|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
Next month, a new newspaper called Neighbourhood will launch. The monthly print publication will be published by Jonathan Samway and edited by Mark Mordue. It will be distributed to areas between Potts Point and Marrickville. Mark has worked as a Freelance Journalist since 1981, and has contributed to several publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, and Rolling Stone.
Alex Nation will be heard on Southern FM on Friday nights. She will be joined by Luke Forrest and Jay Bruno on a new show called The Drive Out with Jay, Foz and Alex, which will air every Friday between 6pm and 8pm. Alex was the 2016 winner of The Bachelor Australia.
Hitz939 Bundaberg’s new breakfast show started this week. It is hosted by Matthew Ambrose and Tracey Sergiacomi. Matthew was previously at Magic FM Port Augusta. The two can be heard every weekday from 6am to 9am.
The original Chaser team, made up of Charles Firth, Andrew Hansen, Dom Knight and Chris Taylor, will soon be heard on Triple M Sydney. Starting on the 1st of May, the team will present a daily show called The Pepsi Chaser Powered By Pepsi for 12 weeks.
Tim Aquilina has joined the team at Triple M and Hit103.5 FM in Cairns as the new Content Director. He is currently a Presenter and Operations Manager at 92.7 Mix FM and SEA FM Sunshine Coast. Tim will start his new role in May.
Graham Miles is the new CEO of the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company, which owns the Hot Tomato radio station in Gold Coast, Queensland. He has been with the company since its launch in 2003, and was previously its General Manager. The position of General Manager has now been replaced by the position of CEO.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
Image: Australian Dental Association
With Easter just around the corner, the consumption of sugary sweets, namely chocolate, increases dramatically. Over 24,000 children aged 14 years or under were admitted to hospital last year due to dental conditions that were potentially preventable.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) asks that all families use moderation when enjoying their Easter treats and remember to take care of their health. Read full story
James Manning, Editor and Publisher of Mediaweek
James Manning, Editor and Publisher of Mediaweek, has had a long and distinguished career working in the magazine industry. Having written and edited a number of music publications in his native city, Melbourne, he went on to start the Australian edition of Britain's Smash Hits, a pop music magazine, in 1984. He ran the title successfully for over a decade before moving on to edit other publications, and later ran a successful photo agency. In 1999 he took over as Publisher and Editor of Mediaweek.
You have over 30 years' experience in the media industry, both working in it and writing about it. What changes in the industry have had the most impact on you and why?
The move to digital has been a massive game changer. Although our magazine remains our premium product, we reach our biggest audiences with our digital publishing. It is interesting tracking how digital affects the people we write about, as well as presenting our small business with challenges too.
In 1984, you brought the British magazine Smash Hits to Australia. What challenges are involved in starting an already established magazine in a different country?
It was pretty easy launching Smash Hits to be honest. We had the backing of Fairfax and, at the time, the pop audience was starved of good content and glossy photos, and Smash Hits provided readers loads of both. It is still a strong brand, and there's not a week that goes by without someone lamenting that it is not around any more.
Our clients rely heavily on the media to get their news out. What helpful things can they do to grab their attention in press releases?
Try and write it as a story and not a press release. It is amazing the amount of unnecessary fluff that is included in press releases. Just keep to the facts and some meaningful quotes.
You are also a Presenter on Sky News’ Business Channel. What challenges are involved in switching platforms, and do you have a preference for a particular platform?
Moving into TV was simple – and I had no idea what to do back then and that is still the case today; somehow it manages to work. I guess being genuinely interested in the businesses of our guests helps, and when they see that you care they are happier to divulge their secrets! Having a great brand like Sky News Business helps, and being able to work with their brilliant anchors has been a highlight. I have made some great friends there who work incredibly hard.
What story has been your favourite to work on in the past 12 months?
The most interesting stories are the evolving business models of companies in the various sectors we follow. Each have their separate highlights: outdoor as an emerging force, radio managing to continue without significant digital disruption, and the challenges facing print publishers and the disappearance of so many print magazines. The biggest of all is perhaps the changing way people consume video content, which is massive for TV broadcasters, and watching the rise of SVOD (Streaming or Subscription Video on Demand) players and their impact on both FTA and sub TV companies.
Upcoming Media Events
Australian National Synchronised Swimming Championships (pictured left)
14th - 17th April - Melbourne, VIC
Held by Synchro Australia, this years national championships will welcome a record number of more than 160 competitors from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China. Find out more here.
Magic Open House - Magic: The Gathering
15th April - Melbourne, VIC
As part of Magic Open House, players of the card game, Magic: The Gathering, will take part in Australia's biggest single-day session. Find out more here.
Sydney Royal Easter Show
Until the 19th April - Sydney, NSW
With the Easter long weekend coming up, The Sydney Royal Easter Show will continue to successfully attract large crowds. Highlights this year include District Exhibits, Little Hands On The Land, The Man From Snowy River and The Stables.
Federal Budget 2017-18 Media Release Strategy Course
Tuesday 2nd May - Rhodes, NSW
AAP Medianet is holding a new media training course with the sole focus on helping prepare your organisation's media strategy to ensure your voice is heard during the Federal Budget. Secure your spot here.