ABC unveils long play at first annual public meeting

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ABC logo (photo credit: ABC)The ABC management has revealed its long-term roadmap in the network’s first-ever annual public meeting at the ABC studios in Sydney.

In the meeting, ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie and chairman Justin Milne faced the 400-strong audience to answer various questions with News Breakfast presenter Michael Rowland as facilitator. The Rockhampton and Launceston studios also carried live feeds of the show.

Milne said the network is going to invest into more digital platforms over the next 20 years under a new initiative called “ABC 2.0,” where content will be generated for multiple mediums. He stressed, however, that investing into TV and radio production will remain active even as the TV and radio departments are being disbanded this year.

“We see both radio and television extending for many, many years into the future and we will continue to invest in them, love them and improve them. ABC 2.0 is however the major strategic initiative for the ABC. It is akin to us deciding to go into the television business in 1956. Just as then, it will require significant investment and possibly generate some controversy,” Milne said.

“Australia has always been at risk of being culturally swamped by overseas media and I believe that risk has never been greater, so ensuring that the trusted and much loved voice of the ABC can continue to be heard has never been more important.”

Guthrie came forward and said that the network’s recent restructuring is meant to help it remain a leading force in the Australian programming circuit.

“No media organisation is better positioned to capitalise on the opportunities that lie ahead. We are already digital leaders, we are trusted by Australians, our people are resourceful and open to change and we are known for our distinctive, quality programming and services. Our role as Australia’s public broadcaster is now more important than ever,” she said.

However, some elements in the network are not quite keen on the show. One insider claimed to The Australian’s Stephen Brook that the management has no idea how everything will fare in reality, especially when attracting younger audiences. “Everyone seems focused on a demographic that aren’t going to consume us anyway, people in their 20s and 30s. We should be aiming for people in their 40s. There’s a sense is pushing this real gimmickry,” the insider said.

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Sydney native to run new Thomson Reuters Shenzhen office

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Newswire company Thomson Reuters is setting up a South China bureau next week in Shenzhen, China, with former Sydneysider Wong Sue-Lin as bureau chief.

Formerly SKY News’ Canberra media liaison, Wong has been based in Beijing since late 2015, working on economics and general news items. The opening of the Shenzhen office is meant to cover the Pearl River Delta region’s booming status as a tech industry hub, Thomson Reuters officials stated.

Keep in touch with Wong on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Rizvi named Future Women editor-at-large

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Jamila Rizvi has joined women’s online portal Future Women as its new editor-at-large.

Currently serving on the McKeil Institute’s board of directors, Rizvi will concentrate on developing the website editorial team’s strategic direction.

She will also write and edit articles about leadership and equality issues in addition to other material she writes for News.com.au.

Stay tuned to @JamilaRizvi on Twitter.

Herron takes over AWW

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The Australian Women’s Weekly (AWW) has welcomed new executive editor Miranda Herron.

Herron came to the publication after packing up affairs at Transport for NSW, where she spent nine months as ministerial writer for briefings.

For the Weekly, she will be in charge of content, partnerships and collaborations for the magazine’s charity, consumer issues, health, and community activities, while generating articles about homes, finances, and gardening.

Get to know Herron more over LinkedIn.

Fox-Koob goes into business at The Age

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Simone Fox-Koob has settled into The Age as a breaking news reporter.

She joined up with the paper early this month, following three years with the Australian as Out and About editor and journalist at both Sydney and Melbourne bureau.

Keep updated with Fox-Koob on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Gordon savors Taste.com.au

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Rosalie Gordon has joined food website Taste.com.au as a new content producer.

Gordon came over from Super Food Ideas magazine, where she was chief sub-editor for roughly two years. Her content will focus on food news and crafting certain recipes.

Follow Gordon on LinkedIn.

Khay joins GOLD 1242

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Ryan Khay has come aboard ACE Radio Network as the content director at TRFM GOLD 1242.

Khay signed up with the network in Gippsland after spending three months doing studio work on the Sunshine Coast with EON Broadcasting.

He also spent almost a year handling radio operations at the Ngaanyatjarra Media Radio Network in WA’s remote regions.

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Dundas leads LATTE

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Guy Dundas has become the new managing editor of Signature Media’s weekly travel e-newsletter, Luxury Australian Travel Trade Enews (LATTE).

Dundas will be in charge of generating local editorial content for businesses in the travel industry. He recently stepped down from almost 11 years’ service as Travel Daily’s editor, turning it over to Jasmine O’Donoghue. He also has knowledge of the travel industry’s intricacies from over six years as a reservations booking specialist and group tour coordinator.

“LATTE has only scratched the surface of its full potential in the luxury space. I’m thrilled to join the team at Signature Media and oversee the evolution of this brand,” said Dundas.

“Guy’s trade-centric focus, storytelling skills, and reputation among retail networks, hoteliers, airlines, cruise lines and tourism organisations will provide Signature Media with the ability to take LATTE to the next level,” added Signat

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