Lateline and the Link to go off-air

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Lateline Title CardABC’s highly-popular current affairs shows, Lateline and The Link, are soon signing off at the end of their season, the network announced.
Under a new plan, ABC News will assemble a ten-person investigative journalism team and a specialist reporting team helmed by Jo Puccini and Lisa Whitby, respectively. Whitby’s crew will handle genres such as technology and science, regional communities, and indigenous affairs, among others.
Stan Grant, who hosts The Link, will be promoted to chief Asia correspondent and also host a new 9pm news discussion show. Lateline host Emma Alberici is now the network’s chief economics correspondent.
According to ABC News director Gaven Morris, the project is “a big investment in investigative, specialist and in-depth journalism at a time when many other media outlets are retreating from these areas."

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Take 5 makes Publish Awards history

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Women’s magazine Take5 has scored the leading honours at this year’s Mumbrella Publish Awards.
The weekly magazine by Bauer Media nabbed the Publish Award for Excellence based on its efforts to nurture audiences and growing their brand over the past year.
Take5 also bagged the Consumer Publication of the Year (Large Publisher) trophy, beating out, Halliday Wine Companion, Home Beautiful, Stellar Magazine, and Bauer’s own The Australian Women’s Weekly.
“I’m thrilled for the team that we were recognised in such a spectacular and unexpected way. I’m very lucky to work with such a talented and passionate bunch of people who are always looking for exciting new ideas and designs to try to keep Take 5 fresh and surprising,” said Take 5 EIC Paul Merrill.  
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Walkley's announce 2017 journo finalists

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The Walkley Foundation has revealed its lineup of finalists for this year’s Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, with a number of notable personalities in the running in some categories.
For the Media Super Print/Text News Report category, the nominations went to The Courier Mail’s Sarah Vogler for a story on James Ashby and the One Nation Party, Miki Perkins of The Age for a story on a sexually-assaulted girl, and the Daily Telegraph’s Nick Hansen for his coverage on the ATO fraud scandal.
The nominees for the Lion Coverage of a Major News Event/Issue include Peter Ryan’s coverage of the CBA scandal and Michael Bachelard and Kate Geraghty’s look on the life of people in Mosul, Iraq under occupation by the Daesh terrorist group. The latter is also Fairfax Media’s entry in the Production category, while Ryan’s CBA story was also nominated for the Radio News and Current Affairs Journalism category.
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EMMA survey highlights digital news media popularity

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News content over electronic devices is prominent among Australian readers, Enhanced Media Metrics Australia stated in a new survey for August 2017.
The survey accounted for all mainstream, regional, and community publications for either print or digital platforms.  
On the print readership front, the survey accounted for 13 million people, roughly 70% of the entire population. Digital media readers comprise slightly more, at 13.1 million. When taken together across all platforms, that slice of the pie increased to 16.7 million people, or 90% of the population.
A breakdown of the top 15 cross-platform news outlets’ readerships also warrants attention. The Sydney Morning Herald led the pack at barely 5.3 million readers, with the Daily Telegraph (4.39 million) and Herald Sun (4.08 million) completing the podium. The Sunshine Coast Daily was at the bottom of the list with 402,000 readers.
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Dinnigan named as Vogue Living guest editor

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Vogue Living has enlisted the services of fashion designer Collette Dinnigan as a guest editor.
Magazine acting editor-in-chief Edwina McCann said Dinnigan went to work for a special November-December 2017 issue, carrying an Italian theme with discussions on interior designs. She pointed out that Dinnigan oversaw every detail of the project and pulled off an amazing job despite a lack of magazine publishing experience. The overall theme was based on Dinnigan spending a year in Italy with her family.
“Vogue Living is such an iconic brand. It resonates with people all over the world, and as Australians we should be very proud. It was an honour to be invited to guest-edit this issue and to create original work with Felix Forest, who photographed all of the beautiful images you’ll see throughout the magazine,” wrote Dinnigan.
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PC & Tech Authority toasts to 20 years

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PC & Tech Authority has used its November edition to celebrate 20 years as one of Australia’s top technology mags.
The magazine and its sister publications Atomic, PCPowerPlay and Hyper have been mainstays for Australian computer and gaming enthusiasts since the 90s, covering the majority of the home computing era.
Times have however changed since PC Authority’s launch in 1997, and despite going through a laundry list of publishers, PCTA is one of a small group of tech magazines which are still making the print business model work.  
Currently, PCTA is the domain of Nextmedia tech and games group editor Ben Mansill, who first touched base with the magazine in the early 2000s when he joined AJB Publishing to launch Atomic Maximum Power Computing.
Just like PCTA, Mansill has been through his share of publishers, but the trip has seen him end up back in Nextmedia’s consumer tech stable, as well as back in control of the magazin

Vautin gone from The Footy Show

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The Footy Show’s Paul Vautin is no longer part of the action he hosted for 24 years on Nine.
Footy Show executive producer Glenn Pallister said the move is part of a new creative direction Nine is driving for the show, which will air on Thursday nights in 2018 under a new EP. The Footy Show has slumped in the ratings for months.
Vautin is slated to do box commentaries for the remainder of his contract which will lapse next year unless renewed. Co-host Erin Molan is expected to go solo for the show’s revamp, in a bid to attract more female viewers, especially those watching Fox. There’s no word yet on Beau Ryan hosting again even if his contract has two more years to go, but Darryl Brohman is not coming back next year. James Bracey stays on for the Sunday Footy Show.  
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Kavalee to bow out from breakfast

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Ed Kavalee is signing off from Triple M Brisbane’s breakfast show.
Kavalee said in today’s episode that he will go back to Melbourne next year to be with his wife and newborn son, though he will still remain on Southern Cross Austereo and continue his other commitments.
The Triple M Network said Lawrence Mooney will succeed Kavalee as their show is rebranded to Triple M Big Breakfast 104.5FM. Mooney was Kavalee’s substitute alongside co-hosts Greg Martin and Robin Bailey when he went on paternity leave.
“I’m really looking forward to The Triple M Big Breakfast with Marto and Robin in 2018. Having filled in for Ed with the guys, and having played Rich Uncle Mal over the past three years, I have a great rapport with them and the whole team. The show is fun to do and I think that translates to our listeners who feel free to jump in and get involved. There is however, a little trepidation because Ed is leaving some big shoes to fill, no

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