AAP Medianet - 20 July 2017

July 20, 2017

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

News Corp Australia has appointed Stacey Brown as the new Chief Financial Officer. Stacey, currently the Acting Chief Financial Officer, brings years of experience as a previous CFO for Lowy Family Group. She has also worked for Qantas and Multiplex before starting with News Corp Australia.

Fairlie Hamilton has accepted the role of producer for ABC Illawarra Mornings with Nick Rheinberger. Farlie has worked for i98 for 8 years, with a 2-year hiatus in London. Upon returning from London in 2015, Fairlie co-hosted the Breakfast time slot with Marty Haynes.

Channel Seven has confirmed that former 2Day FM breakfast Host and reality TV star Sam Frost, will be the latest actress for the award-winning drama Home and Away. Sam shot to fame after being on The Bachelor in 2014, becoming The Bachelorette in 2015 and the co-host of 2dayFM's breakfast program.

Changes at B Rock radio with Daniel King becoming the new breakfast host, replacing Benny Hope. Daniel has previously hosted the afternoon shift and before that was an Editor for The Australian Times

Alana McLean will join Red FM veteran host Robbie Klitzing weekday mornings for Breakfast on Red with Alana and Robbie. Alana previously worked in breakfast radio with Grant Broadcasters' STAR 1063 in Townsville. Before that Alana was a Casual Announcer with Hit929 Perth.

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...

Heritage trains to celebrate 150 years of the Blue Mountains railway line

Heritage trains will return to the tracks this weekend to celebrate 150 years since the opening of the Blue Mountains railway line.

The celebration will start Friday 21st July with a special commemorative steam train journey from Central to Wentworth Falls. Several other historic trains will operate across the weekend in continued celebration of the Blue Mountains railway line.

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Media Spotlight

Ben Erbsland, Host of Nova's 96.9's National Late Nights 
Ben Erbsland has worked in radio for 13 years, and it was his love for music that kick-started his career. He got his start by volunteering on the breakfast radio show at Fresh FM 92.7 Adelaide and spent five years there. His first regular gig was at SAFM as a Night’s Announcer. In 2011, Ben wanted to try out breakfast radio. He moved to Hot FM in Mackay and then to Star FM in Albury in 2012, to host their breakfast shows. In his spare time, Ben works as a DJ. His Twitter handle is @BenErbsland

You found yourself in radio because you wanted to become a DJ. Are there similarities to DJing in your current role, and do you have any regrets for not going down that career path?
I think there are definitely similarities. A DJ has to play songs to keep people dancing and enjoying themselves, and a radio jock has to create content and play music that makes people feel good and keep them listening to the station. Do I regret not going down the DJ path? Not at all. I’ve absolutely loved my time in radio, and look forward to what’s ahead.

What unique challenges and rewards are there for working in radio?
Both the challenge and reward is the opportunity to broadcast around the country. The challenge is creating content that is suitable for broadcasting into each capital city at the one time. However, the reward is being able to broadcast into five major cities! If I could go back to my younger self who started on community radio and say “one day you’ll be broadcasting around the country”, I wouldn’t have believed it. 

How do you prepare for your shifts, and do press releases help much in this process?
As it is a music driven shift, I look over the biggest songs I’ll be playing that night and how I’m going to push them on the air. Does the artist have a new album out? Are they touring Australia? Have they made headlines recently? Are there any interesting facts about the artist people may not know? And do press releases help? Absolutely, particularly when it comes to new albums launching or when an artist is touring.

In your opinion, what makes a news item interesting?
Something that triggers an emotion or feeling in such a way that you’ll actually remember the story. It’s often these stories about artists that I’ll use during my shift, and I love it when someone says “I was listening to you the other night and what you said about (insert artist) I’d never heard that before”.

Upcoming Media Events

A Taste of Broome (pictured right)
Thursday 20th July to Wednesday 6th September, WA 
Now in its fifth year, A Taste of Broome is a unique music and picture show experience that combines Broome's distinctive Indigenous culture and its multicultural community through music, arts and crafts, dance, food, tradition and heritage.

Blue Mountains Line 150th 
Friday 21st July to Sunday 23rd July, NSW
To celebrate 150 years since the opening of the Blue Mountains railway line, heritage trains will return to the area. The celebrations will kick off with a special commemorative steam train journey from Central to Wentworth Falls.

Shrine of Remembrance Nerves and Steel exhibition
Friday 21st July to Saturday 29th July, Melbourne 
The Shrine of Remembrance will launch a special exhibition this Friday called ‘Nerves and Steel: The Royal Australian Navy in the Pacific 1941-45’. The exhibition explores the role played by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the ultimate Allied victory of the Second World War (1939-45). 

National Pain Week
Monday  24th July to Sunday 30th July, Nationwide
An annual initiative of Chronic Pain Australia, National Pain Week aims to remove the stigma surrounding people living with chronic pain and to promote the latest research and information that explains chronic pain to the wider Australian community.

2017 Helpmann Awards
Monday  24th July, Sydney
The annual awards recognises the achievements of Australians in various live performance sectors, including musical theatre, classical music, cabaret, contemporary music, comedy, theatre, opera, and dance. 
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