The Project lands ex-Nine staffer anew

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Laura Spurway (source credit: AusCelebs)Channel Ten’s The Project has added Laura Spurway of Nine Melbourne to its team.
 
She announced her exit through an Instagram shot of her on the beach holding a Nine microphone with the caption reading “What a ride! Thank you @9newsmelbourne," with a heart at the end. 
 
Some of her followers took her announcement as a good catch for Ten in the wake of Lisa Wilkinson’s much-publicised departure and subsequent welcome to The Project hosting roster. 
Spurway previously worked with Nine as a segment producer for Today, with a year-long stint on CNN in between, plus experience with ABC and Deutsche Welle.
 
Spurway can also be followed on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Jo & Lehmo ready to sign off

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Jo Stanley and Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann are calling time on their brekky show over Melbourne GOLD 104.3 FM.

ARN national content director Duncan Campbell said the duo’s show will stay on the airwaves until yearend as their contracts were not renewed. The team first went on air in 2015. ARN is slated to detail changes to the breakfast schedule in the new year.

Stanley and Lehmann took the announcement in stride, which came despite their show doing well in the ratings.   

"We are disappointed as we love our audience, we love GOLD 104.3, and we love our team. We have both worked incredibly hard and the show's ratings have grown consistently, culminating in becoming Melbourne's number one FM breakfast show in the latest survey. We have a great friendship, have enjoyed working together over the past two years and will miss our listeners. Sadly, this is a crazy business and these things happen," they said in a statement.

Finance journos move on

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Two seasoned journalists in the finance industry, John Kavanagh and Daniel Paperny, have taken their careers into new directions.

Kavanagh (pictured, left) stepped down from his editorship at Banking Day after roughly ten years to firmly concentrate on editing The Rub, Shed Media’s newsletter focusing on issues in the superannuation industry. He is a veteran of the finance sector with over 30 years of experience, with his stints including money market coverage at The Australian and Business Review Weekly. He started working on The Rub when it first went into circulation in May 2017. The Banking Day management chose Bernard Kellerman to succeed Kavanagh.

Paperny (pictured, right), meanwhile, wrapped up his journalist duties at Benchmark Media’s Financial Observer to take up an account manager position at media relations company Media +Capital Partners. He was with the Observer for over one and a half years, as journalist and senior journalist.  

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In and out at New Idea

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Changes are afoot at weekly celebrity news magazine New Idea.

Parent firm Pacific Magazines announced that Zoe Burrell is coming aboard as junior writer, tackling entertainment, TV, and celebrity issues.

Burrell joins fresh from a six-month stint as an editorial co-ordinator/junior writer at Bauer Media, where she also did internships for Take 5 and Woman’s Day magazines.

Associate Editor Holly Richards is also temporarily assuming the duties of entertainment editor, as the incumbent, Ali Cromarty, is finishing up this week.

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Tucker back in the saddle after leaving Vodafone

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Veteran consumer tech journo Harry Tucker is now back on the scene after leaving his PR manager role at Vodafone.
 
Tucker was announced today as the new contributing editor for Telecom Times, and also has plans to work freelance for a wide range of outfits including his old haunt News Corp, motoring specialist title Car Advice, and the Domain.com.au website.
 
Aside from eagerly getting back to writing, Tucker also told Influencing that he plans to begin work on his own start-up.
 
“I loved working at Vodafone, I worked with a fantastic team and learned so much. I've always wanted to go out on my own though, and right now seemed the perfect time in my life to take the leap,” said Tucker.
 
“I can't say too much about the start-up yet, other than that it is in the media industry and I plan to launch it Q2/Q3 next year. And no, it's not just a new personal tech site or anything like that.”
 
“However, right now,

Johnston takes over editor's seat at Gizmodo

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Rae Johnston has been named as Gizmodo Australia’s new editor this morning, taking over the reins from Campbell Simpson.
 
The change comes almost two years after Simpson’s elevation to editor in November 2015, which saw him succeed Luke Hopewell.
 
At that time, Johnston was also installed as a full-time journalist, taking a step up from her previous position as a commercial content writer with Allure Media.
 
It is understood that Simpson resigned from his role as editor.
 
"Gizmodo Australia is everything I love smooshed into one giant weird and wonderful website, and I'm beyond excited to be leading the celebration of Australian innovation in video games, technology, science, gadgets and geeky entertainment for Gizmodo,” said Johnston.
 
“The folks at Allure are such a brilliant bunch of people to work with. I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunities and support I've received over my last three years here,

Scott-Wilson signs up with Acast Australia

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The Australian arm of Swedish free-to-use podcasting platform Acast has welcomed seasoned reporter Guy Scott-Wilson as its new content director.

Scott-Wilson is now tasked with laying out the strategic direction of Acast Australia. He will also guide existing Acast hosts with developing original content for their shows. He recently served as Allure Media’s partnerships director and account manager, plus worked for Dennis Publishing and Digital SLR Photography in various sales positions.

“Guy brings a high level of global and local expertise in the content development and publishing field and will be an asset as we head into this exciting era,” said Acast Australia country manager Henrik Isaakson.

“Guy will play an important role in our business because, above all, we’re focused on helping local Aussie podcast providers monetise content and give listeners an enjoyable place to discover it.”

“In a world where so much content competes for our

Limelight editorship changes hands

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Classical arts and music magazine Limelight has changed editors.

The management stated that Jo Litson (pictured, right) is now at the helm, taking over from Clive Paget (pictured, left) who recently relocated to New York City after five years on the staff. A writer with 30 years’ experience, Litson had been Paget’s understudy as deputy editor since August 2016. She started collaborating with the magazine on some projects in 2015.  

“Jo has been a part of Australian arts journalism for a long time, a talented and highly-respected writer with a passion for the performing arts, and experience with multiple facets of editing, writing, journalism, and publishing in a range of contexts. We’ve been lucky to have her on board as Deputy Editor and we’re looking forward to an exciting era for Limelight as she takes on the Editorship,” said Limelight publisher Andrew Batt-Rawden.

Although Paget is living in Manhattan, he has agreed to continue on as edi

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