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Davis to oversee ARN

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

HT & E logo (photo credit: NewsCorp Australia)HT&E (formerly APN) has made some changes to its management division, with CEO/MD Ciaran Davis assuming oversight of both HT&E and ARN.

The company stated that the restructure is part of a bid to streamline operations and keep costs down. HT&E has undergone changes in the past year, such as breaking off a merger with NZME and selling component firm Adshel.

As a result, ARN CEO Rob Atkinson has agreed to exit the company in early 2019 following a transition of work duties and personnel. Davis is familiar with ARN’s operations, having served as its CEO from 2011 to 2015.

“I’m excited to be working even more closely with the ARN Executive team to achieve their vision to create the future of audio entertainment. HT&E is a fantastic business underpinned by ARN and a balance sheet the envy of the traditional media sector,” said Davis.

“This structure will allow us to look at growth opportunities across the sector where we can further leverage our natural strengths and focus with content creation, audience delivery and our relationships with advertisers.”

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Macdonald to host Q and A

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Hamish Macdonald is joining ABC as the new host of talk show Q&A.

The network announced that Macdonald will start with the show at the season premiere in February 2020. He will also be part of the RN Breakfast team and run stories at the International Correspondent show, but will still continue co-hosting The Project at Channel 10.

Macdonald has years of experience behind him, having worked at WIN, al-Jazeera, and ABC in the US, plus also seeing action in international hotspots such as the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Recent speculation over who would succeed current host Tony Jones pointed to Macdonald and David Speers, who’s already set to take over Insiders from Barrie Cassidy.

“I’m so passionate about telling the big stories of our time through Australian eyes, for an Australian audience. This role will be a huge opportunity to make the most complicated issues accessible, engaging and exciting for all Australians, no matter where you live, no matter what y

Johnston heads to NITV

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Junkee editor Rae Johnston has announced that she will be moving to NITV in mid-November as the broadcaster’s inaugural science and technology editor, where she will work alongside online editor Jack Latimore.
Johnston has been with Junkee since joining the outlet in September 2018. She has been a regular host on NITV shows since 2016 as well as co-hosting SBS’s The Feed and Small Business Secrets.
Speaking to Influencing, she said the move to NITV appealed to her as it gave her a wide variety of resources and media to tell interesting stories.
I've worked with NITV on a casual basis for over three years now, so I know and love the audience and team already. Further to that, though -- this is literally a dream role. 
“The opportunity to look at a story that falls under my remit, think "this would work well as a podcast/news package/online article/documentary and to have the resources to explore those options? It's an i

New editor for CommsDay

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Telecommunications news outlet, CommsDay will welcome Simon Dux into the editor’s chair next week, with Geoff Long leaving to take up a senior public affairs role with the Royal Australian Navy.

Dux has an extensive background in telecommunications journalism and communications, primarily in the UK. He was executive editor of Total Telecom and also edited British telecoms magazine Communicate. Most recently, he worked at Espresso Communications as an account director but previously worked for BT in various communications roles for 13 years.

He will based in Sydney and can be emailed at

Carlton goes to Triple M Hobart breakfast

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Brian “The Spoonman” Carlton is back on the Hobart breakfast radio circuit – this time, at Triple M. 

The Triple M Network announced that Carlton has accepted the new job and will start airing his show on 18 November, filling up the spot left by Dave Noonan, who has since retired. 

Carlton recently left Grant Broadcasters.

“Triple M is my spiritual broadcast home and I’m stoked and privileged to be joining Triple M Hobart for breakfast. If you like your breakfast radio well stirred, I hope you’ll join me in Hobart. I can’t wait!” said Carlton.

Clennell joins SKY News

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Andrew Clennell has joined SKY News as its new political editor. 

The new position will have Clennell on live updates from Parliament House and also take up breaking news. He joins a team that has Kieran Gilbert already in place as chief news anchor and reporters Laura Jayes, Tom Connell, Annelise Nielsen, and Ashleigh Gillon. 

Clennell recently exited the NSW political editor post at The Australian after a two-year run. He also previously handled state politics at the Daily Telegraph and the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I have spent more than two decades shining a light on our leaders and informing people about what motivates their decisions and what their true agendas are. I am flattered to have been chosen to take up this critical role and cannot wait to join the talented Sky News team,” said Clennell.

Tune in to Clennell on Twitter @AClennell.

New editors named at The Age

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The Age is in line for new editors, tweeted group executive editor James Chessell. 

Current SMH/The Age business editor Mathew Dunckley is moving up as digital editor. He has been at The Age since joining as editor of the BusinessDay section in 2014 and stayed on after the sale to Nine.

David King will be The Sunday Age’s new editor. He is coming from The Australian, where he served for 15 out of the past 20 years, from copyboy and cadet journo to deputy editor for news and most recently, Victorian editor. 

Debbie Cuthbertson takes up The Sunday Age’s deputy editor spot. She is a seasoned hand at The Age, having been there for nearly all of the past 17 years, with her positions including deputy online news editor, chief of staff for online, iPad night editor, and senior writer/Saturday chief of staff.

HuffPost Australia begins rebuild

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The Huffington Post’s Australian division is going back in action after almost two years, with four staff leading the charge.

HuffPost’s parent firm, Verizon Media, confirmed that Carly Williams will be in charge as senior editor, with London-based global managing editor James Martin as her superior. She will transfer from Verizon’s branded content team, RYOT Studio. Williams was chosen for the post on account of her decade-long experience working with companies such as Pacific Magazines and the AAP.

“We’re thrilled to have Carly onboard as senior editor of HuffPost Australia. Her background and experience within both the editorial and commercial side of the business made her a great fit for a people-first brand like HuffPost,” said HuffPost global executive editor Louise Roug.

Alicia Vrajlal is hired for the editor position. She had just stepped down as Yahoo! Lifestyle’s entertainment editor. 

Nick Visser and Josie Harvey will cover

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