Lane and Mottram set for relocationBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 11th September 2020 at 2:19pm
Sabra Lane and Linda Mottram are relocating elsewhere in Australia.
Lane is ending a 13-year stay in Canberra to move to Hobart, Tasmania, in January 2021. She arranged with ABC management to continue running her morning show AM from the ABC Hobart studios.
“I’ll still be keeping a ferocious eye and ear on Federal politics and national affairs. It's been an honour to be part of the ABC's Parliamentary Bureau team - it’s a powerhouse of reporting. But a new path awaits and I’m looking forward to joining my new ABC family in Hobart,” said Lane.
Mottram, who has run Saturday AM and afternoon show PM from both ABC Sydney and Gosford, is settling in Bega, NSW, to work out of ABC Southeast. Her hosting duties remain unchanged.
The move is part of ABC’s aim to broadcast more regionalised content under the Five-Year Plan.
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Northern Rivers Review set to emerge in OctoberBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Monday, 21st September 2020 at 4:56pm
NSW’s Northern Rivers region is soon to be the subject of a new Australian Community Media (ACM) title, called the Northern Rivers Review.
Scheduled to go live on 29 October, the Northern Rivers Review will be for readers in Lismore, Ballina, Richmond River, and Byron Bay. ACM is setting $2 for a print edition and $2 for a weekly digital subscription.
Former The Lismore Echo editor Sophie Mueller has been appointed as the Northern Rivers Review’s editor.
"Being a local business owner and having spent many years coming to the Byron area, I couldn't be happier to be launching a new publication in the area I care so much about. Our focus has been to listen to the people and build a local team, which will focus on local stories, issues and the region's best real estate,” said ACM chairman Anthony Catalano.
Tonic Health Media rebrands to Tonic Media NetworkBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Monday, 21st September 2020 at 4:49pm
Tonic Health Media has debuted its new business name: Tonic Media Network (pictured).
Company managing director/CEO Dr Matthew Cullen said the name change was driven by a need to expand the company’s business remit beyond being a simple health portal. This included the development of a new digital-out-of-home platform with Vistar, Hivestack, and Broadsign; the creation of the Chemist2U ecommerce platform, and the purchase of health content website mydr.com.au.
The company also had grown up to 50 staff since starting business in 2014.
“We are constantly looking at new and innovative ways to connect people to relevant consumer messaging when they need it most and this rebrand is the latest evolution of that vision. Building upon Tonic’s existing reputation in the market, we’re excited to continue growing under this new banner to become the largest lifestyle, health and wellbeing media network in Australia,” added Cullen.
Lambert in charge of Women’s AgendaBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 18th September 2020 at 2:57pm
Women’s Agenda publisher and co-owner Tarla Lambert has taken over as editor-in-chief.
Co-founder and editor Angela Priestley said that after eight years running the editorial side of the company, she had opted to let Lambert run that side of the business. She herself will become the new strategy chief and creative director, in charge of podcasts and new partner content campaigns.
Lambert joined Women’s Agenda in 2015 as associate publisher but was moved up to publisher/co-owner in 2017.
“Building Agenda Media and @WomensAgenda with @angelapriestley and our dynamo team has been one of my biggest life highlights. I couldn’t be happier to be the new editor in chief and keep growing our footprint. Small, female-led teams do huge things,” Tweeted Lambert.
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Harding flies homeBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 18th September 2020 at 2:54pm
KIIS 101.1 FM breakfast co-host Polly “PJ” Harding has flown home to New Zealand, reported Radio Today.
Parent company ARN stated that she was opting to return home and set up a remote studio link to continue the show with Jase for the remainder of 2020.
She will return to Australia in early 2021.
Stay tuned with Harding on Twitter @PJHardingZM.
Shelley Lloyd exits ABCBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 18th September 2020 at 2:51pm
Shelley Lloyd has logged out of ABC Brisbane.
She stated in a Tweet that today’s morning bulletin would be her last, hinting that Emma Blackwood and Meg Purtell will be filling in.
Lloyd was with the national broadcaster for 24 years, with her work including hosting the Queensland edition of Country Hour, and recruitment and mentoring of ABC Queensland reporters.
Chris and Mel Dzelde exit Power FMBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Thursday, 17th September 2020 at 3:44pm
The husband-and-wife tandem of Chris and Mel Dzelde has stepped down from 5MU and Power FM (pictured) in general.
Mel Dzelde said in a social media post that they were leaving so she could further deal with Stage IV cancer. She herself had been on medical leave for the past four months as Power FM’s content director, as was Chris on carer leave from hosting afternoon show The Shovel and Bull.
"Cancer has a way of showing you your priorities and for me, I’m visualising a future free to explore new projects and opportunities... I know I’ll be a better version of myself as a result. I want to thank my team for inspiring me every day. I know you’ll continue to make me proud," said Mrs Dzelde.
Power FM has yet to announce changes to the Dzeldes’ now-vacant job posts.
New state appointments up at Hit NetworkBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Thursday, 17th September 2020 at 3:16pm
Southern Cross Austereo has set up a raft of programming changes for the Hit Network, including new producers and workday hosts for the statewide shows.
On the producer front, Queensland’s Cliffo and Gabi show will be under the aegis of Carley Whittington. In Victoria, Riley-Rose Harper will work on Tim and Jess’ breakfast show. Ex-HIT Squad member Jorgia Pisani is producing the WA breakfast with Allan and Michelle while Matt Lucas stays on at NSW’s Gawndy and Maz.
Hit’s Community Division stations will have their own workday hosts for the 9AM-12 noon block.
They are: Tyson Witham (Albury), Mark Littler (Atherton/Cairns), Michael Billings (Bendigo), Ben Stevenson (Coffs Harbour), Ryan Bebbington (Emerald/Rockhampton), Dane McGuirk (Griffith/Wagga), Emily Crawford (Kingaroy/Roma), Joel Dixon (Mackay), Cameron Hilder (Mareeba/Mt Isa), Jason Coombes (Maryborough), Pat Silcox (Mildura), Carly Porch (Orange), James Preston (Port Macquarie), Josiah Shala (She