New signings at 96FM

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96FM logo (photo credit: ARN)Perth radio station 96FM begins the week with new hires.

ARN reported that Daniel Underhill is coming in as the station’s new content director, once he finishes gardening leave from NOVA 93.7. He spent 16 years there, as creative writer, creative director, and program director.

“The addition of Dan Underhill as content director further strengthens 96FM as we continue to focus on growing our audience and becoming more competitive in the Perth market. Dan is an experienced programmer who knows and understands the market, he has worked with Gary Roberts for many years and I look forward to him joining ARN and being part of the team at 96FM,” said ARN national content director Duncan Campbell.

96FM was able to find replacements on the breakfast circuit for Paul and Lise – with the Botica’s Bunch duo of Fred Botica and Lisa Shaw greeting listeners on the roll. The move was a homecoming for Botica, whose career started at 96FM in 1986. He and Shaw have been working the booth since the late 1990s starting at MIX 94.5.

“It’s a massive coup for 96FM, to have Botica’s Bunch back for breakfast in Perth. Botica’s Bunch for breakfast is a true reflection of the heritage of the 96FM brand and will be complemented by a change in positioning for the station to ‘Real Music’,” said station managing director Gary Roberts.

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Kwinana Courier and Weekend Courier sign off

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Community News publications Kwinana Courier and Weekend Courier have transitioned to purely digital mastheads.

The Community News Group published the Kwinana Courier’s final print issue (pictured) on 28 June 2019 after a run of at least 30 years. All content specific to the two newspapers will be found on

“Our editors and reporters have enjoyed showcasing the achievements of residents, helped fundraise for those in need, and covered the issues that matter. From all of us at the Courier it’s been a pleasure to share your stories,” read the staff’s farewell message.

The Kwinana Courier‘s sister publication, the Sound Telegraph, will continue operations.

Wallbank exits Mumbrella for ACS

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After two years at Mumbrella, news editor Paul Wallbank has now swapped the hip and happening streets of Chippendale for the Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) Barangaroo digs.

In his new role as the ACS’ senior technology editor, Wallbank will be responsible for generating stories for the society’s publications, constructing public policy positions and relieving Information Age editor Roulla Yiacoumi whenever she is on leave. 

He made the announcement last week in a blog post which shed some light on his time at Mumbrella, and in particular, the challenges associated with modern online journalism.

“Modern digital journalism is not for the lazy or the faint hearted,” said Wallbank. 

“The tyranny of a daily newsletter means the editors are always hungry for stories and stressing about scooping the opposition.”

However, those stresses seemed to be offset somewhat by the pleasure of working with a talented team, as well as the exci

Trade Media loses MCV Pacific, Develop Pacific and Esports Pro Oceania

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Trade Media revealed today that its responsibility for MCV Pacific, Develop Pacific and Esports Pro Oceania will conclude at the end of the week. 

In a post to Trade Media’s website, director Joel van Daal said that though the six-year partnership with Data Team and Future Publishing is ending, Trade Media’s own The Influence brand will continue, as will the Australian Games Awards. 

For now, it is not known if the three industry titles will continue on into the future. 

“On a personal note, I would like to thank all of our sponsors, advertisers, and partners who have supported us over the years. I am incredibly proud of the work we have done in raising the profile of the ANZ Industry and its members, especially across our Women In Games and Game As You Are programs, the 30 Under Thirty, and of course, the MCV Pacific Awards, Esports Pro Oceania Awards, and Interface @ PAX Aus,” said Van Daal.

Blakkarly named as SBS’ SA correspondent

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SBS Sydney reporter Jarni Blakkarly is transferring to Adelaide to be the network’s SA correspondent.

He said in a Tweet that he is beginning the role next month. 

Blakkarly has been with SBS since he joined the Sydney studios in early 2017 on a journalism cadetship, then started handling investigative duties. 

He has previously worked at Reuters and as an associate producer for ABC.

Tune in to Blakkarly on Twitter @Jarni Blakkarly.

Mackay on court duty at ABC Darwin

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Melissa Mackay has started the second half of 2019 with a new job at ABC Darwin.

She stated in a tweet that she had finished up tackling the courthouse beat with 9News and would cross over to ABC.

Mackay moved up to Darwin in October 2017 after three months of internships with WIN TV and 10.

Keep updated with Mackay on LinkedIn and on Twitter @_MelissaMackay.

Hunkin leads Australian Gourmet Traveller

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The editor’s chair at Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine has changed hands from Sarah Oakes to Joanna Hunkin (pictured).

Hunkin will relocate from Auckland to Sydney and assume the post from acting editor Amy Reedy on 2 September 2019. Oakes, who led the magazine since October 2017, informed management that she would not return after finishing maternity leave.

Bauer Media GM for publishing Sally Eagle said Hunkin’s experience put her as the best candidate for the job. She spent five years with the New Zealand Herald, four years with One News, and the past five years with NZME, where she is wrapping up as head of entertainment and lifestyle.

“I am beyond thrilled to be joining the Gourmet Traveller team, having long admired the brand as a food-obsessed reader. The opportunity to build on the magazine’s already sterling reputation and connect with more readers is a challenge that fills me with both excitement and anticipation. It is a privilege to be the nex

Canberra DAB+ radio goes live

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DAB+ radio services have been formally activated in Canberra .

The Commercial Radio Association of Australia (CRAA) confirmed that local stations 2CA, 2CC, Mix 106.3, and Hit 104.7 are now on digital broadcasts, while new digital-only stations have begun airing. These include music outfits KIX Country, My Canberra Digital, and Coles Radio.

DAB+ radio services have been at low-power settings in the capital since 2010.

“Commercial radio has been broadcasting on the AM band in Canberra since 1931 and on FM since 1988. Now with the official move to digital broadcasting, radio can keep innovating and offering better services to listeners,” said CRAA CEO Joan Warner.

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