Australian Handyman lays down the tools

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Australian Handyman final issue December 2018-January2019 (photo credit: Direct Group/Australian Handyman)DIY magazine Australian Handyman has wrapped up its print run after 17 and a half years, as reported at Mumbrella.

In a special column, Australian Handyman managing editor Zoe Meunier said a holiday theme made the December 2018/January 2019 issue more special, even if it is going to be the final issue in print.

No reasons were given behind the closure, although recent research has cited a modest increase in Handyman’s reader base as of September 2018. Handyman’s parent company, the Direct Group, has yet to confirm if the magazine lives on as a digital publication.

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Kirkwood joins 2DayFM

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d Kirkwood has wrapped up affairs at Triple J to start with 2DayFM, effective 29 April 2019.

Radio Today reported that he is being pencilled in to produce the Grant, Ed & Ash breakfast show.

Kirkwood had been with the ABC organisation since joining 666 Canberra as breakfast producer in late 2015. He later moved to Sydney to host at Triple J and produce its drive and evening shows, plus produce and operate the panel at 702 ABC Sydney.

“I’ve been incredibly lucky to work at triple j, with such awesome and talented people, a lot of whom will be friends for life,” said Kirkwood.

“They’ve given me some amazing opportunities and I can’t thank them enough. Giving away cold hard cash instead of triple j prize packs will feel a little odd, but I’m really looking forward to being a part of the 2DayFM family and the Grant, Ed and Ash Breakfast show.”

Follow Kirkwood on LinkedIn.

Ugly Phil leaves Australia

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One of Triple M’s seasoned presenters, Phil “Ugly Phil” O’Neil, has stepped down and is leaving Australia.

Triple M content boss Mike Fitzpatrick said Ugly Phil has decided to return home to the UK and work on a personal project.

O’Neil has been in Australia for almost 30 years, with his service record comprising runs at SEA FM, and Today Network, before joining Triple M to do the syndicated afternoon show and My Generation.

“Phil is a consummate professional and an amazing broadcaster and we’ll be sad to see the back of his bald head. Please join me in thanking Phil for his great work and congratulating him on his new project. A replacement for Triple M Afternoons and My Generation will be announced soon,” said Fitzpatrick.

32 staff out from the West Australian

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The West Australian Newspapers (WAN) group is farewelling 32 staff who have all accepted redundancies.

WAN editor Anthony de Ceglie said the move was part of long-term plans to integrate The West Australian and the Sunday Times staff into a seven-day newsroom.

Some of those moving on from The West are hardened veterans such as state political editor Gary Adshead and health editor Cathy O'Leary, both 2018 WA Media Awards honourees.

"It's always sad to see people go, there's a trauma involved in saying goodbye to legends of the game. Gary is definitely one of them, but we move on. The show goes on and there'll obviously be a paper put out tomorrow still. So to be honest, the real tragic part of Gary leaving is I feel like I've only had a few months to work with him," de Ceglie said of Adshead.

Magazine editor Sue Yeap, politics reporters Daniel Mercer and Phoebe Wearne, general news reporter Claire Tyrell, and sports reporter Bridget Lacy, among others,

Game Informer's Australian edition ends

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Game Informer Australia is set to be replaced by the US edition as a result of cuts made by EB Games and its parent company Gamestop.
Australian editor David Milner announced the news in a lengthy social media post today, which marks his final as editor of the publication.
In that post, Milner attributed the closure to Gamestop’s inability to find a buyer in recent months, and a drop in the company’s share price.
As Game Informer’s Australian editor, Milner was responsible for 68 issues of the magazine, which is one of few Australian made specialist gaming publications still on the shelves.
“I don't know what’s next. I need time to think. This is a job that never slept; even when I was on holiday I was checking emails, managing crises, handling social media, always thinking about the next deadline,” said Milner.
“I once brought my laptop to the MCG and subbed magazine pages during the Boxing Day

10 launches new podcast

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Network 10 and Acast have launched a new political podcast show under the 10 Speaks brand, called The Professor and the Hack.

Hosted by 10 network political editor Peter van Onselen and national affairs editor Hugh Riminton, the show aims to tackle various political issues that may be relevant to Australians as the general election draws near.

“When it comes to politics, Peter and Hugh are world-class and their banter, insights and take on the world is unique, accessible and relatable. I may be biased of course, but I’d highly recommend the first episode to those who enjoy good ol’ political banter,” said 10 CEO Paul Anderson.

Fitzgerald appointed to Tonic board

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Tonic Health Media‘s board is now bolstered with Anthony Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald comes in as Tonic continues to push ahead with its expansion. The Tonic appointment is his first since leaving Multi-Channel Network last October after 15 years as CEO. He also served 18 years heading Seven’s sales division.

“Anthony has continually challenged the status quo for many years which is exactly what Tonic is doing,” said Tonic CEO, Dr Matthew Cullen.

“His vision, expertise and passion will help us meet our goal of improving health literacy and outcomes for all Australians.”

Get to know Fitzgerald on LinkedIn.

Your Money online site shuttered

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NewsCorp Australia and Nine have agreed to close down the website component of finance platform Your Money.

Your Money CEO Kylie Merritt said the decision was made to integrate its content with NewsCorp Australia’s platforms, starting with Your Money’s presence continues on social media channels, 9Now, and Foxtel Go.

Your Money was launched six months ago as part of a collaboration between News Corp and Nine, involving a stand-alone digital presence, television channel and social media accounts.

Four personnel connected with running the website have agreed to move on. Your Money digital operations head David Ash resigned several weeks ago.

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