring cameos from Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, Arts Minister Peter Garrett and Prime Minister Julia Gillard was screened. See below.

To celebrate the launch of the new service, triple j will be throwing simultaneous live events in the cities that receive digital radio. Details TBA.

An estimated 500,000 digital radio sets have been sold in Australia to date.



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whatwhat  said about 3 years ago:

i love my digital radio - i can listen to the abc cover 2 afl games at once!


outoftheaircrash  said about 3 years ago:

Nice to hear about the arancini and rice paper rolls.


mud  said about 3 years ago:

I wonder how (if at all) this will effect Unearthed songs on regular Triple J - it oughtn't, but maybe there'd be less of an emphasis, etc. Did that come up at the launch?

Do they currently have a set quota on JJJ of how much of what they play is from Unearthed?


josejones  said about 3 years ago:

Nice to hear about the arancini and rice paper rolls.

Thanks. We like to keep you in the loop about this stuff.


goingblank  said about 3 years ago:

If they're broadcasting twenty-four-seven and only playing stuff from the Unearthed site, surely the quality's gonna drop off pretty soon - or there are going to be a fair few repeats.


nishiki  said about 3 years ago:

If they're broadcasting twenty-four-seven and only playing stuff from the Unearthed site, surely the quality's gonna drop off pretty soon - or there are going to be a fair few repeats.

yah, just like abc news 24! woo


charlesincharge  said about 3 years ago:

does a digital radio signal match up with a digital tv signal? ie, can you listen to ABC cricket commentary and watch the game at the same time?


untold/animals  said about 3 years ago:

Is this station going to restrict its playlist to the Unearthed submissions, or will that form merely a part of its all-Australian offering?


ghoti-max  said about 3 years ago:

I was under the impression that it was an exclusive unearthed thing. If the J's can survive on playing the same 40 songs over and over each day of the week, then i'm sure the unearthed station can find 40 decent enough songs


ghoti-max  said about 3 years ago:

Oh god, how annoying is the visual artist/graphic designer/animator/appropriate job title prick at the ABC these days? That video is nigh on un-watchable with all the shaky camera shit and slowly spelled out text narration.


JRB  said about 3 years ago:

Can't see this as anything other then a good thing really.


whatwhat  said about 3 years ago:

be interesting to see whether the former uneartehd acts who've been signed / gone on to bigger things - such as boy & bear and redcoats (both signed to universal's island imprint), stonefield (warners), etc. - are played on the station.

it'd be the logical thing to do, so they can intersperse songs that folks don't know with ones they do.

are they having presenters or is it effectively an automated station?


pfinger18  said about 3 years ago:

500 000 radios isn't many.


yoghurt  said about 3 years ago:

That video is nigh on un-watchable with all the shaky camera shit and slowly spelled out text narration.

Not to mention the very artsy focus pulls and run of the mill animation.


yoghurt  said about 3 years ago:

But alas if Julia likes it then I likes it.

And Boy and Bear should be called Boys with bad facial hair.


untold/animals  said about 3 years ago:

I'm pretty sure they'll have presenters. But hey, if dig is any precedent then perhaps not. Shoestring public broadcasting!


lawson  said about 3 years ago:

Isn't this just kind of ghettoising the music that jjj should really be playing on their primary station? ie a broad selection of new Australian music. Plus the requirement to go through unearthed is ridiculous.


josejones  said about 3 years ago:

Plus the requirement to go through unearthed is ridiculous.

correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this the only way to be played on jjj?


untold/animals  said about 3 years ago:

Not the only way, but it helps. They are obsessed with being responsible for 'breaking' indie acts. It's so territorial and lame. And yes, it does feel a bit like annexing off their obligation to challenge listeners (?!) and reflect our country's musical culture on the ground.


Temet  said about 3 years ago:

It's light on detail at the moment (as expected) but JRB said, can't see this being anything other than a good thing.


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turtle  said about 2 years ago:

'Congratulations! You're going to be one of the first acts played on JJJ digital'. So either, all my friends are awesome... or every band on unearthed is getting a spin.

I got that email too, and I haven't played in a band since 2008


goingblank  said about 2 years ago:

That was one of 'em!


goingblank  said about 2 years ago:

x-post


goingblank  said about 2 years ago:

I'm sure there's a news item and a minor expose in this for M+N.


untold/animals  said about 2 years ago:

Lasted about twenty five seconds on this before getting annoyed. Might try again later.


firewitch  said about 2 years ago:

i never got an email! :(


Hellzapoppin  said about 2 years ago:

Is is stlll preshrunk@firewitch.com?


Hellzapoppin  said about 2 years ago:

*it... fuck you fat fingers.


untold/animals  said about 2 years ago:

i never got an email! :(

That is because Ricky Kingsmill thinks your band is shite.


firewitch  said about 2 years ago:

Well played Hellza.
Fuck me is Richard Kingsmill still at Triple J? I gave up on them a long time ago, anyone reckon this new station is worth even sending a record to?


Mo  said about 2 years ago:

i'm really excited about this, lots of aus bands, lots of genres, lots of variety

could be lots of shit, but i'm willing to bet a whole lot of rad too


Mo  said about 2 years ago:

montyclift said about 1 month ago:

I like how in this thread we have one commenter saying Triple J don't play the great songs often enough, and another saying they play them too often.

well said.

fuck people, it's an outlet for new australian music. sure, there's never enough. and it might not be the music exactly to your taste but, ffs, it's something.


well said sir


ghoti-max  said about 2 years ago:

anyone reckon this new station is worth even sending a record to?

You don't really do that...you just upload your shit to the unearthed site and wait for them to find it. Mailing anything to them would subvert the entire premise of the website and digital station.


anonymous  said about 2 years ago:

still don't know what the first song was.


Goal attack  said about 2 years ago:

i had a quick listen (streaming from the website) and all i heard was JJJ announcers yabbering about a party a listener was having. Did i press the wrong button?


funtimes  said about 2 years ago:

A station full of triple J careerist bands playing non stop 2 years to late Afro-pop, Aussie hip hop and Verbed out beach boys ripoffs? Sign me up!


funtimes  said about 2 years ago:

Er I meant ''too'' late


liamsnice  said about 2 years ago:

firewitch - isnt the idea of this that you have to have a unearthed site for your band and thats where the music is coming from? I assume this means they dont take submissions as in cds.


ghoti-max  said about 2 years ago:

Ah...had a listen this morning and they get around having an announcer by displaying the track name on the digital radio's info box. Much better system than back announcing...expect all radio stations to start displaying track names soon I reckon.


rawr  said about 2 years ago:

they get around having an announcer by displaying the track name on the digital radio's info
box

What if you're driving? SAFETY FIRST!


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