Airtime snipped from ABC’s PM and The World Today

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ABC RadioTwo flagship shows at ABC Radio have had their airtime curtailed.

ABC Radio audio current affairs managing editor Tanya Nolan said in a staff meeting that for 2018, PM and The World Today will have their time blocks cut from an hour to 30 minutes starting January 22, 2018. The World Today is scheduled to run from 12 noon to 12:30pm, with the remainder of the hour to be occupied by a new national show hosted by Myf Warhurst, who leaves Double J at the end of the year.

PM will air at 6:30pm on local radio to follow the 4pm Drive show, which has been extended from 6pm to 6:30pm in each state. Business PM, a ten-minute business news roundup starting at 6:50pm, will be axed.

In explaining the rationale behind the decisions, Nolan said recent research data indicated more people – particularly those in the under-55 bracket — tuning to audio and digital content on-demand instead of on the radio.

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The company stated that Sydney documentary company Northern Pictures has agreed to buy the magazine. As a result of the sale, the entire Australian Geographic staff, led by publisher/editor-in-chief Chrissie Goldrick, will now be Northern Pictures employees.

The move is part of Bauer’s refocusing on women’s entertainment/lifestyle, home living, food, fashion, health and beauty, motoring, and trades.

"I'm delighted that the magazine and its staff are going to a home that is so passionate about documenting Australian landscapes, wildlife, and adventure. I thank all staff who have worked on Australian Geographic and wish them and the new owners every success," said Bauer Media CEO Paul Dykzeul.

Croke steps down from ABC Radio service

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Michael Croke has signed off from his Saturday-morning show on ABC Central West NSW.

In his farewell broadcast on February 24, 2018, Croke said he needed to have the weekends to himself after years of waking up at 4:30AM on a Saturday to prepare for his show. ABC Central West announced his resignation over Facebook in December 2017.

Croke started his radio career providing national footy news bulletins but moved on to covering community events, gardening, and sports.

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