Media Movers: Private Media, ABC, CHEP Network, The Australian, AnalogFolk, VMLY&R, Are Media

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Media Movers takes a look at the recent moves announced across the industry during the week of 03/04/23

Media Movers across the industry include:

This week, Private Media announced the appointment of Sophie Black as the new editor-in-chief of Crikey. It’s not Black’s first time with Crikey – she previously worked as editor-in-chief of the publication in 2015, and as editor before that. 

Alongside the appointment of Black, Gina Rushton has been announced as editor and Jack Callil as opinion editor.

See also: “Some enormous challenges”: Sophie Black on taking the reins of Crikey

Laura Tingle has been voted as staff elected director of the ABC, part-time. She sits on the board with chair, Ita Buttrose.

Amber Plum steps into the role of head of business editorial strategy for The Australian and the Australian Business Network (ABN).
Southern Cross Austereo has announced a change of role for Brendan Englebrecht from head of regional radio operations to head of metro and regional radio operations.

Grace McKinnon has begun her new role as a journalist and presenter on ABC News after wrapping up her duties as a digital journalist for ABC News’ analysis and investigations department.
PubMatic announced the upcoming appointment of James Young as regional director for Australia and New Zealand.
Young’s will into the role from the beginning of September 2023 and lead the ANZ team, managing strategy, sales and operations for PubMatic in the region as the company continues to focus on delivering effective, innovative, and responsible media solutions to publishers and advertisers.
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PubMatic announces the appointment of James Young as regional director ANZ

Louise Brannelly moves into the role of deputy business editor of Australian Business Network, following two years as national content editor.

Toby Vue has wrapped up his duties as a journalist for the Canberra Times. He has moved in to comms as a senior communications and marketing officer at the Australia Diabetes Educators Association.

Nic Shields has moved into marketing, events, and memberships at the WHS Foundation after wrapping up his duties with 96FM as breakfast producer and operations.

CHEP Network has announced the appointment of Hamish Stewart to the newly created role of national executive creative director – experience.
Stewart will join CHEP’s national creative leadership team, with a focus on designing experiences that create positive outcomes for brands and their consumers.

See also: CHEP Network appoints Hamish Stewart as executive creative director – experience

The Australian has promoted Adrian McMurray as weekend digital editor. He joined the publication in 2017 and has worked across several roles in the publication.

Stepping up from her role as cadet to legal affairs correspondent at The Australian is Ellie Dudley.

The Daily Telegraph has welcomed Kaitlyn Hudson-O’Farrell as the night chief of staff. She was previously a breaking news reporter for the publication.

Emma Kemp joins The Sydney Morning Herald sports team starting from May 2023.

Enigma has launched a specialist property marketing division, head of Property & Place, and appointed a new executive to lead.

Akira Galvin will step into the newly created role of head of Property & Place, based in Sydney.

See also: Enigma launches property marketing division and appoints new executive to lead

Ellie Grounds, previously a reporter for Hack on triple j, joins ABC’s 7.30 as a reporter, as part of the Andrew Olle Scholarship.

Jake Lapham has wrapped up duties with the ABC as a general news journalist, based in Sydney. He will begin freelancing in Europe in August after a period of travel.

Courtney Fry joins triple j as a music news producer following her stint at PEDESTRIAN.TV where she was music and culture editor.

PEDESTRIAN.TV has announced the promotion of Eloise Goodman as senior native content manager from her previous role as native content editor.

3AW has announced the appointment of Joseph Campbell as executive producer of Afternoons on 3AW. This follows his stint as producer for Mornings with Neil Mitchell.

Hearts & Science Australia has announced the appointment of Kylie Pascoe as general manager in Melbourne.

The new role is a promotion for Pascoe, OMD head of group, who returns to Melbourne from her recent Sydney secondment as NSW Govt transition Lead. 

See also: Hearts & Science appoints Kylie Pascoe as general manager in Melbourne

The Australian welcomes Colin Packham as energy reporter.

Leaving her role as audio journalist at SBS is Stephanie Corsetti. After four years with the public broadcaster, she moves to Monash University as an audio lecturer.

National Indigenous Times has announced the promotion of Emma Ruben as journalist/social media coordinator.

After six years, Michael McGowan has wrapped up his duties as NSW State Correspondent for Guardian Australia

The Mercury has welcomed the promotion of Tia Ewen as digital journalist.

72andSunny has announced new senior hires to its strategy and design teams in Australia and New Zealand.

Stepping into the role of design director at the agency is Shelley Mitchell. Meanwhile, Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh joins as a strategy director.

See also: 72andSunny welcomes Shelley Mitchell and Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

Body+Soul has welcomed Ashleigh Austen as digital editor. Her past stints include Domain, The Beauty Chef and Women’s Health Australia.

Appointed to the role of content director of The Weekend Australian Magazine is Jessica Clement.

Alanna Tomazin joins the Newcastle Herald from Port Stephens Examiner as a journalist.

Georgie Walker joins as The Queensland Times as a news reporter. This comes after her stint as guest liaison for Sky News.

The Sydney Morning Herald has welcomed the appointment of Michael McGowan as a NSW State Political Reporter. He joins after six years as NSW State Correspondent for Guardian Australia.

AnalogFolk Australia has announced the appointment of Kim Le Gras as managing partner.

Le Gras brings over 20 years of experience in the marketing industry and a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the independent creative agency.

See also: AnalogFolk Australia welcomes Kim Le Gras as new managing partner

Hanna Marton is now a freelance journalist and content producer after finishing up as a senior content producer at Are Media.

Daily Mail Australia has announced the promotion of Brittany Chain from senior news reporter to political correspondent.

Hyperlocal News has welcomed Helena Morgan as a reporter. She was previously a staff writer at the Australian Design Review.

• VMLY&R announced the promotion of Paul Nagy, from chief creative officer of Australia and New Zealand (AUNZ) to chief creative officer of APAC, in recognition of his success and creative achievements across AUNZ.

Nagy’s new role will have him overseeing 21 offices across ten countries throughout Asia and AUNZ. He’ll help strengthen client partnerships and create deeper connections between brands and their audiences through storytelling and creative innovation.

See also: VMLY&R AUNZ promotes Paul Nagy to CCO of APAC

The Australian Community Media has promoted Kim Chappell as senior producer – digital.

Are Media welcomes Tina Burke as digital managing editor for entertainment at Are Media Australia.

Kat McGuffie has been permanently instated as content manager of ABC Classic and ABC Jazz. She had been acting in the role since July 2022.

ABC News Sydney has welcomed Millie Roberts as digital producer.

Joshua Peach joins Morningstar as a journalist. He was previously senior journalist and acting deputy editor at The Examiner.

Creative solutions company M&C Saatchi Group AUNZ has appointed Olivia Kruimel as PR & Communications Director.

Reporting to Amanda Quested, Head of Group Marketing & Communications, Kruimel will oversee PR, internal, and external communications across the group’s Australia and New Zealand operations. 

See also: Mumbrella editor departs for role as M&C Saatchi PR & Communications Director

The Australian has announced Tricia Rivera joins the publication as a journalist.

Fox Sports has announced the appointment of Jono Baruch as digital reporter. He was previously a contributor and sportswriter at The Inner Sanctum.

Joining ABC Melbourne is Tima Halloum as a capital city trainee and content maker. She was previously at Star News Group as a cadet journalist.

The Conversation has farewelled its social media and visual storytelling editor Wes Mountain who started in the role in June 2022.

Joining The Australian’s business team is Paulina Duran as financial services reporter.

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