NewsCorp Australia mobilises political journo crew

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NewsCorp Australia logoNewsCorp Australia has marshalled its political reporting team for in-depth coverage of the upcoming federal elections.

The consortium stated that each politics reporter handling the newspaper mastheads from metro to community level, News.com.au, Storyful, and SKY News, are committed to the endeavour.

These include The Daily Telegraph’s Anna Caldwell and Sheradyn Holderhead, Melbourne Herald Sun’s James Campbell, The Courier-Mail’s Renee Viellaris and The Adelaide Advertiser’s Jade Gailberger and Matt Smith.

Health correspondent Sue Dunlevy, political reporter Claire Bickers, senior writer Paul Toohey, cost of living editor John Rolfe and personal finance experts Sophie Elsworth and Anthony Keane are also tagging in with discussions on the elections’ effect on their fields. SKY News hosts Peta Credlin, David Speers, and Paul Murray will even write op-eds for metro and regional papers.

A multichannel campaign called Truth Builds Trust is also being angled to further bring to the voting public the most important issues they want their candidates to address if elected into office. The tempo will build up gradually until voting day on 18 May 2019.

“The breadth, depth and reach of NewsCorp Australia mastheads, digital and broadcast assets will give readers a complete view of the federal election,” said NewsCorp Australia editorial board chairman Peter Blunden.

“We’re telling the stories that not only inform our readers about what the parties and leaders are doing but also what these policies and announcements mean for them in the short and long term. There’s no doubt Australians’ appetite for political news will be ever growing in the lead up to the election, and people can keep up to date with coverage and analysis in our newspapers, on TV, or on the device of their choice, while they’re at home, at work or while they’re out and about.”

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Eales rises to INMA presidency

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The International News Media Association (INMA) has elected NewsCorp Australia COO for publishing Damian Eales as its new president.

The election was held at the INMA World Congress of News Media in New York City.

Eales’ ascendancy followed two years as vice-president; he has been on the board since 2014. He will succeed Eduardo Garces, GM of Colombia’s El Espectador newspaper.

Nine Network MD for publishing Chris Janz was also elected onto the new panel. Both him and Eales also sit on the NewsMediaWorks board.

“It is a real honour to be elected to this role at an inflexion point in the prospects for news media all around the world,” Eales said of his new position.

“The best news media businesses have weathered the storm of digital disruption and are now exploiting digital capabilities to power growth, engagement and grow new capabilities.”

Stay in touch with Eales on LinkedIn.

5MU set for FM switch

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SA radio station 1125 5MU has been approved for transition into the FM band.

ACMA chairperson Nerida O’Loughlin said the panel will consider a conversion after addressing all important issues, such as audience reception and coverage area. The plan is to convert 5MU from 1125khz to 96.3FM.

5MU covers a swathe of SA including Murray Bridge, Mount Barker and Victor Harbour. O’Loughlin said they could be covered by a new long-term community radio station, under an existing conversion plan. The ACMA has sought public feedback on the plan until 14 June 2019.

Fuller off to ABC Illawarra

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ABC radio presenter Kelly Fuller is set for work at ABC Illawarra.

She stated in a tweet that she was ready to step down from ABC New England Northwest and make the move, discussing with station content director Jen Ingall about how things will go after her.

Fuller has been with ABC New England Northwest since 2008, after spending six years on the ABC’s political reporter beat.

Stay tuned with Fuller on LinkedIn and on Twitter @KelFuller.

Star Observer on the selling block

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Prominent LGBTI publication The Star Observer has been put up for sale.

Publication chairman Sebastian Rice said the company was forced to go into administration due to delays in the intake of advertising fees. MaC Insolvency’s Trent McMillen has been appointed as administrator.

The Star Observer has been one of the LGBTI community’s leading content channels since 1979.

Jonscher off to Alice Springs assignment

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ABC reporter Samantha Jonscher is heading to Alice Springs.

She said in a tweet that she will start working in the town next week. She had been making the rounds at ABC Port Lincoln for over a year and had previously been with the network as a moderator for the social media and digital channels.

“Pretty sad to be leaving the endlessly beautiful, seafood filled Lincoln patch behind, but bring on the red centre!” read part of Jonscher’s Tweet

Follow Jonscher on Twitter @SamJonscher and on LinkedIn.

Weekly Times introduces agribusiness magazine

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NewsCorp Australia publication The Weekly Times is rolling out a new magazine for the agriculture industry, called AgJournal.

Designed as a free insert for upcoming editions starting next week and also available on the paper’s website, AgJournal aims to discuss the latest developments in Australia’s agriculture field.

The pilot issue will have Australian Agricultural Co COO Anna Speer as cover feature, talking about her challenges at work and how the company is recovering from the Queensland floods. Other topics include a top 20 listing of Australia’s big agriculture companies, alternative protein sources, and the Merino wool industry’s strong output.

Kitchen joins UAE station

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Lachlan Kitchen has moved to Dubai, UAE to start a new gig with local radio station Dubai 92.

Radioionfo reported that he will team up with George Ryland on a breakfast show starting 19 May 2019, airing from Sundays to Thursdays.

Lachlan recently signed off from i98FM Illawarra after a 15-year run. At the time, he had opted not to extend his contract and had kept mum on his next moves.

“Honestly, it’s a great honour to join the ARN/AMG Family, who have been nothing but honest, welcoming, encouraging & so supportive in my short time here. Bring on the first show!,” said Kitchen, referring to the Arabian Radio Network/Arab Media Group, Dubai 92’s parent firm.

Ryland had recently joined Dubai92 after three years at Hi FM in Oman.

Follow Kitchen on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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