HuffPost Australia begins rebuildBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Thursday, 31st October 2019 at 3:41pm
The Huffington Post’s Australian division is going back in action after almost two years, with four staff leading the charge.
HuffPost’s parent firm, Verizon Media, confirmed that Carly Williams will be in charge as senior editor, with London-based global managing editor James Martin as her superior. She will transfer from Verizon’s branded content team, RYOT Studio. Williams was chosen for the post on account of her decade-long experience working with companies such as Pacific Magazines and the AAP.
“We’re thrilled to have Carly onboard as senior editor of HuffPost Australia. Her background and experience within both the editorial and commercial side of the business made her a great fit for a people-first brand like HuffPost,” said HuffPost global executive editor Louise Roug.
Alicia Vrajlal is hired for the editor position. She had just stepped down as Yahoo! Lifestyle’s entertainment editor.
Nick Visser and Josie Harvey will cover news from the US. Visser will cover any breaking news while Harvey is on the trending news beat.
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Bardas signs with Val MorganBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 15th November 2019 at 8:54am
Val Morgan Digital has hired Amanda Bardas as the new executive editor of its digital publishing arm.
She was accepted for the job on account of her eight years’ experience in the local fashion publishing scene, roughly half of it with Allure Media, where she rose from fashion editor of Who What Wear Australia to executive editor.
“I’m looking forward to leading our team as we build and launch a new publishing platform that fills a gap in the Australian market for content that unlocks rich conversations and drives a deeper understanding of entertainment, life and style, wellness and culture,” said Bardas.
“Amanda’s remarkable track record makes her a critical part of our digital team. Having worked with her in the past, I’m excited to welcome Amanda on board as we diversify the digital publishing division of Val Morgan,” added Val Morgan Digital managing director Brain Florido.
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Fordham to join NewsCastBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Thursday, 14th November 2019 at 4:58pm
NewsCorp Australia has appointed Del Fordham as NewsCast’s head of audio.
He will collaborate with NewsCast’s component brands in the development and production of original audio material, and help increase their audience engagement. NewsCast chief and News Corp Australia GM for commercial networks Ainslee O’Brien will be Fordham’s immediate superior.
Fordham has over 15 years’ experience in the audio content field, having produced and managed shows for companies including the ABC, Southern Cross Austereo, and NOVA Entertainment.
“I’m passionate about original productions, on-demand content and bringing together different creators and content pillars to create synergies. Our growth strategy and upcoming original content slate will only build on the great momentum NewsCast has,” said Fordham.
The Guardian offers extra NZ coverageBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Thursday, 14th November 2019 at 2:48pm
The Australian edition of The Guardian newspaper will have more content pieces about New Zealand.
International news editor Bonnie Malkin said expanding the paper’s New Zealand coverage was warranted after uncovering strong interest from Kiwi readers for existing articles. The new section will feature articles with themes relevant to NZ readers such as social justice, social inequality, indigenous affairs, environmental issues, politics, and sports.
To cover the new content load, the Guardian is seeking new freelance staff to supplant a full-time and a part-time journalist currently on the rolls.
Meanwhile, the paper also announced the creation of a new Lifestyle section, with former TimeOut Sydney/Melbourne editorial director Alyx Gorman as its editor. The section will offer Australian-themed stories from an array of contributors including MasterChef Australia season II winner Adam Liaw and restauranteur Palisa Anderson.
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Fray joins Private MediaBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Thursday, 14th November 2019 at 2:06pm
Peter Fray has signed up with Private Media as its new editor-in-chief.
The new opportunity is a two-fold role for Fray. The editor-in-chief role will have him running oversight for news brands Crikey, Smart Company, and The Mandarin. He will also be the managing editor for Crikey and its INQ investigative journalism division.
Fray comes into Private with a sterling record to boot. Currently working at UTS as a journalism professor and co-director of the university’s Centre for Media Transition, Fray had previously been editor/EIC/publisher of the Sydney Morning Herald and later founded his own political news arm, PolitiFact Australia. He also took up editor posts at The Canberra Times and The Age.
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ABC stops live Olympic radio broadcastBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Wednesday, 13th November 2019 at 5:34pm
The ABC will no longer carry live radio broadcasts of the Olympics, starting with next year’s Summer Games in Tokyo (pictured).
The national broadcaster announced that the end of the live radio coverage was due to budget issues and the availability of other formats in accessing content from the Games.
The Sydney Morning Herald later claimed from sources that ABC had problems managing staff assignments for the two-week-long event. The move ends a long run that started at the Helsinki Summer Games in 1952.
ABC News and Grandstand, however, will fill continue with daily updates. ABC had recently purchased radio broadcast rights to the Games from exclusive carrier Seven.
Reactions came quickly afterwards.
ABC Grandstand's Alister Nicholson expressed dejection at the move, considering he was part of the network’s small crew that went to Rio de Janeiro three years ago.
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