Bajkowski to helm iTnews as hunt begins for new commercial editor

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Nextmedia has announced that Julian Bajkowski will take over as editor at iTnews this week, replacing Allie Coyne who departed in April. At the same time, the hunt is now on for a commercial editor to replace the outgoing Glenn Rees who will finish up on Friday, June 15.
Most recently, Bajkowski has been writing for public service specialist outlet The Mandarin, and brings with him decades of experience across the likes of The Australian Financial Review, MIS, Computerworld and Government News.
In an official statement, editorial director Steven Kiernan said he is thrilled to welcome Bajkowski to the iTnews team, and also recognised Ry Crozier for his hard work following Coyne’s departure.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to give a huge shout out to Ry Crozier for doing such an incredible job acting in the editor's role over recent weeks since the departure of iTnews veteran Allie Coyne, who joined Telstra. Ry has done a commendable job managing the team and upholding the quality that iTnews is known for,” said Kiernan.
As Glenn Rees finishes up his commercial editor role and returns to Editor Group, Kiernan is also seeking applications from individuals keen to fill that position.
“We have been growing rapidly across iTnews, CRN and our custom division, Nextcustom. We are on the lookout for great talent across the brands. If you want to join the best enterprise IT editorial team in Australia get in touch with me at” said Kiernan.
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NewsCorp launches veterans tribute campaign

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NewsCorp subscribers will also have a chance to purchase a 15-piece ANZAC Spirit coin collection. The #ThanksForServing is also attached to coverage over the next month, such as the Invictus Games.

“At this time of year, as we approach the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, it is important that we send a sincere message of thanks to those men and women, and their families and that we continue to tell the stories of those who served,” said NewsCorp Australasia chairman Michael Miller.

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Cavanagh takes time off

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Kennedy Molloy executive producer Sam Cavanagh has temporarily stepped down from duties.

The Triple M Network announced that Cavanagh is out on service leave for the rest of 2018 and will be back at the start of 2019. He joined the Kennedy Molloy team after exiting Hamish and Andy last year.

Senior producer Whitney Plowman will assume Cavanagh’s duties on Kennedy Molloy for the meantime.

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Davy to publish Vacations and Travel

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Adam Davy has signed on as the new publisher of Morris Media Network travel magazine Vacations and Travel.

His appointment forms part of Morris Media’s push for Vacations and Travel to become a digital publication.

Davy is heavily involved in the publishing and travel industries, with experience over 20 years. He had recently stepped down as national sales manager at Universal Media. He was also publisher for Luxury Travel magazine, Onboard Media’s sales and brand manager, and ANZ business development manager for Silversea Cruises.

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Longhurst to produce FOX FM Melbourne breakfast show

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FOX FM Melbourne has tapped Alisson Longhurst to be the senior producer of breakfast show Fifi, Fev, and Byron.

Radiotoday reported that Longhurst became involved after current producer Tim James left last month to join his brother Scotty in writing and producing the mockumentary show All Day SJ. She will work alongside executive producer Leon Sjogren and producer Kaycee Frame.

Longhurst has spent over two years with Southern Cross Austereo as executive producer.

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9Honey welcomes new contributors

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Nine Network women’s lifestyle portal 9Honey has four new high-profile contributors.

The network reported that Rebecca Judd, Victoria Arbiter, Rosie Waterland, and Roxy Jacenko are coming in as contributors under incoming network editor Shauna Anderson and MD for lifestyle Julia Naughton.

The signings come as 9Honey is marking two years, complete with a revamped website.

Judd is partnering with 9Honey to promote her show The Style School, which currently features her latest project – remodeling her family home.

Arbiter will write a weekly column on the royal scene. She is well-known for her expert analyses on events surrounding the British Royal Family, having guested on multiple networks, and wrote a number of books.

A prominent figure in Sydney’s comedy circuit, Waterland is set to write a weekly column called “I know nothing, ask me anything!”

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The Guardian Weekly goes magazine route

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The Guardian has reformatted its weekly edition, the Guardian Weekly, as a news magazine.

The relaunched Weekly combines all of the best articles produced by satellite publications of The Guardian for the week, including the Guardian Australia. The magazine itself will have more pages than the original Weekly newspaper. The relaunch’s first issue (pictured, right) has newly-confirmed US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the cover.

The Guardian Australia staff will now coordinate with Weekly global editor Will Dean and the Weekly’s US staff on producing the magazine.

“The Guardian is committed to providing quality, independent news for a progressive Australian audience in the formats that they need. Many people who read digital news still enjoy picking up a paper at the weekend.With Guardian Weekly, you get a roundup of the world’s most important news stories delivered to your home wherever you are in Australia, and the new format means we can offer Aus

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News Corp Australia announced that Whittaker is taking the reins at North Ryde effective October 15, 2018. He had been in charge at The Australian for almost three years this December, and had served with the paper several years beforehand.

Frangopoulos was recently appointed to the CEO posting at SKY News Arabia in Dubai, UAE.

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