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Tasmanian regional mastheads under Font PR umbrella

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Font PR logoPR agency Font has acquired Tasmania regional publications the Sorell Times and the Tasman Gazette from local company Temperate Zone Tasmania.

The agency announced in a Facebook post that Martine Haley will be in charge of the two mastheads. She had previously worked at the Hobart Mercury and Manly Daily. 

The purchase follows Font’s purchase of the Derwent Valley Gazette early this year, with Roger Hanson as editor.

The MEAA’s Tasmania chapter has raised concerns about the papers’ editorial integrity under Font’s stewardship, considering that two of the agency’s partners – Brad Nowland and Brad Stansfield – are former Liberal Party senior advisers and Haley herself ran a dummy Facebook account to troll opposition supporters. 

The agency assured, however, that the Sorell Times and the Tasman Gazette will stay independent.

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3WRB closes down

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Melbourne community station 3WRB Stereo974 is no longer transmitting, reported RadioInfo.

The station’s Mandarin/Cantonese announcer, Raymond Chow, said the management called a staff meeting to announce the closure because of a lack of funds. 

The station primarily operates via Community Broadcast Fund grants, but Fund reforms over the past two years have cost the station valuable grant allocations. 

Stereo 974’s Geelong Road site in Brooklyn was also marked for redevelopment and staff figured they no longer have the money to finance a relocation. The station began airing in North Sunshine in 1978.

“Stereo974 with its focused diverse ethnic broadcasting has provided an important service in broadcasting emergency information, council information and local activities to the CALD communities. Its death is a detrimental blow to the CALD communities in Melbourne,” said Chow.

Frank PR appoints CEO

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Frank PR has tapped its first-ever CEO.

Mumbrella reported that the post went to Annalise Brown, who has been working the past 18 months as a communications consultant. She will now team up with managing director Amy Whittaker to lead the business. 

Whittaker’s partner at the MD post, Laura Jones, meanwhile, is being reassigned to Frank UK next month. 

Brown has a firm management record under her belt. She previously sat as chair of the Public Relations Council and became MD for Porter Novelli, the Splendid Communications Group and Bang PR, which she headed as it rebranded as Hidden Characters. 

“This is an exciting time for the Frank business and indeed our industry. I’m looking forward to working with Amy and the team, growing the offering and therefore the opportunities locally whilst also capitalising on the extensive experience of our UK business,” said Brown of her appointment.

Go assumes Walkley Foundation reins

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Marina Go has been chosen as the Walkley Foundation’s new chairperson, succeeding Kerry O’Brien.

She was chosen on account of her long experience with the Foundation’s Judging Board and director-level responsibilities. Go is best known for, among others, having been a publisher of Crikey, Private Media CEO, and co-founding the Women’s Agenda leadership site.

In learning of her selection, Go revealed the direction she intends to take the Foundation under her watch.

“The media has changed dramatically in recent years, and the Walkley Foundation’s role in celebrating and supporting the best of Australian journalism has never been more important. We remain focused on elevating the value of quality journalism and highlighting the impact that it has on our society and our democracy,” she said.

“In 2020 we’ll be investing from the Walkley Public Fund directly into Australian journalism, and expanding the opportunities we offer to help

Zagon in action at Nine News Melbourne

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Chanel Zagon has taken on duties at Nine News Melbourne as digital reporter and producer.

She joined the team following an announcement of her exit from the Geelong Advertiser before the holiday season. 

Zagon had been a print reporter even before graduating with a Journalism degree from RMIT, writing for Tempo Media. She would later spend over a year each at Leader Community Newspapers, the Melbourne Herald Sun, and the Geelong Advertiser.

Follow Zagon on Twitter @ChanelZagon.

Macquarie Sports Radio rebranded

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Nine Radio has officially discontinued the Macquarie Sports Radio brand.

The company announced today that much of the sports-focused programming will be changed to music from the 1970s to 1990s, starting 2 February. As such, heritage stations 2UE 954AM, Magic 1278AM, and 4BH 882AM will be reactivated, and the DAB channel in Perth is rebranded as Magic DAB+ Perth. 

However, Nine Radio will keep Macquarie Sports Radio’s commitments to the AFL, NRL, and Cricket Australia.

“We’re very proud to be bringing back great radio brands like 2UE, Magic and 4BH with a music format that we know will resonate with audiences in each city. Until recently Magic and 4BH were successful music stations and our research clearly shows there is a gap in the market for this music format, built around the best of the 70s, 80s and 90s,” said Nine Radio managing director Tom Malone.

Stanton takes up office at Corus

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Ronnie Stanton has moved to Canada to take up a new programming job with Corus.

He will be in charge of programming for Corus’ stations such as CFOX 99.3 in Vancouver and Calgary stations Country 105 and Q107.

This is Stanton’s second run with Corus. He worked with the company from May 2013 to late 2016, starting as national morning show coach to VP for national brands and programming. He had recently finished nine months as Grant Broadcasters’ regional content director for the northern areas.

Stay tuned with Stanton on Twitter @RonnieStanton.

Classic 97.3FM breakfast trio reunited

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ARN’s 97.3FM in Brisbane is bringing back the old breakfast crew of Robin Bailey, Terry Hansen, and Bob Gallagher on 28 January.

ARN national content director Duncan Campbell said reassembling the triumvirate was a coup in itself, considering all that happened before. 

ARN didn’t renew Bailey’s contract in 2017 and she went to Triple M until leaving last September to tend to husband Sean Pickwell’s bout with illness. Gallagher left the show last year for personal reasons. Their respective replacements, Bianca Dye and Mike van Acker, worked well with Hansen.    

Ruth de Glas is back for another run as executive producer.

“It’s wonderful to be back at 97.3FM, it’s where I’m meant to be. I’ve missed the connection, the conversations and our listeners. It’s a new year and a new time in my life and it feels so right to bring the old band back together with Tez and Bob. Our focus is to bring the best of

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