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The Australian Radio Network is a group of commercial radio stations around Australia and New Zealand. A joint venture of Australian media conglomerate APN News & Media and United States radio company Clear Channel Communications, the group is the largest radio company in Australasia. It includes the Classic Hits and Mix networks in Australia and the Newstalk ZB, Classic Hits FM, ZM, Radio Sport, Radio Hauraki, Easy Mix, Flava and Coast networks in New Zealand. It also owns a 30% stake in the World Movies television channel.

The company operates the ARN News service in Australia and the Newstalk ZB News service in New Zealand. Both services share reporters and international correspondents and source news stories from AAP in Australia, CNN from the United States and Sky News and IRN from the United Kingdom. ARN has newsrooms in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

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Mix 106.5, Edge 96.1 and WSFM 101.7 broadcast building

In Australia the company owns and operates twelve capital city stations for 25 to 54 year olds. These stations all broadcast entirely local programming, although network stations have the same format and logo.

In Sydney on Mix 106.5, in Melbourne on Mix 101.1, in Adelaide on Mix 102.3, in Brisbane on 97.3 and in Canberra on Mix 106.3, the MIX network plays adult contemporary music and classic hits for 25 to 44 year olds. The playlist includes newly released music, popular sing-a-long songs and other music from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. It carries the tagline "Best Mix of the 80's, 90's and now".

In Sydney on 101.7, in Melbourne on 104.3 and in Brisbane on 693AM, Classic Hits plays music from the 1960s to 2000s, with less newer music, for an older 35-54 year old market. It uses the tagline ""Good times and great classic hits".

Other stations carry different formats. Katoomba-licenced The Edge 96.ONE is a hip-hop, urban and R&B station reaching most of Syndey. Adelaide Classic Hits station 5DN was converted into easy listening station Cruise 1323. Nationwide internet-only station PureCountry was set up August 2006 to play a contemporary country music format but subsequently closed down. ARN's joint venture stations in Canberra and Perth are part of content networks run by their joint venture partners.

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New Zealand

Radio Network (TRN) is the New Zealand division of the ARN. It operates eight nationwide networks, over 100 radio stations and the twenty-four hour Newstalk ZB News service. Its networks include talk network Newstalk ZB, adult contemporary network Classic Hits FM, top 40 and dance network ZM, sports radio network Radio Sport, rock network Radio Hauraki, easy listening network Easy Mix, hip hop and R&B network Flava and 1950s, 1960s and 1970s network Coast. It also operates Gore-based station Hokonui Gold through a lease agreement with the station's owners.

The network was created in 1996 when the commercial radio activities of Radio New Zealand were divested by the Fourth National government as part of the Ruthanasia free market economic policies of that government. Radio New Zealand Commercial, which included talk networks Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport and music networks Classic Hits and ZM, became privately owned and was renamed to The Radio Network.

In the same year the newly created TRN purchased Prospect Media Limited. This included eleven Auckland and Hamilton stations. The brands of Auckland's Radio Hauraki and Easy Listening i were retained and launched as nationwide networks. Hamilton's Easy Listening i, Auckland's The Breeze on 91, Hamilton's The Breeze on 89.8 and the other stations were converted to the former Radio New Zealand brands.

The network was bought out by a syndicate that included The New Zealand Herald and New Zealand Listener publisher Wilson & Horton and United States radio company Clear Channel Communications. Wilson & Horton was then purchased by Ireland-based media conglomerate Independent News & Media, and onsold to Independent's Australian subsidiary APN. The Radio Network became an APN and Clear Channel networked commercial radio joint venture, like the Australian Radio Network already was; as a result TRN became part of ARN.

Since 2005 Radio Network has networked all its stations under its eight network brands. Stations may have local idents, advertisements, weather forecasts, promotion events, traffic updates, news bulletins and commentary features. However, aside from local breakouts for breakfast, morning or special event programmes, stations exclusively carry network programming produced from studios at Radio Network on Cook St in Auckland Central.

The move towards the eight nationwide networks took several decades, but a number of changes occurred in 2004 and 2005 which lead to the current networks. The Community Radio Network was replaced with Classic Hits FM; where both operated in the same market Community Radio Network was replaced by Newstalk ZB. Auckland's Cool Blue 96.1FM was replaced with the first Flava station; Cool Blue became an independently operated internet-only station. Hawkes Bay's Classic Rock 96FM was replaced with Radio Hauraki, which was later replaced with ZM. Easy Listening i was rebranded as Viva FM in 2005 and then as Easy Mix in August 2007. Hawkes Bay's Jammin' Oldies 1530 was purchased by Radio Network and re-branded as the first Coast station. Nelson's The Planet 97FM was replaced with ZM, after having operated in the ZM format.

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