AAP Medianet - 22 March 2018

March 22, 2018

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

Chris Oliver-Taylor has been named as the new CEO of FremantleMedia Australia. Chris has been a managing director of Matchbox Pictures since 2011 and will begin the new role later in the year.

Natalie Harvey has been promoted to director of sales at Seven West Media, replacing Adam Elliott who has been in the role since 2011. Natalie has been with Seven West since 2015, and is currently a Sydney sales director. She will move to the new role in May. 

Emily Gayton is now a producer/reporter at A Current Affair on Channel 9. She has been with the network for a year working as a reporter for 9News Central Victoria and was a journalist at the Seven Network prior to that.

Daniel Healion has started two new roles, working as a producer at ABC News and a producer at Nine News Regional. He has been with the Nine Network since 2015 and is also a journalist at Australian Radio Network.

The Australian Financial Review's BOSS magazine has named Sally Patten as its new editor. Sally has held numerous roles at the AFR and is finishing her term as a personal finance editor where she has been writing a weekly column and overseeing publications Money, Smart Investor and Smart Investor Weekend. She will start the role in April. 

Janice Lam has started at SBS as a digital content producer. Janice was a production assistant intern at Nan Hai Culture & Media in Sydney until December last year and had worked in Hong Kong prior to that, completing a marketing and public relations internship in early 2017.

Owen Jacques is a new senior reporter at ABC based in Maroochydore, Queensland. Owen had been with News Corp for more than a decade prior to this, working as a journalist and covering mostly regional stories. Most recently, he was an online news editor at News Corp.

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

Australian researchers invent new less invasive treatment for glaucoma 
Professor Dao-Yi Yu has invented a new surgical treatment for glaucoma            Image: Lions Eye Institute

Researchers at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth are the inventors of a new surgical treatment for glaucoma which is set to become a popular choice for lowering pressure in the eye after being approved for general use in Australia last week.

Professor Dao-Yi Yu, who heads the Physiology and Pharmacology research group at the Lions Eye Institute (LEI), is the leading inventor of a microfistula tube that successfully reduces intraocular pressure. 

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Media Spotlight

Charlie Pickering, Host of ABC's The Weekly 
Charlie Pickering is one of Australia's most recognised comedians and television presenters. Charlie spent 10 years travelling around the world as a stand-up comedian before joining Channel 10's The Project in 2009, hosting alongside Dave Hughes and Carrie Bickmore. He stayed on the show for 5 years before moving to ABC and now hosts the satirical news-comedy show, The Weekly. He has regularly appeared on Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation and various other television programs, and was a radio presenter at Triple J earlier in his career. In 2010, Charlie published his first book called Impractical Jokes. His Twitter handle is @charliepick

What inspires you to work in media?
Media is like a railroad. It has many different purposes. You can use it to ship freight, you can use it to take a scenic route, you can use it to move people and you can use it to go to new places and learn new things. It all depends on what you do with it. I grew up admiring those who used the enormous privilege of broadcasting to make people laugh and challenge what they think they know. I loved Monty Python, The Twilight Zone, Walter Cronkite, Clive James and David Letterman because they used the medium of Television to undermine accepted power structures and expose them for the flawed institutions that they are. That’s what I try to do every day when I go to work. One day I might actually achieve it!

How do you come up with original and funny ways to present the news? Can you describe the creative process?
The process of making a show like The Weekly is actually quite detailed and laborious. What I can say though is that we try to use the fact that we are a weekly show and don’t have to participate in the 24 hour news cycle as our competitive advantage. That means we can take a step back and ask ‘what is really going on here?’ We can add context, we can see all the different pieces of the puzzle and hopefully give our audience the definitive version of the stories that dominate our feeds.

What should a press release contain to keep you reading?
It should not sound like a press release. It should be honest and funny. It shouldn’t feel like a publicist wrote it.

Are there certain topics in the news that are off boundaries to comedy?
I don’t think any topic is off limits to comedy, you just have to make sure you have the right target for your jokes. I think the most serious, most uncomfortable topics are ones that most need humour to make them palatable to discuss. You just have to make sure you never target the victim and only target the powerful who need to be held accountable.

Upcoming Media Events

National Ride2School Day (pictured right) 
Friday, 23rd March
More than 500,000 people will ride, walk, scoot or skate to school on the 11th national Ride2School Day which aims to tackle physical inactivity in young people. 

World Meteorological Day
Friday, 23rd March
Established in 1950, the day celebrates the establishment of the World Meteorological Organisation, which is the UN's 'voice' on matters relating to the Earth's atmosphere, climate and oceans and their intercorrelation.

World Tuberculosis Day
Saturday, 24th March
Every year, World Tuberculosis Day aims to raise public awareness about tuberculosis being a top infectious killer worldwide. This year, the theme is "Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world" and calls on advocates to be leaders in combating the illness. 

Earth Hour (pictured below) 
Saturday, 24th March
Earth Hour started in Australia in 2007 and has grown to become a worldwide event, with 180 countries now participating in the grassroots movements. Organisers ask everyone to switch off their lights for an hour this Saturday 8:30pm and call for more action on climate change globally. 

World Water Day
Thursday, 22nd March
The 2018 theme for World Water Day is 'Nature for Water' and seeks to find solutions to 21st century water challenges in nature. This year celebrates 25 years since the event started.

Picnic on the Platform 
Saturday, 24th March, Sydney
The North Sydney Council is hosting a day of festivities to celebrate the opening of Coal Loader Platform, an old industrial site which has been revamped into North Sydney's newest public open space. Everyone is invited to enjoy live music, tours, interactive art, workshops and food before switching the lights off at 8.30pm for Earth Hour.
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