AAP Medianet - 6 April 2017

April 6, 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

Katrina Strickland is the new Editor of Good Weekend, taking over the role left vacant by Amelia Lester. Katrina was previously Editor of The Australian Financial Review Magazine. Prior to that, she was an Arts Editor at The Australian Financial Review. Katrina’s replacement at The Australian Financial Review Magazine has not yet been announced.  

Neil Bradshaw will now look after Southern Cross Austereo’s Hit101.9 and Triple M Fraser Coast 103.5 stations as General Manager. He takes over Greig Bolderrow’s role, who has gone into retirement. Neil has worked at Southern Cross Austereo for over 20 years in various roles, including General Sales Manager and Account Manager.

Junkee Media will launch a new title called Punkee in May. It is aimed at the Gen Z audience, and is a rebranding of The Vine, which Junkee Media acquired in December last year. Tom Pitney will be looking after the new title as its Managing Editor. He is currently the Owner and Publisher of The Vine.

Anthony Thompson has transferred to a different station at ACE Radio Network. He is now the Content Director and Producer for 2AY. Previously he was at 3HA and worked as its Program Director and Afternoons Presenter. Anthony has also worked at Gippsland's 1242 and Mixx FM 88.9.

Nova has found a new host for its national night show. Ben Erbsland can be heard on the station from May, and will take over the role from Simon Baggs, who announced his resignation at the end of March. Ben is currently an Announcer and Programme Assistant at Nova 100.3 FM. He has also worked at KIIS 101.1 FM and Hit 104.9 The Border.

Jon Blake returned to FIVEaa this week as a Presenter, with his own weeknights show. He will also be joining David Penberthy and Will Goodings on FIVEaa’s breakfast show. Jon spent the past five years at Triple M Adelaide as its Breakfast Presenter.

Cosmopolitan has a new Editor, with Keshnee Kemp joining the magazine. The former Editor-in-Chief of Famous magazine will start next Monday, taking over the role from Claire Askew, who announced her resignation last week. Keshnee worked at Channel 9 prior to her role at Famous magazine. She was initially a Senior Producer and later became its Chief of Staff of Mornings and Lineup Producer.

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

Australians Still Not Making the Grade For Vegetable Consumption
Image: pexels.com  

A fresh report has shown that Australian adults are continuing to under-consume vegetables, but has found potential avenues for the industry to help consumers develop healthier diet habits, including a focus on increasing the overall variety of vegetables eaten by Australians.

The Fruit, Vegetable and Diet Score report, produced by the CSIRO and commissioned by Horticulture Innovation Australia, compiled the self-reported dietary habits of adults across Australia over an 18-month period.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Jo Hall, Presenter at Channel 9 and Radio Host at 3AW
Jo Hall, a News Presenter on Channel 9, began her career as a Cadet at a Melbourne suburban newspaper. She joined Channel 9 News in 1979 as a Junior Reporter. Jo is currently a News Presenter for Channel 9 Melbourne, and also hosts the Nine News bulletin for regional Victoria. Earlier this year, she secured her own radio program on 3AW, and presents Great Australian Lives. Her Twitter handle is @Jo_Hall9.

With over 38 years on television, what has been the biggest lesson you’ve learnt?
After 38 years, thankfully I’ve learnt many lessons but perhaps the best is to learn from the mistakes you make. When it comes to live television though, anything can happen; so, as a presenter, I don’t think you should judge yourself too harshly if things don’t go according to plan. Also, humility is without a doubt the best quality.

You have a new show on 3AW. How is working in radio different to working in television?
I love working in radio as it is so different to television and challenging in very different ways. You have to constantly remind yourself the listener can’t ‘see’. And, of course, with the show I’m doing, it’s largely dependent on the quality of the guests.
How do you use press releases as part of your news gathering process?
Press releases are an important part of news gathering. However, they are really just tools to point you in the direction of a story and, at the end of the day, it’s what you can discover and learn beyond the release that is the real ‘story’.
What has been your favourite story to work on in the past 12 months?  
I did a wonderful story about a group of elderly men making equipment for young children suffering Cerebral Palsy. The woodwork products are delivered to the therapy centre once a week by the men. The relationship between the men, the children and their mums was so endearing and touching. One of the men, aged 90, went on to win Victorian Volunteer of the Year as a result of his dedicated work.

Upcoming Media Events

Sydney Royal Easter Show (pictured right) 
Thursday 6th- 19th April - Sydney, NSW
The Sydney Royal Easter Show attracts upwards of 800,000 people every year. Highlights this year include District Exhibits, Little Hands On The Land, The Man From Snowy River and The Stables. 

Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival
Friday 7th - 9th AprilJulia Creek, QLD
Now in its 23rd year, the Dirt ‘N’ Dust is an incredible outback experience for curious visitors and Aussies of all ages. While extreme sports aficionados flock to the grueling triathlon, it’s the novelty events that really make it the outback extravaganza loved by locals and travelers alike. Read more here

Historic Truck Road Run - Haulin' the Hume
Saturday 8th - 9th April - Hawkesbury Valley, NSW  
Over 280 historic and vintage trucks are gathering from across the country to raise money for Autism Spectrum Australia. Departing from Clarendon Showground in Richmond, the trucks will travel 290 km down the Old Hume Highway to Yass.

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