Media Movers: Josh Szeps quits live on air, Are Media appoints Tessa Ogle, SCA, Ogilvy, The Hallway

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Media Movers takes a look at the recent movements announced across the industry during the week of 13/11/23

Media Movers across the industry include:

Josh Szeps has a history of giving his ABC Sydney listeners content that is a little bit different and often more challenging than they might get on other programs on the broadcaster.

Last week, he really made his ABC Sydney (and into other markets around the state) sit up as he dropped details of his resignation just before the 3pm news.

While acknowledging how lucky he had been to be working at the ABC, he fired a shot across its bows noting the restraint he felt trying to work within its guidelines.

Read more: ABC Sydney loses its best broadcaster as Josh Szeps quits live on air, promotes new venture

• Channel 7 has appointed Jake Lyle as the supervising producer of Sunrise.

Courtney Greatrex has been appointed as the news editor of Yahoo News Australia.

SCA chief commercial officer, Seb Rennie, has announced the appointment of Sam Keogh as the head of agency sales – Sydney. Formerly the group business director at JCDecaux, Keogh brings over 11 years of experience in advertising and media sales and management roles to his new position at SCA.

In his role, Keogh will assume the responsibility of providing strategic direction and leadership to the Sydney agency sales team. His focus will be on maximising revenue across all SCA metro radio and regional radio stations, as well as LiSTNR digital assets.

Read more: SCA appoints Sam Keogh as head of agency sales for Sydney market

Gavin Fang will be the ABC’s Editorial Director starting in late January 2024.

Rod Savage is now News Corp Australia’s General Manager for Editorial Innovation. 

RyanCap’s data and technology specialist, Foxcatcher, has announced the appointment of Alex Cook to the newly created role of sales director.

Cook comes to Foxcatcher most recently from Digital Remedy, where he was the sales director and previously at Amobee and Big Mobile. He will be responsible for positioning Foxcatcher’s programmatic and proprietary product suite in the market while driving growth and new business development across clients and partners.

Read more: Alex Cook joins Foxcatcher as sales director

Tom Crowley will be a digital journalist for the ABC’s federal politics team.

Are Media has announced their appointment of Tessa Ogle as the digital managing editor for fashion and beauty, effective November 20 2023.

In her new role, Ogle will report to Nicky Briger, Are Media’s general manager for fashion and beauty, and will be tasked with driving the digital success of fashion and beauty brands such as ELLE, marie claire, and Girlfriend.

Read more: Tessa Ogle appointed digital managing editor for fashion and beauty at Are Media

Lindyl Zanbaka is now the deputy editor of Vogue Living

Sophie Haslett is now the managing editor of 7Life and Commercial Editor at

Ogilvy Sydney has announced the appointment of Aisling Colley as managing partner, further bolstering its senior leadership team. Colley, with over 15 years of experience in creative agency and leadership roles, previously led the ALDI Supermarkets account at BMF, contributing to its success as one of the most effective and creative brands in Australia. She brings extensive experience across various sectors, including QSR, sport, FMCG, and tourism, with a focus on large retailers.

In her new role, Colley will lead the agency’s partnership with KFC and provide leadership support for Ogilvy Sydney’s overall operational efficiency and effectiveness. This includes working closely with managing director Michelle Holland.

Read more: Ogilvy Sydney names Aisling Colley as managing partner to senior leadership team

Alexander Govan is now a reporter for the ABC based in Bunbury, WA.

Matt de Groot is leaving his role as co-host of the Fitzy & Wippa with Kate Ritchie Show.

Rachel McGhee has now finished as the senior journalist at ABC Capricornia.

The Hallway has appointed Kent Boswell as creative tech and innovation director, leveraging his background in technology and production. Boswell, who recently served as the national director of Interactive at Traffik, the activation arm of the Clemenger Group, for four years, brings a wealth of experience to the role.

In his newly created position, Boswell will play a crucial role in shaping “Affective Ideas” that utilise latest technologies to maximise impact throughout the brand experience. His experience provides a unique perspective as a creative technologist and innovator, complemented by a deep passion for high-level creativity.

Read more: The Hallway announces appointment of Kent Boswell as creative tech and innovation director

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