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AAP Medianet - 3 October 2019


October 03, 2019

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet, featuring notable career moves and publication changes in the media industry, the Editor's pick for news release of the week and upcoming events. To keep with movements as they happen, follow @aapmedianet.

This Week's Media Movements


Channel 7’s, Sunday Night, will be axed at the end of this year 

Chief executive, James Warburton, has cut several staff members including Melissa Doyle, due to a recent restructuring of the company.

Dr Sally Cockburn (Dr Feelgood) will be joining 2GB, 3AW, 4BC and 2CC as a host
Sally will be on air from 6-10pm on Saturday evenings during the summer. 

Jay Mueller is returning to Triple M as the executive producer for Kennedy Molloy
Jay was previously the director and producer at Bad Producer Productions.

Saul Shtein has left Seven West Media after 15 years with the company
Saul was the head of sport at the broadcaster, reporting on popular sporting events such as Big Bash Cricket and the Olympic Games.

Pure Gold Live will now be hosted by 101.7 WSFM, Empire Touring, and West HQ
The event is now in its fifth year running and will be held in the Greater Western Sydney region on 14th February, 2020.

State political reporter, Tegan George, has departed 10 News Queensland
Tegan will be joining Network 10’s Canberra Press Gallery bureau as a political reporter in November. 

Jason Om is currently acting as a reporter at ABC’s 7:30 until January 2020
After three months in the role, Jason will resume his previous role as a reporter and presenter at ABC News.

Declan Bowring has started his new role as a journalist at Storyful
Declan first started his career in the media industry at 2ser and was previously with the Sydney Morning Herald as an audio-video producer. 

Jodie Oddy is currently on maternity leave at MIX 102.3 FM
Michelle Murphy will be replacing her for two weeks before Jessica Adamson takes over for the rest of the year. 

Some of News Corp Australia’s major mastheads will soon be available on Apple News+
The service will be rolled out nationwide later this year, with the US and Canada being the first on the list. 

Hosts of the 90’s program, Recovery, have announced a spin-off YouTube channel
Dylan Lewis and Jane Gazzo have launched Recovered, a YouTube channel that features new music, interviews, reviews and performances. 

Hayley Pearson will be leaving Nova 91.9 FM Breakfast in November 2019
Hayley will present for the last time on 1st November and will focus on her own projects in the media industry. 

Triple M has introduced a new DAB+ station this week called Hard N Heavy
Launched at the start of October, the new station will have a strong focus on the heavy metal music genre. 

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week

Lineup of 'Chief Counters' announced for 2019 Aussie Backyard Bird Count

 Image: Pexels

Journalist Chris Bath, radio announcer Myf Warhurst, actor William McInnes, horticulturist Jane Edmanson, musician John Williamson and comedian Alex Lee have been announced as BirdLife Australia’s chief counters. These chief counters are inviting Australians to help count more than 3 million birds in seven days at the end of October.

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Media Spotlight

Amanda Collinge, Series Producer at Q&A

Amanda Collinge is the series producer for the ABC’s Q&A. She has been with the show for over a decade, seeing the program through some of its most controversial episodes. Before her current role, Amanda was a reporter and presenter for Dateline and Insight with the SBS and ABC. Her Twitter is @amandacollinge.

What are some key skills/talents that make a great producer?
These skills include: identifying the issues and characters that your audience is interested in; delivering ideas in a fresh and engaging way; never showing bias in how you cover a story or issue; providing alternative viewpoints so the audience can make up their own mind; having a passion for storytelling and a natural curiosity in people; being able to talk to people from all walks of life.
Why is it important to always have as many different opinions on the panel as possible, even if they are sometimes a bit extreme? 
It’s important that people hear a range of views and it’s good to challenge peoples’ thinking and open them up to new opinions, even if they don’t agree. A debate show also has to have tension and points of difference. How boring would it be if everyone on the panel had the same point of view?
What has kept you at Q&A as a series producer for so long in comparison to your past jobs? 
A belief that the show is still doing what it set out to do - helping keep our politicians accountable and providing everyday Australians with a direct way of interacting with them. Q&A may be frustrating at times. But when the show works, it can set the agenda for the week, break your heart or have you up cheering. At its best it is the best discussion show on TV, providing information in a robust and engaging setting. 

In a press release, what would a producer at Q&A find most useful?
Get straight to the point. ‘I would be good on Q&A because I offer such and such new information’. You must also express why it is timely NOW to have it discussed on the panel. Always provide an example of the talent’s ability to take part in live TV with links to previous TV interviews, Ted talks or public speaking.

Upcoming Media Events

Odd Socks day (right)
Friday 4th October, Nationwide
Grow Australia is encouraging people to wear odd socks in the workplace and community in support of reducing the stigma around mental health.

Animal Action Night for Big Cats 
Saturday 5th October, Gold Coast
Animal activists, Aldwyn Altuney and Lynn Santer, will be hosting a dinner and drinks at Quality Inn in Mermaid Waters to help protect endangered species.

Kathrin Longhurst's Fighters and Dreamers exhibition (left)
Friday 4th to Thursday 31st October, Queensland
Kathrin will debut her solo exhibition at Gallery One, featuring her award-winning body of work that displays glamorous women in military attire.

Quidditch Australia's State Shield 2019
Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th October, Melbourne
Quidditch will be held this month for the first time in Sandringham presenting Quidditch Australia’s yearly Quidditch State Shield tournament.

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