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Nature named Sampola director of people and culture

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Strategic insights consultancy Nature has appointed Trudi Sampola to the newly created role of director – people and culture, based in Melbourne. Taking the reins as the agency’s first director of people and culture, Sampola will be responsible for leading the evolution of the employee experience strategy, reporting to Nature partner and Melbourne managing director, Justin Connally.  Connally welcomed Sampola to the team saying, her new role shows the business’ recent transformation, helping to build out an “end-to-end experience” for the people.  “We’re excited to have someone of Trudi’s calibre join the business, rounding out our 2022 focus on our people and helping us commit ourselves fully to making Nature the best it can be in 2023,” Connally said.  Sampola said she has known the team for a long time and she loves their sharing views on the “people-first approach”. “The culture and energy there is awesome, and I can’t wait to get among it and wor

Three Triple J presenters bid farewell to the station

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Triple J presenters Ebony Boadu, Bridget Hustwaite and Declan Byrne have announced their departure. Ebony Boadu announced on Tuesday morning that she will be leaving the station after two years as breakfast host and four years with the station.  Boadu said that she is grateful for the experience of hosting breakfast radio, as she had never dreamt of it.  “I hate waking up early, and I hate going to bed early even more,” she said.  “From counting down the number one song in the Hottest 100, witnessing iconic Like A Versions every week to sharing my favourite new music with people all over the country. Thank you for waking up with us, making me laugh and sharing in such a formative part of my life.” She started out soundtracking Saturday nights on Triple J’s House Party before taking over Breakfast alongside Bryce Mills in 2021. Boadu will host her final show this Friday.  Her position will be replaced by comedian and podcaster, Concetta Caristo.  Caristo is “

Sarah Macdonald moves to ABC mornings

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ABC Radio Sydney broadcaster Sarah Macdonald will be moving to extended Mornings show from her Evenings slot.  Macdonald said she was “honoured and thrilled” to be taking on the Mornings slot and a show that she has loved for decades.  “I relish the opportunity to tell Sydney’s stories and talk to our communities about what matters to them,” she said. “I was born in Sydney and have lived here most of my life and I am passionate about what makes this big beautiful, brash city tick – the people, the places, the culture and the challenges we face.”  “I’ve absolutely adored presenting Evenings for the last three years across NSW and the ACT and am always energised and astounded by the ABC Radio audience insights, contributions and camaraderie. I look forward to waking up to new days with our legendary listeners.” The new Mornings show will start 30 minutes earlier, from 8.30 am on weekdays to 11.00 am.  Breakfast with James Valentine also starts 30 mins ear

Giramondo replaces McCullough as The Weekly Times' GM

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News Corp Australia has announced the appointment of Agostino Giramondo general manager of The Weekly Times - The Bible of the Bush replacing Scott McCullough who played a crucial role in the masthead’s commercial success. Peter Zavecz, managing director of Victorian and Tasmanian Publishing said Giramondo was the perfect fit and he would continue to build on the strong foundation the team established under McCullough, who has moved to Auctionsplus as general manager. “Agostino is a highly talented individual with an exceptional record in leading high-performing teams,” he said. “I am very confident that he will continue to build out the News Ag Network and further entrench The Weekly Times as Australia's most credible and powerful agricultural media brand.” “Personally, I will miss Scott's passion, drive and his daily thought bubbles. He leaves the business in great shape and we wish him well for his future career progression.” Giramondo said it was great to be bac

Jessica Taylah Heatley begins at Ten

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Jessica Taylah Heatley has announced that she has commenced as a television reporter at Network 10 Adelaide.  Heatley said she is lucky to gain a lifelong dream position at Network 10 Adelaide and “it is time to say goodbye to the 3 am alarms!” “It comes almost two years after I left Adelaide to gain further industry experience, and Southern Cross Austereo has allowed me to do so in leaps and bounds. I have enjoyed every moment and have learnt so much along the way. It has been a great pleasure and privilege to work with such a hard-working and talented team. I count myself very lucky to have been a part of it over the last 12 months. “A big thank you goes to my pod teammates Lachlan Itter, Eloise Arnold, and Courtney Thomas. My managers past and present Tara Cassidy, Amy Drew, and Tash Jobson. Richard King for welcoming me into the Cairns office with open arms. Melissa Houston, David Sharaz, and Brett Thomas for taking me under your wing. As well as James Royce for allowi

Abo named Today’s co-host as Langdon moves to A Current Affair 

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Nine Network has announced Today’s Allison Langdon, the new host of A Current Affair, following the adieu of the longtime host Tracy Grimshaw.  Langdon has been on screens each weekday morning as the co-host of Today alongside Karl Stefanovic for three years. She has previously co-hosted Weekend Today, with her presenting commitments as a reporter for 60 Minutes.  Nine’s director of news and current affairs, Darren Wick said Langdon is a hard worker and created her own trail through Australian News and Current Affairs which makes her a “natural fit” for the role.  “She learned the basics of her reporting in Nine’s Darwin newsroom before making her mark among our best in Sydney. After a decade of news, she was thrown in the deep end at 60 Minutes and very soon found her rhythm,” Wick said. “She’s passionate, curious and razor-sharp – loyal to her colleagues, dedicated to her craft and determined to fight for her viewers. We’re very excited to see what Ally

Junkee Media announces new editor

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Junkee Media has announced the appointment of Tara Watson as the editor of Punkee, following the departure of Punkee’s longstanding head of content and editor, Tahlia Pritchard. Reporting to the recently appointed editor-in-chief, Alice Griffin, Watson will oversee the millennial publication’s voice and editorial coverage across all Punkee channels.  Prior to this, she was a senior writer and multimedia producer at Punkee before becoming a deputy editor in May 2022.  With Tara Watson heading to lead the team, Junkee Media has promoted senior culture writer Reena Gupta to the role of deputy editor.  Having worked as a senior culture writer at MTV Australia for 2 years and as a freelance writer at The Oz, Gupta will work alongside the editor-in-chief, Griffin.  Tara Watson begins on December 19, while Reena Gupta begins immediately.    

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