Jeffery leaves Canberra Times

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Stephen Jeffery (photo credit: official Facebook page)Stephen Jeffery has stepped down as producer at The Canberra Times.

He said in his Twitter profile that he was leaving to relocate to Ottawa, Canada with his wife, who is starting a new job there. He had been with the Times since October 2015, following his exit from reporting and editing for papers in Queensland’s Redland region.

“Bittersweet as this farewell is, we’re both looking forward to a change of pace. We’re moving to a federal capital built as a compromise… that has a place starting with ‘Q’ over the border… about to open a new light rail network… ok, I think we’ll be right at home in Ottawa,” one Tweet read.

Although Jeffery sees his wife’s new job as a wonderful opportunity, he has declared himself available for freelance duties.   

Contact Jeffery on Twitter @StephenEJeffery and on his personal website.

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O’Brien to helm audio NewsCast

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Ainslee O’Brien (pictured) is starting the week as the new chief of News Corp Australia’s NewsCast podcasting division.

B and T reported that News Corp Australia’s recent successes with podcasts Who the Hell is Hamish?, True Crime, and The Teacher’s Pet warranted the development of a special podcasting arm. NewsCast will focus on audio content for the company’s subscription and platform business.

Although O’Brien is occupied with building NewsCast’s staff list, she will remain as News DNA’s GM for commercial integration.

“I am incredibly excited to expand my role and lead News Corp Australia’s audio network. News Corp has bold ambitions for audio, both here and globally, and we are committed to delivering a strong audio network for our consumers and our customers,” said O’Brien of her appointment.

“I look forward to working with our colleagues globally to align our audio offering and with industry bodies

ABC inks new business deal with CBC

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The ABC has struck a new three-year creative and business partnership with Canadian national broadcaster CBC.

The MOU will have both companies teaming up on new podcasts and new drama, comedy, and children’s TV series. Co-finance and sales options are also factored in the deal, as well as a new education initiative for schools in Australia and Canada on misinformation and how to combat them.

“In a world of global media giants, the outstanding and accessible content produced by like-minded public broadcasters is more important than ever,” said ABC managing director David Anderson.

“This collaboration between the ABC and CBC will drive our limited resources further, leveraging our strengths to create and share distinctive content that connects with audiences at home and overseas.”

Binjang Community Radio told to vacate

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Binjang Community Radio 91.5 has been forced to find a new location in Wellington, NSW.

The Wellington Council has ordered the station to vacate its home building, which is adjacent to the Wellington Visitor Information Centre in Nanima Crescent, by 30 September 2019. The council is looking to establish the Wellington Wiradjuri Tourism Experience on the station premises.

Station manager Tony Graham said staff have been on the move to scout for potential replacement sites. The best location they found, however, would require up to $40k in remodelling to bring up to operational standards. The station only pays $1 in annual rent fees at the current location since starting up in 2012.

The Dubbo Regional Council could only pledge up to $15k in relocation assistance, although council CEO Michael McMahon said he would find a way to make the transfer as seamless as possible.

Garde joins Hit100.9

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Grace Garde has joined Hit100.9 Hobart as its new workdays host, starting 17 June 2019.

One of Radio Today‘s Top New Talent to Watch in 2019, Garde recently exited a breakfast hosting job at Power FM in Nowra. The move to Hit 100.9 is also her return to Southern Cross Austereo since working on promotions at the network’s Gosford, NSW operations years ago.

“I am so excited to start working in Hobart! I enjoy wearing big coats and hats, so I’m looking forward to arriving in Hobart’s winter to expand my wardrobe. The Hobart team seem so hardworking, really talented, and a lot of fun - I am humbled to be joining them and can't wait to get started!,” said Garde of her new opportunity.

Tune in with Garde on Twitter @GradeGarde and on LinkedIn.

New staff in at Guardian Australia

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The Guardian Australia has new people in the workplace.

Editor Lenore Taylor announced on Twitter that Ben Butler is coming in as a senior business reporter, having recently exited The Australian.

Freelancer reporter Adam Morton is drafted as environment editor.

Investigative reporter Anne Davies moves up as investigations editor.

Laura Murphy-Oates is joining the paper as host of a new flagship podcast after over six years at SBS and NITV. Producer Miles Martignoni, however, said Oates will take up a temporary hosting gig with Triple J’s Hack show for the next month, then start with the podcast. Oates joins Triple J breakfast newsreader Alice Matthews and Hack reporter Avani Dias as one of three substitute hosts for the show; current host Tom Hilley is set for temporary duties with ABC's Foreign Correspondent.   

Roe joins ABC Sydney

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ABC Radio Brisbane presenter Isobel Roe has resettled in Sydney.

She moved to continue handling the current affairs beat for ABC Radio, out of the Sydney studios, hosting AM, PM, and The World Today.

Roe first worked with the ABC back in 2012 as producer of Spencer Howson’s breakfast show then started reporting out of Toowoomba in 2016 after a short stint with Southern Cross Austereo.

Follow her on Twitter @IsobelRoe and on LinkedIn.

Morton finishes The Australian service

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Rick Morton is no longer with The Australian.

Morton went on Twitter to confirm AFR columnist Myriam Robin’s report that he had indeed left The Aus after seven years as social affairs writer. He last submitted a story to the paper on 18 May 2019.

He stated that he will use his downtime from work to start writing a new book, following the success of his best seller, One Hundred Years of Dirt.

“Mostly, however, leaving is tough because I did work I am exceptionally proud of over those years. I don’t subscribe to the belief that journalism is inherently heroic, but you can do good things. I think I did some good things,” Morton added.

Follow Morton on Twitter @SquigglyRick.

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