ABC unveils long play at first annual public meeting

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ABC logo (photo credit: ABC)The ABC management has revealed its long-term roadmap in the network’s first-ever annual public meeting at the ABC studios in Sydney.

In the meeting, ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie and chairman Justin Milne faced the 400-strong audience to answer various questions with News Breakfast presenter Michael Rowland as facilitator. The Rockhampton and Launceston studios also carried live feeds of the show.

Milne said the network is going to invest into more digital platforms over the next 20 years under a new initiative called “ABC 2.0,” where content will be generated for multiple mediums. He stressed, however, that investing into TV and radio production will remain active even as the TV and radio departments are being disbanded this year.

“We see both radio and television extending for many, many years into the future and we will continue to invest in them, love them and improve them. ABC 2.0 is however the major strategic initiative for the ABC. It is akin to us deciding to go into the television business in 1956. Just as then, it will require significant investment and possibly generate some controversy,” Milne said.

“Australia has always been at risk of being culturally swamped by overseas media and I believe that risk has never been greater, so ensuring that the trusted and much loved voice of the ABC can continue to be heard has never been more important.”

Guthrie came forward and said that the network’s recent restructuring is meant to help it remain a leading force in the Australian programming circuit.

“No media organisation is better positioned to capitalise on the opportunities that lie ahead. We are already digital leaders, we are trusted by Australians, our people are resourceful and open to change and we are known for our distinctive, quality programming and services. Our role as Australia’s public broadcaster is now more important than ever,” she said.

However, some elements in the network are not quite keen on the show. One insider claimed to The Australian’s Stephen Brook that the management has no idea how everything will fare in reality, especially when attracting younger audiences. “Everyone seems focused on a demographic that aren’t going to consume us anyway, people in their 20s and 30s. We should be aiming for people in their 40s. There’s a sense is pushing this real gimmickry,” the insider said.

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The Pedestrian Group has delegated the Australian editions of Business Insider, Gizmodo, Kotaku and Lifehacker to new head of editorial Jenni Ryall.

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Ryall recently returned to Australia after nearly five years in the US, where she worked at Mashable’s main office as senior real-time news editor, editorial director and VP for content strategy and platforms. She would later join broadcast media company TEGNA as digital content VP.

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Nine prepares NZ assets and community paper sale

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Nine Entertainment is ready to sell off all local newspapers and the Stuff New Zealand operation it inherited from Fairfax Media.

The company stated that some parties have expressed interest in buying Australian Community Media (ACM) and Stuff, in addition to the events business. Macquarie Capital is already tapped to manage the sale.

The fates of all three organisations have been up in the air since the Nine/Fairfax merger was finalised late last year. Nine’s H1FY19 report, in particular, had ACM’s net earnings at just $21m, a 42 per cent drop from the year before, primarily due to the long drought across much of Australia. Stuff’s net earnings slipped from $18.9m to $14.5m.

GOLD Central Victoria introduces new breakfast hosts

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GOLD Central Victoria has welcomed Mark Robinson and Dan Lonergan as co-hosts of the network’s new radio breakfast show, The Wake Up Call, airing from 4 March.

Robinson, who reports for the Herald Sun, had done prematch footy discussions at 1116 SEN and had been a sports panelist at 3AW.

Lonergan’s service record stretches back over 20 years with stints across several community stations in regional Victoria, hosting at ABC Radio Grandstand, and covering the Olympics in 2000 and 2004.       

“We pride ourselves on localism and know that both Mark and Dan will deliver what is needed to our listeners,” said Gold Central Victoria content director Daniel Brewer.

Gelding shifts gears at KIIS 101.1

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KIIS 101.1 mainstay Joel Gelding is leaving the hosting post for a producer job.

Gelding announced in an Instagram post that he is now set as senior producer for Woody and Will’s national Drive show. He has logged 14 years in the booth, the last three of which have been spent as KIIS 101.1 FM’s workday announcer.

“These guys are bloody hilarious and I can’t wait to work with them. Thanks to all the amazing people who helped get me to this point in my career. So pumped for the new opportunities in the future and the chance to develop my skills with an incredible team of people. Bring it on!" posted Gelding.

Follow Gelding on Twitter @JoelGelding.

Top changes at Hit Network Melbourne and Perth

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The Hit Network’s senior programming tiers in Melbourne and Perth are being reorganised.

Parent firm Southern Cross Austereo has appointed Adrian Brine to a new position as Hubble and talent development chief. He will thus vacate his content director job at FOX FM in Melbourne to move to Sydney.

Amanda Lee is moving out from her content director spot at Hit 92.9 in Perth to fill Brine’s position. She will also make way for FOX FM assistant content director Tim Arnold as her successor.

In other Hit Network news, Gia Moylan is now slated to join Hit 105.9’s breakfast show at Orange in Central West alongside Mike Farrer, starting February 25, 2019. She had spent a year producing 101.3 SEA FM’s breakfast show on the Central Coast.

Taylor marked for Seven News editor job

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Josh Taylor is up for work at Seven News.

He stated in a Tweet that he has been hired as editor for a new online platform being set up at the network and will start in two weeks’ time.

Taylor was one of eight BuzzFeed Australia staff members made redundant this month, with another three to be named. He signed up with BuzzFeed in August 2017, fresh from two years’ journalist work with Crikey.

Elsewhere in the BuzzFeed newsroom, Jemima Skelley announced on Twitter that she is stepping down. She was also among the eight redundancies revealed, having joined the team in January 2014 as senior staff writer.

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Finlay landed the position having spent six months as associate editor. He joined the Times News Group after going freelance for a year working content and web development with non-profit companies.

In addition to editing the Ballarat Times, Finlay will also handle the Golden Plains Times.

Stay updated with Finlay on Twitter @alistairfinlay_ and LinkedIn.

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