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Carney named HIT 100.9 Workday host

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Ben Carney (photo credit: Twitter)Ben Carney has left Southern Cross Austereo’s Bunbury studios to join HIT100.9 down in Tasmania as workday announcer, effective 16 August.

The station also appointed him as operations assistant at HIT Hobart, but is expected to continue hosting the Saturday Night Party Playlist with Nathan Bongiovanni. 

Carney will succeed Sean Brown, who was transferred to HIT 106.9 in Newcastle as mornings announcer and operations assistant.

“I’ve had an amazing time with SCA Bunbury, working under Hit Network assistant content director for WA, Amy Collet, and the entire team here, which makes it very tough to say goodbye. After three and a half years, I’m ready for that next challenge and I can’t wait to join the Hobart team. I can’t wait to catch some footy with the Roos in Hobart and Hawks up in Launceston,” said Carney.

Follow Carney on Twitter @BenCarnz.

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Ryan named HIT 106.9 breakfast executive producer

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The HIT Network has appointed Alex Ryan as the new executive producer for HIT 106.9 Newcastle breakfast show Nick, Jess and Ducko, effective next month, reported Radiotoday.

She will succeed Sophie Campbell.

Ryan recently exited ARN after a year as casual producer, and was a weekend announcer at NEWFM.

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Travel + Luxury goes bimonthly

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The Australian’s Travel + Luxury lifestyle insert will move from a quarterly to bimonthly publication, starting January 2022.  

News Corp Australia editorial director of premium food and travel Kerrie McCallum said people’s desires to travel again after the pandemic warranted an increase in content production from four issues to six. 

“People are dreaming of the time that travel will be a reality again and are seeking inspiration and visual stimulation. The world is in flux, but one thing is certain: our desire to travel never dissipates. As the post-pandemic era gradually takes shape, it’s apparent that discerning travellers are seeking more meaningful experiences than ever before,” she said. 

Established earlier this year, Travel + Luxury has become a staple amongst The Australian readers for large-format presentation of interesting destinations and adventures. Issue No 3 (pictured), in particular covers 50 notable figures in the travel industry, as well as a resurge

Coombes-Pearce up for Triple M Central Coast workdays

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Triple M Central Coast 107.7FM has tapped Justin Coombes-Pearce as the new workday announcer, effective 21 September. 

He has just finished up eight years at i98FM in Wollongong, where he was afternoon/evenings presenter and produced the Marty & Bianca Breakfast Show with Bianca Dye and Marty Haynes. He also runs a podcast with his wife Christy Hayes.

“I am absolutely stoked to join the Triple M family and to be able to do it on the Central Coast is a double win for me – what an amazing place to live,” said Coombes-Pearce.

Tune in to Coombes-Pearce on LinkedIn.

Leary joins News Corp Australia

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News Corp Australia has welcomed Pippa Leary as the new managing director for client product.

Under the senior leadership team, she will be in charge of developing the conglomerate’s new business solutions offering, with collaborations from the client sales division. 

Leary wields over 25 years in the media and innovations sector. She previously ran network services and sales at Nine, managed the former Fairfax Media’s metro strategy and market insights arm, and recently, CEO of Swift Media, where she has transitioned to a non-executive director role.

Current Swift CFO Brian Mangano will succeed Leary.

“I’ve known Pippa for a long time and know she really shares our vision for what we can achieve on behalf of our clients. It’s wonderful to have someone of Pippa’s breadth of experience, talent and passion to be joining us,” said News Corp Australia executive chairman Michael Miller.

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Getting into NewsCorp’s tech sections

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Joining Influencing Insider on Wednesday 15 September was NewsCorp’s national technology editor Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, who explained the best ways to pitch stories and the topics she’s interested in.
 
Fresh off a 3a.m. wake up, Dudley-Nicholson explained that it’s best for those wishing to land in one of NewsCorp’s many publications, to avoid sending releases or pitches on the same day as an Apple or other large technology company launch.
 
“The schedule sometimes gets packed and my advice is definitely don't launch something on the same day Apple is launching something because everything fills up quite quickly. I try to block time off around those big events to make sure that I can see them and make sure I have enough time to devote to them,” she said.
 
Outside of straight product launches, she’s interested in almost anything that connects to the internet, although there are some occasions where a colleague

BuzzFeed Australia rolls out Bloom vertical

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BuzzFeed Australia has unveiled a new women’s content portal called Bloom.

The new vertical aims to explore topics related to millennial and GenZ women, such as female gamers and financial security. The content will be produced through new YouTube videos and columns on the website and official social media channels. 

Content producer Hameda Nafiz will work her own advice column called Help Me Hameda, tackling sexual health, relationships, healthcare, and identity.

Samsung, Showpo, McCormick, and Australian Pork have signed on as sponsors.

“This has been something the team has wanted to do for so long, having seen a gap in the market, and we’re so pleased we have a product that will speak to so many, in such an intimate and friendly way. Each of our four launch partners are incredibly valuable to us and we’re excited to help them speak to new audiences,” said BuzzFeed APAC chief Nicki Williams.

SCA taps news and info chief

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Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has hired Melanie Withnall as its new head of news and information, effective 15 November.

She will oversee the content and growth strategies for SCA’s broadcast and on-demand news services, including the news, information, and current affairs portfolio on LiSTNR, and across HIT and Triple M.

Withnall is coming from ABC, where she served as manager of ABC Radio Sydney. She also worked at 2UE, 2GB and 2SER, and formerly sat on the CBAA board. 

“I am really excited to be joining SCA at such an exciting time, with news and information more important than ever and an important pillar on Hit, Triple M and LiSTNR.  I look forward to finding SCA’s unique voice in the market and working with such a great team,” said Withnall.

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