Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet newsletter featuring notable career moves and publication changes in the media industry, our Editor's pick for news release of the week and upcoming events.
This Week's Media Movements
Hamish Blake and Andy Lee have announced they will leave radio to focus on their TV careers. After 13 years on air together, they will begin 2017, their final year of radio, hosting the Hit Network's national Drive program on March 27.
Snackable TV has launched in Australia. The new digital outlet targets the millennial market, providing free short-form entertainment. Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine are the Co-Founders and both have backgrounds in creative agencies, having also founded content, strategy, production and activation business Kontented.
Mark Forbes has resigned as Editor-in-Chief of Melbourne newspaper The Age. He was promoted to the position in April 2016 after more than 30 years with the Fairfax Media publication. The Age's Editor Alex Lavelle will now oversee the newsroom.
Robin Bailey will join Triple M's Brisbane breakfast team in 2017, Co-Hosting the program with Greg Martin and Ed Kavalee. Robin previously Co-Hosted the breakfast program on Brisbane's 97.3FM for over 10 years.
Women Love Tech, a technology website for women, has been acquired by Robyn Foyster's Foyster Media and Libby-Jane Charleston has been appointed as Editor. Libby-Jane has worked as a Journalist for HuffPost Australia.
After 34 years at The ABC, Ian Henschke is retiring. Ian's final day hosting 891 Adelaide's Drive program will be tomorrow, Friday 9th of December. His replacement is yet to be announced.
Rhian Deutrom is now a Reporter at The Australian covering crime. Her most recent roles were working as a Journalist at both The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail.
Channel 9 have announced that Craig Hutchison will be joining Rebecca Maddern as Co-Host of The AFL Footy Show in 2017. Craig, who has previously appeared on Footy Classified, The Footy Show and The Sunday Footy Show replaces James Brayshaw.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
Were gravitational waves the biggest discovery of 2016?
The role of Australian scientists in the "potentially Nobel-prize winning discovery" of gravitational waves in February this year, and Australia's ongoing research in this field, have been taking centre stage at the 22nd Institute of Physics Congress in Brisbane this week. Their role has included contributions to the successful building of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) for detecting the waves.
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Clive Paget, Editior of Limelight Magazine
Clive Paget is the Editor of Australia's classical music and arts monthly magazine, Limelight.Prior to his editorial role, Clive spent five years as Sir Nicholas Hytner’s music theatre consultant and has worked as a theatre, musical theatre and opera director and dramaturge. Clive writes features and reviews on a wide range of musical topics, but is especially enthusiastic about opera and early music.
How did your love of music begin?
I’ve always loved music, but it really came at me with a vengeance when I went to uni and my natural curiosity was presented with a brilliantly curated music library. Infected with the music bug, later on I sang and acted professionally before realising I was better suited to directing theatre and opera. Writing only came in the last decade, but now I can’t get enough of it!
What pressing issue currently faced by musicians isn’t getting enough media coverage?
The loss of audiences and the narrowing of the repertoire is a big worry. With fewer broadcast opportunities, and the complete abandonment of classical music by mainstream TV, it’s hard to see how classical art forms are expected to find new fans.
How do you use press releases to get your bearings on the music scene in Australia?
A good press release is a thing of beauty and can inspire a myriad of feature ideas – from something about a work being performed to wider issues concerning the future of music and musicians. The hardest thing for Limelight is to keep a handle on what’s going on across a country the size of Australia, and even if we are insufficiently resourced to cover a particular story, a press release can keep us in the loop for what’s going on with an orchestra or in and around a city.
The music industry has changed a lot over the past few years. What impact has that had on music journalism?
With space for arts declining in mainstream media, I worry not just that audiences are being short-changed but that young writers are not getting the chance or guidance to learn their craft. Too often nowadays opinion passes as criticism – the two are utterly different. I also worry that when editors can’t find a decent writer they engage people who just want to tell the world what they think. Social media is full of people screaming their views and insulting each other rather than engaging in reasoned debate.
Upcoming Media Events
Cuberider Launch Event
9th December - Barangaroo
Celebrating the achievements of over 1,000 Australian school students who will have their experiments sent to the International Space Station.
Human Rights Day
Calling on everyone in the global community to stand up against the violation and disrespect for basic rights, reaffirming our common humanity.
2016 Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival
10th December - Manjimup, WA
A celebration of South West living, the festival showcases the best aspects of the local community including celebrity chefs, street theatre, fashion parade, fireworks display and a free concert.
Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols
10th December - Brisbane
The much loved family event helps support Matter Little Miracles by celebrating the festive season with some of Australia’s most renowned entertainers including Rhonda Burchmore, Melinda Schneider and Reece Mastin.
11th December - Federation Square, Melbourne
A unique one day shopping event with over 100 independent designers showcasing locally made and original designer wares just in time for Christmas