Rock station Triple M will salute local artists on Australia Day after the ABC’s youth station shifted its Hottest 100 countdown from the public holiday.
Southern Cross Austero, Triple M’s parent company, has mocked Triple J’s ‘hipster listeners’ who voted for a symbolic gesture to appease indigenous and left-wing activists who regard January 26 as ‘Invasion Day’.
Announcing its ‘Ozzest 100’, the rock station promised its listeners ‘the perfect Australia Day soundtrack’ of local content.
Triple-M regards moving the Hottest 100 from Australia Day as a core robbery of what listeners want and is putting on its own Ozzfest on January 26 (indigenous protesters in Melbourne)
Triple-M will be showcasing Australian artists on Australia Day, as it mocked Triple-J
‘The taxpayer funded FM has decided that there’ll be no soundtrack for Australia Day,’ it said.
‘Let’s face it, that’s usually full of hipsters or kids making music on a Mac.
‘We don’t care about a Top 40 chart position, who wrote it or even awards, it’s just got to be Aussie.’
Last month, Triple-J released a survey showing 60 per cent of its listeners favoured moving the Hottest 100 from January 26.
Triple J is moving the Hottest 100 from Australia Day to appease its left-wing listeners
While Triple J has stripped Australia Day of its Hottest 100, Triple M is taking its hat off to Australian artists on January 26
The musical tradition will now take place on the fourth weekend of January, with voting opening six weeks beforehand so it doesn’t coincide with the anniversary of the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788.
Almost 65,000 people voted in the first survey issued by the station, which showed three in five people preferred a new date.
Despite celebrating on January 26th since 1998, there have been times in the event’s history where the date has changed.
The first countdown in 1989 was held at the beginning of March, while January 25th was trialled as an alternate in 2004.