It’s not the first time they’ve done it, but Triple J’s acknowledgement of Indigenous Australians ahead of its annual Hottest 100 countdown is being widely applauded by listeners.
Music fans heard a brief ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ message ahead of the official start to the countdown.
“Triple J strives to be inclusive, meaningful and respectful to all Australians, so we take this moment to honour Australia’s first peoples.”
The radio station acknowledged Australia’s traditional custodians “and their continuing connection to the land, waters and sky”.
“Triple J pays respect to elders past and present, and recognises that Australia is home to the oldest cultural tradition in the world.”
While Mamamia understands the acknowledgement has occurred for several years, it has propelled much discussion online.
The relevant post on Facebook attracted about 2000 likes and 200 shares within an hour.
The acknowledgement comes among increasing pressure for the radio station to change its iconic countdown to another date out of respect to the Indigenous Australians who do not support Australia Day being held on January 26.
The ABC announced a review into the date of the countdown in September last year which is still in progress.
The broadcaster said listeners would also have a chance to say when they would like the countdown to be held.