'Redneck scum': Triple M under fire over 'Ozzest 100'

Wil Anderson has said he is disappointed by Triple M's decision to broadcast an "Ozzest 100" countdown on Australia Day. Photo: ABC
Wil Anderson has said he is disappointed by Triple M's decision to broadcast an "Ozzest 100" countdown on Australia Day. Photo: ABC

Triple M has sparked widespread outrage and even caused an internal rift over a controversial plan to broadcast their own version of the Hottest 100 on Australia Day.

An email to listeners said the station would launch the Ozzest 100 on January 26 in order to promote Australian music.

"The taxpayer funded [triple J] has decided that there'll be no soundtrack for Australia Day," the email read. "Let's face it, that's usually full of hipster or kids making music on a Mac. At Triple M, we're going to give you what you've asked for - the perfect Australia Day soundtrack."

The announcement has triggered intense backlash on social media, with many accusing the radio station of being tone deaf as well as purposefully trying to offend Indigenous Australians.

Award-winning rapper Briggs has called Triple M "redneck scum" and accused the station of pandering to "white nationalists and racists".

"Vultures," he tweeted. "F--- 'em."

The rapper has encouraged people to vote for his hit single January 26 in a bid to have it aired during the Ozzest 100 and educate Australians about why the date is hurtful to the nation's first peoples.

Triple M wasn't backflipping on its announcement or apologising on Thursday morning.

"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," content head Mike Fitzpatrick said in a statement.

The furore has caused internal divisions, with Triple M breakfast co-host and high profile comedian Wil Anderson tweeting that he was "extremely shocked" by the Ozzest 100 announcement.

"[I] have made that clear to management yesterday and will continue to hold and prosecute why I don't think it's a good idea," he wrote. "I was as shocked and disappointed as you would imagine as someone who has vocally and on the record expressed how proud I was of triple J."

Last month, the ABC confirmed its Hottest 100 will no longer air on Australia Day. The decision was praised by Indigenous Australians but communications minister Mitch Fifield said it was bewildering.

"The ABC shouldn't be buying into this [political] debate," he said. "Australia Day is our national day."

Triple J defended changing the date of the Hottest 100 on the grounds that 60 per cent of its listeners supported a change.

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