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Kyle & Jackie O handed mega breakfast deal

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

The Kyle and Jackie O Show (photo credit: KIIS106.5/ARN)KIIS FM’s Kyle & Jackie O will remain with the station until at least 2022 after signing a $7 million per year deal with owners ARN.

The duo are Sydney’s highest-rating FM breakfast show and sit second only to 2GB’s Alan Jones across the total market.

ARN also announced that Brendan Jones and Amanda Keller from Jonesy & Amanda in the Morning at WSFM, and GOLD104.3’s The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show will stay on until 2024. 

The contract extensions came about as a result of both The Kyle & Jackie O Show and Jonesy & Amanda in the Morning nabbing the top two FM breakfast market positions for the past five years. O’Connell has also made a strong presence in the Melbourne audience since joining GOLD104.3 last year. ARN is also positioning them as part of the network’s “Defining Audio” branding. 

Some of the show hosts have expressed delight at the new deals.

“Kyle and I truly love our listeners, our incredible guests, and have so much fun working together. Not many people get to go to work each day to share stories, laugh with their best friend, and create entertainment that hopefully makes our listeners’ day that little bit lighter – that isn’t lost on me. We’re so grateful to be able to continue this journey with ARN,” said Jackie O Henderson.

“Over the past 14 years Jonesy and I have shared some of our most personal, funny and raw moments with our wonderful WSFM audience who are with us every day. There is nothing like the medium of radio and how its immediacy connects people – that’s why I love it and I’m delighted we’ll continue on air together,” said Keller.

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Nine acquires Macquarie Media

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The Nine Network has officially purchased Macquarie Media.

The acquisition talks were formally completed before the weekend with Nine paying $113.9m for the remaining 45.5 per cent stake in the company, which includes 2GB, 3AW, 4BC, 6PR and Macquarie Sports Radio.

Nine CEO Hugh Marks has begun convening townhall meetings with Macquarie employees to explain plans going forward. 

“We have a great opportunity to lead the news conversation in each city and better engage with our audiences – be they television viewers, print and online readers or now listeners via radio or online. We are big believers in the power of Macquarie’s talk radio network and in its people,” the executive said in a staff email. 

“We also believe that Macquarie’s stations need to have distinctive voices. Our stations of 2GB, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR need to be there for their communities as it is their ability to connect with their audiences and help drive the agenda in each

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. 
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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.

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