Nick Findlay & Perth-born Gemma Pike step up at triple j
With Richard Kingsmill moving to Group Editor of the ABC/j family, Nick Findlay has stepped up as Music Director at triple j, while Gemma Pike has filled Nick’s former role as Assistant Music Director. This can’t be a bad thing for WA artists, with both directors having strong ties to the WA music scene. Nick has been a guest speaker at WAMCon a number of times in the last few years, and has been exposed to a heap of WA acts in his WAMFest wanderings. Gemma Pike is a Perth-born gal and RTRFM alumni. Both directors have also been guest judges for WAM’s Song Of The Year competition.
The Industry Observer broke the news, stating:
“Kingsmill, who has been a leading light at triple j for almost 30 years, now leads and coordinates the team of music directors across four ABC national networks – triple j, triple j Unearthed, Double J and ABC Local Radio.
It’s not the first time Findlay has filled Kingsmill’s shoes; he stepped in as Acting Music Director in 2012 when Kingsmill took long service leave – but Findlay had played a crucial role in shaping the sound and success of triple j long before that.
Gemma Pike, who has been in the triple j music team since 2011, is now triple j Assistant Music Director. She’s working as a music programmer, producer, and presenter.
Speaking to TIO, Chris Scaddan, ABC Head of Music, said:
“Richard’s experience and expertise stretches across a broader remit, with Nick taking on more direct responsibility for triple j’s day to day programming.”
triple j’s programming team also includes Dorothy (Dot) Markek (Double J Music Director), Dave Ruby Howe (triple j Unearthed Music Director), Jacinta Parsons (ABC Local Radio Music Director), and Karla Ranby (triple j Group Music Researcher/Producer).”