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Hit Network prepares Summer Breakfast

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Hit Network logoThe Hit Network is gearing up for the summer heat with a new lineup for its special national metro breakfast show.

Southern Cross Austereo announced that Grant Denyer and Yvie Jones will take to the studio for two weeks starting December 9. Jones had recently substituted for Fifi Box on FOX FM, while Denyer is fresh off the cancellation of his 2Day FM brekky show with Ash London and Ed Kavalee.

“Grant and Yvie are both much loved members of the Hit Network and we are thrilled to announce they will be on air this December as part of our national summer breakfast line-up,” said Hit Network boss Gemma Fordham.

In other Hit Network news, Hit90.9 Gold Coast confirmed that afternoon host Scotty Couchman is now wearing two hats – as morning show host and operations manager.  He had been on the afternoon circuit for a year. 

“Scotty has been instrumental in the launch of the new Hit90.9 brand and is an integral part of keeping this station functioning at its best,” said Hit90.9 content director Allison Longhurst.

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SKY News taps Joe Hockey

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Former Australian Ambassador to the US Joe Hockey has joined the SKY News team as a politics contributor.

Based in Washington DC, he will play a critical role in SKY News’ coverage of the US presidential elections, through analysis pieces on shows such as Murray Live. The coverage will include the Democrat and Republican candidate nominations, Election Day, up to Inauguration Day in 2021.

“There’s never been a more important time to understand events in the United States. What happens here can have a deep impact on Australia and the world. As we face great political and economic challenges, I’m privileged to be able to witness events here in Washington and bring them to Sky News viewers,” said Hockey. He stayed in the capital after turning over his diplomatic responsibilities to Arthur Sinodinos last January.

Tune in to Hockey on Twitter @JoeHockey.

Byers takes on more magazines

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Australian Women’s Weekly editor-in-chief Nicole Byers now has two extra hats to wear: group editor-in-chief/associate publisher for Country Style and Better Homes & Gardens.

Mediaweek reported that the new responsibilities came as a result of Bauer Media acquiring Pacific Magazines last month. 

Byers herself has been occupied with work-from-home solutions, although she appeared at the Bauer offices to oversee the integration of Pacific’s titles into the workplace, plus cover the production of The Weekly’s first issue after the lockdown was announced.

“We have learnt a lot. We even did a story not long ago about people’s body clocks and how some are more creative and prolific in the evening while others are more morning people. Where we can we will be flexible around peoples’ working preferences. It is also about lifestyle choices. Some of our staff enjoy being able to go for a walk in the middle of the day, maybe even go horse riding, be

Junkee repurposed in Ooh Media overhaul

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Ooh Media has completed an organisational restructuring, with digital publishers Junkee Media being put under its creative and marketing division.

The move will now see Junkee co-founder/CEO Neil Ackland assume chief marketing officer-level duties while still overseeing Junkee’s content and creative work. 

“Ooh’s content and creative proposition is unique in out of home, and we saw an opportunity to leverage this and become a true public space medium under the leadership of Mr Ackland and our talented content, marketing and creative team,” said Ooh Media CEO Brendon Cook.

Other parts of the reorganisation include national sales director Tim Murphy becoming chief sales officer and chief commercial and product officer Robbie Dery will assume data and insights, customer strategy and network duties under a product strategy team.

Social media as news novelty is a disastrous relic that needs to end

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on
We’re in the thick of quite the horror show when it comes to chaos, conspiracies and disinformation on social media. Add the loudest voices in the world doing more to fuel the problem than calm it and it’s hard to know how any of this ends.
Right alongside this is, of course, the local fight to force social media and search to pay for access to news media. That’s its own debate, but there’s no question that social media is front and centre in how the world is being shaped and represented in the media ecosystem today.
What blows my mind is that Australian media still treats social media formats as something to be mocked, feared or shrugged at. It’s OK for media professionals to giggle and say they “don’t get it”. TikTok is still a weird thing the kids are doing, regardless of the fact it’s got hundreds of millions of active users.
It should be analysed. It should be criticised. But it’s tiring to watch s

Hass Dellal stands down from SBS

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Dr Bulent Hass Dellal is stepping down as the chairman of SBS, effective 2 June 2020.

The exit is in line with the SBS Act which mandates board memberships of no more than ten years. 

Hass Dellal joined the team as director in 2010 but was reappointed for three more years in 2015. He had been acting chairman for a year when the board made his role permanent in 2017. The SBS board has yet to appoint a successor.

“I have had so many proud moments, in particular, during these unprecedented times as SBS has responded to the coronavirus pandemic. The content and services that SBS has been providing to keep so many Australians informed and safe exemplify its vital role and value to our society,” said Hass Dellal of his time in the company. 

“I want to thank everyone at SBS – the board, the executive team, and all of the incredible staff throughout the organisation – for their ongoing support. It has been a privilege to work with people so passionat

See you soon?

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on
The baby steps toward seeing each other again in person have begun. For all the difficulties of life in isolation, the reopening process brings its own anxieties. Very small events are likely to be a starting place, given the rules. Though I guess in some cities you could book out a restaurant and have 50 guests at the event very soon? In others you still need to stay home.
I've had one company reach out to gauge sentiment ahead of planning anything in June. It was a very nice gesture, and afterward they said things were 50:50 on how comfortable people were feeling about coming to a real world event again. It's the early days, and I think it's a sensible worry that this first wave of reopening cities is when we have the least grasp on whether it will trigger new infections or not.
I think the most valuable lesson that can be taken forward relates to the column I wrote as it was all beginning. It would be a terrible shame if anyone tried to shake this off and

News Corp Australia shutters regional papers

By Elliott Richardson and Jonas Lopez in Media News on

NewsCorp Australia has dealt a massive blow to local news coverage after it announced a closing of 14 community newspapers and 22 regional papers, and a transition to digital for a further 100.

The content that some of the soon-to-be-closed titles carry will be reassigned to other mastheads.

The transition and closures come as the latest in a line of local news shutdowns, impacting thousands of journalists.

For many regional towns and cities, locals have long-relied on their local newspaper to keep them informed of important stories and events. 

While some will transfer to digital in order to keep the papers alive, many residents aren’t in the position to pay for a NewsCorp digital subscription, restricting their access to important local news.

Closures and digital transitions will come into effect on 29 June, as outlined below. Metro papers The Courier-Mail, The Daily Telegraph, the Melbourne Herald Sun, and The Adelaide Advertiser will be tweaked to carry more state c

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