ABC unveils long play at first annual public meetingBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 09th February 2018 at 2:27pm
The ABC management has revealed its long-term roadmap in the network’s first-ever annual public meeting at the ABC studios in Sydney.
In the meeting, ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie and chairman Justin Milne faced the 400-strong audience to answer various questions with News Breakfast presenter Michael Rowland as facilitator. The Rockhampton and Launceston studios also carried live feeds of the show.
Milne said the network is going to invest into more digital platforms over the next 20 years under a new initiative called “ABC 2.0,” where content will be generated for multiple mediums. He stressed, however, that investing into TV and radio production will remain active even as the TV and radio departments are being disbanded this year.
“We see both radio and television extending for many, many years into the future and we will continue to invest in them, love them and improve them. ABC 2.0 is however the major strategic initiative for the ABC. It is akin to us deciding to go into the television business in 1956. Just as then, it will require significant investment and possibly generate some controversy,” Milne said.
“Australia has always been at risk of being culturally swamped by overseas media and I believe that risk has never been greater, so ensuring that the trusted and much loved voice of the ABC can continue to be heard has never been more important.”
Guthrie came forward and said that the network’s recent restructuring is meant to help it remain a leading force in the Australian programming circuit.
“No media organisation is better positioned to capitalise on the opportunities that lie ahead. We are already digital leaders, we are trusted by Australians, our people are resourceful and open to change and we are known for our distinctive, quality programming and services. Our role as Australia’s public broadcaster is now more important than ever,” she said.
However, some elements in the network are not quite keen on the show. One insider claimed to The Australian’s Stephen Brook that the management has no idea how everything will fare in reality, especially when attracting younger audiences. “Everyone seems focused on a demographic that aren’t going to consume us anyway, people in their 20s and 30s. We should be aiming for people in their 40s. There’s a sense is pushing this real gimmickry,” the insider said.
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More redundancies hit BuzzFeed AUBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 15th February 2019 at 3:07pm
More BuzzFeed Australia staff are following former GM/editor Simon Crerar out on redundancy.
The company announced that the next round of redundancies include editor-at-large Jenna Guillaume, social news lead Brad Esposito, senior reporter Josh Taylor, lifestyle producer Michelle Rennex, photo editor Anna Mendoza, lifestyle editor Jemima Skelley, political editor Alice Workman and video producer Nick Arnold.
Both Guillaume and Esposito are the longest-serving employees to be sent home, as they joined BuzzFeed before BuzzFeed Australia was officially launched in 2014.
Despite the development, Guillaume is happy as it gives her time to explore new things. “Here it is: after 5 years, I’m leaving BuzzFeed. I’m sad, but excited about exploring new opportunities. I’ve got my 1st book to launch and my 2nd book to write, and I’m keen to freelance (but also interested in hearing about staff roles!),” she said in a Tweet.
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Gudova in action at CANSTARBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Thursday, 14th February 2019 at 3:32pm
Finance comparison site CANSTAR has hired Monika Gudova as graduate energy content producer.
She will be tasked to write articles on the energy industry, including material on energy retailers, changes in utility prices, and associated discussions on energy-related laws.
Gudova joined CANSTAR following six months as online content writer at MOZO, where she also handled energy topics as well as home loans.
Follow Gudova on Twitter @MGudova and on LinkedIn.
Men’s Health taps new fitness directorBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Thursday, 14th February 2019 at 3:01pm
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His new job will be to produce new video content that will be shared over digital platforms. He will also work on developing projects to firmly educate and inspire people on pursuing a more active lifestyle, while also headlining events featuring the magazine.
Liubinskas is already known in the Sydney fitness scene for running three gyms. He is also a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach.
“Humble, knowledgeable, and incredibly fit; you wouldn’t expect a bloke of Todd’s status to be so level headed and selfless. But he is, and it’s these characteristics that were the driving force behind his appointment as the newest member of the growing Men’s Health team,” said Men’s Health editor Scott Henderson of Luibinskas.Stay updated with Luibinskas on Twitter @ToddLuibinskas and on LinkedIn.
Gock off on Perth assignmentBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Thursday, 14th February 2019 at 2:57pm
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Stay updated with Gock on Twitter @KaminGock and on LinkedIn.
InStyle completes faceliftBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Thursday, 14th February 2019 at 2:53pm
Fashion magazine InStyle has rolled out a brand-new look for 2019.
Released in newsstands today, InStyle’s March issue sports a new layout based on four important sections – Style, Fashion and features, beauty and The Life, formerly Lifestyle – plus a display font never before seen in Aussie magazines. The online version will also be driven by the new design.
The issue has Aussie comedian and Instagram celebrity Celeste Barber as the cover model. InStyle editor Emily Taylor said the move breaks from the usual trend of featuring fashion models or Aussie Hollywood A-Listers as the present celebrity scene has changed to include upcoming social media darlings.
“I wanted someone on the cover who was perhaps unexpected, yet who was doing something resonating with the Australian market. The more I spoke to people about her, the more I realised they knew who she was. However a lot of people thought she was American because she has such a huge following there,”
BuzzFeed Australia job cut claims bossBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Wednesday, 13th February 2019 at 3:00pm
BuzzFeed Australia’s job cuts have claimed the man who set up the operation Down Under, with general manager Simon Crerar announcing he’d been laid off.
Crerar made the announcement via a Twitter thread that tracked his time at BuzzFeed from his hiring in 2013. He also thanked all of the staff he had worked with over the years.
“I’m so thankful I got to work with so many fab people over the past five years. I’m so proud of what we achieved together. And I’m excited about whatever is next,” he said in one follow-up Tweet.
BuzzFeed’s downsizing plan calls for 15 percent of its entire global staff to be laid off, including 11 out of the 40-strong Australian branch.