Palmer to head up new Schwartz energy title

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Charis Palmer (photo credit: Schwartz Media)Schwartz Media, publisher of The Monthly and The Saturday Paper, is to launch a new title covering energy policy, which will be headed up by Charis Palmer, formerly of The Conversation, Business Spectator, and iTNews.

Palmer finished up with The Conversation recently, where she was Deputy Editor, Chief of Staff, and Head of Digital Strategy. She's now taken on the job of launching the new energy-sector title for Schwartz.

The publication, which has yet to be formally announced, joins the stable of titles backed by entrepreneur Morry Schwartz, which includes Black Inc Books, the Quarterly Essay, Australian Foreign Affairs (Schwartz Publishing), The Monthly, and The Saturday Paper (Schwartz Media), and La Trobe University Press.

It won’t be the first launch effort for Palmer, who previously ran her own B2B publishing and events business, Banking Review Media, which included a subscription publication widely adopted by the retail banking sector.

She was also the founding editor of Technology Spectator, a Business Spectator spin-off that focused on enterprise technology.

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Hit Network parent firm Southern Cross Austereo revealed today that Rebecca Morse and Andrew Costello will banner the Bec and Cosi show when it premieres on January 21, 2019. It will succeed the Amos, Cat & Angus show, which will have its farewell broadcast tomorrow.

Hayden Naughton from Triple M Adelaide is joining as the new show’s anchor.

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Benedictus leaves Men’s Health for The Father Hood

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Luke Benedictus has given his notice of resignation as editor of Men’s Health Australia.

Pacific Magazines CEO Gereurd Roberts said in an internal memo that Benedictus will finish up on November 19, 2018 due to family reasons, and start with online portal The Father Hood the next day as content director from his new office in Melbourne. He had been with the magazine for a decade.

Benedictus has agreed to contribute to Men’s Health from time to time, added Roberts.

Co-founded by Benedictus, Andrew McUtchen, and Jeremy Macvean, The Father Hood is geared towards fathers and fathers-to-be. Kids portal The Parent Brand and production company About Bob are partners in the new venture, as reported over B & T.

When asked about Benedictus’ new opportunity, McUtchen said his ability to relate with Australian men and his experiences as a father was a good fit to engage men who want to improve their fatherly skills.

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