AAP Medianet - 5 December 2019

5 December 2019

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet newsletter 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


Matt Tilley departs from Nova 100 Melbourne
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.

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has made around 90 staff members redundant this week as a result of tightening budgets. The redundancies include: 
  • 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
Seven >sees more departures with Jenny Hosie, Rainer Rhedey and Darren Kerry all leaving the network
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) 

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week

Fatal child drownings: Chores a distraction in more than 4 out of 10 cases

 Image: UNSW

New research shows that more than 4 in 10 child water fatalities are caused by a lapse in supervision due to daily chores. In a timely reminder, the new study by University of NSW, James Cook University and the Royal Life Saving Society's shows that parents and caregivers need to to ensure they are not distracted when supervising children around water.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Prianka Srinivasan, Producer & Reporter at ABC - Asia Pacific Newsroom

Prianka Srinivasan is a Pacific affairs reporter for ABC Radio Australia, helping to produce their daily radio show, Pacific Beat. She began her journalism career in the United States, after gaining a scholarship to study her Master’s at New York University and going on to work in print media in Washington, D.C. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Washington Post, USA Today and The Diplomat. She tweets at @iamprianka

When did you decide journalism was something you wanted to pursue and why?
A few years ago, in my former role as a community development worker, I was lucky enough to volunteer on one of the Shepherd Islands in Vanuatu. Listening to news on the radio with my neighbours became a primary pastime - as did sharing stories about our own lives with one another. From there, I decided I wanted to be a professional storyteller, and recount some of the extraordinary things I learned while in the Pacific … hopefully bucking some stereotypes about the region in the process! Journalism seemed to be the right fit.
You spent a few years as a freelance journalist in New York. How is the media landscape in the US different to Australia’s?
While I was studying for my Master's in New York, I did spend some time freelancing and working for media companies there. I think the most striking difference is how vast the American media landscape is when compared to Australia, with a dizzying level of competition. Unlike here, there's a media outlet to cater to every niche and preference - and as a journalist, it can be hard to stand out from the cacophony. I think the challenge for media professionals in Australia is to engage with a much more diverse audience while still being innovative and pushing the boundaries of your work.
For a press release to grab your attention, what should it contain?

Press releases that aren't bogged down in jargon or technicalities are helpful. As a journalist, I want to clearly see how this new research, project, event, can relate to each person in our audience – be it a government official or a stay-at-home parent. If a press release can humanise an issue, or present an old issue in a new way, it makes me a lot more willing to share it with our audience. 
As someone who is very active on social media, how has it helped you in your work?

It's vital for news gathering and connecting with audiences. Particularly working in Pacific affairs, many of our best stories come from a post on Facebook or a remark on Twitter, where we can get an inside peek to the goings-on in places far away from our offices in Melbourne. We need to know what our audience is interested in, and social media allows us to do that. But, admittedly, I do not actively post on my personal social media accounts – which is something I’m working on!
What types of stories are you most interested in covering and why?

I’m interested in covering stories that show the connection between Pacific countries and our lives here in Australia. We often, unfortunately, see Pacific news and current affairs as not being as important as those from other parts of the world, and as a result we miss out on learning so much about ourselves and our closest neighbours. So stories that reveal this connection - from climate change and labour migration, to reality TV’s obsession with the Pacific - are all the things I want to dig into!

Upcoming Media Events

Coastcare Week 2019
Monday 2nd December to Sunday 8th December, Australia
Coastcare Week is an annual campaign acknowledging community groups around Australia who are contributing to the significant improvement of coastal and marine environments.

A Farewell to Smith Journal (right)
Thursday 5th December, Melbourne
After 33 editions, Smith Journal is coming to a close. To celebrate the launch of their final volume, and the memory of their previous 32 volumes, they are partnering with Burnley Brewing to host ‘The Last Call’.

Lights of Christmas
Thursday 5th to Wednesday 25th December, Sydney
Lights of Christmas is celebrating ten years of luminous Christmas cheer. The event will feature performances from internationally acclaimed artists, singer Friar Alessandro and pianist Vivian Choi, supported by Artes Christi Choir and Orchestra.

Good Things Festival (left)
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th December, Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane
Australian alternative music fans will rock out to this line up of Australian and international acts, including Parkway Drive, Simple Plan and Bad Religion.



©2019 AAP.  
This material has been reproduced with the kind permission of AAP Medianet. It is not for commercial reproduction.


Apply to join the Melbourne Press Club

Membership is $85 for journalists, $110 for associate members and $40 for students.

Subscribe to our mailing list

Keep up to date with all our events, announcements and special offers.