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Lukis takes up Wave FM breakfast spot

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Sami Lukis (photo credit: Nine)Sami Lukis is joining the breakfast show at Wave FM with Straney and Damien Leith, effective 3 May.

She will be a maternity leave cover for Jade Tonta, and also replacing Meshel Laurie, who had been on the post since February this year. 

“It’s been quite a few years between radio shows (and 4am wakeup calls), so I’m nervous and excited to be joining the team next week. I’ve hosted Carols in Kiama and Business Awards in the Illawarra many times over the years, but this will be my first time hosting a radio show in the ‘Gong. I’m looking forward to spending more time in such a gorgeous part of the world – but mostly, I’m looking forward to having Damien sing to me every morning,” said Lukis.

Follow Lukis on Twitter @SamiLukis.

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Local introduces Surry Hills magazine

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Sydney company Local Publishing has introduced a new hyperlocal magazine for the Surry Hills suburb, called Local Surry Hills. 

The new title will cover restaurants, food, drink, events, travel, homes, design and architecture in the suburb. The first issue (pictured) covers Surry Hills’ post-pandemic transformation into a Sydneysider community that mirrors the SoHo district in New York City.

Approximately 15,000 copies are being readied for the initial issue, which will be delivered to homes and commercial establishments in the Surry Hills area.

“Having worked in Surry Hills for 15 years, I have always loved watching the evolution of this suburb. It is such a dynamic place with always so much going on, and such a centre for creativity and enterprise in Sydney,” said Local Publishing publisher Elizabeth Meryment.

“We want Local Surry Hills to reflect those dynamic changes and talk to the creative community and people who live in the area, and those who visit daily for work

Cootes joins Canberra Times

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Isobel Cootes has signed up with the Canberra Times as sports reporter.

She will cover the ACT’s sports scene, including soccer, and other codes except the NRL and Super Rugby. 

Cootes came to Canberra after 18 months in Tasmania working for Hobart paper The Examiner.

Follow Cootes on Twitter @IsobelCootes.

McDowall named MediaWorks COO

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
New Zealand company MediaWorks has brought in Jeff McDowall as the new chief operating officer.

He will be in charge of MediaWorks’ outdoor operations, finance, property, procurement and strategy duties.

McDowall came in from Air New Zealand, where he worked for 20 years until announcing late last year that he would step down. He had been the flag carrier’s CFO since 2018.

“Jeff’s proven track record will prove invaluable as MediaWorks drives organic growth, assesses its capital structure and potential acquisition opportunities in the market. We look forward to welcoming Jeff who will play a key role in ensuring MediaWorks is match fit in this new era for the business,” praised MediaWorksCEO Cam Wallace.

Follow McDowall on LinkedIn.

Wilbury on 4BC breakfast

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Olivia Wilbury has taken up the executive producer role of 4BC’s Breakfast with Neil Breen.

She was Queensland producer for the Ray Hadley Morning Show these past four years.

Stay tuned with Wilbury on Twitter @ OliviaWilbury. 

Netflix AU introduces Pause newsletter line

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Netflix Australia has joined forces with Junkee Media to create a newsletter publication called Netflix Pause.

Pause will comprise three weekly newsletters.

Scene and Heard, to be released on Tuesdays, will see a guest writer analyse a specific scene from a new show or movie released on the platform.

Close All Tabs, out every Thursday, will be a roundup of some notable Netflix shows or movies.

Junkee Netflix editor Michael Sun will pen a Friday newsletter called Now Streaming, where he talks about a new title and related recommendations.

ANZPJ goes online

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The Australian Property Institute (API) has transformed the Australian and New Zealand Property Journal (ANZPJ) into an online news portal, which can be found at

The new site will continue the ANZPJ’s coverage of major property sectors, such as industrial, commercial, and residential. 

Matthew Dunn is the website’s new editor.

A new podcast, the Voice of the Valuer, is also in the works to augment the API’s digital presence. It will tackle developments in the property industry and noted figures will be tapped as guests.

“API is dedicated to expanding the expertise and knowledge of our members and building a strong base for the future of the property profession” said API CEO Amelia Hodge.

“API is representing a wide range of property professionals’ interests by making ANZPJ a publicly available online news platform, with the website also acting as a credible news source for members of the public looking to stay informed on different property markets in

Unwin reports in with Southern Highland News and Goulburn Post

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Dominic Unwin has signed with Australian Community Media titles Southern Highland News and Goulburn Post as reporter in Bowral, NSW. 

He recently finished up at Yaffa Media, as editor of Mountain Biking Australia and Bicycling Australia’s Classic series. 

Follow Unwin on LinkedIn.

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