ARN could be weeks away from unloading its Brisbane radio station 4KQ.
4KQ is part of the Pure Gold Network, alongside GOLD 104.3 in Melbourne and WSFM in Sydney. In Brisbane, however, the station remains on AM, on 693AM.
ARN said it would keep 4KQ if it could, but the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) is forcing it to sell the station after acquiring 46 additional stations with the purchase of Grant Broadcasters.
ARN will retain its KIIS 97.3 station in Brisbane.
Discuss with TMN this week, ARN CEO Ciaran Davis said he was sad to say goodbye to 4KQ.
“It’s an unfortunate consequence of the acquisition that we have to offload 4KQ,” he said. “We don’t want to do it, but it’s an ACMA restriction that we have to do it.
“There has been a lot of interest. We are going through a process… We are coming towards the middle or the end of this process. I think in the next six to eight weeks we would have something on that.
The Pure Gold Network offers “Better Music and More”, playing hits from the 80s, 90s and 2000s.
“The Pure Gold Network delivers the perfect combination of music, smart content and timeless entertainment to our Gen X audience, making them feel vital, positive and full of life,” the network’s marketing materials read.
In last year’s second radio audience survey, released in April, the station was second in the overall radio landscape – with an audience share of 11.0%, behind B105’s 11.1%. This made it the #1 AM station in town.
Her breakfast show Laurier, Gary and Marc, was the highest rated show in town, with 12.0%.
In the first poll for 2022, the station maintained its No. 1 AM position with a 9.4% share, which puts it second behind Nova’s 10.8% 106.9.
Laurier, Gary and Marc held a 9.9% share, behind ABC’s 13.2% on AM and Nova’s 10.7% for Ash, Luttsy and Susie O’Neill.