Nott leaves IDG

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Computerworld AU (photo credit: IDG)George Nott is moving on from IDG titles CIO and Computerworld (pictured).

He said in a Tweet that he had bid the publications farewell after over three years, taking the time to thank editors Rohan Pearce and Byron Connolly for their help. 

Nott joined IDG Communications Australia in May 2016 after a year of content writing for a Sydney communications agency.

Keep in touch with Nott on Twitter @GeorgePNott and on LinkedIn.

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Dan Cole has been appointed as Triple M’s Content Director-Northwest, with the Triple M stations in Karratha, Port Hedland, Broome, Geraldton, and Kalgoorlie, plus the Triple M WA remote network, under his oversight.

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3AW has tapped Rex Hunt (pictured) to be part of the commentary team for the AFL State of Origin for Bushfire Relief game on 28 February at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.  

The station already has Shane McInnes, Matthew Lloyd, and Brad Hardie in the booth for the match, which is the first in 21 years. 

“What we’ve seen throughout Australia this summer has been heartbreaking. What a wonderful idea to call on the great names of the AFL and have the State of Origin return.”

“The night is going to be full of emotion for many who have had their lives affected by the bushfires. I know it’s going to be a really special occasion and I can’t wait to be part of it, calling the action for 3AW,” said Hunt, who recently finished hosting a special limited run of his classic Rex Hunt Fishing Show.

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Issue No 1 for autumn 2020 (pictured) will have a limited print run of 20,000 copies. It will be available via mail deliveries or distribution across select businesses from Darlinghurst to Woollahra. 

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