The Age sports new sheen

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The Age logo (photo credit: The Age website)One of Fairfax Media’s leading newspapers, The Age, has debuted a brand-new look for its website.

The new website highlights the bigger stories of the day on the home page itself, supported by a bite-sized introduction for each. A sidebar tab will show content categories, with some sections linked to associated Fairfax publications such as Good Food and Domain.  

Advertisers also have additional space to use with the site’s real estate available in various rich media formats such as 360-degree video and augmented-reality content.

The Age’s overhaul itself was developed using feedback gathered from its audience since Fairfax started the revamps at the Brisbane Times last year. The Sydney Morning Herald is the last major Fairfax newspaper to undergo the overhaul next month, said Australian Media Publishing managing director Chris Janz.

“It’s a privilege to work on bringing the next iteration of Melbourne’s iconic masthead to our readers.  We’ve been part of the Victorian conversation for 164 years and today’s relaunch of The Age shows we’re continually evolving to remain at the heart of their digital news experience,” added The Age editor Alex Lavelle.

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More Media News takes on new look

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NewsCorp Australia food portal has been given a fresh appearance and an accompanying travel brand named delicious.Travel.

In a launch event at the Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, News Corp Australia lifestyle director Fiona Nilsson and editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum showed off the new website.

The site itself has been heavily revamped for easy user functionality, such as better search generation and streamlined menus. Content from News Native Networks and branded materials are also included. Online booking service Dimmi also signed on to integrate its functionalities with the website.  

Delicious.Travel is designed to leverage’s lifestyle and food content by adding tourism aspects, such as information on exotic dining destinations. MasterChef Australia judge George Calombaris is onboard, writing a monthly column. Travel agency Helloworld Travel has signed up as a partner for the site.

“Food is at the centre of consu

Byrne aboard at InnovationAus

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Tech and science journalist Seamus Byrne has taken up the role of managing editor at InnovationAus, following a stint at ScienceAlert as the site’s managing editor.
He joins the independent publication set up by veteran journalist James Riley with a view to further improving its content, as well as to take some of the pressure off Riley.
“The site has grown a lot over the last three years. James started it as a blog, but now there are event structures around it, there's a really strong newsletter that runs. But this is all being run by James, a team of freelancers and a couple of internal writers, and I've come in to put routines and structures in place so that it can now keep growing because it's got to that point where it's a bit too big for James to run on his own,” Byrne says.
“I'm excited to find those ways that I can bring new kinds of angles to what's been going on but also there's a lot of the general t

FIVEaa to host Nine News bulletins

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Radio station FIVEaa is set to carry weekday bulletins from Nine News.

Under a new content-share partnership starting on November 12, 2018, FIVEaa will carry live audio of Nine News Adelaide’s 12noon-12:30PM broadcast, hosted by Brenton Ragless, Kate Collins, and Will McDonald.

The broadcast will be followed by FIVEaa’s revamped afternoon schedule, with Alan Hickey’s afternoon show from 12:30PM to 3PM, Conversations with Cornesy from 3PM-4PM, and 4PM-6PM for Sports Show with Rowey & Bicks.

FIVEaa manager Craig Munn said the partnership will complement the station’s lineup of quality announcers with content highly relevant to South Australia residents.

“As a business, we are thrilled with this partnership and it’s a very exciting opportunity to broadcast our bulletin to a different audience – many of whom may not be Nine viewers,” added Nine News managing director Sean O’Brien.

Nine-Fairfax merger clears ACCC checkpoint

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The Nine Network-Fairfax Media merger has passed the ACCC review.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims announced today that an extensive review of the merger documents showed no potential violations of the Competition and Consumer Act.

The review sought to address the local industry’s demand for online news, current affairs reportage, and investigative journalism, and how the merger may affect the market in light of both companies’ multi-platform reach. The assessors concluded that Nine and Fairfax’s main assets are not competing against each other, with Nine’s news and current affairs programs going for mass audience while Fairfax’s print and online media focuses on detailed content.

“The ACCC recognises there will likely be changes to the way Fairfax and Nine operate in future, either due to the changing media landscape more generally or due to the merger itself. However, we reached the conclusion that if such changes do occur, they would not be, to a signifi

Hodge nets ACFID honour

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Amanda Hodge, Southeast Asia correspondent of The Australian, was recently accorded media honours from the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID).

The Council stated that Hodge earned the ACFID 2018 media award for covering the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar, with one of her stories standing out about a hospital in Bangladesh amidst the tension.

The selectors said Hodge’s clear writing and focusing on the Rohingya refugees showed truth and integrity to the story while making it highly relevant for the Australian public.

The Australian foreign editor James Morrisson accepted the award on Hodge’s behalf, as she is currently working out of Jakarta, Indonesia.

“Amanda is one of our most experienced correspondents. She is tenacious, compassionate, hardworking and accomplished. She is proud to have won this award, as are we of her," said Morrisson.

SEN SA unveils Drive hosts: Kymbo and the Rooch

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SEN SA’s new Drive show has welcomed a new team on board, featuring journalist Michelangelo Rucci and former Nine Network presenter Kym Dillon.

The pair are very familiar to South Australian audiences with Rucci a long-time feature in the Adelaide sports journalism landscape and Dillon a former South Australian football player and Nine News Adelaide presenter.

“Rooch and I have worked together for many years so I’m thrilled to be reunited on 1629 SEN SA,” said Dillon.

“We are different personalities and enjoy an often ‘lively’ relationship which should make for good listening on the drive home. Plus, as a passionate Crows supporter, I’ll keep Rooch honest!”

Their show, Kymbo and the Rooch, will air from 4PM to 6PM on weekdays beginning 6 December.

Dillon and Rucci join former Port Adelaide Power AFL player Kane Cornes, sports journalist Gerard Whateley and The Front Bar host Andy Maher at the soon-to-be-launched station.

Bouchet exits KIIS

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Bruno Bouchet has finished up as the producer of KIIS 106.5 FM’s The Kyle & Jackie O Show.

“I’ve been doing radio since I was 15. Now, as a balding 32-year-old, it’s time to close that chapter of my life and embark on a new journey. I’ve made lifelong friends along the way and have been blessed to work with some of the most inspiring and beautiful people I’ll ever meet,” said Bouchet over social media.

An ARN representative said Bouchet has opted not to renew his contract for another term next year. He had been with the show for two years and is expected to finish next month. A new EP will be recruited for the show, the official added.

Bouchet has opted to return to tech and home appliances vendor Shriro.

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