29 Nov 2018 November 29, 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 Fairfax Media will cease to trade on the ASX after nearly 180 years as a publishing company with the Federal Court approving the takeover by Nine Entertainment Co. The merger of the two media giants is expected to be formally completed on Friday 7th December with the first day of operation of the new-look company to be on Monday 10th December. Alice Matthews is joining the breakfast show at Triple J as a news presenter. Alice began her career at the ABC as a researcher before moving into reporting roles at ABC's Bega newsroom and Triple J’s Hack. Alice will replace Brooke Boney who is moving onto another role at the ABC.Triple J's House Party host Kristy Lee Peters, also known as KLP, is departing after five years at both Triple J and Double J. A replacement host is expected to be announced in early 2019. Sam Cucchiara is joining Nine News Melbourne as a reporter from 1st December. Sam moves from the Nine News Brisbane newsroom where he was a crime reporter and prior to that a reporter with Nine News Gold Coast.Hedley Thomas, an investigative journalist at The Australian and composer/producer Slade Gibson won Australian journalism’s highest honour, the Gold Walkley, in Brisbane for their work on the podcast The Teacher’s Pet. Hedley became only the second journalist ever to win two Gold Walkleys, having previously won in 2007.After just one-year on 2GO's breakfast show Akmal and Mandy, comedian Akmal Saleh is departing from the station. 2GO has announced Akmal is leaving to spend more time with family and to pursue further comedic opportunities. His final show will be on Friday 21st December.Edward Jackson is now a sports reporter at AAP based in Queensland. He has been with AAP since 2012, with his most recent role being a Gold Coast correspondent and prior to that was a sports reporter in Sydney. K Rock 95.5 and BAY 93.9 in Geelong are expanding their news service to provide locally produced news bulletins all week. From Saturday 1st December, the news team will deliver live and local bulletins from their new Moorabool Street studios. Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week... Model Elyse Knowles visits Delhi slums with WaterAid Image: WaterAid As an ambassador of WaterAid's Water Challenge fundraising event, Australian model Elyse Knowles visited Delhi, India to better understand what life is like for people who live without access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. The campaign invites Australians to make water their only beverage during March 2019. Read full story Media Spotlight Craig Pitman, Drive Presenter at Power FM Murray Bridge Craig Pitman is a drive presenter on Power FM Murray Bridge and has been with Grant Broadcasters since 2016. Prior to his current role, he was a drive announcer and production assistant at 100.9 ZZZ FM. In 2015, Craig spent close to a year at WOW FM 100.5, a community radio station, where he was part of The Big Breakfast team. Before starting out in the radio industry, Craig worked for several years as a graphic design content creator. His Twitter handle is @Craigosaurus32.What does your role as a radio announcer at Power FM consist of?I'd like to say a big part of my job is hosting a Drive show weekdays but, in reality, the biggest part is the behind-the-scenes work. The other half of my job involves production; creating commercials for clients who advertise on our station. Juggling the craziness of that, while trying to sound cool, calm and collected on air is a daily challenge!Which influential radio personalities have played a part in your career and why?Growing up in Adelaide, I've been influenced by local shows, going all the way back to Fitzy, Jules and Claire when I was at school (I have now been lucky enough to work with Claire Murphy). Dan Debuf was also a big influence on me, along with Dylan Lewis and Tim Blackwell.What do you enjoy most about your role at Power FM?I think a lot of people in radio would say the same thing. After sitting in a room on your own, or with a few other people talking into sticks, it's amazing when you get to go into the community and realise the impact you have. Often you assume you're talking and no one’s listening, but that's always far from the truth! I love making moments that people will remember for the rest of their lives.How can press releases help you in your work? In a world where there is so much information to take in, and such little time to do it, press releases are an awesome way to help you stay on top of things. And press releases that can give you the highlights as quickly as possible are amazing! Upcoming Media Events 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (pictured right) Thursday 29th November, BrisbaneThe Asia Pacific Screen Awards honours the cinematic work and filmmaking from 70 countries and areas within the Asia Pacific region. This year's award ceremony will be held in the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Christmas Festival Official Tree Lighting Ceremony and Projections OpeningFriday 30th November, MelbourneMelbourne’s famous Christmas Projection Shows return to Federation Square, Town Hall and Docklands as part of the Christmas Festival which will be launched Friday night with the official lighting of the Christmas tree at Federation Square.Lighting of the Christmas TreeFriday 30th November, BrisbaneBrisbane’s 22 meters tall Christmas tree is returning to King George Square. Decorated with 8,600 LED lights powered by a solar charged battery, the lights will be turned on when night falls to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. World AIDS DaySaturday 1st December, WorldwideWorld AIDS Day raises awareness around the world of the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from the virus. Decembeard Australia MonthSaturday 1st to Monday 31st December, NationwideNow in its sixth year, Bowel Cancer Australia is encouraging Australians to grow a beard throughout the month of December to help raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer.RAC Christmas Pageant (pictured left)Saturday 1st December, PerthSince 1972, the RAC Christmas Pageant has been a yearly fixture in Western Australia to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. The pageant brings a street parade of floats all designed to raise holiday cheer. ©2018 AAP. This material has been reproduced with the kind permission of AAP Medianet. It is not for commercial reproduction.