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Roberts signs off from 96FM

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Gary Roberts is officially moving on from 96FM Perth, effective 10 December. Station parent firm ARN said he was leaving to take up a “major new event,” without elaborating further.  Roberts had been 96FM’s managing director for the past two years. He previously served at the station from 1980 to 1992 as program director and general manager.  “Success is always about the right people, in the right place, at the right time and that is what has been achieved at 96FM. This team is the best in the station’s history and will continue to deliver great outcomes for ARN. 96FM is a great heritage brand and I am delighted to have been part of the team rebuilding it in Perth,” reflected Roberts on his tenure.  “Gary has provided the leadership needed to build up and stabilise the Perth team. He has recruited some exceptional people, built a fantastic ‘can-do’ team environment and, from a ratings perspective, has delivered more for 96FM that we could have hoped,” added

Laurence returns to SEA FM

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Jack Laurence is rejoining SEA FM on the Gold Coast in 2022, as assistant content director and announcer. He is already set to stand down from anchoring the Morning Crew with Hughesy, Ed and Erin on 2DAY FM and is preparing with his family to resettle in the Gold Coast. They originally planned to go back in 2023, until a vacancy opened at SEA FM. Laurence had been away from the Gold Coast for five years, having worked as anchor of the HIT Network’s drive show and later at 2DAY. He previously spent six years with SEA FM. “In July this year my wife and I decided that we wanted to move our family home to the Gold Coast in 2023. We miss home and want our kids to have the opportunity to grow up on the coast and enjoy everything it has to offer, so when the role became available at 90.9 Sea FM it was perfect timing,” he said.  Follow Laurence on LinkedIn.

Fresh staff movements at The Australian

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News Corp Australia broadsheet The Australian is entering summer with a revamped national coverage team. On the management tier, John Lehmann has succeeded Nicholas Gray as the new managing director for The Australian and the News Prestige Network.  Louise Bryant, Vogue Australia, Vogue Living and GQ Australia’s managing editor, is now The Australian’s managing editor as well.  Edwina McCann, News Prestige’s editorial director, is now promoted to publisher, in addition to Vogue Australia editor-in-chief and The Australian fashion editor.  At the newsroom, Natasha Bita is back as education editor. She last held the position from March 2015 to July 2016. She had since moved on to covering national affairs for the Daily Telegraph, associate editor for the Courier-Mail, and most recently, national education and social affairs editor for News Corp Australia’s metro dailies, weekend and regional sheets.  Federal politics reporter Richard Ferguson is now The Australian’s d

Grebert-Craig in action at Greater Dandenong Leader

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Brooke Grebert-Craig has started with the Greater Dandenong Leader, part of the Leader Community News, based out of Melbourne.  She made the transition after over a year in Gippsland as part of the Bass Coast News.  Grebert-Craig joined News Corp Australia in April 2019 as SEO content specialist, working with the Herald-Sun and Leader News. Follow Grebert-Craig on Twitter @Brooke_GC.

Good Food Guide 2022 primed for release

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Nine is bringing back the Good Food Guide for 2022. The 100-page glossy insert (pictured) is being bundled in with tomorrow’s editions of metro sheets Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, with the content either angled to NSW or Victoria’s commercial dining scene. Myffy Rigby is editing the Sydney edition with Michael Harry taking care of the Melbourne title.  Much of the new Good Food Guide will have more features and reviews of suburban dining establishments, to reflect the rise of food entrepreneurs within the local communities as a result of changes triggered by the pandemic.  SMH chief reviewer Terry Durack and The Age’s Gemima Cody are leading the pack of reviewers for the Good Food Guide. However, pandemic protocols in both states have seriously affected the review team’s capability to fairly rate a subject restaurant, especially in terms of rating their condition before and after a lockdown.  “The Good Food Guide is renowned as the authority on the best restaura

Karvelas set for RN Breakfast

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Patricia Karvelas has been appointed the new host of ABC RN Breakfast, effective January 2022.    National broadcaster ABC revealed the announcement today after weeks of searching for someone to succeed Fran Kelly, who is primed for her final broadcast on 2 December after 17 years on the show.  Karvelas and Kelly previously hosted The Party Room podcast for five years.   “It is an honour and privilege to step into what I have long considered the best job on radio, setting the national agenda every weekday morning and providing the conversations and interviews that will keep ABC audiences well informed of the issues that affect them. This is particularly important given we are entering an election year,” said Karvelas.  Follow Karvelas on Twitter @PatsKarvelas.

Butler up for Hot Tomato drive run

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Trevor “Trev” Butler is the new drive co-host for 102.9 Hot Tomato on the Gold Coast, reported Mediaweek. His selection as Moyra Major’s partner was announced in the wake of news that Simon Baggs was stepping down in 2022. Butler has been on Hot Tomato’s promotions team for over a decade, and is best known for winning Big Brother Australia Season IV.  “I am super pumped to be joining Moysie in 2022. While I’ll miss cruising round as a 102.9er, it’s time for a new challenge. I can’t wait to be on-air each afternoon driving the Gold Coast and Tweed home, before I drive home to Banora Point,” said Butler “Trev is someone I’ve loved working alongside at Hot Tomato for close to 10 years. And now I’m so excited to welcome him to the studio and can’t wait to spend the afternoon with him. He’s always been a favourite of mine and the Gold Coast,” added Major.

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