AAP Medianet - 20 December 2018


December 20, 2018

Welcome to the last edition of AAP Medianet for 2018. Thank you for your continued support this past year, and we wish you a wonderful holiday and a happy New Year. Media Movements will resume on the 17th of January 2019. Until then, enjoy this week's 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 over the holiday season. 

This Week's Media Movements

The Nine Network has confirmed that Karl Stefanovic will not be returning as a co-host of the Today show next year. His future with the network is uncertain, however, he will continue to host Nine's reality show titled This Time Next Year.  

After 15 years with the Nine Network, Weekend Today co-host Peter Stefanovic will be departing. He first joined the network in 2004 as a reporter for Nine News and A Current Affairs. Prior to that, Peter was at the WIN network. 

Shad Wicker will join 2GO’s breakfast show in 2019 as a co-host with Mandy Coolen. Shad spent the past three years at Hit103.5 in Cairns. The first show for 2019 will air on January 30.

Maani Truu has joined SBS News as a digital journalist. Previously, she was a reporter and digital producer at The Sydney Morning Herald. The paper was her first job in the industry upon graduating from the University of Sydney. 

Sean Bell has been promoted to head of video for NOVA Entertainment. The new role will see him looking after video production across NOVA's digital platforms and its mobile-only platform called GOAT. Sean will continue in his current role as the executive producer for the Fitzy & Wippa show. 

Cassie Crofts is now the deputy editor of shows and programming for NOVA Entertainment. Previously, she was the digital content producer for the Fitzy & Wippa show. Cassie joined the network in 2016 as a digital producer for the show. Prior to that, she was the digital editor at National Geographic. 

Lisa Squillace is now free to join the Network Ten, after winning a legal dispute with the Seven Network that prevented her from joining Ten as the network's new sales director. While at Seven, Lisa was the director of program partnerships for the network.  

James Preston is the new breakfast host for Eagle 93.5 FM. He joined the station in August this year as a breakfast announcer. Aside from his hosting duties, James is also the station’s promotions manager.

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

NSW recyclers donate over $70,000 to drought-stricken farmers through Return and Earn





David Clancy (left) presenting a cheque for $70,000 to Charles Alder (right).                                Image: Poem PR  

New South Wales residents have rallied behind drought-stricken farmers by donating more than $70,000 through Return and Earn refunds to drought-relief charity Buy a Bale. The milestone comes as much of the state continues to struggle with the drought that prompted Return and Earn to announce Buy a Bale as its major donation partner in August, allowing 10 cent container refunds to be donated to the charity.

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Media Spotlight

Alicia Byrne, Acting State Political Reporter at 3AW 
Alicia Byrne is a journalist at 3AW and has over 25 years of experience in radio. Beginning her career at TTFM in 1993, she would spend 12 years with the Australian Radio Network. Alicia took a short break from radio in 2011 to work as a media adviser for the State Government of Victoria. Then, in 2014, she joined 3AW as a journalist. Over the years, Alicia has also worked at The Australian Traffic Network, 3UZ and the ABC. Her Twitter handle is @AliciaB22

With the many years that you’ve spent in radio, what has kept you in the industry?
It sounds like the 'standard' answer, but I love the immediacy of radio. I've also had the benefit of working in a variety of formats over the years. When I worked at the ABC, the late Drew Morphett asked me if I realised I had a different delivery on weekends compared with weekdays. That was a conscious decision, given my weekend news was mostly during Grandstand, which is less formal and has a mainly football-focused audience.

As someone who has worked in both AM and FM stations, how do the two differ in their approach to news?
It's broader than AM versus FM. My style for 3AW is almost a hybrid of the styles I used at the ABC and Gold. There's a crossover between the stories at those stations, but the lead or focus will be different, based on the demographic. And Mix and Fox were another matter altogether. In terms of the AM stations, the ABC often has an international/national focus, while 3AW's news tends to be more locally focused. 

What key lessons did you learn from your time as Media Adviser at the State Government of Victoria?
The wheels of democracy move slowly! It was a great opportunity to learn about the parliamentary process, and how Ministerial offices interact with the departments and the media. In my current role as Acting State Political Reporter, it was valuable going into that role already knowing my way around parliament. 

In your time on radio, what is one significant change to the industry that has had the most impact on the way you work?
The most obvious change has come with the internet. News breaks quickly and we need to be across the different forms of social media. Mobile phones, laptops and tablets mean we can record audio and have a story or a slab of audio back in the newsroom as soon as a media conference is done. The other big change is the newsroom technology - computers and digital editing versus typewriters and drop edits on a reel-to-reel when I started in the '90s.

Upcoming Media Events

International Human Solidarity Day
Thursday 20th December, Worldwide
Established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2005, International Human Solidarity Day is an initiative to fight against poverty and help maintain international peace and security. 
Carols in the Domain (right)
Saturday 22nd December, Sydney
Now in its 36th year, Carols in the Domain brings together Australia’s biggest stars to celebrate Christmas. There will be close to 50,000 people attending with the event set for live broadcast on the Seven Network.

Sydney Fish Market’s 36-Hour Seafood Marathon
Sunday 23rd to Monday 24th December, Sydney
Retailers at the Sydney Fish Market will stay open for 36 hours until Christmas Eve to help shoppers prepare and stock up on Christmas supplies. 

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (left)
Wednesday 26th December, Sydney
An annual event that begins in Sydney and ends in Hobart. For the past 73 years, the race has become an icon of Australia’s summer sports. 

Woodford Folk Festival
Thursday 27th December 2018 to Tuesday 1st January 2019, Queensland
Over six days and six nights, more than 2,000 artists and musicians will be performing. The festival program includes concerts, dances, film festival, comedy sessions and more.
The Taste of Tasmania 
Friday 28th December 2018 to Thursday 3rd January 2019, Tasmania
Celebrating its 30th year, the food and wine festival hosted by the City of Hobart will showcase an array of food stalls, cooking workshops, wine tastings and family entertainment.

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