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Player 2 charity gaming marathon kicks off this weekend

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on

This weekend, gaming news and reviews website Player2.net.au will run its fourth charity gaming marathon from 8am Saturday to 8am Sunday.

 
Player 2 Editor Matt Hewson admits that there was a good chance it wasn't going to happen this year – but that was for reasons other than the pandemic.
 
"I didn't want to run the concept into the ground," says Hewson. "But with COVID coming along and spoiling a lot of the foundation's fundraising activities I felt like I had to get the band back together and once again fight my need for a good night's sleep."
 
The Terry Campese Foundation supports disadvantaged people living in the Queanbeyan and Southern NSW regions through a range of community based programs. 
 
Over the past three years the Player 2 efforts have helped to raise over $12,000 for the foundation, which has been used to buy a number of gaming setups for use in small country hospitals in the area for entertainment in paediatric wards and other community health programs.
 
This year the funds will be put toward the Queanbeyan Sleep Bus Initiative, which offers emergency housing to victims of abuse or teens in need of shelter.
 
The event will be broadcast on the Player 2 Twitch channel, with a donation target of $4,000. To encourage people to hit the donate button, Player 2 is giving away an Xbox Series X and a 12 month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription along with other prizes. Every $5 donated earns an entry in the draw.
 
Player 2 has had support from a range of companies for the prizes on offer, including Xbox Australia, Five Star Games, Bandai Namco Australia, Ubisoft Australia, Turn Left Distribution, 2K Games Australia, Bungie and Devolver Digital
 
“Aussie Games PR has been amazing with their prize donations,” says Hewson. “Though we are always open to anyone that wants to help in any way. At this stage, spreading the word is the main goal.”

The full schedule for the Player 2 charity gaming marathon can be found here, with different games scheduled to be played every hour of the 24 hour event.

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Costello exits Triple M Melbourne

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Seb Costello has called time on his run at Triple M Melbourne’s breakfast show.

He stated that today’s last episode with Eddie McGuire and Luke Darcy would also be his farewell to the show, and he will focus his work on A Current Affair. 

Costello had been involved with Triple M for most of the past five years.

“It seems the right time to finish up with Eddie and Darce, who have both been amazing supporters. I’m so proud of the way we’ve brought a hard-news edge to FM Breakfast. But the Hot Breakfast Family - the audience - have been the stars and I will miss them dearly,” he said in a Radioinfo interview.

Clairs signs off

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Dean “Clairsy” Clairs is ready to end his time at MIX 94.5 Perth.

He announced in today’s episode of the breakfast show that he had tendered his notice, effective 11 December, to spend more time with his family. 

Clairs has been with Southern Cross Austereo for 30 years, with 20 logged at MIX 94.5. He had been on the breakfast show with Matt Dyktynski and Kymba Cahill since March 2016.

“Very few people in our industry or across the media industry get to do that. The fact that you get to say, ‘I'm done, I'm out,’” said Dyktynski of Clairs’ tenure.

Print IT! Late November 2020

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The summer break looms in magazine land, but there's still time for a few more issues to hit stands. This week it's TechLife and Choice Computer. Let's see what's inside.
 
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TechLife is closing out the year with the latest edition, with David Hollingworth thanking readers in the editorial for helping keep the mag pointed in the right direction.
 
In cover content we get a 'Superguide' to iOS 14 and all the new features you'll find inside. And while there's a lot of that new phone feeling here for iPhone users, TechLife has Android covered too with a nice feature on how to customise Android to give your phone a big makeover.
 
There's reviews galore from the local contributor team, from Sharmishta Sarkar tackling a number of wearables including the Fitbit Versa 3 and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds (which gets an Editor's Choice). Joel Burgess rounds up some amazing and weird AI and VR tech (and reviews other hardware too)

Kim Bauer to exit 2HD

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Kim Bauer is finishing her stint at 2HD in Newcastle. 

Radioinfo reported that she would make her last airing on her breakfast show with Richard King on 27 November to return to her family in WA.

Bauer is one of Newcastle’s enduring voices, having been in the community for almost 35 years. She first joined in 1979 as announcer and music director for 2NX (now HIT 106.9) and worked on NEWFM’s licence application. 

She would work in NEWFM from 1991 to 1999 and from 2012 to 2017, with a co-hosting at NXFM breakfast in between.

Carrie and Tommy takes on full Hit Network Drive gig

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The Hit Network is tapping the duo of Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little for the full national Drive show.

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Despite Carrie and Tommy’s new assignment, Ten confirmed that the duo’s commitments on The Project will continue in 2021. 

“We are thrilled Carrie and Tommy are our national drive show for 2021. When you listen to Carrie and Tommy the most obvious and appealing thing is their genuine affection for each other. They are friends who enjoy opening up their mics to deliver a show that is full of life and charm, with just the right amount of provoking each other for the entertainment of others,” said HIT Network chief Gemma Fordham.

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Comedian Nick Cody is co-hosting the FOX FM Fifi, Fev and Byron Breakfast show in Melbourne.

Show co-host Byron Cooke said Cody will replace him when he steps down from the show on 27 November after five years on the team. He will spend more time with his family and run his podcast.

Cody is heading down from Brisbane, having left Triple M Brisbane’s breakfast show. 

“I’m so pumped to be joining Fifi and Fev in 2021. Fifi is an absolute legend and let’s be honest, there is only one bloke that can keep up with one of the best full forwards of all time and that is me – 1999’s Werribee Under 12’s 3rd best and faires,” said Cody.

“It’s insane that they’ve let a kid from Hoppers Crossing join the breakfast show on the biggest radio station in the country. 2020 was a hectic year for Melburnians but we are on our way back to the life we love.”

Sun to rise in North Sydney

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North Sydney will have a local newspaper again, with publisher Grahame Lynch revealing the impending launch of the North Sydney Sun. 
 
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