NRL Footy Show gets cannedBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Wednesday, 03rd October 2018 at 11:38am
The Nine Network’s NRL Footy Show is over after a 25-year run.
Network sports director Tom Malone said that the Wide World of Sports sports coverage brand will be reworked for next year’s season but the Footy Show is not part of the plan. Instead, Nine will have separate post-match shows for the Thursday and Friday night games.
The Footy Show had been trailing in the ratings this year following a staff revamp that saw 23-year mainstay Paul Vautin removed from the show and Erin Molan assume hosting duties.
Molan will be retained for future broadcasts, which will have her take on coverage for tennis, cricket and netball in addition to rugby league.
"It’s been an incredible ride for The Footy Show. A quarter of a century of laughs, controversy and first-class footy analysis. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this amazing era of live sports-entertainment television – from producers, editors, camera operators, the players, guests and of course the legendary hosts,” said Malone.
"Fatty [Vautin] holds the record for the longest serving host of any prime-time Australian TV show – a tribute to both his understanding of the game, his authenticity, and not to mention his incredible comedic timing. In recent years, Erin has equally brought a new energy, perspective and showed her passion for the game."
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New Idea adds royal feature insertBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Monday, 10th December 2018 at 3:04pm
New Idea magazine has introduced a special insert loaded with the hottest news from the British royal family, called New Idea Royals.
Released with this week’s issue of New Idea, New Idea Royals magazine is intended to enhance Pacific Magazines’ reach in covering all stories coming out of Buckingham Palace. The pilot edition of Royals is themed around celebrating the holidays with Queen Elizabeth II.
New Idea currently operates a special Royals podcast and social media accounts.
Bath takes on Ten weekend newsBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Monday, 10th December 2018 at 2:10pm
Chris Bath is coming to Network Ten in 2019 as the news host of Saturday/Sunday show 10 News First.
Network director of news content Ross Dagan said Bath’s experience and “fantastic” character made her a strong addition to the 10 News First team.
Bath brings with her over 20 years’ experience in TV news, with her career encompassing roles at Seven, Prime, and NBN TV. Bath will remain as host of ABC Radio’s Evenings with Chris Bath.
“I’ve been a visitor to Network 10 these past few years and have always loved the friendly, upbeat vibe of the place, so I’m really excited to be officially a permanent part of the team,” said Bath of her appointment.
Follow Bath on Twitter @ChrisBathTV and on LinkedIn.
SKY News welcomes fresh newsroom staffBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Monday, 10th December 2018 at 2:06pm
SKY News has started the week with the appointment of two new positions for 2019.
Chris Willis is coming in as the new executive editor for news and link. Based out of the SKY News Sydney media centre, Willis will manage the content for live news broadcasts and national affairs programs, bringing with him 12 years of experience running Seven’s newsroom. He had recently exited consultancy company The Change Warehouse.
The Australian’s content and video news producer Sam Duncan is joining SKY News as its new integrated video producer. His new responsibility will be to produce and distribute the SKY News content to NewsCorp Australia mastheads.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of leading media executive Chris Willis to the team, who will spearhead our editorial and programming operations in this new strategic leadership role. Chris brings a wealth of experience to Sky News having run one of Australia’s biggest newsrooms for more than a decade. Chris and
Network Ten puts Belling on Studio 10By Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 07th December 2018 at 2:31pm
Network Ten has assigned newsreader Natarsha Belling to morning show Studio 10, effective January 2019.
Ten network news content director Ross Dagan said Belling’s character and her experience as a journalist rendered her a natural for the permanent Studio 10 assignment. She has been handling Ten Eyewitness News Weekend since 2014 and was a substitute Studio 10 host on several occasions.
“Mornings are when the big stories break, and I’m incredibly proud to be delivering our viewers the very latest on the news stories that shape and change their lives as they develop across the morning,” said Belling.
Belling’s new opportunity came as the show is also hiring Tamara Simoneau as permanent executive producer. She will assume the duties on January 14, 2019 from acting EP Lucy de Luca, who is stepping down for personal reasons.
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Menegola takes 7 Melbourne news director jobBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Wednesday, 05th December 2018 at 1:52pm
Channel Seven’s Melbourne studio will have Shaun Menegola in charge of news and current affairs, effective early 2019.
Menegola has just relocated from Perth, where he finished five years as Nine’s news director last week – with local regional news director Michael Dalton succeeding him as acting head.
Menegola is an old hand in the Seven family, having served as news director of the Perth studio from 2000 to 2011. He also wrote for The West Australian and the South West Times.
“Shaun has one of the sharpest minds in the news business. His energy and quest for excellence will help drive our formidable Seven News Melbourne team to further success,” said Seven network news and public affairs director Craig McPherson.Follow Menegola on Twitter @shaunmenegola and LinkedIn.
De Ceglie to lead West Australian NewspapersBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Wednesday, 05th December 2018 at 1:50pm
Daily Telegraph deputy editor Anthony de Ceglie is heading to the West Australian Newspapers (WAN) in January 2019, as its new senior editor.
The senior editor role was created in the wake of Brett McCarthy’s departure as The West’s editor last week after ten years’ service. The role also is part of Seven West Media’s plans to bring together all news personnel into one centre.
As such, De Ceglie is now overseeing editorial duties for not only The West Australian and its weekend and online editions, but all of WAN’s 19 regional mastheads and online portal Perthnow.com.au.
A native of Fremantle, De Ceglie earned his stripes as a cadet reporter with the Collie Mail before moving up to editing and writing jobs at the Mandurah Mail and The Sunday Times.
Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes and NewsCorp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller said De Ceglie’s long experience, including 12 years with NewsCorp, has helped him build the necessary