Media Movers: David Speers, Stan and Netflix executives move to ABC, Tim Paine joins SEN in Tassie, AANA, 9 News, 6PR

Mediaweek - Media Movers

Media Movers takes a look at the recent movements announced across the industry during the week of 3/07/23

Media Movers across the industry include:

• ABC national political flagship program Insiders starts a new chapter with anchor David Speers presenting the first program from its new base in the nation’s capital.

In addition to his Insiders hosting duties, Speers will take on an expanded role in its federal political coverage within the ABC’s Canberra Parliament House bureau as ABC News’ national political lead.

Read more: David Speers named ABC News national political lead as Insiders moves to Canberra

Ange McCormack has started at 7am as the podcast’s new host/executive producer.

ABC News Online has welcomed Kate Newton as a fixed-term data journalist. She was previously based in Auckland as a senior data journalist for Stuff.

• The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has named Kate McGrath as its new general manager for media and communications. She transitions into comms after 12 years at Nine, where most recently she was senior chief of staff for 9 News Melbourne. 

• ABC has announced two major executive appointments in the new content division, with Rachel Okine from Stan joining ABC as head of scripted and former Netflix executive Susie Jones taking up the role as head of factual.

The pair bring a wealth of experience in understanding what content to commission for streamers that will help drive the content division’s focus around on-demand content.

Read more: ABC welcomes Rachel Okine as head of scripted and Susie Jones as head of factual

Emma Ruben has finished her role as a journalist and social media coordinator at The National Indigenous Times. She is now returning to freelance writing. 

Mark Foreman has joined 6PR as a producer for Wide World of Sports. Earlier this year, he returned to radio as a producer for the ABC. 

• Former Australian Test Captain Tim Paine will head up a new weekday breakfast program on SEN Tassie 1629am alongside esteemed Tasmanian journalist Brent Costelloe.

The unnamed show will air Monday and Friday from 6am – 8am and both hosts will provide insights and analysis of all the latest Tasmanian sporting news.

Read more: Former Australian captain Tim Paine to headline a breakfast program at SEN

Matt Nevett has started as host of Saturday Mornings on RSN. 

James Mitchell has been appointed as senior manager of external communications at superannuation firm, Colonial First State. He leaves from journalism after a decade. 

Travel Daily and travelBulletin has welcomed Janie Medbury as a senior journalist. 

• The Australia Association of National Advertisers (AANA) has welcomed the addition of nine new members who have joined in the last six months.

Joining as members are; Qantas, IKEA, Sanitarium, Goodman Fielder, Primo, Cashrewards, Seven, Endeavour Group and Dentsu Creative. This diverse group of brands and industry leaders further enhances AANA’s commitment to representing a full spectrum of the advertising and marketing industry.

Read more: AANA welcomes nine new members to the industry body

Tasmania’s North-Eastern Advertiser is now under the new ownership of local journalist, Rachel Williams. 

Jessica Whitty has started at La Trobe University as a media and communications adviser. 

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