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Queens of iHeartPodcast

By Elliott Richardson in Media News on
Technology podcast Queens of the Drone Age has signed a partnership with ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network Australia.

The show, helmed by Australian journalists Rae Johnston, Tegan Jones, Angharad Yeo and Amanda Yeo covers tech news and opinions, launched in January 2021.

The iHeart Network approached the group following their second episode with the deal seeing the podcast now joining the iHeartPodcast stable and reaching wider audiences.

In a press release Amanda Yeo said she and her co-hosts were excited to join iHeart.

"We’re absolutely stoked to be joining the iHeartPodcast Network. We were thrilled when iHeart approached us after our second episode dropped in January, and joining forces just seemed like a no-brainer!
“Our vision for Queens of the Drone Age has always been to make tech friendly, accessible, and fun. Tech is for everyone, and it’s been heart-warming to see so many people tuning in to geek out with us every week. Working with the iHeartPodcast Network will help us reach new audiences, and provide fresh opportunities to grow our podcast even further. All of us are very excited to continue expanding Queens of the Drone Age with iHeart’s support.”

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Local introduces Surry Hills magazine

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Sydney company Local Publishing has introduced a new hyperlocal magazine for the Surry Hills suburb, called Local Surry Hills. 

The new title will cover restaurants, food, drink, events, travel, homes, design and architecture in the suburb. The first issue (pictured) covers Surry Hills’ post-pandemic transformation into a Sydneysider community that mirrors the SoHo district in New York City.

Approximately 15,000 copies are being readied for the initial issue, which will be delivered to homes and commercial establishments in the Surry Hills area.

“Having worked in Surry Hills for 15 years, I have always loved watching the evolution of this suburb. It is such a dynamic place with always so much going on, and such a centre for creativity and enterprise in Sydney,” said Local Publishing publisher Elizabeth Meryment.

“We want Local Surry Hills to reflect those dynamic changes and talk to the creative community and people who live in the area, and those who visit daily for work

Cootes joins Canberra Times

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Isobel Cootes has signed up with the Canberra Times as sports reporter.

She will cover the ACT’s sports scene, including soccer, and other codes except the NRL and Super Rugby. 

Cootes came to Canberra after 18 months in Tasmania working for Hobart paper The Examiner.

Follow Cootes on Twitter @IsobelCootes.

McDowall named MediaWorks COO

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
New Zealand company MediaWorks has brought in Jeff McDowall as the new chief operating officer.

He will be in charge of MediaWorks’ outdoor operations, finance, property, procurement and strategy duties.

McDowall came in from Air New Zealand, where he worked for 20 years until announcing late last year that he would step down. He had been the flag carrier’s CFO since 2018.

“Jeff’s proven track record will prove invaluable as MediaWorks drives organic growth, assesses its capital structure and potential acquisition opportunities in the market. We look forward to welcoming Jeff who will play a key role in ensuring MediaWorks is match fit in this new era for the business,” praised MediaWorksCEO Cam Wallace.

Follow McDowall on LinkedIn.

Wilbury on 4BC breakfast

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Olivia Wilbury has taken up the executive producer role of 4BC’s Breakfast with Neil Breen.

She was Queensland producer for the Ray Hadley Morning Show these past four years.

Stay tuned with Wilbury on Twitter @ OliviaWilbury. 

Netflix AU introduces Pause newsletter line

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Netflix Australia has joined forces with Junkee Media to create a newsletter publication called Netflix Pause.

Pause will comprise three weekly newsletters.

Scene and Heard, to be released on Tuesdays, will see a guest writer analyse a specific scene from a new show or movie released on the platform.

Close All Tabs, out every Thursday, will be a roundup of some notable Netflix shows or movies.

Junkee Netflix editor Michael Sun will pen a Friday newsletter called Now Streaming, where he talks about a new title and related recommendations.

ANZPJ goes online

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
The Australian Property Institute (API) has transformed the Australian and New Zealand Property Journal (ANZPJ) into an online news portal, which can be found at

The new site will continue the ANZPJ’s coverage of major property sectors, such as industrial, commercial, and residential. 

Matthew Dunn is the website’s new editor.

A new podcast, the Voice of the Valuer, is also in the works to augment the API’s digital presence. It will tackle developments in the property industry and noted figures will be tapped as guests.

“API is dedicated to expanding the expertise and knowledge of our members and building a strong base for the future of the property profession” said API CEO Amelia Hodge.

“API is representing a wide range of property professionals’ interests by making ANZPJ a publicly available online news platform, with the website also acting as a credible news source for members of the public looking to stay informed on different property markets in

Unwin reports in with Southern Highland News and Goulburn Post

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Dominic Unwin has signed with Australian Community Media titles Southern Highland News and Goulburn Post as reporter in Bowral, NSW. 

He recently finished up at Yaffa Media, as editor of Mountain Biking Australia and Bicycling Australia’s Classic series. 

Follow Unwin on LinkedIn.

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