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Paul Murray's New Show
NEW SHOW, NEW HQ, NEW CONTENT, NEW ATTITUDE
Join the conversation with Paul Murray
Radio 2UE 954, part of the Fairfax Radio Network, have announced an historic programming shift for 2013 with a new morning show heralding a first for Australian radio.
Multi award winning journalist and broadcaster Paul Murray will bring his show “A Sydney Morning with Paul Murray” live from the newsroom of The Sydney Morning Herald. A purpose built interactive studio has been fitted out on Level 4 of Fairfax Headquarters at 1 Darling Island Road, Pyrmont.
“A Sydney Morning with Paul Murray” will broadcast live between 0830 and 1130 Monday to Friday. The first show will air on Monday January 14, 2013.
Paul Murray said he jumped at the chance to be part of the bold idea and was looking forward to broadcasting from the heart of The Sydney Morning Herald newsroom.
“People in the media often take for granted just how exciting being at the centre of a newsroom is. We'll be there as news comes in, but more importantly we'll be talking to the best reporters in the country".
“We have all seen people move time slots before, but this really is a new program with a new home at a new time with a new attitude."
“But it's not just news; it's not me thumping the desk all morning. We're going to talk about everything that really matters to people. It's about engaging with our entire city of Sydney from the big end of town to the back fence.
"I want to do a show that appeals to people across all shades of politics who don’t have their blinkers on. I want to talk to the Sydneysiders who are in the middle."
“Make no mistake, I'm no soft touch, but I won't be one eyed."
CEO of Fairfax Radio Network Adam Lang said the new program “A Sydney Morning with Paul Murray" would be a watershed moment for Australian talk-back radio.
“The Fairfax Media of the future involves every part of the business working together and we are proud to be bringing Paul Murray live to Sydney together with The Sydney Morning Herald on 2UE.”
“This really is a radio revolution, 08.30am-11.30am on 2UE - 954 and online at 2ue.com.au”
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This sounds very exciting indeed. Back in the pioneering days of Australian News Talk radio I hosted programme called the Sundown Rundown on 2GB (then owned by Fairfax). An excellent team put together a fast moving mix of news and current affairs with a deliberate 'live from the newsroom' feel.
There were lots of crosses to journalists in the field, probing interviews with news makers and insightful analysis from experts with credibility. We made great use of the network resources available to us.
One of our programme principles was that breaking stories always took precedence. We followed a basic 'clock', but threw it out if something was breaking, happening or developing.
It drew listeners into the world of the newsroom and at its best was compelling listening. In the days before internet, I took a newsroom terminal into the studio, and would often read breaking information strait to air from national and international wires, raw and fresh. We followed up with immediate reaction and analysis.
We were connecting people to what was happening, as close as possible to the events themselves. Radio can do this better than any other medium, even in the days of social media and so called citizen journalism, because radio is just as immediate, but is (should be) a trusted source.
On a regular basis, I still meet people who remember the Programme with respect and fondness. It is a privilege to have been part of something that had enduring value.
With the resources of Fairfax, and the new opportunities afforded in a more connected world, UE has a brilliant opportunity to create compelling on air news and current affairs. Time for radio to lift its head and do what it does best.
I wish you every success in the new venture.Stephen O'Doherty Monday 24 December, 2012 - 9:56 AM