March 30, 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
Bauer Media’s Now to Love network has added a new section to its website called Reinvention. It is targeted towards women aged 45 and older, and will feature content from Bauer Media’s magazines: Australian Women’s Weekly, Good Health and Yours. Reinvention will be led by Deborah Hutton, as its Editor at Large. She has previously worked at Australian Women’s Weekly as an Editor (Home Design).
Simon King has joined nine.com.au as its new Editor of Network Home. He joins from The Australian, where he has held several roles, including Night Editor, Senior Editor, Sports Reporter, and Columnist.
Harnsle Joo is now an Associated Producer at 2GB, taking over Gabriella Power’s role. Harnsle was previously a Producer at Macquarie Media Limited. Prior to that she was a Junior Editorial Assistant at Mamamia Women’s Network.
John Burgess, also known as ‘Burgo’, is returning to Forever Classic 6iX. He spent a year away from the station, working on various projects, but will return to the station as a Presenter on the 22nd of April. Burgo can be heard from 6am to midday on Saturdays.
Claire Askew has resigned as Editor of Cosmopolitan. She has worked at Bauer Media for almost four years, holding different roles, including Deputy Editor of Cosmopolitan, Executive Editor of CLEO magazine and Lifestyle Director of Woman’s Day.
Brad Norington and Nick Tabakoff are now Associate Editors at The Australian. Brad is an experienced journalist, with over 30 years’ experience. He has been with the paper since 2004, and will also work as NSW Political Editor. Nick also has over 30 years’ experience in the industry, and is a two-time Walkley Award winner. He has worked for The Daily Telegraph, The AFR, BRW, and has also spent time in radio and TV.
Liza Altarejos is the new Executive Producer for Nova 100.3 FM, looking after the Chrissie, Sam & Browny show in Melbourne. She was previously a Breakfast Senior Producer for the show. Liza has over 12 years experience in radio, and started at NOVA Entertainment in 2011.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
New Nanoscale Sensor Helps To Spot Diseases
Image: Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics
A new nanoscale sensor has been developed that can help detect cytokines - molecules that play a critical role in cellular response to infection, inflammation, trauma and disease.
Although still some years away from clinical study researchers are excited by the progress. “Operating at the nanoscale we’re creating entirely new windows into the body and will gain valuable insights into the body, health, wellbeing and disease,” concludes Deputy Director of Nanoscale BioPhontics, Ewa Goldys.
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Dan Anstey, Co-host at SeaFM
Dan Anstey, co-host of SeaFM's breakfast show Get Up with Heather, Dan and Ben for Breakfast, is a qualified electrical engineer with an IQ of 134. He started his career at Brisbane’s Nova 106.9, and eventually landed his own program The Dan Anstey Show. Dan has also worked at Nova 100.3, FOX FM, and hosted Manspace on Channel 9's GO Network. His Twitter handle is @Dan_Anstey.
You are a qualified electrical engineer, but ended up in radio, how did that happen?
When I was studying engineering at The University of Queensland, I lived on campus at Emmanuel College and got involved with a bunch of their cultural activities, like streaming a lo-fi TV show across the computer network (which was embarrassingly bad). I guess I just developed a passion for performing. After university I volunteered at the Brisbane community radio and TV stations 4ZZZ and Briz31 and eventually landed a gig at Nova 106.9.
In your opinion, what are the qualities of a great radio program?
Honesty and relatability; I know it sounds clichéd, but that’s because it’s true. Also being able to operate on minimal sleep is a handy quality in this gig.
Do you use press releases much in your line of work? If not, how do you gather your research?
Most of the time our producers handle press releases, and pass the pertinent information on (they’re the real heroes, we just talk into the black sticks), meaning the research on our end is usually Google, which is always fun because most of it is incorrect.
What qualities are most important in a radio presenter?
It's important to be opinionated; form strong opinions on issues and stick to them. There’s nothing worse than hearing someone fence-sit or flip-flop between sides in a debate. Even if you really don’t care about the issue at hand, form an opinion (hopefully an interesting one) and get involved in the conversation.
What changes or trends have had the biggest impacts on the way you work?
For me, Twitter has been a game-changer. Aside from that, the general willingness of people to openly share their lives on the internet has reformed the entire way we gather information; nothing is really sacred anymore. The downside is that radio bosses are now always riding us to “share our personal lives” with the audience. Sadly, in my case most of it is either a) boring, or b) not something you want to know about…ever.
Upcoming Media Events
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (pictured right)
31st March - 9th April - Melbourne
Celebrating it's 25th year, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is once again bringing together thousands of people to a gastronomic playground.
Oz Comic Con
1st - 2nd April - Adelaide
The Oz Comic Con, a celebration of pop culture and geekiness, kicks off on the 1st of April and will run between 9am and 6pm.
World Congress on Public Health
Monday 3rd April - Melbourne
Find out what the next 50 years have in store for us at the World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne in April.
World Autism Awareness Day
Sunday 2nd April - Worldwide
The ninth annual autism awareness day is coming up. Every year, autism organisations around the world celebrate the day with fundraising and awareness-raising events. Join the conversation and help raise autism awareness with #LIUB (Light It Up Blue).
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