AAP Medianet - 14 February 2019


February 14, 2019

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet, featuring notable career moves and publication changes in the media industry, our Editor's pick for news release of the week and upcoming events. To keep with movements as they happen, follow @aapmedianet

This Week's Media Movements

Nine has appointed the CEO of Carat Australia, Paul Brooks, as the new director of sales. Paul was previously president at Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi ANZ and the chief investment officer at MediaCom.  

Eric Beecher’s Private Media is launching a new investigative journalism venture with John B Fairfax and Cameron O’Reilly. The group have started recruiting reporters and an editor with hopes to launch by April. The new team will work out of Private Media’s Crikey offices.

Buzzfeed Australia's general manager, Simon Crerar, has been announced as one of the first employees to be laid off following the company's ongoing global redundancies. Simon previously worked as an editor for News Corp Australia and was the arts editor at The Times in the UK. 

SBS has announced the hosts for their 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade broadcast. The line-up includes Channel 10 News presenter Narelda Jacobs, comedians Joel Creasey and Zoë Coombs Marr, and Patrick Abboud from The Feed. The parade will be broadcast on SBS on Sunday 3rd March. 

Lauren Duffy is the new editor and general manager at North Central Review. The Victorian regional newspaper publishes community papers such as The North Central Review, Whittlesea Review and The Free Press. Lauren was most previously the chief of staff at ABC Mildura. 

Comedian and radio announcer Seamus Evans will move to Far North Queensland’s Hit103.5 to join Carly Portch on the breakfast show from early March. Seamus previously worked in radio for Southern Cross Austereo and in television on Channel Eleven and Network Ten.

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

Research shows Valentine's Day camping trips are good for relationships 

                                                                                                  Image: Caravan Industry Association of Australia

In celebration of Valentine's Day today, research from the Caravan Industry Association of Australia has demonstrated that caravan and camping trips can be beneficial for relationships. The organisation’s Real Richness Report found that 85% of campers felt closer to their spouse or partner compared to 65% of non-campers.

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Media Spotlight

Danny Lakey, Presenter at the Hit Network 
Danny Lakey is a Presenter on the Hit Network hosting The Danny Lakey Show. Danny started out in the industry as a casual on Hit 90.9 Sea FM in the Gold Coast. Eventually, he moved to Hit 92.9 Perth, and then Star 106.3 in Townsville. Since joining the Hit Network, Danny has co-hosted a breakfast show in Central Queensland, hosted his own overnight show called Wakey Wakey It's Danny Lakey and filled in for Ash London LIVE!. He now has a national show on the Hit Network at 8pm to 11pm weeknights. His Twitter handle is @DannyLakeyy.

What key lessons did you learn from hosting your own show last year?
I guess realising that radio is my passion. Starting 2018 doing Monday to Friday working hellish hours from 9pm to 6am yet still loving it, made me realise that I obviously am a fan of this as a career path. It also assured me that if I can enjoy it with those circumstances then I’m in the right industry. Filling in for Ash London for the remaining few months of the year was a blast as well. Having some more exposure to a different audience with a bit more support around me gave me the confidence to aspire for a permanent show closer to ‘Broadway’.

What prep work do you need to do before you go on air?
Considering I’m now on air 8pm to 11pm weeknights, we have our planning meeting at 2.30pm. That means I’ll be working from home sussing content and ideas from 11.30am. I’m pretty over the top with routine. Everything from my cold shower in the morning, the breakfast I have to fuel myself, through to the exercise I do feels like it counts for prep just as much as scouring the web and brainstorming. The show needs to have energy so I treat the whole day as a preparation process. I find my mood is just as important as the content I’m presenting.

In your opinion, what sets a great radio personality apart from others?
The ones who find a point of difference that is natural and executes it effortlessly. 

As a radio host, how do press releases help you? Or how can they be improved to better assist you?
Gotta love when the content writes itself and just slides right into your DM’s. It’s just encouraging to feel like you’re connected before the masses are and to feel you have your finger on the pulse.

Upcoming Media Events

Adelaide Fringe Festival (pictured right) Adelaide Fringe Festival
Friday 15th February to Sunday 17th March, Adelaide
For 31 days, the festival will be taking over Adelaide with art installations, music events, pop-up stores and performances. 

Moreton Bay Expo 2019
Friday 15th February to Sunday 17th February, Brisbane 
Over 160 local and national outdoor adventure companies will gather for three days to showcase the latest in adventure gear and tools.  

Shanghai Week 
Friday 15th February to Sunday 24th February, Melbourne 
The Chinese Museum will showcase several exhibitions to celebrate the culture, cuisine and history of Shanghai. 

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival (pictured below)
Friday 15th February to Sunday 3rd March, Sydney 
In the lead up to the renowned Mardi Gras Parade on the 2nd March, the festival will host a series of events and exhibitions to celebrate and support the LGBTQI community in Australia.

Capturing Nature photography exhibition
Saturday 16th February to Sunday 21st July, Sydney 
Photographs dating from 1857 to 1893 will be on display, showcasing some of Australia's earliest natural history caught on camera. 

Salisbury Secret Garden Festival
Saturday 16th February to Sunday 10th March, Adelaide 
The Salisbury Secret Garden festival will feature comedy, high-quality music, musicals and stage theatre with award-winning indie-pop band Sheppard headlining the event. 

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