Written by Tom Williams on December 21,

Triple M has issued a statement in response to the
controversy surrounding a plan to broadcast its own Hottest
100-style countdown on Australia Day 2018 — dubbed the ‘Ozzfest 100’ — after
triple j decided to change the date
of its annual Hottest 100 so that it no longer takes place on
26th January.

In a brief statement to Music Feeds, Triple
‘s Head Of Content, Mike Fitzpatrick, says the station is
standing by its decision.

“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,” he says.

Triple M‘s statement comes after the likes of Aussie rap duo A.B.
criticised the station for mocking triple
‘s decision to change the date of its Hottest 100.

A.B. Original member Adam Briggs has also said he wants to “ruin”
Triple M‘s countdown
by encouraging his fans to
vote for A.B. Original’s song ‘January 26’ in the ‘Ozzest 100’

The ‘Ozzest 100’ is set to take place on Friday, 26th January,
while triple j‘s Hottest 100 will take place on
Saturday, 27th January.