Mediaweek first started working with Ahron Young’s online TV new channel Ticker News back in late 2019. At that time Mediaweek did a number of interviews with TV executives around the time of the 2020 Upfront Events.
In the 18 months since then Young has led his news business on a wild ride that has seen it move into a special Richmond broadcast facility and launch the first international studio.
The expanding news business is live 17 hours a day with a growing team that has outgrown its relatively new home. Just two weeks ago Young and his Ticker News chief operating officer Jed Bertalli found a potential new home in Port Melbourne. A quick inspection and a lease negotiation followed and the channel now has a new headquarters.
As you’d expect with Ahron Young, he is not wasting time with the move. He will have studio designs for the new home this week with construction to follow by the end of the month with broadcasting to start in the first week of June.
Mediaweek had a sneak peak at the new facility and the former CEO suite in what was the home of General Motors should make an impressive new global HQ for Ticker News. Young is cheekily branding his new home Ticker Park, a nod to the expansive campuses in California that are home to tech giants like Apple, Google and Facebook.
Meanwhile another milestone this week for Ticker News was the first broadcasts from the Ticker News Singapore broadcast facility. The anchor in Singapore is former Sky News Australia foreign correspondent Jackson Williams. Ticker tested the live set-up on Friday last week and then went live from Monday this week with Williams anchoring for several hours from 3pm weekdays.
The Singapore office is just the start of Young’s international ambition, with San Francisco next when international travel opens up and then Europe giving Ticker bureaus anchoring rolling coverage 24 hours a day.
Jackson has reported from nine countries and recently covered the New Zealand election. He has had six one-on-one interviews with NZ PM Jacinda Ardern.
Williams commented: “I’m absolutely thrilled to join the Ticker News team as the first international correspondent, covering the Asia Pacific region.
“The attention of the world is on Asia right now and the changing geopolitical situation. I can’t wait to be right in the middle of it, reporting the news to Ticker’s audience around the world.”
This week has also seen the launch of a new short-form program called Big Media, jointly presented by Ticker and Mediaweek. Hosted by Ahron Young and James Manning, the first interview is with Starcom Australia CEO Nick Keenan.
You can watch the first edition of Big Media with Keenan here.