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Speers postpones Insiders hosting

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

David SpeersDavid Speers is committing to ABC as the host of Insiders – but not at the moment.

Speers said in Tweets published yesterday that he will leave his political editor job at SKY News to relocate to ABC’s Melbourne studios in 2020, with executive producer Sam Clark joining him as well. He stressed that there was much work cut out for him over the rest of 2019.

Current Insiders host Barrie Cassidy had previously confirmed Speers was slated to take over after he himself makes his farewell episode on 9 June 2019. To compensate for the sudden developments, Annabel Crabb and Fran Kelly have been enlisted to host the show for the meantime.

“Insiders is essential viewing if you’re interested in politics and understanding how Australia is being led,” Speers said.

“I never miss it. To be able to take over from a legend, Barrie Cassidy, and present the program is an honour and a terrific opportunity.”

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VICE Australia undergoes cutbacks

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Media network VICE has reduced its labour force in Australia.

The company announced that only one writer and one editor is now left of the Sydney team, while the Melbourne office is closing down with the end of its lease. Three journalists were already let go last week.

The Australian branch of VICE’s creative agency Virtue is being transferred to Singapore while the employees will be laid off. 

The move is part of VICE’s global retrenchment plan that VICE Media Group CEO Nancy Dubuc announced last month, with up to 100 people around the world let go, plus 55 in the US alone. However, the cutbacks will not affect SBS and VICE’s SBS Viceland channel partnership.

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WHIMN marked for closure

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News Corp Australia women’s content portal With Her in Mind (WHIMN) is closing down on 30 June 2020.

A staff directive by News Women’s Network MD Richard Skirmin stated that the WHIMN material will be integrated into the said brand, which already contains Body+Soul, Kidspot.com.au, Stellar Australia, and news.com.au/lifestyle. 

Body+Soul and WHIMN liftout Stellar are also set for merging on 5 July, with current Stellar editor Sarrah Le Marquand still in charge while Body+Soul editor Elin Tough is exiting the company.

Kidspot editor Melissa Wilson will report to News.com.au editor Kate de Brito. De Brito, in turn, is now under News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller’s aegis. 

“Operating as the one News Women’s Network will enable us to better collaborate to create brilliant storytelling that resonates with consumers and their lifestyles, while also developing advertising and custom marketing solutions using our data insights to

5 Minutes with Peter Wells

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SKY News taps Joe Hockey

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Former Australian Ambassador to the US Joe Hockey has joined the SKY News team as a politics contributor.

Based in Washington DC, he will play a critical role in SKY News’ coverage of the US presidential elections, through analysis pieces on shows such as Murray Live. The coverage will include the Democrat and Republican candidate nominations, Election Day, up to Inauguration Day in 2021.

“There’s never been a more important time to understand events in the United States. What happens here can have a deep impact on Australia and the world. As we face great political and economic challenges, I’m privileged to be able to witness events here in Washington and bring them to Sky News viewers,” said Hockey. He stayed in the capital after turning over his diplomatic responsibilities to Arthur Sinodinos last January.

Tune in to Hockey on Twitter @JoeHockey.

Byers takes on more magazines

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Australian Women’s Weekly editor-in-chief Nicole Byers now has two extra hats to wear: group editor-in-chief/associate publisher for Country Style and Better Homes & Gardens.

Mediaweek reported that the new responsibilities came as a result of Bauer Media acquiring Pacific Magazines last month. 

Byers herself has been occupied with work-from-home solutions, although she appeared at the Bauer offices to oversee the integration of Pacific’s titles into the workplace, plus cover the production of The Weekly’s first issue after the lockdown was announced.

“We have learnt a lot. We even did a story not long ago about people’s body clocks and how some are more creative and prolific in the evening while others are more morning people. Where we can we will be flexible around peoples’ working preferences. It is also about lifestyle choices. Some of our staff enjoy being able to go for a walk in the middle of the day, maybe even go horse riding, be

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