New Sydney east magazine in circulation

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Local East pilot issue (photo credit: Mediaweek)Residents in Sydney’s eastern suburbs will have a new lifestyle magazine catered to them, called Local East.

Published by the Local Publishing co with former Daily Telegraph food critic Elizabeth Meryment as editor and publisher, Local East will feature various topics on people, food, travel, lifestyle, and home living, among others.

Local Publishing’s sister outfit Edible Ink Media & Content, will produce the associated content, in addition to pieces from veteran journalists and celebrities.

For the initial run, approximately 50,000 copies are being circulated across the eastern suburbs as well as various places of interest from the Sydney CBD to Watsons Bay, with a website and social media accounts set to go active in September 2018.

“I never imagined going back into print media when I left newspapers 18 months ago, but when I started toying with the idea of doing some kind of high-end local product, I talked to a lot of top-end businesses about it. They all seemed enthusiastic. Then, when I had the designs and concepts ready to go, those businesses who had initially expressed an interest in advertising in the magazine actually went ahead and bought advertising,” said Meryment.

“Advertisers feel very strongly that this is a population they wish to engage with and that this is a medium they feel can deliver the messages they want to transmit. They like the look, feel, size and reach of the product and are prepared to give it a go.”

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SBS board chairman Dr Bulent Hass Dellal said Taylor landed the position due to his media experience and in-depth knowledge of the network, from operations to finance. He was also lauded for developing strong relations with the executive panel and the network’s production teams, especially in important projects.

Taylor joined the company in 2012 as head of corporate finance but was promoted to CFO the following year. He was appointed acting MD in the wake of Michael Ebeid’s departure this month. He had been previously employed by Deloitte Australia, BT, and ABC, where he served seven years as corporate development chief.

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Sam Cavanagh has wrapped up 16 years of service at Southern Cross Austereo (SCA).

The executive producer of Triple M show Kennedy Molloy said he was leaving to take up a job in the advertising industry. He is currently on service leave until January 2019, when he is expected to stay for one more week and make the transition.

Cavanagh is well-known for working his way up the ladder at SCA. He started with taking calls on The Tracey and Matt Show and became executive producer for The Shebang with Marty and Fifi and The Hamish & Andy Show, before launching Kennedy Molloy. He also worked as SCA’s national EP, training other aspiring producers.

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NOVA Entertainment CEO Cath O’Connor will helm the new group.

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The executive said in a staff email that he is leaving behind a successful 34-year career when the resignation takes effect in December 2018 and wants to “pass the baton” to a new leader. He however stressed that his departure is not connected with that of former managing director Michelle Guthrie and chairman Justin Milne. 

Mason is a seasoned figure within ABC, particularly in the radio division. He was manager of ABC Local Radio in Canberra from 1994 to 1997 then rose to the national managership of ABC Local Radio and group program director at ABC Radio from 2000 to 2011. He served as ABC Radio director then transitioned to the content directorship under the recent company reorganisation.

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