Beckhouse joins 2CA

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Chris “Becko” Beckhouse is back in action as the new program director and announcer of 2CA, effective 30 August, reported Radiotoday.

Radio Canberra group program director Peter Davidson made the announcement, stating the move is also a return to roots.

“Originally a Canberra lad, a much younger Becko started with 2CA/2CC as a panel op, so this is a homecoming in many ways. He has family based here and is a huge Canberra Raiders fan,” he stated.

Beckhouse recently left the mornings announcer role at Triple M Sydney. 

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ABC bolsters Emergency Broadcast service

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National broadcaster ABC has started its Emergency Broadcast services for the 2021-2022 summer season in partnership with the Australian Red Cross (ARC) and Melbourne University.

Chief to the preparations is an improved ABC Emergency website which includes an interactive map detailing the various emergency events around the country, based on real-time data from the Bureau of Meteorology and the local first-response services, including fire and medical departments. The site will also exhibit emergency contact details for the public and will also be available over Alexa.

A StayConnected Toolkit available on ABC Emergency and the ARC also enables closer coordination between the public and emergency response units, and tune in to the local ABC station for updates.

The ABC is also running a 15-part podcast series called After the Disaster. Hosted by Australian Red Cross national recovery advisor Kate Brady, the show aims to educate the audience on the dangers of emergency events such as

Mackay Local News shuts down

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The Mackay Local News in regional Queensland has officially stopped operations.

The closure was confirmed after directors and shareholders of parent firm Mackay Local News Pty Ltd agreed that the paper suffered from lack of advertising revenues. They stated that other papers have offered advertisers free space in their sheets.

The Mackay Local News first went live in February this year as a response to local community concerns for fresh information after News Corp Australia closed down the Daily Mercury print edition in response to the pandemic.

Fresh talent in at

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News Corp Australia portal has tapped fresh writers.

Marina Tatas is in as part of the “Best Of” content category, covering shopping-related stories. She recently exited Finder after almost three years, writing on fashion, beauty, and home living articles.  

Another Finder alumnus, Laura Chaplin, will be a consumer tech reporter also tackling “Best Of” stories. She was with the comparison site since November 2018, starting out as an intern and moved up to shopping writer then senior shopping writer.

Fresh hires in at Guardian Australia

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The Guardian Australia has new appointees in its state sales department.

Nikki Mercado joins the crew as WA accounts director. She honed her sales experience from working with three property developers in Perth and a major metro newspaper and magazine publisher in the Philippines. 

Sophie George is the paper’s new Queensland state manager. She brings with her over 20 years’ experience in sales and business development, including work at two metro newspapers and a major publishing house in the UK.

“I’m excited to welcome both Sophie and Nikki to the team, they both have amazing track records developing sales and partnership initiatives for their clients. Their roles are a critical part of our national expansion ensuring we have dedicated teams on the ground to continue to build upon our advertising and audience success giving advertisers in those markets the opportunity to work with the largest mass media, purpose-driven organisation in the world,” said Guardian commercial

New programming staff changes at NOVA

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NOVA Entertainment has welcomed new members to the programming leadership team.

Mary Datoc is the new network managing editor, based in Sydney. She will manage the development of programming for NOVA 96.9FM and the Smoothfm Network. 

Datoc started working with NOVA as a freelance writer in 2012, with part of her duties seeing her collaborate with programming chief Peter Clay on the launch of Smoothfm that year.

She also completed programming stints with MTV Korea, XYZ Networks, and Channel V Australia. 

“After spending years in music television in Australia and Asia, a stint in events and advertising, returning to radio is exciting. Nova and smooth are such loved stations I’m so proud to be part of the special team behind it all,” said Datoc. 

Michael McPhee, meanwhile, comes from NOVA NSW Central Coast affiliate Star 104.5 to assume an announcer/operations manager role with NOVA 96.9FM. He will also aid Datoc in the programming creation, with Clay as their immediate supe

Craig starts HIT91.9 Bendigo mornings role

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Aimee Craig has started as the new mornings host with HIT91.9 in Bendigo.

She took the job and stepped down from an events and partnerships promotions project manager role with NOVA Entertainment in Melbourne. Her radio experience came from JOY94.9 alongside Maddy Rowe.

“I grew up listening to Hit. I feel beyond lucky to be part of a station that champions young media makers and celebrates unique and diverse content,” said Craig.

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New Woman’s Day, TV Week and Take 5 editors appointed

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Are Media has chosen new editors for weekly celebrity magazines, Woman’s Day, TV Week, and Take 5.

For TV Week, current associate editor Stephen Downie will be going to the top post. He was with Are and the former Pacific Magazines for several years.

Current New Idea associate editor Kietley Isrin is the new editor for Woman’s Day. She has been with Are and the former Pacific Magazines since 2014, working on both Woman’s Day and New Idea plus TV Week. 

Rachel Williams, meanwhile, will be the editor of Take 5. She has been the acting deputy editor of That’s Life since October 2020, and ran the publication’s features desk back in the Pacific Magazines days.

“I’m delighted to welcome Kietley, Stephen and Rachel into their new roles. It’s a testament to the depth of talent within the business that all are internal promotions and I look forward to working with them, alongside our recently appointed editorial directors, to continue delivering compelling celebrity and rea

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