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Merged Nine leadership team announced

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Nine-FairfaxNine Entertainment has laid out its management plans for the merged Nine/Fairfax company which come together officially on December 10, 2018.

Fairfax Media MD for metro publishing Chris Janz is now MD for publishing, which puts him in charge of Nine’s digital, events, and metro coverage. Jason Pellegrino and Adam Lang will be in charge of Domain and Macquarie Media, respectively.

Other executive retentions from the old Nine setup include CFO Greg Barnes, chief sales officer Michael Stephenson, group content director for strategy Lizzie Young, Stan CEO Mike Sneesby, and television chief Michael Healy.

On the former Fairfax Media side, CEO Greg Hywood, CFO David Housego, general counsel Gail Hambly, group director of strategy and corporate development Dhruv Gupta, HR chief Michelle Williams, and communications director Brad Hatch are stepping down on December 7, 2018.

Stuff NZ will still have Sinead Boucher at the helm, but current Australian Community Media boss Alan Williams is her superior.

Approximately 144 jobs will be made redundant but Nine CEO Hugh Marks said the company has identified 92 people who could be reassigned to other departments or to be assisted with finding a new job outside Nine.

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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. 
 
“The opportunity to look at a story that falls under my remit, think "this would work well as a podcast/news package/online article/documentary and to have the resources to explore those options? It's an i

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 simon@commsdaymail.com.
 

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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