'Ozzest 100': Triple M controversy over Australia Day countdown


Radio station Triple M vows to deliver the 'perfect Australia Day soundtrack' following Triple J's decision to move its Hottest 100 countdown.

Triple M have announced an 'Ozzest 100' music countdown on Australia Day for its fanbase following the decision of Triple J to move its iconic Hottest 100 to January 27.

In a letter to their subscribers, the station reportedly wrote: "So, the taxpayer-funded FM has decided that there’ll be no soundtrack for Australia Day. Let’s face it, that’s usually full of hipsters or kids making music on a Mac,” the national radio station said in a statement on Wednesday."

"At Triple M we’re going to give you what you asked for. The perfect Australia Day soundtrack."

Following the announcement, a number of social media users were critical of Triple M's move accusing them of pushing for money - on a sensitive day for many - in Triple J's absence.

Some listeners were pleased there would be a countdown on Australia Day.

Triple M's Head of Content Mike Fitzpatrick said the radio station was dedicated to bringing its fans the best Aussie music on Australia Day.

“At Triple M we are avid supporters of Aussie music and like we do throughout the year and every Australia Day we will celebrate Aussie artists," he said in a statement.

The decision comes after Triple J moved the date of its Hottest 100 - the largest music poll in the world - to respect those who don't celebrate Australia Day.

The majority of Triple J listeners supported the decision.

The station held a survey which drew 65,000 participants, with 60 per cent saying they wanted the Hottest 100 moved from Australia Day.

Indigenous artists, many of whom appear in the popularly voted Hot 100 list reacted positively to the news.

Hashtags calling for a change of date for Australia Day have grown exponentially in the last few years, with #ChangeTheDate doubling since 2016, and others such as #InvasionDay and #SurvivalDay growing by 200 per cent in the last couple of years.

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