Mediaweek is a respected trade outlet for the Australian media industry covering publishing, TV, digital, radio, outdoor advertising and entertainment media. Dubbed “the media industry’s bible” by The Australian, Mediaweek was created by publisher Philip Luker in 1990.
In 1999 James Manning took over the publication as publisher and editor.
In 2008 Mediaweek TV began on Sky News Business Channel and the magazine’s infamous podcasts began a year later in 2009.
The magazine ceased publishing in 2017 when Mediaweek became a digital-only publication with two key products – the daily Mediaweek Morning Report and mediaweek.com.au.
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James has had a long and sometimes distinguished career working in the magazine industry, having written and edited a number of music publications in his native Melbourne, before starting the Australian edition of British “pop music bible” Smash Hits in 1984. He ran the title successfully for over a decade before moving on to edit other publications and later run a successful photo agency. In 1999 he took over as publisher and editor of Mediaweek.
Trent was the managing director of the youth content platform Chattr. He joined Mediaweek in 2018 after a stint in marketing, working in both virtual reality and recreational sporting. When Trent isn’t busy on an electronic device making and editing content, he can be found working on his comic book collection.
With an interest in words and numbers, JP moved into the role of Business Controller in her second year at Mediaweek. Her experience includes jointly compiling a children’s dictionary for Unibooks, research duties at the Department of Education, on-call media transcription/research for a NSW politician, sub-editing a vast array of business documents in the legal and recruitment industries, accounts and research for a barrister, and writing and editing punchy web content across various sectors. JP’s studies included small business management, literature and printmaking.
Andrew Mercado has built a multimedia career in front of the camera and behind it. He is probably best known for being the first VJ on the music TV channel Max and for many years of talking movies with Kerri-Anne Kennerley. He now juggles media commitments while running his first ever business, the South West Roxy Cinema in Northern NSW. He has been a contributor to many publications over the years including The Sunday Telegraph and TV Week.
Mercado writes a regular Friday column for the Mediaweek Morning Report and co-hosts the Mercado & Manning Mediaweek TV podcast.
With a career that has spanned stints as an English/French high school teacher, a radio announcer and a jeans store owner, Brian has covered a lot of ground. Prior to joining Mediaweek in 2008 he held the position of sub-editor at highly respected community newspaper Sydney Star Observer and was also acting editor towards the end of his 12-year tenure at the weekly publication.
Peter Olszewski has worked for over 30 years in Australian media and has written for most major publications and edited a variety of titles including GoSet, Australasian Weed, Australian Playboy and People. Olszewski moved off-shore in the 2000s to work in Asia. Over the last 15 years he has worked for the Myanmar Times in Yangon and worked for over eight years as the Siem Reap bureau chief for the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia. He is still based in Siem Reap where he files regularly for Mediaweek.