Wil Anderson hit back at the announcement. Source: ABC.
Wil Anderson hit back at the announcement. Source: ABC.

Triple M blasted over hottest 100 rip-off

ONE of Triple M's biggest stars has hit out at the station's decision to host a "Ozzest 100" countdown on Australia Day - saying he is "extremely shocked and disappointed".

The blokey rock station's new Melbourne breakfast host Wil Anderson tweeted his feelings after the Southern Cross Austereo-owned outlet announced the move in an email to its listeners earlier this week.

It has triggered a furious backlash on social media - with many accusing the station of being insensitive to indigenous Australians. Prominent indigenous rapper Briggs called the station "redneck scum" and accused it of pandering to "white nationalists and racists"

The email from Triple M took aim at "taxpayer funded FM [Triple J]" over its decision to moving the Hottest 100 to January 27.

Indigenous rapper Briggs called Triple M “redneck scum” because the decision. Source: Vice.
Indigenous rapper Briggs called Triple M “redneck scum” because the decision. Source: Vice.

"So, the taxpayer funded FM has decided that there'll be no soundtrack for Australia Day," the email read.

"Let's face it, that's usually full of hipsters 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.

"We want 'Triple M's Ozzest 100' to include all the songs that define Australian music. That's why we need your help to build it!

"Tell us about your favourite Aussie songs. We don't care about a Top 40 chart position. who wrote it, or even awards. it's just got to be Aussie."

However, when Anderson was asked how he felt about the decision on social media - the former Triple J breakfast presenter tweeted: "Extremely shocked and disappointed by it all and have made that clear to management yesterday and will continue to hold and prosecute why I don't think it's a good idea."

Award-winning rapper Briggs fired a number of angry tweets in reaction to announcement - calling Triple M "redneck scum".

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

Triple J moved the date of the Hottest 100 - the largest music poll in the world - to be sensitive to those who don't celebrate Australia Day; a 'Move the Date' campaign has been running for several years.

Sixty per cent of Triple J listeners were in favour of the change.

The decision was applauded by indigenous Australians but communications minister Mitch Fifield said it was "bewildering".

"The ABC have legislated independence when it comes to programming decisions but as Minister I'm making clear to the ABC my view that they shouldn't mess with Australia Day and they shouldn't mess with the Hottest 100," he told Channel Nine.

"I know that is the view of many of my parliamentary colleagues and it's also a widely-held view in the community that the ABC just shouldn't be making political statements."

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