Blacktown receives local paper

By Elliott Richardson in Media News on
The western Sydney suburb of Blacktown once again has a local newspaper with the launch of Blacktown News.

Launched by Michael Walls of Access News Australia, the new paper has already begun printing and covers the usual local beats of politics, news, community and sport.

“The News is a traditional local newspaper. We cover community, people stories, sport and business. We are the media partner for the Greater Blacktown Chamber of Commerce, Blacktown FC, Blacktown Local Business Awards and BREED,” said Walls.

Walls said he stepped in after News Corp and Fairfax shuttered their local papers, the Blacktown Advocate and Blacktown Sun respectively.

“Until we started the Blacktown News, Blacktown had no dedicated printed local news service. Two printed local newspapers published by News Corp and Fairfax had ceased their print operations in Blacktown.

“We saw a need for a printed product to fill the void and approached the council and business with the idea of starting a new local newspaper and they supported it. Not everyone gets their news, especially local news, from a smart phone or social media channels,” he said. 

On the Blacktown News team are former News Corp editor and reporter Di Bartok, former News Corp executive editor Dallas Sheringham and former AAP editor Elizabeth Frias with Walls also filing stories.

The newspaper is a free, monthly delivered to residents across the Blacktown local government area and it is looking to work with local businesses.

You can read the latest coverage here.

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Zwartz joins SBS

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Henry Zwartz has signed on to SBS as a new investigative reporter starting 17 May.

He will produce content for the network’s TV, radio, and digital platforms.

Zwartz recently exited ABC, where he spent almost two years as video and radio reporter. 

Follow Zwartz on Twitter @HenryZwartz.

New staff entries at Ticker

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New hires are in with online news portal Ticker.

Costa Haritos joined as a news producer. He will be in charge of producing the periodic news bulletins and file online stories from Australia and overseas. 

Haritos was recently reporting at the Southern Highlands Express.  

Anthony Lucas is in as a news presenter covering the morning edition. However, he will be tasked on the Afternoon News show next month.

Carroll back at Sydney Morning Herald

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Lucy Carroll is working with the Sydney Morning Herald once again.

She stated in a tweet that she will be handling health topics once more.

Carroll was with the paper and the Sun Herald from 2012 to 2014.

Follow Carroll on Twitter @Lucy_Carroll.

Kern to host 102.3 Triple M Townsville afternoon

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Cliff Kern has rejoined Townsville’s radio scene as the afternoon host at 102.3FM Triple M.

The post is Kern’s first back in the booth since leaving Grant Broadcasters last year after 15 years, as mornings host for STAR 102.7 and different shows at STAR 1063.

The move is also full circle for Kern, as he started his radio career at 102.3FM in 2003, then labelled 4TO. 

Kern stated that while he is going back to the booth, he will continue managing his food truck events firm PUFT. 

“I am so excited to be returning to the station that gave me a chance to work in the industry 18 years ago. To be creating content alongside my childhood hero Pricey, and mentors Smithy and Dan Hill, I’m pinching myself. I’m proud to be joining a team that puts the community first,” said Kern.

Tune in to Kern on LinkedIn.

Daniels set for Newstalk ZB afternoons

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
James Daniels is the new co-host of Newstalk ZB’s afternoon show, effective 13 July. 

He will succeed Phil Gifford, who is leaving the show after two years working with Simon Barnett. 

Despite the new hosting, Daniels will still run Coast 105.7’s morning show in Canterbury. His entry into Newstalk ZB was borne from increased efforts to improve the show’s thrust for more listeners, given his experience in community radio and local politics.

A second radio show, though, is carrying a hefty price. Daniels has agreed to resign his Coastal Ward seat on the Christchurch city council late next month, after the city government enacts its 2021-2031 Long Term Plan. 

“For the last four decades I’ve worked with and represented communities I’ve lived in, which has given me a very clear sense of what really matters to people, the things they care about, want to be heard on and want to talk about. There’s no better place to have those conversations with Kiwis than Newstalk ZB Aft

Stuchbery assumes new Weekly Times reporter post

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The Weekly Times has tapped Madeleine Stuchbery as its new commodity and focus reporter.

The role will see her cover the agricultural scene in regional communities across Australia, especially those found in isolated areas.

Stuchbery has been with the Times for the past three years, joining as grains reporter and then moved up to livestock editor.

Keep in touch with Stuchbery on Twitter @MadeStuchbery.

Edgar lands SBS channel manager post

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Natalie Edgar is the new channel manager of SBS and SBS Viceland, effective 14 June. 

She will oversee the programming schedules and development of SBS and SBS Viceland’s shows, plus be part of the SBS Television/Online Content Division’s leadership team.

Edgar hails from the ABC, where she managed the main ABC channel, handled acquisitions for ABC Children’s Television, and deputy controller for ABC1. She was also a former channel manager for the Discovery Channel ANZ, and Cartoon Network and Boomerang for Turner Broadcasting ANZ.

“As a second-generation Australian, I grew up with SBS in our home. I have seen firsthand how important SBS’s role in connecting all Australians plays out, and I’m so excited for the opportunity to work with such an engaged and exceptional team who champion diversity and inclusion through compelling, inspiring and entertaining content, every day,” said Edgar.

Follow Edgar on LinkedIn.
 

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