The spokeswoman did not elaborate on how songs would be temporarily black-listed. However, the Hit Network focuses on contemporary hits and a number of pop songs, such as Sia’s Fire Meet Gasoline, have lyrics that mention fires, burning and being unable to breathe.
A spokeswoman for Australian Radio Network, the broadcaster of Kiis, said the company regularly reviews its playlists.
“ARN regularly review playlists based on listener feedback and are always mindful of how some songs may affect our audience, especially given the devastating impact of the bushfires,” she said.
NOVA’s head of programming, Paul Jackson, said the station’s playlists were reviewed several months ago.
“We are conscious of the sensitivities music and lyrics can have,” he said. “We also have a call-to-action every hour advising listeners on how they can support or donate to organisations like the RFS, CFA, RSPCA and Red Cross.”
The development comes as Australians flock to news and current affairs to stay up-to-date on the bushfire crisis. On television, the country’s major breakfast programs Today, Sunrise and ABC News Breakfast all recorded a ratings boost on Monday in comparison to their 2019 averages.
On public radio, ABC Gippsland and ABC South East NSW have recorded a significant spike in the number of streams via the ABC listen app.