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Menegola takes 7 Melbourne news director job

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7 News MelbourneChannel Seven’s Melbourne studio will have Shaun Menegola in charge of news and current affairs, effective early 2019.

Menegola has just relocated from Perth, where he finished five years as Nine’s news director last week – with local regional news director Michael Dalton succeeding him as acting head.

Menegola is an old hand in the Seven family, having served as news director of the Perth studio from 2000 to 2011. He also wrote for The West Australian and the South West Times.

“Shaun has one of the sharpest minds in the news business. His energy and quest for excellence will help drive our formidable Seven News Melbourne team to further success,” said Seven network news and public affairs director Craig McPherson.

Follow Menegola on Twitter @shaunmenegola and LinkedIn.

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Kyle & Jackie O handed mega breakfast deal

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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 list

Morris assumes Triple M Sydney job

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The Triple M Network has tapped Rex Morris as the content director for its Sydney studios.

Network head Mike Fitzpatrick said Morris will succeed Jamie Angel, who recently moved to 2Day as its new breakfast host.

The content director post isn’t new to Morris, having been in a similar post at other Southern Cross Austereo outfits in Brisbane from 1990 to 2013 and also since March 2018 at Triple M Brisbane. He’s also running his own radio network, Resonate Broadcasters, with at least ten stations in Australia and four in Hawaii, USA.

“I am passionate about Triple M and its place in the hearts of our 40+ audience with our rock focus. I’m also thrilled to be joining the Sydney team with Triple M’s amazing heritage in the city and its potential to grow. While I’m sad to be leaving such a fantastic team in Brisbane, I’m looking forward to joining the Sydney team to do great things,” said Morris of his appointment.

Follow Morris on LinkedIn.

Prime Creative takes over Quarry and Insight

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Prime Creative Media has assumed the reins of industry titles Quarry (pictured) and Insight from Gunnamatta Media. 

The move will see all of Quarry and Insight’s editorial work for print and digital content, their websites, and its directories run out of Prime Creative’s South Melbourne and Sydney offices. 

Damian Christie has agreed to stay on as Quarry’s editor. He has been at the post for 11 years. Prime Creative will also continue Gunnamatta’s working relationship with the Institute of Quarrying Australia.

Insight assistant editor Callum Glennen and reporter Myles Hume are also going forward with Prime Creative Media. They have been with Gunnamatta for almost a year. 

“We have been working in partnership with Gunnamatta Media to make the transition as smooth as possible for our advertisers and our readers. We will be continuing to build upon the work of Gunnamatta Media, with further investments into the brand, including a new digita

Bauer continues ELLE publishing deal

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Bauer Media will still publish fashion magazine ELLE in Australia. 

The company announced that ELLE’s parent company, Lagardére, has agreed to have Bauer Media publish the magazine for seven years. The first Australian edition of ELLE came out in 2013. 

The renewal of Bauer Media’s ELLE publishing deal comes as ELLE Australia is planning moves in the event space business over the next few years and building up the ELLE Insights brand. 

“We’ve celebrated incredible highlights including our August Sustainability issue, our series of digital covers celebrating game-changing talent in the inaugural Elle list, and our launch onto IGTV, which has contributed to exponential growth in Instagram views. With big plans already in play for 2020, the future for Elle Australia is bright,” said ELLE Australia editor-in-chief Genevra Leek.

Carlton finishes at Tasmania Talks

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Listeners of Tas talk show Tasmania Talks are suddenly no longer hearing the voice of Brian “Spoonman” Carlton.

Tasmanian Broadcasters announced earlier this month that Carlton was set to finish up on 25 October due to personal reasons. He had been running the show over 7BU, 7AD, and 7XS for the past four years.

However, Carlton was cut off a few minutes into his 7 October broadcast as he discussed his departure, especially his negotiations with management a few days before. He would simply Tweet the word “Gone” shortly afterwards.

The rest of the episode was changed to music tracks and interim hosts were drafted in.

Triple M Hobart breakfast show cancelled

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Dave Noonan and Al Plath are up on Triple M Hobart’s breakfast circuit for only a short time longer. 

Southern Cross Austereo announced that the Dave Noonan Show with Al Plath has not been renewed for 2020. As such, their farewell show will be on 18 October. 

The decision also weighs heavily on Noonan, who’s been in the local radio scene for over 25 years.

“It’s been an absolute privilege to be in this role for this long. I have loved being part of the Hobart community and we have shared many laughs and tears along the way. I am excited about not getting up at 4.30am every morning!,” he said.

Triple M is yet to announce who will take over the breakfast slot in 2020.

RED FM brekky duo to head east

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Robbie Klitzing and Alana McLean are stepping down from the RED FM breakfast show to move to Melbourne.

The tandem revealed that Klitzing is going ahead to take up a content assistant post at GOLD 104.3. McLean is finishing up her work as WA Racing Ambassador next month and will follow him shortly afterwards. They have been on the show for almost three years.

There is also another reason for the move: they got engaged last week. 

“It’s so funny how things work out. We were first introduced by Fox FM ACD, James Speed, who we had both worked with, and the chemistry was there straight away! Our boss Dan Cole at RED FM agreed to pair us together… little did he know what was to come,” said Klitzing.

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