Ten tweaks social and PR leadership

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Network 10 LogoNetwork Ten has appointed new executives for PR and social duties, effective January 14, 2019.

At the top of the list, one of Ten’s two national publicity managers, Sarah Johnson, is now network head of publicity. She will be in charge of publicity initiatives for the network’s shows and talent.

Johnson had been publicist at some of Ten’s major entertainment shows from 2007 to 2012 and became senior publicist after spending the next three years at Endemol Shine Australia.

Johnson’s partner in the national publicity manager position, Catherine Donovan, will now be the network PR strategy and events chief, in charge of Ten’s long-term PR work. The two will also collaborate for important publicity projects. Donovan has been on Ten’s publicity circuit since 2004 when she joined as national publicist for Australian Idol.

Current network marketing and social media head Brad Garbutt is now firmly on marketing duties as he turns over the social media division to Kirsty Wilson. She had previously been the network’s acting publicity manager and Sydney publicity manager.

Ten chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said the new appointments will help improve the network’s audience reach in 2019.

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WIN TV prepares regional newsroom shutdown

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WIN TV is preparing closures on select regional newsrooms.

The network announced today that lower ad revenues and digital content competition have forced management to shut down WIN’s stations for Central West, Riverina and Albury, in NSW and Wide Bay, Queensland effective 28 June 2019.

WIN Central West covers the area around Orange and WIN Riverina is focused on the Wagga Wagga region. WIN Wide Bay is responsible for Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.

Approximately 40 people are expected to be displaced by the move, but some of them will be offered reassignments to other locations.

The closure has triggered reactions from the local community and WIN TV employees alike.

Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi said the absence of community outlets like WIN might force residents to tap the bigger organisations for their local content fix.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour added that WIN Wide Bay’s impending demise will affect regional Queensland. “We want to have as wide a regional o

The West Australian introduces paywall content

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The West Australian is offering readers a brand-new subscription content service.

The service will offer so-called “freemium” content but the more in-depth articles will only be available to West Australian readers who have digital access options activated in their subscription account.

An “Everyday Digital” access option will be priced at just $1 a day and $9 if the weekend editions are included.

“At the heart of our strategy is that our readers are passionate about the journalism we produce every single day,” explained The West Australian senior editor Anthony de Ceglie.

“Under a subscription model, we can offer digital premium customers a richer experience where they access exclusive in-depth special investigations, unrivalled commentary on the issues of the day and second-to-none AFL coverage of the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers.”

New editors up at 10 Daily

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The 10 Daily content portal has signed up two new editors

Valentina Todoroska (pictured) is in as lifestyle editor. She came over from Mamamia, where she stepped down last week after four years on the job, exiting as managing editor.

For 10 Daily, Todoroska will oversee editorial direction for the content portal’s lifestyle verticals.

Nick Bhasin is joining on 26 June as views editor, in charge of contributor articles.

He recently finished over three years’ editorial work at SBS, and also wrote and edited at Foxtel and OK! magazine.

Where some enter, another may be leaving, as Gillian Wolski stepped down to take up a lifestyle/entertainment reporter job at Yahoo! Lifestyle Australia. She has been with Network 10 since 2015.

Contact Todoroska and Bhasin on LinkedIn.

Wrigley climbs to Profile editor job

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Beyond Beautiful host Tam Wrigley has joined Profile Magazine as its new editor.

The appointment comes full circle for Wrigley, who has contributed articles to Profile over the years and most recently made the cover for the April 2019 issue.

She will join magazine founder/editor-in-chief Genine Howard, journalist Hayley Wright, and principal photographer Megan Gill.

Follow Wrigley on Facebook and Instagram.

Millar to host ABC News Breakfast

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ABC News has tapped foreign correspondent Lisa Millar to co-host with Michael Rowland on ABC News Breakfast starting 19 August 2019.

Millar has been guesting on the show for some time since returning to Australia from her postings in the US and Europe. She was chosen for a full-time role on the show as Virginia Trioli is transferring to Melbourne to succeed Jon Faine on his morning radio broadcast.

Rowland, meanwhile, had been recently appointed senior network presenter.

“I’ve been traveling quite a bit in regional Australia since I got back and people are always asking me about the brekky team and whether everyone is as nice and friendly as they seem. The answer is a definite yes. And I can’t wait to join them,” said Millar of her appointment.

Tune in with Millar on Twitter @LisaMillar.

BW Magazine shuttered

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The Daily Telegraph has shut down its weekly supplement, the BW Magazine.

Editor Ben English said the magazine’s existing content is being repurposed as part of the Saturday edition’s Xtra section, with Daily Telegraph opinion editor James Morrow still in charge as editor.

The end of BW was made as current editor Jeni O’Dowd is leaving next month and no replacements have been pencilled in. She has been running BW alongside her role as the Tele’s Saturday editor for the past three years. BW’s staff have also been reassigned to other publications.

“Saturday Xtra is one of the most popular features of our Saturday paper, and with expanded pagination, it will have more stories and more sections, covering hard-hitting news, in-depth coverage of issues, deep dives on big news stories, profiles of interesting people, opinions, letters and crosswords. We believe it is a more commercially attractive space for advertisers,” rationalised English.

Hit Central Queensland airs new brekky show

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Hit 107.9 Central Queensland has launched a new 6AM breakfast show hosted by Nicholas Feain and Hayden “Haydo” Bleechmore.

The station had spent some time searching for new hosts after Tim Bolch and Jess Pantou went to Hit The Border 104.9.

Bleechmore joined from ACE Radio in Colac, Victoria, and Feain was formerly Hit94.3 Gippsland’s breakfast man.

“Nick and Haydo are best mates and their friendship goes beyond the walls of the radio studio, Hit Central Queensland are in for a fun ride with these two!,” said Hit Network regional QLD content director Blair Woodcock.

Follow the hosts on Twitter @NickFeain and @HaydenBleech.

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