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Seamus Byrne joins Influencing as Tech Editor-at-Large

By Phil Sim in Media News on
Comment from Influencing CEO Phil Sim
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Seamus Byrne has joined our team as Editor-at-Large to drive the reboot of our technology media and comms vertical.
Way back when I launched the MediaConnect business in 2000, we began with a website called ITJourno. I’d been a technology journalist and I thought there was a need for a website that made it easier for tech journalists to work with the PR community and vice versa.
Over the years, our business has grown and diversified. We scaled beyond tech and now do all kinds of cool, clever techie stuff in media engagement and monitoring.
However, the ITJourno community is still where my heart lies. 
So in the year where we will celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’re going back to the future. We’re relaunching ITJourno as Influencing Technology and have appointed Seamus Byrne as Editor-at-Large to drive the initiative.
It’s a part-time role for Seamus, he will continue to produce Byteside and freelance journalism, but he’ll be devoting a portion of every day to the content and services we provide to the tech media and PR sectors.
I decided to reach out to Seamus after he posted a tweet offering to mentor any young tech journalists who might be looking for a break, and I have always believed that ITJourno was a positive force in building community amongst tech journalists and communicators. 
In conjunction with our Awards it helped to promote good journalism and media relations, I’ve had a desire to rebirth that for quite a while now, and after starting a conversation with Seamus it’s something he is also passionate about.
So I’m really excited to have Seamus join us. A refresh and increase in content will be accompanied by various upgrades to the journalist side of Influencing, and we’ll also be launching a new newsletter. We have the IT Journalism Awards coming up quickly and would also like to rebirth our Tech Leaders event this year.
I hope you find the work we produce valuable and can support us where you can. Welcome aboard Seamus.

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He will be in charge of providing world news commentary and stories for ABC Online, 7.30, Four Corners, audio current affairs, and the nightly TV news. 

One news field he will focus on, though, is China, especially the China segment on Thursday night show The World.

“Coronavirus has laid waste to our economies and revealed our fragility at the same time as democracy is in retreat and a more authoritarian China is reshaping global power. I’m really looking forward to drawing on my three decades as a reporter covering the big conflicts and stories of our time and joining the dots of that for Australians,” said Grant.

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Former Ten weatherman Tim Bailey is back before the weather screens, this time at 2GB.

He has been tapped to deliver the weather news for Ben Fordham Live and will provide an update during Drive with Jim Wilson.

In a segment on Fordham’s show, Bailey said his redundancy last month from Ten after three decades was an unexpected shock but Fordham and Nine Radio boss Tom Malone called and offered him a job within 20 minutes of the announcement.

“He was such a lovely man. He reached out to me when I’d been treated fairly poorly, and he reached out after knowing me for five minutes and treated me magically,” said Bailey of Malone’s gesture.

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Ian “Toully” Toull is finally exiting the Australian Radio Network (ARN).

Radioinfo reported that he has marked 30 September as his last day at the ARN Richmond studios in Melbourne. He has been in radio since 1968.

He has had three long stints at the company, totaling at least 20 years. His duties in that space of time include GM of several stations such as 3WM, 3CV, 3SR, and 2DB, and most recently as GM for sales at The Edge96.1 and ARN Melbourne.

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Emma Alberici has signed up with insurance market website Compare the Market Australia, as its new chief strategy, government relations, and communications officer, effective 28 September. 

Reporting to CEO Rob Clancy, Alberici will be bringing her expertise from covering the business markets into the equation. She was recently one of the ABC’s 250 redundancies.

“I’m thrilled to be joining a multinational company that remains agile enough to innovate and evolve according to the consumer needs of the regions in which it operates,” said the former Lateline host.

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The Sports Entertainment Network revealed that the former Carlton Blues list manager is ready to go on-air when the podcast’s latest season kicks off on 26 October, alongside fresh signee Terry Wallace and mainstays Damian Barrett and Kane Cornes. 

Barrett said the entry of the man known on the field as “SOS” was a big coup for Trade Radio, knowing his history of off-season activity.

“There is no one better qualified to offer expert insight and analysis around player movements than SOS. He has masterminded some of the biggest trades and draft picks at both GWS and his beloved Carlton, he knows the people who crunch the deals and we are thrilled that he will join the AFL Trade Radio team this year,” he said.

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