Eddington appointed Herald and Weekly Times board executive

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Sir Rod Eddington AO (photo credit: The Australian)The board of Victoria mastheads The Herald and Weekly Times will have prominent businessman Sir Rod Eddington sitting at the table, starting 1 May 2019.

NewsCorp Australia stated today that he was chosen on account of his long relationship with the conglomerate and his strong record in business and executive management. These include chairman of JP Morgan’s Asia-Pacific Advisory Council, News Ltd deputy chairman, and non-executive director of NewsCorp and 21st Century Fox.

“It has been my privilege to work with News Corp for more than 20 years, and being appointed to the Board of HWT continues that privilege,” said Eddington.

“I look forward to being back in the Australian media industry and working with the HWT Board on the future growth and direction of such a significant Victorian business.”

The Herald and Weekly Times board already have News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller, NewsCorp Australia COO for publishing Damian Eales, Herald and Weekly Times Victoria MD for editorial Peter Blunden and Herald and Weekly Times Victoria MD for commercial Peter Zavecz on the roster.

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Binjang Community Radio told to vacate

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Binjang Community Radio 91.5 has been forced to find a new location in Wellington, NSW.

The Wellington Council has ordered the station to vacate its home building, which is adjacent to the Wellington Visitor Information Centre in Nanima Crescent, by 30 September 2019. The council is looking to establish the Wellington Wiradjuri Tourism Experience on the station premises.

Station manager Tony Graham said staff have been on the move to scout for potential replacement sites. The best location they found, however, would require up to $40k in remodelling to bring up to operational standards. The station only pays $1 in annual rent fees at the current location since starting up in 2012.

The Dubbo Regional Council could only pledge up to $15k in relocation assistance, although council CEO Michael McMahon said he would find a way to make the transfer as seamless as possible.

Garde joins Hit100.9

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Grace Garde has joined Hit100.9 Hobart as its new workdays host, starting 17 June 2019.

One of Radio Today‘s Top New Talent to Watch in 2019, Garde recently exited a breakfast hosting job at Power FM in Nowra. The move to Hit 100.9 is also her return to Southern Cross Austereo since working on promotions at the network’s Gosford, NSW operations years ago.

“I am so excited to start working in Hobart! I enjoy wearing big coats and hats, so I’m looking forward to arriving in Hobart’s winter to expand my wardrobe. The Hobart team seem so hardworking, really talented, and a lot of fun - I am humbled to be joining them and can't wait to get started!,” said Garde of her new opportunity.

Tune in with Garde on Twitter @GradeGarde and on LinkedIn.

New staff in at Guardian Australia

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The Guardian Australia has new people in the workplace.

Editor Lenore Taylor announced on Twitter that Ben Butler is coming in as a senior business reporter, having recently exited The Australian.

Freelancer reporter Adam Morton is drafted as environment editor.

Investigative reporter Anne Davies moves up as investigations editor.

Laura Murphy-Oates is joining the paper as host of a new flagship podcast after over six years at SBS and NITV. Producer Miles Martignoni, however, said Oates will take up a temporary hosting gig with Triple J’s Hack show for the next month, then start with the podcast. Oates joins Triple J breakfast newsreader Alice Matthews and Hack reporter Avani Dias as one of three substitute hosts for the show; current host Tom Hilley is set for temporary duties with ABC's Foreign Correspondent.   

Roe joins ABC Sydney

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ABC Radio Brisbane presenter Isobel Roe has resettled in Sydney.

She moved to continue handling the current affairs beat for ABC Radio, out of the Sydney studios, hosting AM, PM, and The World Today.

Roe first worked with the ABC back in 2012 as producer of Spencer Howson’s breakfast show then started reporting out of Toowoomba in 2016 after a short stint with Southern Cross Austereo.

Follow her on Twitter @IsobelRoe and on LinkedIn.

Morton finishes The Australian service

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Rick Morton is no longer with The Australian.

Morton went on Twitter to confirm AFR columnist Myriam Robin’s report that he had indeed left The Aus after seven years as social affairs writer. He last submitted a story to the paper on 18 May 2019.

He stated that he will use his downtime from work to start writing a new book, following the success of his best seller, One Hundred Years of Dirt.

“Mostly, however, leaving is tough because I did work I am exceptionally proud of over those years. I don’t subscribe to the belief that journalism is inherently heroic, but you can do good things. I think I did some good things,” Morton added.

Follow Morton on Twitter @SquigglyRick.

Crikey rolls out INQ journo team

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Crikey Media has taken the covers off its new INQ inquiry journalism squad.

The group is being promoted as a crew that will probe deep into the story and dissect all leads for unique and accurate insights, with their first reports slated to be released as part of Crikey’s daily newsletters starting 24 June 2019.

Former The Project chief of staff and producer Lauren Molan has been tapped as the team’s editor based in Melbourne, handling a 12-person team across three states. Former ABC Investigations editor and Lateline producer/reporter Suzanne Smith is the consulting editor.

Beat assignments are already laid down.

Former Four Corners reporter David Hardaker is tackling legal affairs and crime.

Ex-The Age journalist Georgia Wilkins will handle business and consumer affairs. Amber Schultz, another former The Age reporter, is covering healthcare issues.

Jennine Khalik brings her seven years’ investigative producing and reporting at ABC and News Corp Australia into

Aussie journos earn Queen’s Birthday Honours

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Several members of Australia’s media community made the cut for the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

At the top of the recognition, ABC chairperson and OBE honouree Ita Buttrose (pictured) was declared a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Leigh Sales’ service in the broadcast media field, primarily as host of 7.30, earned her a spot as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). The Age economics editor Peter Martin, Sydney Weekender host Mike Whitney, former Gruen panelist Jane Caro, and News Corp Australia corporate affairs director Campbell Reid are also AM awardees.

Former The Spirit of Things host Rachael Kohn was recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia (OA) for her radio, most prominently with content on Jewish studies.

Sportswriters Ken Sutcliffe and Louise Evans and The Project co-host Carrie Bickmore landed Medals of the Order of Australia (OAM).

A full list of recognitions is available from the Governor-General’s website.

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