AAP Medianet - 29 June 2017

29 June 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

Patrick Dangerfield has continued his off-field media career joining Crocmedia. The 2016 Brownlow Medalist will be one half of new radio program, Reel Adventures, with Aaron Habgood. Besides his work for Geelong on the AFL field, Patrick will continue to work for the Herald Sunand commentate on TV and radio.

Mick Molloy has been announced as the new host on Triple M’s national drive program, departing from his current role on the stations's Melbourne program, The Hot Breakfast. Mick has an extensive career in radio however, it has been almost two decades since he was on a national drive show which was with fellow comedian Tony Martin.

The other half of Triple M’s national drive program will be Mick Molloy's long time friend, Jane Kennedy. Jane is an actress, comedian and radio presenter who is currently working on Channel 10’s Have you been paying attention?

Mitchell Bingemann joins NBN where he will be an Executive Producer. Mitchell has an extensive media career spanning over 15 years, with the the last nine at News Corpmasthead, The Australian.

Southern Cross Austereo Melbourne has promoted Dave Cameron as the new General Manager. Dave was previously the Assistant Content Director for the radio company. 

John Driscoll has been announced as the new CEO of Seven West Media Western Australia. John, a former Chairman of Marketforce, brings over three decades experience in media and marketing. He is also Chairman of Rottnest Island Authority, Trinity College and Deputy Chairman of Wheelchair Sports Associated WA.

Michael Evans will run The Sydney Morning Herald’s new investigation team after being named Investigations Editor. Michael has previously held titles with the publication including SaturdayEditor and Business Writer.

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

Wellbeing program launches for people suffering work stress

Image: The Buttery  

Workplace mental stress costs an estimated $10 billion a year in Australia. Exhaustion and work stress can cause chronic illness and increases presenteeism: where people are so exhausted at work that they are not really present or productive when they are there.

For more than 40 years, The Buttery has treated people with long-term mental health and addiction issues. The Buttery is now applying this knowledge to its new program, The Buttery Private, aimed at helping professionals suffering from work stress, burnout, and drug and alcohol misuse.

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Media Spotlight

Liza Altarejos, Executive Producer for Chrissie, Sam & Browny on Nova 100.3 FM

With over 12 years radio experience, Liza has held extensive producing positions with breakfast and drive teams across multiple radio networks. Currently Executive Producer for Chrissie, Sam & Browny, Liza joined NOVA Entertainment in February 2011 as Producer for Sydney’s breakfast show. Liza has spent two and a half years as Producer for Nova’s national drive show before being appointed Senior Producer for Meshel & Tommy in December 2013. In January 2016, Liza became part of the senior producing team that launched Chrissie, Sam & Browny in Melbourne. Her Twitter handle is @LizeyLize.

You have worked in radio for over 12 years. What first drew you to the industry?
When I was in high school my parents banned me from watching TV at night as a way to get me to do my homework, so I would listen to the radio instead. That’s how I got hooked on the Hot30 Countdown with Ugly Phil & Jackie O’. I would listen to the show and call up as a listener almost every night because I wanted to be involved in the fun they were having. This led me to discovering more shows on the radio which later inspired me to host a community radio show. Eventually, I scored a gig in commercial radio as a producer.
What changes or trends have had the biggest impacts on the way you work as a Radio Producer?
When I first started as a radio producer there was no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Now, with the help of social media, producers have instant access to the latest breaking news and celebrity gossip. It also assists us in tracking down potential guests, experts and in some cases celebrities.
How do you use press releases as part of your newsgathering process?
We will assess if the subject and/or guest offered on the press release is the right fit for our show; if it is, then we will discuss with the wider team how we want to cover the content on the show.
Which recent stories have had an impact on you?
The recent terror attacks have made a big impact on me. My heart breaks for the victims’ families and loved ones every time I read one of these tragic stories. For the first time in a while I’ve felt scared for our safety, with the amount of attacks happening in our own backyard.
What’s the wackiest idea you’ve come up with for radio and how did it turn out? 
We needed to come up with a stunt for a panel service client. The story arch involved the show using an old beaten-up car for numerous activities like a limo service for listeners and a stunt car for drift racing. Eventually, I drove the car as far north of Melbourne as I could on one tank of petrol, and ended up in Hay, NSW, where I torched the car!

Upcoming Media Events

Red Nose Day (pictured right)
Friday 30th June, National
Now in its 29th year, the special day aims to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Adelaide Boat Show
Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July, Adelaide
The Boating Industry Association will again present the best of recreational boating. There will be boats on display from a variety of manufacturers and boating types, products and accessories, new boating technology and more. 

Festival of Voices
Friday 30th June to Sunday 16th July, Hobart 
The Festival of Voices returns for another year, in its 13 year run, with artists from around Australia and overseas, including Toni Childs and Sarah Blasko. 

Winterlight Festival 
Friday 30th June to Sunday 16th July, Sydney
The annual winter festival returns to Parramatta's Prince Alfred Square in Sydney. There will be a large open air ice rink, a 28 metre-long ice slide, and an alpine food village.

Tasmanian Seafood Industry Awards Gala Dinner
Saturday 1st July, Tasmania
The Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council is hosting the 6th Seafood Industry Awards Dinner. The Awards showcase the Tasmanian seafood industry.

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July, Melbourne
Oz Comic-Con hosts pop culture events across Australia, celebrating comic books, graphic novels, film, television, gaming and anime. Fans in Melbourne will have the opportunity to meet a variety of celebrity guests, including Jason Momoa, Alyson Hannigan and Sylvester McCoy. 

The Goon Show LIVE! at Yulefest
Saturday 1st to Saturday 29th July, Blue Mountains, NSW
Returning to the Blue Mountains is the 6th consecutive Yulefest Dinner & Show, based on the original cult BBC series. This year’s featured episode will be ‘The Raid of International Christmas Pudding’.

NAIDOC Week (pictured left)
Sunday 2nd July to Sunday 9th July, National
The first full week of July is NAIDOC Week, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. It recognises the contributions of Indigenous Australians to our country and society.


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