2CH gets ready for 2020 season

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Classic Hits 2CH card (photo credit: 2CH Sydney)Sydney station Classic Hits 2CH is entering the 2020 season with some hosting changes, effective 13 January.

Current mornings host Tim Webster will have a longer time on-air, as he takes up the breakfast slot as well. Former 2CH breakfast host Kayley Harris will be his executive producer, plus do hosting on weekends.

“Tim was the logical choice, respected by his peers, and loved by audiences across Sydney. He is the ultimate broadcast professional and will deliver a class breakfast program charged with up to date information, News, Traffic and Weather every 15 minutes, then add in Tim’s distinct ‘take’ on the issues of the day, his passion for playing Classic Hits from the 60’s and 70’s and you have a recipe for a show that will appeal to Sydney’s 50 + audience,” said station GM Cherie Romaro. 

Trevor Sinclair, who used to run breakfast with Indira Naidoo and Dave Gibson until last December, is moved up to the afternoon and drive shows. Chris Kearns continues with Tonight Live.

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Ugly Phil out of FIX FM

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Phil O’Neil, AKA Ugly Phil, has exited UK radio station FIX FM.

Radioinfo reported that he was made redundant earlier this week. One of his last shows was an Instagram chat late last week with former The Superjesus frontwoman Sarah MacLeod.

O’Neil had been with the station since coming back home from Australia last year, where he spent 30 years in multiple stations, including SEA FM and Triple M.

Horizon earns Relationships Australia NSW account

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Relationships Australia NSW has enlisted the Horizon Communications Group to run its media relations account, reported Mumbrella.

The new deal involves joint efforts to generate content to help keep families under the COVID-19 quarantine stay in touch with each other. The rationale for the coverage is to ease the stress loved ones face from being asked to remain home.

“With COVID-19 dominating our lives, it is more important than ever to maintain healthy, functioning relationships with our loved ones and colleagues,” said Horizon founder Liz McLaughlin.

“We hope that the work we carry out with Relationships Australia, NSW will reassure Australians that there is support out there, no matter what your personal circumstances might be, to help navigate the challenges presented by these uncertain times.”

ARN sets up Easter schedule

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The Australian Radio Network (ARN) has rolled out a new schedule for the Easter break, reported Radiotoday.

Each station will also throw in their special promotions.

For KIIS FM, ARN will prepare the House of Hits at 11AM, and from 7PM to 9PM. The Will & Woody and 3PM Pick Up shows will be on highlight shows and return to normal programming on 20 April. 

For KIIS FM in Melbourne, Jase and PJ in the Morning are out this week but will resume airing on 14 April on extended hours from 6AM to 10AM.

At GOLD 104.3, the Christian O’Connell breakfast show will be airing highlights while O’Connell himself will be on air during specific periods.

For Sydneysiders, KIIS 106.5’s the Kyle & Jackie O Show will air highlights and the Hour of Power at 8AM, 12 noon and 6PM will be extended, while Jonesy and Amanda’s block at WSFM will have the Light Relief special with highlights of the year so far.

In Brisbane, 97.3FM brekky show Robin, Terry and Bob for Breakf

5 Minutes with Anthony Agius

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What do you do and where does your work appear?
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Anything else in your career you’ve been known for?
About a decade ago I ran MacTalk then sold it. You might also know me from an iOS developer conference called One More Thing (onemorething.com.au), going to New York to buy the first iPad, collecting over 1 million frequent flyer points from a botched NAB promotion and running a cryptocurrency mining farm.
What did you really want to be when you were growing up?
As early as I can remember I wanted to fix and play around with computers. I ticked that box pretty heavily.
Which story or stories are you most proud of?
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Naughton takes over as SMH/The Age lifestyle editor

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Julia Naughton has taken up the lifestyle editor post for the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) and The Age.

The position will have her processing content from fields including health and wellness, life and relationships, and fashion.

She was assigned to the papers after completing three years as Nine’s managing editor for lifestyles, entertainment and partnerships.

Follow Naughton on Twitter @JuliaNaughton and LinkedIn.

NOVA shows to air on Easter holiday

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NOVA Entertainment will be airing its shows over the Easter break.

The plan calls for the network’s breakfast shows in each state - Fitzy & Wippa (NOVA 96.9 Sydney), Chrissie, Sam & Browny (NOVA 100 Melbourne), Ash, Kip & Luttsy & Susie O’Neill (NOVA 106.9 Brisbane), Ben & Liam (NOVA 91.9 Adelaide), and Nathan, Nat & Shaun (NOVA 93.7 Perth) – to broadcast starting 6 April, with their stations' usual programming to continue until 3PM.

The Kate, Tim & Marty Drive show will take over on national syndication from 3PM to 6PM followed by Fitzy and Wippa (6PM-7PM) and Smallzy’s Surgery (7PM-10PM).

“There is a strong desire as humans to feel like we're a part of something and we're hearing from so many of our listeners (most in isolation) how much it means to them to still be able to wake up and continue to listen to their favourite shows throughout the day,” said NOVA chief programming/marketing officer Paul Jackso

Signature Media acquires Vacations and Travel

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Signature Media has purchased Vacations and Travel magazine from the Morris Media Network, reported Mediaweek.

Originally geared towards luxury travel and family vacations, Signature is now repurposing the title towards a broader travel audience. The purchase will cover the print edition, official website, and social media channels. However, no print issues will be made until summer 2020-2021 due to concerns over the COVID-19 crisis.

Jac Taylor continues as editor, as do digital staff members Anya Vokhmyakova and Eliza Valk. Veteran staffer Helen Hayes is back on the crew as editor-at-large.

“The acquisition of Vacations & Travel magazine gives advertisers the opportunity to reach a much larger market, targeting different age groups and travel types, from cost-conscious travellers up to the discerning high-end luxe connoisseur and everyone in between,” declared Signature Media CEO/group editor Cathy Wagstaff.

“I have to admit, I was ecstatic to hear that it mi

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