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Parkes-Hupton starts at ABC

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Heath Parkes-Hupton has begun working with national broadcaster ABC as digital reporter and producer. His first article for the network was a story on Karen Webb laying out her plan of action as NSW Police Commissioner-designate. She is currently slated to succeed Mick Fuller in April 2022.  Parkes-Hupton made the move after almost four years with News Corp Australia, the last 15 months of which covering breaking news and the courts beat for NCA Newswire.  Follow Parkes-Hupton on LinkedIn.

Calacouras promoted at SMH/Sun Herald

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Nick Calacouras has been appointed deputy weekend editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun Herald. He has been the paper’s assistant news director for a year, and locum editor prior to the role. Follow Calacouras on LinkedIn.

Stevens named Stuff NZ head of news

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Mark Stevens has stepped up as the head of news for Stuff New Zealand. He had been the company’s editorial director since November 2017. Stevens is a well-tested veteran of Stuff, having joined as editor in October 2007 after a decade at The Dominion Post as crime reporter, deputy chief reporter and chief reporter. He moved up to group digital editor in December 2013. Follow Stevens on Twitter @Mark_Stevens_.

Hetherington takes up SMARTDaily editor role

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Toni Hetherington has succeeded Louise Roberts as editor of News Corp Australia metro newspaper liftout SMART Daily. She came aboard after finishing up as corporate partnerships and media director with charity organisation Fareshare.  Roberts is already tapped as National Editor 360 Commercial for News Corp Australia's commercial editorial arm. Hetherington is a seasoned veteran with News Corp Australia, having served as editorial commercial manager and national education publisher, plus associate editor of the Herald Sun, deputy editor of Sunday Herald Sun, and network sports editor of the former News Ltd.  Her appointment as editor is part of editorial changes at SMARTDaily this month. James Wigney is the deputy editor and entertainment editor. Deputy careers editor Melanie Burgess is promoted to associate editor but will retain management of the careers section

Tencic signing off from Triple J

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Nat Tencic is leaving Triple J at the end of 2021. She said that she will focus going forward on more podcasting work and develop more consent education material. She has been the host of Triple J sex and relationships show Hook Up for the past four years. “Sex is weird for everyone, but it’s weird in a good way when you know you’re not the only one going through it. I’m proud to have brought that to people who needed it, and I know the next Hook Up host will keep bringing you a warm, understanding embrace week in and out,” said Tencic. The show’s producer, Dee Salmin, has agreed to succeed Tencic as host in the New Year.     “I’ve been so lucky to learn from a pro like Nat, and I’m so excited to be the custodian of a show that tackles so many important issues. We’ll also vent together about dating and share spicy stories about things like crystal dildos!” said Salmin of her new role

Huntington joins Harper’s Bazaar AU team

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Patty Huntington has been commissioned as the new features and fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar Australia. She made the announcement in a Tweet showing the staff box for the magazine’s December 2021 issue.  Huntington originally came aboard the Bazaar’s Australian edition as a freelance contributor.  She is well-known in the international fashion circuit with her coverage prominent in multiple outlets such as ABC News, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar parent firm WWD/Penske Media Corp.  Connect with Huntington on LinkedIn. 

Dias set for ABC run

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Avani Dias is off to India in January 2022, as the ABC’s new South Asia correspondent.  She announced on Twitter that she would be leaving Triple J at the end of the year to make the move, and said Dave Marchese will succeed her on Triple J Hack. She had been Hack’s host since January 2020. Dias first joined ABC as a cadet journalist in 2015, and worked her way to a journalist position before moving to Triple J in February 2018.  “Hack has been with me through so much of my life. First as a teenager listening in my bedroom through the last almost five years as a presenter and reporter on the show… I’m so excited for this next chapter to get back in the field, reporting from a region I deeply care about. I think we should be hearing more stories from South Asia in Australia and it’s a true privilege to take on this role,” said Dias.  Keep in touch with Dias on LinkedIn

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