AAP Medianet - 14 December 2017


December 14, 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

Steven Burling is the new Executive Producer of A Current Affair, taking on the role previously held by Grant Williams. He has been with Channel Nine for over 15 years, working in roles such as Chief of Staff and Senior Producer for 60 Minutes, and Chief of Staff and Sydney Bureau Chief for A Current Affair.

Deborah Knight will become a Newsreader for the Nine Network's evening news bulletins in Sydney on Friday and Saturday nights. She has recently been filling in for Lisa Wilkinson on Today. Taking over Deborah’s current role at Weekend Today, will be Allison Langdon, who is currently a Reporter on 60 Minutes.

9Honey has appointed Katherine Scott as Travel Editor. She is currently 9Honey’s Kitchen Deputy Editor. Katherine will take over the role from Amy Nelmes, who is leaving to pursue freelance work. Katherine has also worked as Features Producer and Homepage Producer for Nine.

Emily Dufton has started at Lifestyle.com.au as its new Digital Content Producer. She previously worked as Communications Executive for the Telegraph Media Group and A+E Networks UK. Emily also runs a travel blog

ABC’s Four Corners will have four new journalists next year, with Louise Milligan, Lesley RobinsonSophie McNeill and Sean Nicholls joining the team. All of them are experienced journalists who will join the current team in the new season on 5th February 2018.

Miranda Devine is the host of a new internet radio show called Miranda Live. The show launched at the beginning of this week, and is broadcasted on DailyTelegraph.com.au on Mondays to Wednesdays at 5:30pm. Miranda is currently a columnist for The Daily Telegraph.

Lisa Wilkinson will be the Executive Editor of Channel 10’s new digital site, ten daily. The new content site will launch next year, and will be a new mobile-optimised website with exclusive content. Lisa left Channel 9’s Today earlier this year.

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

Matildas among the prizes at AIS Awards
Matildas players celebrate Sam Kerr's goal against Brazil in Newcastle. Matildas players. Image: AAP 

Australia’s women’s football team, the Matildas, and its superstar striker Sam Kerr were the big winners with fans at the 2017 AIS Sport Performance Awards. 

Voted by the Australian public, Kerr was awarded ABC Sports Personality of the Year and the Matildas were awarded the Public Choice Team of the Year. Almost 400 guests gathered at The Star in Sydney for the black tie function to celebrate the year in Australian sport and to highlight achievements in winter sport and women’s sport.

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Media Spotlight

Bryce Ruthven, Announcer on TRFM Gippsland 
Bryce Ruthven is the morning announcer on TRFM Gippsland, part of the ACE Radio Network. Bryce is nearing 8 years in commercial radio after stepping away from the camera and a television career to pursue his soccer and radio career. Since then, Bryce has driven one of the biggest shows in the country in WSFM's Jonesy and Amanda, along with a successful stint which included multiple ACRA nominations in Bundaberg at Hitz 939. In the past few years, he completed the AFTRS Program Directors course and when it comes to programming strategies, Bryce has one of the most creative minds in radio for someone who would still be considered relatively young in the industry. You can connect with Bryce on Instagram and Twitter via the handle @bryceruthven.

You recently started a new role, how are you enjoying it so far?
I worked at TRFM about 4 years ago so it's nothing new to me working in Gippsland. I am loving the change of scenery, it has been great being able to set the alarm for 7am instead of 3:45am for a change. We have a great team at TRFM that's hardworking and switched on when it comes to radio.  

If there has been one lesson in getting to the stage you're at now, what would that be?
One thing I've learnt is that people have multiple opinions in radio, some right and some wrong. What I've found has worked for me is to follow your personal opinion and work with people who have a positive outlook on radio and life in general.

For a press release to stand out to you, what does it need?
Something that is short, sweet and straight to the point so to speak. There is nothing worse than being sent something that takes an hour to read, I personally like the quick facts. I'm more likely to read something that has a catchy headline or title, something that you see has a bit of creativity behind it!

When did you decide you wanted to work in the radio industry?
I loved listening to the Hot 30 Countdown every night growing up as a kid. While I was working in TV I met a few people that had crossed over to radio and they recommended it. Then when I moved to Queensland to play soccer, I was involved in TV and radio interviews and always thought the radio side of things looked like a stack of fun. There was one interview that I'll always remember as a 20 year old, that's pretty much when I thought I wanted to be a radio announcer.
What are the keys to being a good presenter on air?
I think it's important to know your market and target audience, it's also great to get out in the community and build your own brand. With radio particularly, I'd always recommend having the mindset that being on air or having a role in radio isn't a given right, it's a privilege and treat each day or on air shift like that, otherwise you won't do yourself any favours in building a successful career.

Upcoming Media Events

Chocolate and Coffee Day for Religious Harmony
Friday 15th December
A day for people from all walks of life to come together to share coffee and chocolate. The event is an opportunity to learn and connect with people from other cultures and religions.

Woolworths Carols in the Domain (pictured right)
Sunday 17th December, Sydney
Australia’s largest Christmas concert featuring some of the best local and international artists performing Christmas songs and carols. Now in its 35th year, the event raises much needed funds for The Salvation Army.

International Migrants Day
Monday 18th December 
People around the world are invited to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences.

Christmas Blood Blitz
Tuesday 19th to Sunday 31st January, National
The Australian Red Cross is calling for people to donate blood throughout the festive period. A minimum of 4,000 people are needed to give blood to keep blood stocks from running low.

International Human Solidarity Day
Wednesday 20th December 
International Human Solidarity Day was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2005 as an initiative in the fight against poverty and to celebrate unity in diversity.


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