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New digital football publication Kick360 takes flight

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A group of Australian football fans have banded together to establish a new digital publication called Kick 360, reported Mumbrella.  The content portal will carry news articles and feature pieces from all aspects of Australia’s football community, from the A-League and NPL, to the grassroots clubs. A podcast is also in action.  Joey Lynch, founder of FTBL.com.au, and noted football writer Samantha Lewis have agreed to be part of the contributor pool.  Co-founder Neal Symons said establishing the site came out of a need for more cohesive information about Australian football, even alluding to how the community was affected with the closure of notable outlets such as SBS’ The World Game.  “Media is one of the hardest industries to monetise effectively, with the rise of social media and the changes in consumer consumption, and as such we’ve seen the demise of many websites and outlets that we religiously read as fans. There is a need for great features and coverage, and w

Google taps ANZ news leads

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Google ANZ regional news partnerships will be under the care of Nic Hopkins (pictured, left) and Shilpa Jhunjhunwala (pictured, right), reported Mumbrella. The company revealed that Hopkins will move up from heading the Google ANZ News Lab to oversee Google’s APAC news industry relations and programs, with increased focus on transformation, sustainability, and startups. He will turn over his News Lab spot to former FT Strategies coach Uma Patel. “The Asia-Pacific is home to an incredibly diverse and innovative news community. I’m looking forward to working with publishers and industry associations across the region to create a sustainable future for news in APAC, in whatever form it might take, and to help bring the ingenuity of APAC publishers to the rest of the world,” said Hopkins Based in Melbourne, Jhunjhunwala will be running ANZ news partnerships and APAC news program management, in charge of helping ANZ news organisations with using Google’s service offerings.  S

Ticker adds tech bulletin

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Online news streaming platform Ticker News has added a technology news bulletin to its coverage.   Ticker founder Ahron Young made the announcement on LinkedIn, saying tech news was one of the key topics that platform has covered ever since it started two years ago.   Helming the tech bulletin is journalist Anthony Lucas.   Young also announced that a weather segment has been added, led by William Howard, while also airing a new crypto segment every Thursday led by Adrian Franklin and Jordan Michaelides.   Ticker itself has been expanding rapidly throughout 2021, adding offices in Singapore, London and New York alongside brand news studios in Melbourne.   The platform has also signed deals with wires agency Reuters and news streaming service News Player Plus.  

Kavalee signs on with Stan Sport

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2Day FM breakfast host Ed Kavalee has signed on to Stan Sport’s football commentators panel.      He will partner with Max Rushden for a Friday comedy show called Two Up Top. “Stan Sport have so much great football content and so many great presenters. They also have Max Rushden. I’m very happy to have been brought in as third-choice goalkeeper. In the full kit but with minimal responsibilities,” said Kavalee. Kavalee was the last addition to the team, which is preparing for the upcoming 2021/22 UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League seasons. The 2Day FM host has been a regular covering football in Australia for over a decade. He has been on multiple TV shows alongside fellow football fans Santo Cilauro and Sam Pang, covering the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. The crew also has Rushden teaming up with Mark Bosnich and Craig Foster for the UEFA Champions League Match of the Day. Foster will have football experts with him every Monda

FOXTEL prepares FLASH stream service

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FOXTEL is now ready to go live with its new FLASH news stream service next month. The service will carry content from over 20 news channels around the world to complement FOXTEL’s own news channels. It is expected to complete FOXTEL’s triad of stream video on-demand content portals, the other arms being entertainment platform BINGE and sports service Kayo.  However, the final composition of the channels will be revealed at the FOXTEL Group Strategy Day next week. Former News.com.au editor-in-chief Kate de Brito is already in place as the executive director, as is James Law as head of editorial.  “The number of Australian households with a streaming service is forecast to grow by almost 20% in the next four years, reaching 85% of all households, with each household expected to have between three and four SVOD subscriptions,” said Foxtel Group CEO Patrick Delany. “Flash will ride this wave, offering news-hungry Australians a new way to stay informed about politics, busin

Lane named Alternative Commentary Collective GM

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Mike Lane has been appointed general manager of NZME sports channel, the Alternative Commentary Collective (ACC). He will be in overall charge of the ACC and its new content initiatives, such as a growing line of sports podcasts at iHeartRadio and expanding live event coverage. One of the ACC’s upcoming projects is the New Zealand cricket team’s upcoming tour of Australia.  Lane joined NZME in 2012 as the content director for Radio Hauraki and became a pioneer member of the ACC.  “The ACC’s innovative approach to sports coverage and commentary has really captured the imagination of sports fans right around New Zealand. Mike is a commercial and content genius who’s constantly identifying opportunities to connect customers with our growing audiences. Mike also knows how to get the most out of what is already an unbeatable line-up of Kiwi sports broadcasters and commentators,” said NZME chief revenue officer Paul Hancox. Follow Lane on LinkedIn

McKnight named EP for 4BC afternoons

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Rob McKnight is the new executive producer of 4BC’s afternoons show, hosted by Sofie Formica. He was considered for a full-time role after sitting in for 4BC presenters Spencer Howson and Bill McDonald on certain occasions. The show is slated to debut on 4 October. “The intimacy with the audience and the ability to talk about topics is something that I connect with and it really appeals to me. Radio is a format I believe suits me well,” said McKnight. McKnight has been a TV man through and through, having been a producer for three major networks and recently edited for TV news and gossip site TV Blackbox. He has agreed to keep working for TV Blackbox with clearance from Nine, 4BC’s parent firm.  Follow McKnight on LinkedIn

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