This Week's Media Movements
Matt Tilley departs from Nova 100 Melbourne
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has made around 90 staff members redundant this week as a result of tightening budgets. The redundancies include:
Matt has parted ways with the network after seven months on air.
Sean Dorney has been named as the 2019 AIIA Queensland Award Winner
Sean is renowned for his reporting on the Pacific in Australian media and was recognised at Government House, Brisbane on Wednesday, 27th November.
Seven >sees more departures with Jenny Hosie, Rainer Rhedey and Darren Kerry all leaving the network
- Triple M’s Australia By Night presenter Stephen Cenatiempo
- Hit Network and Triple M’s head of music Irene Hulme
- 103.5 Mix FM’s content director Lee Bevington
Jenny was head of cross-platform advertising sales for over 10 years; Rainer was chief technology officer for a year after joining from Fairfax; and Darren was director of digital product and technology leaves after being promoted to the role nine months ago.
Lucy Cocoran will join Whimn.com.au in 2020
Lucy will take on the role of a full-time reporter with the publication, covering books and literary-related content.
NITV’s Karla Grant wins Best Interview Award at the First Nations Media Awards
Other winners include Lifetime Achievement Award for Freda Glynn, First Nations Media Legend Award for John Macumba and Best News or Current Affairs Program went to RTR FM’s Moorditj Mag.
Simone Fox Koob has been appointed as a crime reporter at The Age
Simone moves from her role as breaking news reporter for the newspaper.
Red Symons will fill in for Neil Mitchell on 3AW
Red will temporarily replace Neil as mornings presenter from Monday, 30th December to Friday, 3rd January.
ABC RN will introduce audio fiction in 2020
On Saturdays from 1pm, Fiona Pepper will launch the new Radio National Fictions segment with the series Oz Gothic.
Brianna Scully is now a producer on Nine’s Today Show in Sydney
Brianna was previously a senior reporter for Nine in Rockhampton.
Ruby Miles will no longer host FBi Radio’s Up For It program
Ruby is departing after five years of working at the station and two years as host of the show. She will remain on air for the next two weeks.
New Zealand broadcasting boss, Ian Cross, passed away at age 93
The former editor of Listener and author who helped shape New Zealand’s national thought and culture passed away four days shy of his 94th birthday.
ABC Radio Canberra has announced Lish Fejer as the new host of Breakfast for 2020
Lish will be replacing Dan Bourchier who is moving to present ABC TV 7pm News.
Lydia Lynch >will fill in for Felicity Caldwell at the Brisbane Times
After wrapping up her time as a cadet, Lydia will be taking the reins as state political reporter until Felicity returns from maternity leave in September 2020.
Prime Creative Media has acquired Pipeline, Plant & Offshore (PPO) & the Gas Today
The publisher has assumed the reins of PPO’s premium paywall news service and online project database, and the Gas Today publication, website and e-newsletter from Great Southern Press.
SEN has introduced 1629 SEN Mt Gambier
Following the station’s address change to Studio Lumo, they have announced the expansion of their programming into South Australia’s South East region.
James Brayshaw and Billy Brownless >will return to Triple M Melbourne in 2020
Commencing these roles in 2020, Osman will be the podcast’s editor while Ruby will host, replacing Elizabeth Kulas.
Triple M's Hot Breakfast >sees Anthony "Lehmo" Lehmann >reunite with former co-hosts Brigitte Duclos and Billy Brownless
Lehmo and Brigitte will join as special co-hosts alongside Billy for two weeks starting Monday, 9th December.
Paul "Morro" Morrison is spending his final week at Perth’s 98.5 Sonshine FM
After eight years as breakfast presenter, Paul is leaving radio to focus on working full-time as a chaplain at the West Coast Eagles club.
John Bleby has departed Australian Radio Network
John has left after nearly two years as Breakfast content manager and anchor of the Jodie & Soda show in Adelaide, following a restructuring of the Mix 102.3 off-air team.
Richelle Hunt and Warwick Long will front the ABC’s The Conversation Hour in 2020
From Monday, 20th January, the co-anchors will present the 11am program across local Victorian radio stations.
Hope Media has launched a news service for its Sydney radio station
Hope 103.2 have introduced Hope News, featuring the station’s news director, Anita Savage, former 7NEWS digital reporter Sarah Wiedersehn and cadet journalist Jefferson Shaw >delivering half-hourly and hourly news bulletins.
Carrie Bickmore will remain with The Project and Hit Network in 2020
Carrie has renewed her contract with Network 10 and will also continue co-hosting her Drive show alongside Tommy Little.
Smith Journal says farewell after 33 quarterly editions
The nextmedia magazine has announced it will discontinue the publication and is throwing a goodbye party for the magazine (see Events).
NewsLocal has launched a new local community website
The Blue Mountains News will cover local news content for the Blue Mountains region including Springwood, Mount Victoria, Bilpin and Katoomba.
The following programs and presenters were recognised at the 2019 AACTA Awards:
- Best Sports Entertainment Program: The Front Bar (Seven Network)
- Best Sports Coverage: Test Cricket (LIVE ON FOX, Foxtel, Fox Sports)
- Subscription Television Award for Best Male Presenter: Selling Houses Australia & Love It or List It Australia’s Andrew Winter >(Beyond Productions (Foxtel – Lifestyle)
- Subscription Television Award for Best Female Presenter: League Life, Fox League Game Day Hosting’s Yvonne O'Keefe (Fox Sports Australia)
- Best Children’s Program: Bluey (ABC Kids)