Byrnes takes up Macquarie Media content post

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Greg Brynes (photo credit: Radio Today)Greg Byrnes has signed up as the new head of content for Macquarie Media.

Nine managing director radio Tom Malone said Byrnes will report to him as the person in overall charge of content across all stations. 

Byrnes is well-positioned for the post having spent 17 years at 2UE, mostly in directorial work, plus three years at 2XL in Cooma. He recently left SKY News after a ten-year run, rising from channel manager to talk show EP.

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Rathbone signs to Grant Broadcasters content post

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Ryan Rathbone has signed up with Grant Broadcasters, as its new QLD/NT content director.

He is slated to take up the post after settling back in Australia from New Zealand. 

Rathbone had spent the past five years across the Tasman as talent coach for MediaWorks and national content director for The Edge Networks, plus running his own company called Revolver Consultancy. He also previously ran content director posts for NOVA, ARN, and Southern Cross Austereo.

“I can’t wait to meet the passionate local content teams across the country and help them increase audiences in some of the most competitive regional markets in Australia,” he said.

Follow Rathbone on LinkedIn and on Twitter @Ryan_Rathbone.

McDonnell set for Mi3 journey in 2020

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Joshua McDonnell is leaving AdNews to sign up with industry news website Mi3, effective 6 January 2020.

Mi3 executive editor Paul McIntyre said McDonnell is coming aboard to cover the media and agency sectors and to profile current and rising figures in the marketing industry. 

McDonnell has been with AdNews and its parent firm, Yaffa Media, since late 2016. 

“I couldn't be more excited to join Paul and the team over at Mi3. Their great work over the past year has been really noticed by the industry and I'm keen to help drive that mandate. At a time where the market is calling out for more thought leadership and in-depth content, it will be a great opportunity to help develop that offering and strengthen Mi3's position. A special thanks as well to AdNews and the Yaffas for the past three years," said McDonnell.

Follow McDonnell on Twitter @thejayMCD and on LinkedIn.

Perrett leaves SKY News

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Janine Perrett has moved on from SKY News.

She announced in a Tweet that she had taken up a redundancy after ten years with the network. In that space of time, she hosted The Perrett Report on SKY News Business and also took on hosting duties for shows such as Paul Murray Live and The Last Word.

“I was given some wonderful opportunities over the years, made many friends and wish them all good luck for the future. It was 40 years ago this month I started in journalism and I will continue to fight that good fight,” read part of her message.

Gleeson to host new SKY News/WIN regional show

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Peter Gleeson has been tapped to host a new regional affairs show to air on SKY News and WIN.

Debuting at 7pm AEDT on 27 January 2020 from SKY News’ Brisbane studio, SKY News Across Australia with Peter Gleeson will showcase the latest developments from regional Australia and cover serious matters facing regional communities. SKY News reporters will also contribute more localised feature stories.

Gleeson will also have discussions with federal and state politicians on regional matters. 

The new show is part of SKY News’ further investment in the SKY News on WIN tieup.

“Having grown up in regional Australia, I have an affinity and understanding of what makes these cities and towns tick. This will be a unique show that delves into not only the big issues that confront regional Australians but the news and views of everybody linked to these areas,” said Gleeson.

Muller bows out of WSFM

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Scott Muller is heading out of WSFM and the ARN organisation altogether. 

An ARN representative said Muller moved on as his two-year contract as WSFM’s content director had lapsed. However, he is not among the 90 redundancies Southern Cross Austereo announced earlier this month. 

When asked by Radio Today about future moves, Muller said he could not reveal anything until after the holidays. 

“It’s been a career highlight, an honour, and hilarious fun to work with Jonesy & Amanda, EPs Laura Bouchet and Millie Michael, and the whole WSFM team to set new all-time ratings-records for WSFM,” he said.

Wil Anderson exits Hot Breakfast

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Wil Anderson is stepping down from hosting the Hot Breakfast at Triple M Melbourne.

He announced in today’s broadcast that it will also be his last time on the air, as he is concentrating on other ventures in 2020. 

Anderson joined co-hosts Eddie McGuire and Luke Darcy two years ago as replacement for Nick Molloy. 

“It was an amazing challenge to fill the shoes of Mick Molloy, who is a great hero of mine. And one of the greatest comedic and radio talents in the country. I could not have felt more included here, from top to bottom. The management here in the building are just absolutely incredible to me,” said Anderson.

97.3FM removes breakfast hosts

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The breakfast show of 97.3FM Brisbane will be changing hosts in 2020.

ARN announced this week that host Mike van Acker and executive producer Liam Renton are stepping down from the station. Both have been at the station for two years. 

As for Van Acker’s co-hosts, Bianca Dyer is being assigned to an unspecified new role at the station, and Bob Gallagher is staying as well. 

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