Hot 91.1 staff evacuated over bank bomb threat
Dozens of radio staff from Hot 91.1 have been evacuated from their Sunshine Coast studios amid a bomb scare at all National Australia Bank branches.
In a statement posted online, the bank says a “physical security threat” has forced it to close all stores across Australia, but it has not offered any extra detail.
The Hot 91.1 studios are in the same building as the NAB branch on Horton Parade, in Maroochydore.
At around 2pm on Wednesday, a decision was made to evacuate the entire building, including all on-air staff.
While rushing out of the studios, radio hosts Nugget and Al packed up their microphones and are broadcasting their afternoon drive show live from a friend’s place, in an “undisclosed location”.
Nugget has told listeners, their mate “Ryan” is letting them broadcast from his couch.
“It is obviously a serious situation, but at the heart of it, we’ve just chosen – like the great Aussies we are – to make the best of a bad situation.
“We wanted to make sure we continued to provide live radio.
“When we get the all clear from NAB and police, we can mosey back to home base’’.
Hot 91.1 General Manager Simon Nedelko says it is important for the station to continue providing up-to-date information to its listeners.
“The security threat came as a shock, and we’ve evacuated staff across all departments – news, on air and sales – as a precaution,” Mr Nedelko says.
“The safety of our staff is a priority, and everyone moved swiftly and sensibly out of the building’’.
Queensland Police has confirmed threats were made to branches around the state and investigations are underway.
A spokesperson couldn’t say anything more other than police are making enquiries into what happened.
The Australian Federal Police is also monitoring the situation.