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Michael Carrington joins ABC TV as head of children’s and education

By Briana Healey in Media News on
Media executive Michael Carrington has been appointed to the role of head of children’s and education at ABC TV. He brings more than 20 years’ experience in the children’s television industry, from production and program acquisition roles to channel management and content commissioning.
Carrington (pictured) is currently CEO of Zodiak Kids Studios, working in London and Paris, where he is responsible for the company’s international program portfolio of live-action and animation productions.
Prior to this, his roles included vice president, global content & executive Producer - HIT Entertainment Ltd, chief content officer, Cartoon Network, channel controller, CBeebies – BBC, as well as various roles at LEGO Media, Discovery Communications, Amazon Films and Network Ten.
In other ABC TV news, iview has rolled out Story Hunters, a brand new docuseries showcasing original stories, opinion pieces and satirical content filed by journalists including Mike Clay, Mamamia editor-in-chief Jamila Rizvi, author Rosie Waterland and reporter Ashlynne McGhee.
Story Hunters will use the audience and social media interactions to find untold stories and explore fresh angles to existing ones. It is digital first content, made to be both easily accessible and shareable.

“It’s an exciting new space for the ABC to be entering into. It’s a project that recognises that changing audience habits require fresh approaches to storytelling,” executive producer Erin Vincent said.

“We are using social media to both initiate and engage with our storytellers, so we’re asking the audience to tell us what issues they want explored and investigated.”


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Sexton to lead Rail Express

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Trains industry publication Rail Express has welcomed David Sexton as its new editor.

He came over from the Daily Cargo News, where he turned over his editor spot to Ian Ackerman.

Follow Sexton on LinkedIn.

SEN 1620 Gold Coast to cover live events

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Gold Coast station SEN1620 is preparing live coverage of sporting events.

The Sports Entertainment Network revealed that the station is rebranding under a new logo (pictured) and will feature home matches of AFL team Gold Coast Suns and NRL team Gold Coast Titans. A show called Maroons Radio will feature the State of Origin.

For the programming lineup, Breakfast with Pat and Heals stays on the 6:30AM-8:30AM timeslot, local primetime show Sportsday with Gary Belcher and Scott Sattler has been expanded to two hours. 

The station will also retain Wednesday/Saturday afternoon show Trackside and Andrew Bensley’s self-titled show Bensley, as will The Driver’s Seat with Steve Johnson and Matt McKeldon.

New shows for SEN Gold Coast include Mornings with Matt White at 10AM-12 noon every Monday to Thursday, Morning Glory with Matty Johns every 9AM on Fridays, Gerard Whateley’s lunch hour show, and Drive with Joel and Fletch.

“SEN has long had a strong listener b

Industry Update welcomes new editor

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Manufacturing trades publication Industry Update has tapped Barry O’Hagan as its new editor. 

He came aboard after finishing up communications work at IBM ANZ. His editorial experience was from editor roles in some trade and lifestyle titles and deputy chief sub-editor for a South African daily newspaper.

O’Hagan’s selection came out of a need for new leadership following Laurence Marchini’s retirement a year ago.

“It is essential that market leading publications such as Industry Update continue to grow, and we achieve that growth by new people and fresh ideas,” said Industry Update owner/publisher Scott Filby.

The Wired Agency earns KTO Australia account

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

The Wired Agency has won ANZ representation for the Sydney branch of the Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO).

The agency will manage the digital and social activities for KTO Sydney, centred around a new campaign themed “Feel the Rhythm of Korea.” The associated YouTube ad shows a group of costumed dancers frolicking around popular landmarks in South Korea’s capital Seoul.

“We’ve been dreaming of overseas holidays for more than a year now. Now we can see a way out of this, Aussies and Kiwis are starting to picture their first trip. We want it to be South Korea,” said Wired Agency managing partner David Kennedy-Cosgrove.

“By working with The Wired Agency, we want to position South Korea as Australia’s first overseas destination to travel when the ban lifts,” added KTO Sydney office director Lee In-seok.

How do you end your week these days?

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on
Welcome to Friday. Are you ready to close out the week?
It seems like a pretty simple thing. Pens down, walk away from that keyboard, see you Monday. In the Before Times a few drinks to close out the week with colleagues and, if all’s going well, maybe a slight early mark to relax and unwind.
But the new routines introduced by 2020 has shaken up a lot of the old ways of approaching our week, and the way we get through our work.
For myself, Friday is a day of scouring checklists, inboxes, Todoist and Trello to try to make sure I’ve got everything important for the week done, and to try (stress try) to have things squared away for a running start at the week to come.
(Let’s ignore how much work is done on weekends for now… I’m running a startup media business and working freelance. That’s the way it goes…)
So what’s your story? Are you still Zooming to catch up with colleagues in a casual wind down?

HIT Network to roll out new Saturday show

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

The HIT Network is introducing a new national show for Saturdays, called The Saturday Night Party Playlist.

Hosted by Ben Carney and Nathan Bongiovanni out of Bunbury, the show is the first regional WA production to have a national reach. It will entertain calls for house party music from 7PM to 12 midnight. 

It is also the result of a Southern Cross Austereo pitch for a brand-new show.

“We were so impressed by the brilliant ideas our announcers in the regions had for a national show, and Ben and Nathan’s The Saturday Night Party Playlist was the perfect idea for right now. The house party is back in a big way after a year of lockdowns and restrictions, and it is a genuine thrill for us to have a truly national show coming out of Bunbury,” said Hit Network chief Gemma Fordham.

Pfitzner joins SENTrack

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

SENTrack has formally welcomed Miles Pfitzner on board.

The signing came on the back of strong audience support for his work on Trackside with David Taggart, who also signed a new contract. 

In addition to the Trackside spot, Pfitzner will also cover various sports for other SEN shows.

“Being on SENTrack is an absolute laugh so I’m pretty chuffed to be signing on full-time.  Thanks mum and dad for texting in every weekend – here’s hoping I can continue to back winners. It’s great to create some fun each day and connect with the audience and I can’t thank the SENTrack family enough for welcoming me,” said Pfitzner.

Run the ovals with Pfitzner on Twitter @PfitznerMiles.

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