NRL Footy Show gets canned

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The Footy Show logo and hosts (photo credit: 9Now)The Nine Network’s NRL Footy Show is over after a 25-year run.

Network sports director Tom Malone said that the Wide World of Sports sports coverage brand will be reworked for next year’s season but the Footy Show is not part of the plan. Instead, Nine will have separate post-match shows for the Thursday and Friday night games.

The Footy Show had been trailing in the ratings this year following a staff revamp that saw 23-year mainstay Paul Vautin removed from the show and Erin Molan assume hosting duties.

Molan will be retained for future broadcasts, which will have her take on coverage for tennis, cricket and netball in addition to rugby league.

"It’s been an incredible ride for The Footy Show. A quarter of a century of laughs, controversy and first-class footy analysis. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this amazing era of live sports-entertainment television – from producers, editors, camera operators, the players, guests and of course the legendary hosts,” said Malone.

"Fatty [Vautin] holds the record for the longest serving host of any prime-time Australian TV show – a tribute to both his understanding of the game, his authenticity, and not to mention his incredible comedic timing. In recent years, Erin has equally brought a new energy, perspective and showed her passion for the game."

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Nine’s Pedestrian TV is locked in for a merger with former Fairfax Media specialist publisher Allure Media.

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“The Allure brands provide global insights combined with highly targeted and loyal local audiences around premium categories including business, technology, gaming, entertainment, fashion and beauty,” said Wirasinha.

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Eliza O’Hare has been appointed the new editor of Bauer Media home interior magazine Inside Out.

She is slated to take over at the end of the year from acting editor Victoria Baker, who had been handling affairs since Bauer Media acquired Inside Out and associated titles Homelife and Country Style from NewsCorp Australia a few months ago. O’Hare had previously spent the past three years as associate editor at Harper’s Bazaar.

Bauer Homes editor-in-chief Lisa Green said O’Hare’s long experience in the publishing and media industries — going back around 30 years — will make a difference for InsideOut as the publication heads toward its 15-year anniversary in 2019.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be starting on Inside Out. It’s such a dynamic brand, and readers have a real fondness for it. I love that it is a champion of Australian design. Australians are very good at creating incredible homes, gardens and interiors and we will co

Hill appointed as Junkee GM

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Junkee Media has hired Meisha Hill to be the company’s new general manager.

Mumbrella reported that Hill’s entry is a part of a staff restructuring. She came back to Australia after nearly seven years in the US, where she was AGM of the New York Times’ advertising division, T-Brand Studio, and handled sales and product marketing at Tremor Video. She had previously worked at the Telstra Advertising Network before relocating to the US in 2012.

Junkee Media CEO Neil Ackland said Hill’s experience with T-brand, especially in developing high-quality branded material, will be critical to the company’s growth down the road.

“Junkee is a forward-thinking publisher and agency with incredible momentum and major plans for the future. I’m excited to join the leadership team and to own the operational functions of the business,” said Hill.

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Northsider magazine enters into circulation

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Residents of Sydney’s lower North Shore now have a quarterly magazine that is all about their communities, called Northsider.

As reported on Mumbrella, the Northsider will cover the districts of McMahons Point, Lavender Bay, Milsons Point, Kirribilli and North Sydney.  

Former That’s Life deputy editor Anna Gordon and art director Belinda Spillane, former Look magazine art director Angela Joseph, and ex-UK Women’s Health chief sub-editor Frances Pearson have teamed up to produce the magazine. The pilot issue features articles on noted residents and information on various events in the area.

Gordon said the reception to the magazine has been positive and plans for a second issue are being considered.

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Burling steps in as Nine’s new director, replacing Calvert

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Nine national director of news and current affairs Darren Wick said Burling is vacating the executive producer position at A Current Affair to become EP of Today, with his directorial responsibilities also covering Today Extra and Weekend Today. He had been ACA’s EP for the past year.

The move is also cascading into other positions. Current Nine deputy news director for Sydney Fiona Dear assumes the EP chair at A Current Affair and she in turn will have Meredith Marks as her successor.

In explaining the move, Wick said Dear is inheriting from Burling a show that is in strong shape while Marks’ experience in handling EP work during various breaking-news stories would be vital in Nine’s restructuring of the news division.

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New Idea currently operates a special Royals podcast and social media accounts.

Bath takes on Ten weekend news

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Chris Bath is coming to Network Ten in 2019 as the news host of Saturday/Sunday show 10 News First.

Network director of news content Ross Dagan said Bath’s experience and “fantastic” character made her a strong addition to the 10 News First team.

Bath brings with her over 20 years’ experience in TV news, with her career encompassing roles at Seven, Prime, and NBN TV. Bath will remain as host of ABC Radio’s Evenings with Chris Bath.

“I’ve been a visitor to Network 10 these past few years and have always loved the friendly, upbeat vibe of the place, so I’m really excited to be officially a permanent part of the team,” said Bath of her appointment.

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