Slezak to leave Guardian

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Michael Slezak (photo credit: michaelslezak.com)Michael Slezak is stepping down from the Guardian.

Slezak Tweeted that he will be finishing his environment reporting at the end of the month to join ABC’s Specialist Reporting Team as its new science, technology and environment reporter. He had been with the publication since January 2016.

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Dzelde to host new SA Drive show

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Chris Dzelde has taken on the SA drive circuit with a new show at Grant Broadcasters.

Airing over 5MU, 5RM, 5AU, 5CS, and 5CC, “Shovel and Bull with Chris Dzelde” offers listeners the best of South Australia’s radio scene.

“I can’t wait to unleash the Shovel and Bull upon South Australia. I’m also looking forward to catching up with some of SA’s icons and experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of SA,” said Dzelde.

The station has launched a contest offering listeners a chance to win free tickets to the Adelaide leg of Sir Elton John‘s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour on December 4 and 5, 2019 at Botanic Park.

Revamped Sports Tonight returns

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Sports Tonight has returned to the air following a refresh by Network Ten.

This time around, 10 has tapped former Big Bash League host Roz Kelly (pictured, left) and network sports reporter Scott Mackinnon (pictured, right) for hosting duties. 10 daily sport editor Anthony Sharwood chimes in as a regular panelist.  

Airing every Wednesday at 10:30PM, Sports Tonight’s reformat is being tweaked around breaking news and in-depth stories from the sporting scene in Australia and around the world. The change occurred after poor reviews of Sports Tonight last year as a weekly show with 10 head of sport Matt White as host.

Salary issues paralyse New 2UW

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Issues over salaries have forced some hosts at Hunter digital station New 2UW to leave the booth, as reported in the Newcastle Herald.

Station operator and co-owner David Sayers said the station was $80k in arrears and he had been working to find new investors that could help the station continue paying the wages.

The staff who stopped going to work include acting station manager/EAD Entertainment managing director Steven Pickett, music pundit Mark Tinson, and ex-ABC Radio host Carol Duncan. The station went live in October last year and is still on the air.

Pickett expressed hope that Sayers and his wife Lyn would find a way to pay up without the station having to go under.

"We believe that David has a magical vision for radio and has created a magical radio station. The team members agreed to stay on with deferred payment with the hope the station would survive… The ball is in David and Lyn's court now regarding what happens,” Pickett said.

NewsCorp Australia launches new podcasts

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NewsCorp Australia’s work in the podcast industry has been bolstered with shows under an umbrella line called NewsCast.

The NewsCast line is touted to offer new shows with content supported from NewsCorp Australia’s headline brands.

News Digital Networks Australia managing director Julian Delany said the success of the Teacher’s Pet series inspired the company to come up with more shows. The topics for the shows run the gamut from news and current affairs to finance.

One show, Generation Dollar, is a joint The Australian-Vogue Australia project designed to educate women in finance management.

The success of Season I of Taste.com.au’s Eat Real Unwrapped podcast has led to NewsCorp Australia ordering two more seasons. It is branching out the food podcast line to three new shows, with one show featuring top chefs tasked to imagine themselves up for execution and craft up the menu for their ideal last meal.

Changes at West Australian federal politics desk

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The West Australian has made some changes to their federal politics coverage.

West Australian Newspapers senior editor Anthony de Ceglie said over Twitter that Lanai Scarr is coming as the West’s new federal political editor. She is slated to start working just before the general elections.

Scarr has over a decade of experience covering the political scene while being based in the ACT. She served nearly three years as political reporter with The Australian and followed it up with six more years as national political reporter and most recently, senior writer, with the wider NewsCorp Australia organisation.

On the other hand, Nick Evans exited the West’s Canberra press gallery bureau as federal political reporter. He joined the paper as a business reporter focusing on the resource industry in February 2012 and transitioned to federal politics coverage in May 2017. He is slated to relocate from Canberra to Melbourne to start as The Australian’s resources writer on Apr

Tom and Olly to exit Triple M

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Triple M listeners will not have much time left to hear Tom and Olly on Weeknights.

The duo announced in an Instagram post that their farewell broadcast is tonight, as they are slated to run a new 1am-5am national show on the Hit Network.

They have been doing Weeknights for the past two years, from 7pm-10pm.

The move also marks their return to Hit, where they started in the breakfast booth at Star FM Albury-Wodonga, up to its rebrand as Hit104.9 The Border.

New appointments at ELLE

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Bauer Media has announced new staff for ELLE magazine.

The company revealed that Hannah James is starting as ELLE’s new features director. She has spent the past three months as acting feature director for both ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar and previously did freelance work for Australian Geographic and Nine, among others. Kirstie Clements was appointed as Harper’s Bazaar features director this week.

ELLE’s motoring section, ELLE Drive, will be now under the stewardship of WhichCarTV host and senior journalist Noelle Faulkner. She has been a long-time contributor to ELLE’s First Look Drive pages and curates the annual ELLE Drive Awards.

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