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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Ten Daily staff revealedBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 18th May 2018 at 3:11pm
Network Ten’s online content portal Ten Daily was launched this week with an ensemble cast of characters filling out the roles.
The Project host Lisa Wilkinson is the executive editor with Melinda Cornford as managing editor and Sandra Sully as managing editor for news. Chris Harrison signs on as deputy editor.
At Ten Daily’s newsdesk, Eoin Blackwell takes charge as editor with Rashell Habib his deputy. Josh Butler is senior reporter and former Pedestrian TV associate news editor Alex-Bruce Smith joins him as reporter on May 21, 2018.
Wade Shipard takes charge of the Ten Daily video section, with video editor Myles Davies and video producer Taylor Denny under him. Nick Wray is slated to start on June 11, 2018 as senior video producer after leaving a producer job at BuzzFeed News.
Other staff members are Mat Whitehead (senior entertainment reporter), Alexandra Anastassiou (social producer), and Mark Brook (senior lifestyle reporter).
Fairfax to publish Traveller glossyBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 18th May 2018 at 3:00pm
The new issue of Traveller magazine is labelled “The Europe Issue,” featuring articles about European destinations and important landmarks to visit.
“We have been able to capitalise on Australians’ interest in travel. It now means so much to Australians. If you look at the list of discretionary choices of expenditure by Australians, travel is right up there – almost too high perhaps when it ranks above tertiary education!
“Travel sections in general in Australia are a world phenomenon, not just domestically. We have had weekends where we have produced over 100 pages of travel content, which is unrivalled to my knowledge in the English-speaking world. The nearest best comparison would be the UK,” said Traveller editor Anthony Dennis in a Mediaweek interview.
The magazine is slated for release this weekend.
Reid bows out of DeliciousBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 18th May 2018 at 2:44pm
Morgan Reid has resigned as digital art director of News Life Media food portal delicious.com.au and Vogue Australia.
He left on May 4, 2018, for unspecified reasons.
News Life Media has yet to announce a replacement.Keep in touch with Reid on LinkedIn.
TV Week adds fresh staffBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 18th May 2018 at 2:41pm
Bauer Media entertainment magazine TV Week has brought in new additions to the crew.
The company stated that Tina Burke is back in the fold as digital content producer. Formerly an OK! entertainment writer before leaving Bauer Media in April 2014, Burke had spent the intervening three years at Pacific Magazines.
Amy Hadley comes aboard as editorial co-ordinator. She previously served almost a year at communications agency Coote Connex.Follow Burke and Hadley on LinkedIn.
Parish signs off from News CorpBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 18th May 2018 at 2:33pm
Rebecca Parish has stepped down from the North Shore Times and NewsCorp Australia altogether.
She tweeted on May 7, 2018 that it was also her last day, but not before mentioning the strong response to an exclusive story she recently wrote.Parish has since relocated to Perth. Stay in touch with her on Twitter.
Catt joins Fairfield City CouncilBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 18th May 2018 at 2:22pm
David Catt has started working at the Fairfield City Council as its new media and communications co-ordinator.
Catt went to the Council posting upon finishing up work as editor of News Corp Australia’s Hub. He had spent 11 years with the company, mostly working on regional papers.Follow Catt on LinkedIn.
Fairfax journos prevail in NPC awards nightBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 18th May 2018 at 1:41pm
This year’s National Press Club (NPC)/Westpac Bank awards for excellence in financial journalism was all about staff members from Fairfax Media outlets.
The Financial Journalist of the Year Award went to Adele Ferguson and Ruth Williams from The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald for their coverage of ‘junk’ life insurance linked to super policies.
Surprisingly, the same gong was also bestowed on the Australian Financial Review’s Jo Aston, Edmund Tadros, Aaron Patrick, and Patrick Durkin for covering management issues at CPA Australia.
Ferguson/Williams also earned a Personal and Consumer Finance award, and Aston/Tadros/Patrick/Durkin prevailed on the Business and Company category.
Organisers stated that the joint awarding for Financial Journalist of the Year was warranted because both stories led to serious investigations by the Royal Commission into Financial Services.A list of awardees is available on the NPC website.