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Taverniti starts with 9News Sydney

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Michelle Taverniti has begun a new senior producer role at 9News Sydney. She went to work after returning to Australia earlier this month from London, England, where she ran 9News’ European bureau. She had been in charge of the bureau since September 2019.  Follow Taverniti on Twitter @M_Taverniti. 

SEN opens NT station

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The Sports Entertainment Network (SEN) has officially activated a new Northern Territory station, called 1611 SEN Top End (pictured).    The new station is designed to cover the NT’s sports scene under its own content strategy. One critical element of the new strategy is running live broadcasts of the NTFL’s 2021-2022 season, starting with Round V on 30 October.  1611 SEN Top End will also carry SEN’s other syndicated shows such as Breakfast with Garry Lyon and Tim Watson and the Captain’s Run with Kane Cornes. To oversee the new station, SEN has hired Darwin native Troy Douglas as its new NT commercial manager, which will also see him running national accounts for mining and energy. He recently exited an account sales manager role with News Corp Australia.   “I’m so excited to be joining SEN for the launch and can’t wait to be a key part of building 1611 SEN Top End. The local and national sports programming is exactly what the NT has been calling for,” he sa

Wiggins earns Pedestrian NZ brand partnership role

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The Pedestrian Group has appointed Jaimee Wiggins as the new NZ brand partnerships head. The role will see her handle local commercial projects for Pedestrian brands VICE and Refinery29.  Wiggins has been with Pedestrian since signing up as ad and partnerships executive with the company’s Brisbane office in 2017. She was already senior ad and partnerships manager for Queensland and WA when the New Zealand appointment was announced.  “Originally a Kiwi, I’m not only excited to work in a market that means so much to me, but also to be able to work with the heritage brands I grew up with and to reconnect with people I know. New Zealand is consistently a challenger market and I can’t wait to work on campaigns that continue to push boundaries and leave their mark on young Kiwis across VICE and Refinery29,” said Wiggins. Follow Wiggins on LinkedIn.

RadioToday under new owners

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AMT Pty Ltd, the parent firm of Australian radio industry news portal Radioinfo, has officially acquired rival outfit RadioToday from Take 2 Media, effective 1 November. The new deal will see RadioToday remain an independent company under the AMT umbrella, and its organic activities such as the RadioToday Podcast Awards, the RadioToday 30 Under-30 Awards, and the weekly Podcasting Today newsletter will continue as normal. With Take 2 Media selling RadioToday, it will focus on music industry trade outlet The Music Network. However, it will undergo a restructure where current content director/editor Vivienne Kelly is stepping down on 19 November. She will also host one last episode of the RadioToday podcast this week with Take 2 publisher Jake Challenor. When asked to comment on the acquisition, Radioinfo managing editor Peter Saxon said it was a way to build more business for the radio industry. “Australia is one of the most competitive radio markets on the planet, recognised as a

Davies marks retirement

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Ish Davies is retiring from News Corp Australia, effective 31 December. He said that the additional time would be needed to help Adelaide Advertiser editor-designate Gemma Jones with her entry into the paper and for News Corp Australia to properly vet his successor as SA managing director. Davies joined News Corp Australia in 1987 as part of the classified ads department in Melbourne. He would later be promoted to ad director for the Daily Telegraph and The Australian, managing director for the Sunday Times in Perth, and finally as SA managing director.    “I have been lucky to have worked with such fine colleagues and friends, clients and partners over the many years. I’m humbled by the opportunity News has given me and my family and delighted that along the way we have all made a difference and had much fun,“ said Davies. “Ish has had an extraordinary career and while I tried hard to convince him to extend it further, I understand his decision to call time. Ish’s con

Legal matter at heart of Tomalaris departure

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Veteran SBS journalist Mike Tomalaris departed the network at the end of last week with sources indicating a legal dispute as being the reason for the split.   SBS has not commented on the situation, only thanking Tomalaris for his time at the network in a brief statement.   “Mike Tomalaris is moving on from SBS after more than 30 years with the network. We wish him well for his next chapter.”   Tomalaris joined the network in 1987 as a football commentator, becoming a key part of SBS’ Tour de France coverage in 1996.   He has covered 26 editions of the Tour, but has spent the past two editions doing so from Australia due to the pandemic.   Alongside his work on various sporting programs, he has also been a presenter and reporter for SBS World News.   Tomalaris declined to comment.

Lee signs off NBN TV

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Jacinta Lee is leaving the producer role at NBN Television. She announced in a Tweet today that she was going to Seven to be the news editor of breakfast show Sunrise.  Lee had been with NBN Television since June 2017, when she came in from Capital Radio Network in Canberra as broadcast journalist.  Tune in to Lee on Twitter @Jacinta_Lee3

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