New editors named at The Age

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The Age The Age is in line for new editors, tweeted group executive editor James Chessell. 

Current SMH/The Age business editor Mathew Dunckley is moving up as digital editor. He has been at The Age since joining as editor of the BusinessDay section in 2014 and stayed on after the sale to Nine.

David King will be The Sunday Age’s new editor. He is coming from The Australian, where he served for 15 out of the past 20 years, from copyboy and cadet journo to deputy editor for news and most recently, Victorian editor. 

Debbie Cuthbertson takes up The Sunday Age’s deputy editor spot. She is a seasoned hand at The Age, having been there for nearly all of the past 17 years, with her positions including deputy online news editor, chief of staff for online, iPad night editor, and senior writer/Saturday chief of staff.

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Bardas signs with Val Morgan

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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 NewsCast

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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 coverage

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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.

“Lifestyle sections often focus on celebri

Fray joins Private Media

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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.

“I have long admired the work of Crikey and celebrated the work of the Mandarin and Smart Company. The new INQ team brings a compelling dimension to Crikey’s subscriber offering, with its investigative work. I am very much looking forward to being part of its

Kruger resigns on air

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Channel Nine’s Sonia Kruger has resigned on-air from her position as co-host of Today Extra, appearing poised to return to Channel Seven.
 
After eight fabulous years, I'm leaving the show and the Nine Network. I've had an amazing time here and I've been privileged to work on some top-shelf programs,” Kruger said.
 
She will finish up her role on 15 November after eight years with the network. Alongside being co-host of Today Extra, she also hosted singing reality show, The Voice.
 
Channel Seven is yet to confirm that Kruger is returning, although it’s believed she will host the network’s reboot of Big Brother, a show she hosted from 2012-2014 at Nine.
 
The move comes after it was announced Georgie Gardner would be leaving the Today Show with Karl Stefanovic returning to the breakfast slot alongside Allison Langdon.

Kruger can be followed on Twitter.

Simon Dux starts at Comms Day

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Simon Dux was last week announced as Communications Day’s new editor following the departure of Geoff Long to the Royal Australian Navy.
Speaking to Influencing, Dux says the time is right for him to head back into the telecoms field.
 
Having worked as an in-house professional at BT in the UK, a telecoms analyst and a tech PR account director, CommsDay presented a fantastic opportunity to move back into telecoms sector journalism. The industry is undergoing a massive transformation and 5G will change how we'll all communicate. The timing was perfect,” he said.
 
Dux says he is looking forward to covering the unique aspects of Australia’s telecom industry as well as examining telco business models, the regulatory environment, and technology and service innovation.
 
“Australia has some unique characteristics to its telecommunication environment. For example, it is the only country currently that has a 4G network faster than current

ABC stops live Olympic radio broadcast

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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. 

"You think about all the great stories there are to tell — and yes, we wi

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