This Week's Media Movements
Charlie Pickering and Annabel Crabb will host a new weekly panel show called Tomorrow Tonight, due to air later this year. The show will seek to bring ‘tomorrow’s news today’. Annabel is a presenter and journalist for the ABC, and Charlie is a comedian and current host of The Weekly.
The ABC will soon air a two-part series on The Doug Anthony Allstars, a comedy music trio made up of Paul McDermott, Richard Fidler and Tim Ferguson. The series will be put together by Ted Robinson, a producer and director at the ABC.
News Corp Australia, in partnership with travel company Imagine Cruising, is launching a new travel series called Imagine This. The show will be hosted by Deborah Hutton and will run on Foxtel’s Lifestyle channel from 15th September. Also appearing on the show will be Christopher ‘Lochie’ Daddo, who will inform viewers about exclusive travel offers.
Ally Kallis will become the Melbourne commercial producer for Nova Entertainment at the end of September. She will take over the role from Andrew Fritsch. Ally will join the team from Southern Cross Austereo, where she also worked as a commercial producer.
SBS will air a two-part documentary on mental illness called How ‘Mad’ Are You? next month. Produced by Darren Dale, the show will feature ten people of different ages and backgrounds, with five being diagnosed with a mental illness. Three mental health experts, along with viewers, will try to determine who the five are.
Justin Hill is now hosting a new series called FaceTime with Justin Hill on the Hit Network, providing a filter-free and personal look into the lives of celebrities. Justin is currently an entertainment reporter with the Hit Network and a presenter on 2Day FM.
Andrew Taylor will join New Zealand Media and Entertainment next month as a trading director. Andrew was previously the national investment director at Starcom and has also worked as a trading director at OMD New Zealand and Aegis Media UK.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
The 'Young Women Leaders in Artificial Intelligence Program' LaunchedPictured above: Attendees from the program launched on the 12th September Image: KJR
The Young Women Leaders in Artificial Intelligence Program program is specifically designed to promote representation of women in AI. Ashley Howden, CEO of KJR said, "the program will address the issues arising from gender inequity in the technology industry, and foster spokespeople and social diversity in AI for the future".
Mark Braybrook, drive presenter at 4BC
Mark Braybrook has been at the forefront of Australian media for 30 years, with 25 of those years spent in Brisbane. He started his career in 1988 as a sports reporter at 2UE, and then joined 4BC after five years. Over the course of his career, Mark has called almost every sport played in Australia, including NRL, AFL, soccer, Rugby Union and cricket. His Twitter handle is @MarkBraybrook.
Having worked in different roles in the radio industry, how has that helped shape your understanding of the industry?
I think the more knowledge you have about the whole business the better you are in helping the business grow. My background in programs helped me during my time as operations manager in Brisbane as a direct link between sales and on-air.
As someone who has called almost every sport in Australia, how have you seen the sporting industry change over the years?
It has changed dramatically on a variety of fronts. Back in the 1980s when I started, it was radio or TV electronically, and that was it. Now, there is pay TV, the internet and social media. Technically things have advanced as well, but one thing that hasn't changed is the immediacy of radio and the ability for the listener to open their imagination to put themselves there.
What is your most memorable radio moment and why?
It would have to be covering the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. I called three Australian gold medals - Lauren Burns in taekwondo, the women's hockey gold, and our beach volleyball gold with Kerri Pottharst and Natalie Cook. I was also alongside Ray Hadley and Jane Fleming for Cathy Freeman's gold. The entire two weeks was amazing and one of the highlights of my career.
How do press releases help you in your work?
Press releases help different sections of the media in different ways. A press release with quotes is only good for print, an audio grab will only assist radio, leaving TV searching for pictures. With the facilities available to sports now, there should always be audio or footage with every release so every outlet has what it needs.
Upcoming Media Events
R U OK? Day (pictured right)
Thursday 13th September, Nationwide
R U OK? Day aims to inspire and empower Australians to connect with people around them in a meaningful way and support those struggling with life.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Thursday 13th to Sunday 30th September, Melbourne
Now in its 36th year, the Melbourne Fringe Festival supports over 3,000 artists to present artworks in venues around Melbourne.
INFORM News Media Summit
Friday 14th September, Sydney
An annual gathering of leading minds in news media, with a global line-up of speakers, and attended by advertising and media professionals working with or within news media brands.
Saturday 15th September to Sunday 14th October, Canberra
Celebrating the start of spring, Floriade will have one million bulbs and annuals in bloom, and be filled with entertainment, activities and workshops.
Blackmores Sydney Running Festival (pictured left)
Sunday 16th September, Sydney
Now in its seventh year, the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival began as an initiative from the NSW Government to promote fitness and health. The marathon takes in iconic Sydney landmarks, allowing runners to run through the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Heal Yourself Expo
Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th September, Gympie, Queensland
Designed to educate, inform and empower, the Heal Yourself Expo is held in various locations around Australia throughout the year. The primary focus of the expo is teaching people how to self-heal.
Tuesday 18th September and 25th September, Melbourne and Sydney
Network with journalists, editors and producers from the Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph, 3AW, WHO Magazine, The Project and more at AAP's upcoming Entertainment & Lifestyle Masterclass. Workshop with panellists to get key tips on how to get published or be heard on-air with your product, brand or cause.