ABC unveils long play at first annual public meeting

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ABC logo (photo credit: ABC)The ABC management has revealed its long-term roadmap in the network’s first-ever annual public meeting at the ABC studios in Sydney.

In the meeting, ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie and chairman Justin Milne faced the 400-strong audience to answer various questions with News Breakfast presenter Michael Rowland as facilitator. The Rockhampton and Launceston studios also carried live feeds of the show.

Milne said the network is going to invest into more digital platforms over the next 20 years under a new initiative called “ABC 2.0,” where content will be generated for multiple mediums. He stressed, however, that investing into TV and radio production will remain active even as the TV and radio departments are being disbanded this year.

“We see both radio and television extending for many, many years into the future and we will continue to invest in them, love them and improve them. ABC 2.0 is however the major strategic initiative for the ABC. It is akin to us deciding to go into the television business in 1956. Just as then, it will require significant investment and possibly generate some controversy,” Milne said.

“Australia has always been at risk of being culturally swamped by overseas media and I believe that risk has never been greater, so ensuring that the trusted and much loved voice of the ABC can continue to be heard has never been more important.”

Guthrie came forward and said that the network’s recent restructuring is meant to help it remain a leading force in the Australian programming circuit.

“No media organisation is better positioned to capitalise on the opportunities that lie ahead. We are already digital leaders, we are trusted by Australians, our people are resourceful and open to change and we are known for our distinctive, quality programming and services. Our role as Australia’s public broadcaster is now more important than ever,” she said.

However, some elements in the network are not quite keen on the show. One insider claimed to The Australian’s Stephen Brook that the management has no idea how everything will fare in reality, especially when attracting younger audiences. “Everyone seems focused on a demographic that aren’t going to consume us anyway, people in their 20s and 30s. We should be aiming for people in their 40s. There’s a sense is pushing this real gimmickry,” the insider said.

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Grant Broadcasters buys Hot Tomato

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Independent FM station 102.9 Hot Tomato has been acquired by Grant Broadcasters.

Grant Broadcasters management announced in a staff email today that both companies have completed their due diligence with the sale to be made official on November 30, 2018. The final sale price was not disclosed.

In discussing the sale, Hot Tomato executive chairman Hans Torv said the station needed a company that can further develop the business, following several buyout offers in the past. He noted that Grant’s dedication to the radio industry will fit well with Hot Tomato’s crew. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Hot Tomato to the Grant Broadcasters family. The station’s ethos of live and local fits firmly into the values of our company and our other local radio stations. The Hot Tomato team has done an outstanding job in being the leading voice of the local community on the Gold Coast,” added Grant Broadcasters CEO Alison Cameron.

Fairfax-Nine merger gets shareholders’ blessing

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Shareholders of Fairfax Media have consented to the company’s merger with Nine.

The general meeting held today at the Domain offices saw the merger being approved at 81.49 per cent in favour against 18.5 per cent opposing votes. The motion sends the merger proposal for Federal Court review, with the ruling out next week. If the court approves the merger, the unified company called Nine will start operations on December 10, 2018.

“The company is entering the next phase in its more than century-long development. Our businesses and our journalism are well-positioned to continue to be the most compelling voices for the years ahead. The combined group’s increased scale of audiences and marketing platforms will drive value creation and deliver long-term benefits to shareholders,” said Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood after the vote.

The vote pushed ahead despite an offer from former Domain CEO Anthony Catalano, who sought to buy 19.9 per cent of Fairfax shares and sell non-

White magazine closes

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Popular bridal publication White magazine has ceased operation.

Publishers Luke and Carla Burrell wrote in an official blog post over the weekend that they could no longer continue the business because of the backlash over not featuring same-sex couples on the pages.

The publication had received enquiries from readers on the topic of same-sex marriages since last year’s plebiscite and subsequent legalisation.

The Burrells pointed out that a campaign against White earlier this year was damaging to the point that they lost advertisers and the staff was harassed. Couples featured in the magazine were also targeted online for harassment.

White has been in operation since starting out in the Hunter Valley back in 2006.

NZ’s Mediaworks fuses RadioLIVE and Magic

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New Zealand company Mediaworks is joining together RadioLIVE and the Magic network as a brand new entity called Magic Talk.

Mediaworks CEO Michael Anderson said in a staff email that the change is expected to take place in early 2019. The new station will combine music radio and talk shows.

Under the blueprint, current programs Rural Exchange show and The AM Show will stay on-air and the nightly Newshub broadcast will continue. The fate of other shows on both RadioLIVE and Magic are yet to be determined.

The Deal profiles female leaders

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The Australian has unveiled out a special women’s-only edition of business annual The Deal.

Covering various articles on female business leaders, The Deal’s special edition is also a collaboration with Chief Executive Women, as NewsCorp Australia is a contributor to the organisation’s scholarship programme.

The magazine’s headline articles include a piece by Caroline Overington about top female executives and whether they must also aid other women succeed, and Vogue Australia editorial director Edwina McCann’s discourse on proper workplace attire.

“Women have achieved so much, even if there is more to do, and there is a great appetite among young women to hear the stories of the trailblazers and to really understand their journeys. The emerging women leaders we aim to reach with this issue would be astonished to know how workplaces operated decades ago,” said The Deal editor Helen Trinca.

Momentum Media launches aerospace website Space Connect

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Momentum Media has unveiled its new Space Connect content platform, designed for Australia’s aerospace industry.

Touted as a centre for news and information about the commercialisation of space, SpaceConnect is also being pitched as a portal for possible career opportunities in the space industry.

Momentum Media director for defence and space Phillip Tarrant said the company’s success with publication Defence Connect in networking with the Defence Department and local contractors prompted the development of a similar brand for space matters.

The establishment of the Australian Space Agency and booming aerospace industry also contributed to building the case for such a website.

Tarrant assured that the ASA, telcos, CSIRO, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and other government agencies with space-related operations, among others, will be covered.

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Henderson earns Men’s Health editorship

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Scott Henderson has been appointed editor and content director of Men’s Health Australia, effective 19 November 2018.

Pacific Magazines CEO Gereurd Roberts said Henderson had proven himself an asset to the publication, with his one-year run as associate digital editor marked by increased audience numbers for Men’s Health Australia. He had also exhibited a drive to build up the brand, Roberts added.

“I’m looking forward to exploring new opportunities for the brand at a time when health is more important to Australians than ever – not just physical health, but mental health, emotional health and beyond. We’ll be finding new ways to engage Aussie men, educating and inspiring them, and making good health accessible to all of them,” said Henderson.

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