4ZZZ launched its glorious tradition of counting down listeners' 100 favourite songs on New Year's Day 1977. More than 10 years later, 2JJJ in Sydney (which employed many ex-Zed staff) began conducting its own Hot 100. Because 4ZZZ held the rights to the name Hot 100, there was a little bit of legal biffo when TripleJ became a national broadcaster, so they changed the name of their survey to the "Hottest 100".
Edward Snowden may gain Icelandic citizenship
The current leader of the Icelandic Pirate Party, Birgitta Jonsdottir, is pushing for Snowden’s Icelandic citizenship, as Iceland’s changing politics now bode well in Snowden’s search for a new home.
Birgitta Jonsdottir said, “If I become the interior minister, that’s definitely happening.”
She also acknowledged under Iceland’s Nationality Act, granting citizenship to Snowden would probably require approval by parliament which has already blocked it for nearly two years.
Jonsdottir however has experience in minting new Icelandic citizens, she was a successful activist in the campaign to grant citizenship to chess champion Bobby Fischer.