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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Editorial Assistance

From time to time Mediaweek accepts assistance from companies to cover media events.

This usually takes the form of airline tickets and accommodation to non-Sydney based events around Australia or overseas.

Mediaweek also pays its own way to conferences and media events around Australia and overseas.

In the past we have declined travel assistance where there were expectations and conditions attached to that assistance that would have restricted how we covered the trip for Mediaweek readers.

James Manning

Editor and publisher

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 Thomas

Deputy Editor

Trent was the managing director of the youth content platform Chattr. He joined Mediaweek after a stint in marketing, working in both virtual reality and recreational sporting. Trent joined the team as the Digital Editor in 2018 before becoming Deputy Editor at the start of 2020.

Jeanne Poisson

Business Controller

JP’s duties include compiling advertising analytics and statistics, marketing, account management, and liaison with stakeholders in the media, music, and TV industries. JP comes from a background in writing, research and editing; and her work history includes Unibooks Canada, Department of Education NSW, a prominent Sydney Barrister, a NSW politician, and various clients across the media, legal and travel industries. JP’s interests and qualifications include literature, education, business management, fine arts and music/sound production.

Andrew Mercado

Contributing Editor – Television

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.

Brian Watson


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.

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