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Gill leads Seven government affairs role

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Seven West Media has welcomed former Nine executive Clare Gill as its new head of regulatory and government affairs.

She will lead Seven West Media’s stance regarding government efforts to make the News Media Bargaining Code official. Gill oversaw the development of ideas for regulating Google and Facebook in her tenure at Nine. 

She will oversee responsibilities formerly held by Justine McCarthy and Emma McDonald. McDonald recently exited for unknown reasons, while McCarthy is now senior media adviser to Comms Minister Paul Fletcher. 

“Clare has a long and impressive track record in government, regulatory and corporate affairs, as well as policy development, industry relations and business strategy. She is a strong addition to our executive team and joins at a critical time for Seven West Media and the media industry in general,” said Seven West Media CEO James Warburton.

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Nicki Williams tapped for Buzzfeed APAC post

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Buzzfeed has appointed Nicki Williams as its new APAC regional director, reported Mumbrella.

She had spent most of 2020 as Buzzfeed’s APAC sales director. The company still offers commercial and client services even as its Australian news division was shut down.  

“I’m thrilled to be leading the Buzzfeed business across APAC and I’m very proud of the way that our team has come through the challenges of 2020 – producing engaging content for our audience and delivering truly exceptional campaigns for our clients,” said Williams.

“Looking forward, 2021 is a highly promising year for growth, with some really exciting opportunities on the horizon that we’ll be sharing in market soon.”

Greenwood in action at SKY News

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Ross Greenwood has left Nine to be part of the SKY News Australia family as business editor.

The new post will see him manage SKY News’ business coverage, including hosting Business Weekend alongside The Australian economics editor Adam Creighton, starting 31 January. Current Business Weekend host Ticky Fullerton, meanwhile, is heading to The Australian as business editor-at-large.

Greenwood will also provide expert analysis for other SKY News shows. 

Greenwood has at least 40 years’ experience covering the business sector, with almost 20 of them spent with Nine. 

“In a world where change happens so rapidly, it is exciting to join a dynamic news organisation dedicated to breaking news and holding business and political leaders to account. I can’t wait to go,” said Greenwood.

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Comment: Media bargaining code is half-pregnant

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The problem with the Australian government’s approach to making the tech giants subsidise journalism in Australia is ideologically half-pregnant. It is rampant interventionism trying to pretend it’s not by operating under the auspices of a “free-ish” market agreement.
 
Clearly, the two opposing sides will never, ever see eye-to-eye on the respective value they bring to the table. As such, any arbitration model is doomed to failure.
 
The government does have at its disposal traditional levers that it could far more easily deploy, namely taxation.
 
Let’s call it a copyright tax. With it you could kill two birds with one stone, removing the related issue of ambiguity over copyright and fair use of content. It is a legal minefield that our legal system is currently struggling to come to terms with, as shown by the long and ongoing legal stoushes between the copyright agency and media monitoring companies.
 
The copyright tax could be

White to produce The Danny Lakey Show

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The Triple M Network has enlisted Mikayla White as the new producer for weeknights program The Danny Lakey Show, reported Radiotoday.

She had been with parent company Southern Cross Austereo for almost five years, with her work including office assistant in the Melbourne office and producing for Trending 20 with Angus O’Loughlin and Old School House Party with Tim Lee.

“For more than five years, I have been striving to reach this goal, and here it is, with a fun and cheeky show. I’m looking forward to the content Danny and I create as a team,” said White.

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Mamamia taps new The Quicky EP

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Mamamia has welcomed Siobhan Moran-McFarlane as the new executive producer of The Quicky podcast show.

She will be in charge of overseeing the show’s content production and to research and book guests.

Moran-McFarlane joined Mamamia from the Super Network, where she spent over two years as reporter/producer, and senior producer for the John Laws Morning Show on 2SM.

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SCA syndicates Triple M 92.5 drive spot

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Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) is syndicating the drive slot at Triple M 92.5FM on the Gold Coast. 

The network stated that effective 27 January, the 3PM hour will carry highlights from Triple M Melbourne’s The Marty Sheargold Show. 

Mick Molloy is up at 4PM with Molloy.

The Rush Hour with Dobbo will kick in at 6PM, rebranded as Rush Hour Queenslander, with Elliott Lovejoy as co-host.

The reprogramming was made after Luke Bradnam announced that he was not coming back to the 92.5 Drive show this year.

“We’re pumped to bring a dedicated sports entertainment show to the GC for the commute home. With industry legends Marty Sheargold and Mick Molloy, followed by sports nut and NRL insider, Ben ‘Dobbo’ Dobson, the Gold Coast will be treated to the ultimate lineup that delivers our rock, sport and comedy promise,” said Triple M 92.5 content director Corey Kay.

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