New Drive show set for SEA FM

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91.9 SEA FM (photo credit: SCA)Sunshine Coast station 91.9 SEA FM is debuting a brand new show, Elly and Becks, on 3 February.

The show will bring together Luke “Becks” Toohey and Elly Chaney.

Chaney settled in the Sunshine Coast after two years at Hit96.9 Shepparton’s breakfast show. Toohey recently stepped down as Southern Cross Austereo’s VIC/SA Group content director, and is now SEA FM’s new content boss.

“I love sunshine and I love the coast so accepting this job and joining the SEA FM family was a no brainer! I can’t wait to jump on the air with Becks and prove once and for all that I’m funnier than him,” said Chaney.

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Jase and PJ stay on at KIIS 101.1 breakfast show

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KIIS 101.1 Melbourne’s breakfast tandem of Jason “Jase” Hawkins and Polly “PJ” Harding have extended their deals for their show, Jase & PJ in the Morning.

Launched in 2018, the show is being extended up to at least 2022, as part of the network’s new strategic direction. ARN already secured contract extensions for KISS 106.5’s Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, Christian O’Connell (Gold FM breakfast in Melbourne), and Jonesy and Amanda (WSFM Sydney).

ARN national content director Duncan Campbell said Jase and PJ have built up a strong following since taking over from Matt Tilley and Meshel Laurie in 2018. 

“Jase and PJ have a genuine friendship and on-air chemistry that makes for great radio. They have consistently delivered exceptional content and their loyal audiences love them and I’m excited to see them continue to build momentum in Breakfast this year and beyond. They’re a critical part

InDaily starts Queensland news branch

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SA company Solstice Media has launched a Queensland-based version of its independent digital news portal InDaily, called InQueensland (

Operating under a new subsidiary called InQueensland Media, the new service will offer readers a newsletter with fresh material on news, politics, business, and arts and culture. The newsletter will be furnished under a subscription email list. 

Peter Atkinson has signed on as InQueensland’s editor. He was tapped for the post on account of his 30 years’ work covering the state. 

Veteran Queenslander reporters Dennis Atkins, Sean Parnell, Christine Jackman, Bob McDonald, Nicole Bond, Michael Blucher, and Brett Debritz comprise the writing team.

“We undertook local research and found there was almost a desperation in Queensland for a new and different news service, digging deeper into political and business issues affecting Queenslanders. Like InDaily, InQueensland will be all about local quality independent j

5 Minutes With Alice Clarke

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Freelancer Alice Clarke has built a strong reputation over recent years, delivering great coverage of tech and games to mainstream outlets throughout the past decade. So we’re kicking off the fresh new 5 Minutes series with her insights into the state of the industry, how to PR in her general direction, and that she definitely had her hairstyle before Ramona Flowers came along.
What do you do and where does your work appear?
I’ve been a freelance tech, games and entertainment reporter and opinion writer for a little over 13 years. You can currently see my game & app reviews every week in the Sunday Herald Sun and I regularly write tech for The Age / SMH.
Anything else in your career you’ve been known for?
I spent years writing about TV for places like the Sunday Herald Sun TV Guide and The Age Green Guide, wrote about music for Cherrie Magazine, and I had an opinion column in the Herald Sun on Mondays for a little over five years. I also co-curat

Cairns Regional Council rolls out new arts and culture magazine

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The Cairns Regional Council’s Cultural Services department has introduced a new free arts and culture magazine, called Vibrance.

Vibrance is designed to promote the Cairns region’s cultural initiatives and works of local artists, plus the grant projects of the Regional Arts Development. The Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Munro Martin Parklands, and the Tanks Arts Centre, among others, will also advertise their upcoming events through the magazine. 

Issue No 1’s (pictured) print edition is available for free at the Council’s libraries and customer service centres, the Ticketlink office, CPAC, and the Tanks Arts Centre. The Council is also publishing a digital edition. 

“Seventeen separate programs were printed each year, so to consolidate into the one magazine, every two months, is a more effective way to communicate information,” said Cairns Mayor Bob Manning.

BREAKING NEWS: Swan steps up to Aus Tech Editor

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David Swan will replace Supratim Adhikari as The Australian's Technology Editor, the newspaper revealed this morning. 

Swan has been at The Australian for the last five years, having joined when News Limited folded Technology Spectator into its primary national masthead. He got his start in tech journalism, writing for technology news website, iTWire.  

His predecessor Supratim Adhikari will shortly jump across to Fairfax to take up the role of deputy business editor across the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Swan is a multiple winner of the IT Journalism Awards and was last year highly commended by the Melbourne Press Club in the long-form business feature category.

Australian Aviation sold to Momentum Media

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Momentum Media has taken over the publishing reins for noted industry title Australian Aviation from Aviator Media. 

The deal calls for Momentum to run the Australian Aviation website, podcast, and the social media channels, and to start producing the print edition. Momentum will also assume production of sister title the World of Aviation. 

Company director for defence and aerospace Phillip Tarrant will oversee operations of both titles. Aviator Media director Christian Boucousis, meanwhile, has agreed to collaborate as brand ambassador and podcast co-host.

The acquisitions are part of Momentum Media’s development of a content presence in the aerospace and defence manufacturing industries, with DefenceConnect and SpaceConnect already in operation. 

“The defence, space and aviation industries are enormous and of immense value to Australia as well as globally. We’re excited by the opportunity to support stakeholders right across the aviation sector a

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