AAP Medianet - 7 November 2019

7 November 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

Sonia Kruger to depart Channel Nine and rejoin Seven in 2020
The Today Extra presenter has rejected Nine’s 3-year contract offer and instead forged a new deal which will see her return to Channel Seven.

Nine's Tom Malone appointed managing director of radio at Macquarie Media
Tom, who was Nine’s director of sport, has commenced his new role ahead of the network’s takeover of the latter on Friday, 8th November.

Darren Wick will oversee Macquarie Media’s editorial sector
As part of Nine’s operational merger with Macquarie Media, network director of News and Current Affairs Darren Wick will assume control of their newsrooms.

Audible will air podcast series about Rupert Murdoch in late November
The podcast will be recorded by British broadcaster David Dimbleby and narrate the real-life story of the News Corp founder.

Fetch TV and NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) have launched Australian edition of MSNBC
The US cable channel premiered in Australia on Friday, 1st November and will provide comprehensive news coverage and analysis.

David Schwarz and Mark Allen will return as hosts on the Ox & Marko drive show
David and Mark are set to return on Monday, 18th November, despite Macquarie Sports Radio’s recent move to axe the show.

Paris Humphrey will depart Hit100.7 Darling Downs to join KIIS 101.1
Paris is leaving the Hit100.7 Darling Downs breakfast show in mid-November to join JASE & PJ as a producer.

Kaleb Crowhurst has joined 92.9FM as a production manager and announcer
Kaleb is the latest addition to the Super Radio Network station team in Tamworth and previously worked at SCA.

Fyona Smith awarded 2020 CRA Podcast Scholarship
AFTRS and CRA will support Fyona as a regional student relocating to Sydney to study AFTRS’ Graduate Diploma in Radio and undertake a 4-week internship at PodcastOne.

Bianca Shugg has been appointed group GM for commercial digital at Grant Broadcasters
Bianca will commence her role as a general manager with the regional radio owner on 13th January, 2020.

CBAA and First Nations Media Australia have launched First Sounds
First Sounds will aim to build awareness of regional, remote and city-dwelling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists on Australian radio.

Hamish & Andy’s “Perfect” Holiday will premiere on Nine and 9Now
The show will air on Sunday, 17th November at 7pm, chronicling the duo’s adventures in North America.

Miguel Maestre has been revealed as the first contestant of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here
The celebrity chef can be seen in the jungle on Network 10 from 5th January, 2020.

Ashlynne McGhee elected as the Melbourne Press Club's Vice President
Ashlynne will replace Michael Rowland after his resignation last week. She was formerly a board member of MPC and a journalist on the ABC's 7.30.

Simon Dux will step into the role of editor at CommsDay from next week
Simon takes up the mantle from Geoff Long who left to fulfil a senior public affairs role with the Royal Australian Navy.

Dave 'Higgo' Higgins returns to Triple M to host Hard N Heavy
The radio stalwart has also been slated for hosting duties for a new, soon-to-be-announced Australian music show.    

Ronny Chieng announced as the host of the 47th Annual International Emmy Awards Gala in New York City on 25th November
Australian-based Malaysian comedian Ronny is a correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and is renowned for his ABC series Ronny Chieng: International Student.

The J Awards, the pinnacle of Ausmusic month, announces its 2019 Homegrown nominees
Veronica and Lewis will be announcing the winners of the 15th annual J Awards on Triple J from 4 pm Thursday, 21st November.

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week

First International Speaker for 2020 Football Writers' Festival

 Image: Supplied
Sports activist, public speaker and writer, Shireen Ahmed of Canada, is the first international speaker announced for the 2020 Football Writers’ Festival to be held in Jamberoo on the 23rd to 24th May. Other confirmed presenters at the 2020 Football Writers’ Festival include co-authors of the Encyclopedia of Matildas Andrew Howe and Greg Werner.

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Media Spotlight

Umesh Chandra, Editor and Publisher at Brisbane Indian Times

Umesh Chandra is the editor and publisher of the Brisbane Indian Times. He was previously a producer for Australian Indian Radio. Umesh has held many community leadership roles including being the founding president of Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin Qld chapter, People of Australia ambassador, president of Queensland Multicultural Council, as well as being the multicultural advisor to the Mayor and Police Commissioner. Umesh Chandra together with his wife Usha Chandra was named Brisbane City Council’s Citizen of the Year 2019 during their Australia Day Awards.

How did you end up working in journalism?

I have always had a passion and fascination for journalism. It began when I started running a small video production business back in 1988. I completed my diploma in film and television production at the Academy of Photogenic Arts in Sydney and the rest was history.

How do you think the Brisbane Indian Times is different from mainstream publications?

Brisbane Indian Times has a strong community focus. It sheds light on the good and positive initiatives that are happening within pluralistic and multicultural communities that aren’t covered by the mainstream media. It features many grassroots functions of our multicultural community.

If there has been a big lesson in getting to the stage you’re at now as a journalist and publisher, what would that be?

Perseverance, persistence and tenacity as the publisher. As a journalist, the ability to maintain a neutral stance and not be influenced by circumstances and personal beliefs. Every story has many aspects and journalists will take different angles. We need to keep the relevance and essence of the story in mind whilst remaining relevant to our readers.

What is the most interesting story you’ve worked on in the past year?

The most interesting one would be the coverage we did of “Meera”, a stage production we sponsored. It was our front-page article in our November issue last year. It is an extraordinary story of achievement. It showcases the realisation of someone’s dream. We followed the story from the conceptualisation to production and it was truly an amazing story and journey.

How would you describe the ideal press release?

The ideal press release would be made up of 300 words with two photos covering the who, what, where and why aspects – no-one is interested in a long-winded story filled with boring and minute detail. Crisp and to the point is the way to go.

Upcoming Media Events

Walk the Walls (right)
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November, Sydney
Walk the Walls is a hugely successful street art project that will see an army of street artists beautify the streets of Cronulla, while people watch on and enjoy live music and food stalls.

EveryAGE Counts (below)
Saturday 9th November, Sydney 
Sunday 10th November,
Melbourne
As part of her Australian speaking tour, Ashton Applewhite will be sharing ideas on her advocacy campaign against ageism in Australia at the UNSW Centre for Ideas’ ‘Unthinkable’ Festival on Saturday and at The State Library of Victoria on Sunday.

Australian Food Safety Week 
Saturday 9th to Saturday 16th November, National
With the theme of ‘Excellent eggs – handle them safely’ AFSW 2019 aims to showcase the latest consumer research and launch Food Safety’s TV and radio community announcements.

MINDS Down Under 2019
Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th November, Sydney
AAP will be hosting this year's MINDS International media conference here in Sydney. The aim of MINDS is to support the digital development of news agencies and the media industry in general.

Digital Directions
Thursday 14th to Friday 15th November, Canberra
Australian and international keynote speakers like John-Paul Dyson join the brightest minds in the GLEAM (Galleries, Libraries, Educators, Archives & Museums) sector to share the latest insights, ideas and solutions as we jointly embrace digital innovation and its potential for the future of our collections.

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