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Your Money online site shuttered

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Your Money logoNewsCorp Australia and Nine have agreed to close down the website component of finance platform Your Money.

Your Money CEO Kylie Merritt said the decision was made to integrate its content with NewsCorp Australia’s platforms, starting with Your Money’s presence continues on social media channels, 9Now, and Foxtel Go.

Your Money was launched six months ago as part of a collaboration between News Corp and Nine, involving a stand-alone digital presence, television channel and social media accounts.

Four personnel connected with running the website have agreed to move on. Your Money digital operations head David Ash resigned several weeks ago.

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SEN buys 2CH

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Pacific Star Network/Crocmedia’s Sports Entertainment Network (SEN) has officially acquired Sydney station 2CH 1170.

The company stated in an ASX notice that it paid Oceania Capital Partners $11.2m for all the stock in the station’s parent firm EON Broadcasting and the associated licences. EON will have in return ten million shares in the Pacific Star Network. 

The move is the first act of SEN’s Sydney push, as it is also securing 1539AM as the third SENTrack station after 1575AM Wollongong and 801AM Gosford. SENTrack Sydney will have a local breakfast show hosted by NRL veterans Joel Caine and Jimmy Smith. 

Former SCA/ARN executive Simon Dennis is also overseeing the push as SEN’s new group commercial director for NSW.

"The opportunity to own and run a commercial licence in Sydney is rare, and on a station and signal that has built an audience and a following. With our agreement to syndicate Nine Radio Content ending, and the savings that ste

Jonesy and Amanda do primetime

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WSFM breakfast hosts Brendan “Jonesy” Jones and Amanda Keller are taking their act national starting next week with a new syndicated primetime show on the Pure Gold Network, called JAM Nation. 

The new show is airing on the 6PM-7PM block on weeknights over Sydney’s 101.7 WSFM, Melbourne’s GOLD104.3, Brisbane’s 4KQ, and Cruise1323 in Adelaide. GOLD 104.3 will air a weekly highlight at 6AM on Sundays.  

ARN national content director Duncan Campbell said the new show cemented Jonesy and Amanda’s status as skilled on-air talents, given recent leads in the Sydney radio surveys.

“Jonesy and Amanda have unquestionable chemistry, a genuine friendship and sense of humour that we know our Pure Gold audience loves. Their unique ability to balance humour and wit with personal and heart-felt stories that resonate and connect with listeners is what makes them some of Australia’s most-loved radio talent with fans across the country,&rd

Southern Highlands Express goes to press

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The King Media Group has started publishing a new community paper for the NSW Southern Highlands region, called the Southern Highlands Express.

Mumbrella reported that the new broadsheet will be a weekly title sold for $2 a copy.

King Media Group director Cristian King said ACM’s recent mass closure of titles as a result of the pandemic – including the local Southern Highlands News – left residents starving for timely news and information. He is angling for local businesses to support the new paper through advertising.

“Regional titles should be run as individual small businesses without the governance of a large enterprise. Readers are not engaged by syndicated content as they want their local news,” he said.

Baj out, Ross in, at NextMedia

By Phil Sim in Media News on
iTNews editor Julian Bajkowski is leaving his post as editor of iTNews, in what is understood to be part of a broader overhaul that will, in turn, see experienced tech editor Nick Ross come into the business.
Bajkowski was unavailable for comment, however, Influencing understands he left the business this week.
Bajkowski’s exit follows the March resignation of iTnews editorial director Simon Sharwood, but the recent turnover of staff at NextMedia extends well beyond the iTnews editorial team. 
Influencing understands managing director Hamish Bayliss has left the company, as has iTnews and CRN’s commercial director Prue Herman. The tech unit is now managed by Darren McNally.
McNally previously worked with incoming head of custom content Nick Ross, as members of the Haymarket Media crew. Haymarket was acquired by NextMedia, which in turn was bought by German publisher Forum Media Group. Ross will also work closely with iTnews and CRN commercial editor William Maher,

Print IT! Games mags for May/June 2020

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on
The lockdown discussions hit the latest editions of the games magazines, and it delivers some real comfort food in the way they’ve offered up plenty of the new and the old for us to explore if we’re finding the need to send our brain into other worlds. Let’s take a closer look.
Playstation Official Magazine - Australia
It's a big splash for Playstation 5 on the cover of the June edition of the official magazine as we get closer by the day to new consoles later this year. The focus in this issue's lead is lots and lots of details on the next gen's DualSense controller and why they think it's the greatest controller ever made. The issue also gets into the coronavirus lockdown mood, offering up a great list of games to take your mind off things and feel better about being stuck at home with the whole family. Also a nice little debate page featuring the local team throws out the question of spoilers and whether folks hate them or love them.

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.

We can all do better

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on
Black lives matter. For any who argue 'all lives matter' it's time to stop the posturing and stand up for the lives that have been undervalued and overlooked for too long. If all lives matter, then prove you mean it by working for a more equal society – and for an industry that better represents us all.
The spark has been lit again. Not for the first time, but let’s try harder than ever to make the spark a genuine flame for change. And locally that means doing far better to end indigenous disenfranchisement and to help their representation grow.
I can do better. I want to do better.
We can all do better.
Instead of trying to just say more words on behalf of others, I'll follow the lead of many others today and just link to a number of local STEM and tech voices that do better than I can to speak for those crying out right now.
Go read these fine folks. Go follow them. And listen.
Then look around your office, o

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