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Fairfax Media entered radio ownership in 2007. Southern Cross Broadcasting merged with Macquarie Media Group and sold their 7 radio stations to Fairfax Media. The network included four stations that are the nucleus of both the Macquarie Network (1938) and the Macquarie Radio Network (2018) - 2UE, 3AW, 4BH (Magic 882) and 6PR.

Fairfax Media main business activities is daily newspapers. In 2007, they merged with Rural Press. Four years earlier, Rural Press bought Star Broadcasting Network which was acquired by Fairfax Media with the merger. Star Broadcasting Network was nine regional stations in Queensland and South Australia

  • Bundaberg : Hitz FM 93.9 and 4BU
  • Ipswich : River 94.9
  • Renmark  : Magic 93.1 and 5RM
  • Port Augusta : Magic 105.9 and 5AU
  • Port Lincoln : Magic 89.9 and 5CC

Ipswich overlap into Brisbane. With Fairfax Media buying 4BC and 4BH (Magic 882) from Southern Cross Broadcasting, the "2 station rule" required that River 94.9 be sold. River 94.9 was bought by Grant Broadcasters.

In 2011, Fairfax Media withdrew from regional radio and sold the remaining Star Broadcasting Network to Grant Broadcasters.

In 2015, Fairfax Media owned the seven stations that they bought from Southern Cross Broadcasting. It was four talk stations - 2UE, 3AW, 4BC, 6PR - Magic stations in Melbourne and Brisbane; and 96fm rock station. As 96fm was a stand-alone station, it was sold to Australian Radio Network. Fairfax Media merged with Macquarie Radio Network bringing 2GB together with the other talk stations.

4BC   Magic 8822UE3AW   Magic 12786PRFairfax Media
Location Frequency Name Format
NSW Sydney 954AM 2UE Talk
VIC Melbourne 693AM 3AW Talk
1278AM Magic 1278 Easy Listening
QLD Brisbane 1116AM 4BC Talk
882AM Magic 882 Easy Listening
WA Perth 882AM 6PR Talk


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Networks
Southern Cross Austereo Today's Hit Network Sea FM Hot FM Star FM Triple M LocalWorks RadioWest Former stations
Australian Radio Network KIIS Network Pure Gold Network
Nova Entertainment Nova smoothfm
Macquarie Radio Network Macquarie Network Southern Cross Broadcasting Fairfax Media Macquarie Regional Radio
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Locations
New South Wales Sydney Newcastle Victoria Melbourne Queensland Brisbane Sunshine Coast South Australia Adelaide Western Australia Perth Tasmania Hobart ACT Canberra
Timelines
Adelaide
Stations
Sydney Hit 104.1 KIIS 106.5 Triple M 104.9 smoothfm 95.3 WSFM
NSW Star 104.5 The Edge 96.1
Melbourne Gold 104.3 Hit 101.9 KIIS 101.1 smoothfm 91.5 Triple M 105.1
Brisbane 4KQ 97.3 FM Hit 105 Magic 882 Triple M 104.5
Adelaide 5AA Cruise 1323 Hit 107 Mix 102.3 Triple M 104.7
Perth 96fm Hit 92.9 Mix 94.5
Hobart Sea FM 100.9
Canberra Mix 106.3