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Rathbone takes up Grant Broadcasters CD post

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Ryan Rathbone (photo credit: Grant Broadcasters)Ryan Rathbone has assumed the group content director spot at Grant Broadcasters.

The company stated that he is now in charge of all on-air talent and content for the entire network.

Rathbone has been with Grant Broadcasters since late last year, when he flew back home from New Zealand to take up a post as QLD/NT regional manager. His successor is currently being recruited. CEO Alison Cameron and COO Rick Lenarcic will be his immediate superiors.

“Ryan has had a hugely positive impact on our creative and content product in QLD since he joined the company earlier this year. He will now be working closely with our existing Regional Content Directors in the other markets to roll out these strategies. I am confident that we can continue to provide exceptional local programming and maximize our local community partnerships with both clients and listeners,” said Cameron.

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MiNDFOOD introduces seasonal title

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McHugh Media food brand MiNDFOOD is creating a new insert called MiNDFOOD InSeason, with Issue No 1, the Spring issue, out next month.

MiNDFOOD InSeason is conceptualized around the theme of food topics that are in line with an upcoming season, such as growing and harvesting ingredients that are on demand at the time, and how to cook them. 

The new insert comes just as MiNDFOOD has some staff movements. Nick Russell has succeeded Gill Canning as chief sub-editor while former Bauer NZ deputy editor Phoebe Watt joins as managing editor for MiNDFOOD and STYLE.

Cook is back on The Age

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Henrietta Cook has restarted her duties at The Age as senior reporter, fresh from maternity leave.

She will cover various stories from all over Victoria.

Cook had been with the paper for most for the past nine years, and was recently on the education desk as reporter and editor. 

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Spirit rebranded as SENSpirit

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Crocmedia is refashioning the former Spirit Radio Network into a new station called SENSpirit 621 Southwest (pictured).

Scheduled to go live on 24 August, SENSpirit 621 will cover WA from Bunbury to Harvey, and as far as Dunsborough and Donnybrook.

Crocmedia bought the 621AM frequency from Spirit in May this year.

NOVA readies staff cuts

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NOVA Entertainment is letting go of an estimated 70 employees.

NOVA CEO Cathy O’Connor announced the decision in a virtual town hall meeting, where she claimed lower ad revenues forced an internal review of all existing personnel. 

The network already shed 15 jobs late last year.

The marked personnel will be notified over the next few weeks, but placement and skills training programs are already set up for them.

Smethurst to exit News Corp Australia

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Annika Smethurst has opted to leave her responsibilities at News Corp Australia next month. 

She stated in a Tweet that she would be taking a one-year writing sabbatical and spend more time with her family in Victoria. 

Currently political editor at the Sunday Telegraph and the Herald-Sun, Smethurst attributed the move to stress arising from the Australian Federal Police’s search of her house, related to her 2018 story about government plans to expand surveillance powers. The High Court later invalided the warrant and the police backed down from filing charges.

“She’s an outstanding reporter and a much-loved member of our team. We can’t wait to see what she does next. The concerns about press freedom, however, did not ease when the High Court threw out the spurious investigation into Annika,” the Sunday Telegraph’s editorial read. 

“ABC journalist Dan Oakes still faces the threat of criminal charges over his reporting on alle

Seven introduces Spotlight investigations team

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7NEWS has activated a new investigative journalism team called Spotlight. 

Led by Mark Llewellyn and Denham Hitchcock, the Spotlight crew is tasked to produce a new series of primetime specials, focusing on breaking news and deepdive stories.

The first Spotlight special is scheduled to air on 16 August. Spotlight: The Lindy Tapes details never-before-published audio recordings that tagged the police for plotting to implicate Lindy Chamberlain in the infamous outback disappearance of her baby daughter.

“It may be late, but the truth always finds its way out. Finally, broadcast for the first time, the police at the centre of this original investigation were hell-bent on locking up Lindy Chamberlain for life. Over a period of months our 7NEWS Spotlight team has tracked down the witnesses who have stayed silent for all these years, and uncovered shocking unseen camera tapes buried deep in the Channel Seven vault,” said Hitchcock.

Redundancies signaled at 10 News

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Network 10 has a fresh wave of redundancies in its news and operations division, reported Mumbrella. 

The move is part of a department restructure plan. Up to 25 people are set to depart with the list including presenters Mike Larkan, Georgina Lewis, Josh Holt, Rebecca Morse, Will Goodings, Kate Freebairn, Michael Schultz, Monika Kos, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, and Natarsha Belling, and national weatherman Tim Bailey.

Bailey’s exit is part of plans to introduce a national weekday weather report model, with his replacement to be announced.

Starting 14 September, the 10 studios in Sydney and Melbourne will produce the weekday 10 News First bulletins for Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, but production for the Adelaide news bulletin remains in SA. All news teams in the major cities will still be operational.   

Sandra Sully and Matt Burke will host the Sydney and Brisbane news, while Jennifer Keyte and Stephen Quartermain will handle the bulletins for Melbourne and Adel

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