Media Movers: ABC’s new five year plan, Simply.TV welcomes Ernest Ng, SCA appoints Kim Loasby, Disrupt Radio, Hatched, The Age, SMH

Mediaweek - Media Movers

Media Movers takes a look at the recent movements announced across the industry during the week of 19/06/23

Media Movers across the industry include:

• The ABC has announced a series of sweeping changes as the public broadcaster marches towards a digital future, with the assumption that by 2028 the majority of audience engagement will be on digital platforms. 

Referred to as ‘savings measures and reinvestment initiatives,’ the changes are designed to address rising costs and support the transition to a digital-first format.

Read more: ABC restructure: What’s in and what’s out at the public broadcaster

Leanne Nebe has started as Queensland state editor at WIN News Queensland. She replaces Emily Steinhardt who is now working at 7NEWS Sunshine Coast. 

Aine Ryan has begun as a news editor for the culture desk at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She was most recently acting entertainment editor and afternoon editor at 9Honey.

Cyndi Ferguson has started as media and content manager for the West Gate Tunnel Project. 

Simply.TV has announced its launch in the Australian, New Zealand, and Asia Pacific markets after its recent success in Europe. The expansion is part of their strategy to become a global metadata provider using A.I to keep up with the rapid changes in the media industry.

With this launch, Simply.TV appointed Ernest Ng as senior vice president, effective 3 July 2023. He joins Simply.TV from Gracenote where he was the regional director.

Read more: Simply.TV welcome Ernest Ng as senior vice president amid expansion into AUNZ market

Alex Brewster has begun covering business and commerce as a reporter at the ABC in Brisbane. 

LiSTNR Podcasts has welcomed Sam Ferris as a Sports Producer. 

Mark Serrels will join CHOICE as the new editorial director. He starts the new role in mid-July. 

Shahna Smith has begun as managing editor of the Style Up section in the National Indigenous Times. 

Punkee has welcomed Rachel Choy as a senior entertainment writer. She was previously a lifestyle reporter at Yahoo Lifestyle Australia. 

Channel 7 Brisbane has welcomed Dante Ceccon as the new deputy news director and Alexandra Cullen as the 6:00 pm line-up producer. 

Jennifer Duke will begin her new role as an economics correspondent at Scire in July. 

• SCA chief commercial officer Seb Rennie has announced the appointment of Kim Loasby as head of digital ad product and operations.

Loasby, who is currently SCA digital ad product and strategy director, moves into the new role in July. In her new remit, Loasby will oversee the creation and development of all digital advertising products across the LiSTNR platform. She will report to Rennie.

Read more: SCA welcomes Kim Loasby as head oof digital ad product and operations

Riley Stuart will start as the digital producer for ABC’s Europe bureau in July. 

ABC News Sydney has welcomed Isobel Roe as a reporter. 

Sarah Krieg has begun her new role as a breakfast producer at ABC Goulburn Murray. 

Elyce Holden is now a reporter for Channel 7 in the Ballina region. 

Ha-Teya Gripske will join Channel 7 Sunshine Coast. 

• Former SBS World News anchor Geroge Donikian will join Disrupt Radio as a Breakfast newsreader

Australia’s newest radio station features a diverse lineup of celebrity hosts and delivers daily talk programming and content via DAB+ digital radio and online. 

Catering to all ages and stages, the station seeks to raise the stakes of contemporary radio with conversation spanning business, entrepreneurship, innovation and aspiration. 

Read more: Sir Bob Geldof to take the helm for Disrupt Radio’s first week on the airwaves

The New Daily has welcomed Parker McKenzie as a reporter. 

Ethan Hughes has finished as the deputy editor at A Modern Gay’s Guide.

Lauren Petterson has finished as a senior journalist and producer at SBS. 

Osman Faruqi was promoted from culture news editor at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald to culture editor and Melanie Kembrey has started in the newly created role of features editor, culture. 

• Hatched has announced the appointment of Raeshem Chail People & Culture manager, as it expands the team.

Chail has been with the agency for seven years, most recently in the role of senior communications manager working with Hatched’s property clients. During her time with the business, she established and led the Belongings & Connections team, which champions diversity across the agency.

Read more: Hatched promotes Raeshem Chail to People & Culture manager

Clare O’Halloran has joined ABC Radio National as a producer.

ABC Sport has welcomed Anthony Furci as a digital content producer. 

Scarlett Keddie has started as the deputy editor for and Australia’s Best Recipes. 

Margaret Merten has begun as media, marketing and communications specialist at Inner West Council. 

Zac Logan is now the executive producer of the Central Coast’s 107.7 Triple M Breakfast show. 

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