ABC unveils long play at first annual public meetingBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 09th February 2018 at 2:27pm
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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28 Fairfax NZ papers face uncertain futureBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Thursday, 22nd February 2018 at 2:29pm
Twenty-eight community and rural newspapers which Fairfax Media operates in New Zealand will be either sold or closed due to falling print revenue.
Fairfax group CEO Greg Hywood said the closure, which comprises 35% of its Kiwi print base, is in light of increased user interest in digital content, particularly over Fairfax’s Stuff NZ and Neighbourly brands. Fairfax earlier reported that its NZ media arm earned 4.5% percent lower revenues for H2 2017, at $160 million year-on-year. This includes lower print advertising sales ($77.2 million) and subscriptions ($48.8 million) against a 33% spike in digital revenues logged at $24.2 million.
The publications on the closure block include the NZ Dairy Farmer, Discover Magazine, Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook, Waitaki Herald, and the Canterbury Farmer. Around 60 people are expected to be redundant.
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Messenger leaves Public Health Research and PracticeBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Wednesday, 21st February 2018 at 3:40pm
Anne Messenger has stepped down from her editorship at Public Health Research & Practice.
She is now making herself available for freelance editing and proofreading work.
Messenger primarily focuses on medical content pieces, having edited for the Australian Medical Association and Medical Observer for six years’ total. She was with Public Health Research & Practice for five years.
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SCA opens talent development wingBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Wednesday, 21st February 2018 at 2:14pm
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has opened Hubble, an in-house talent development arm.
SCA management is gearing the development team to train new radio personalities and to hone talent for other opportunities such as podcasting and online radio. An internal software platform that SCA spent a year putting together will help in the training.
Standup comedians Lewis Spears and Luke Kidgell are Hubble’s first candidates, who are set to have a Sunday-night show on Fox FM Melbourne. Two more shows featuring Hubble talent are being planned later this year.
“Hubble is set to revolutionise the way we discover, develop and deploy talent for our networks. We are excited to pioneer a new approach to the discovery and development of future audio and radio personalities, provide an increased number of opportunities to talent, and create exciting new content for our listeners,” said SCA CEO Grant Blackley.
AdNews reshuffles staffBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Wednesday, 21st February 2018 at 1:40pm
Changes are afoot within AdNews’ editorial team.
The publication revealed that current digital editor Pippa Chambers is moving up to editor. She replaces Rosie Baker, who stepped down after five years to join GroupM as its new communications director, as reported over Influencing.
The online editor spot is now assigned to Lindsay Bennett, who had been with the company since beginning a cadetship three years ago. Senior journalist Arvind Hickman takes over the news editor position.Follow Chambers, Bennett, and Hickman over LinkedIn.
Todoroska lands Mamamia managing editor gigBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Tuesday, 20th February 2018 at 2:54pm
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The promotion is another feather in Todoroska’s cap, as she has been with the company for the past four years. She served with Mamamia in numerous positions, including deputy editor, morning editor, and evening editor, plus acting managing editor in late 2015 and early 2016.
Todoroska also succeeds Kylie Rogers, who recently stepped down as managing director for a new commercial directorship at the AFL.