Musical Chairs: September 23
Three new names at Music SA
South Australia’s peak music association Music SA announced new names to its team. Out of 90 applications, Going Steady Music booking agency co-founder Adam Vanderwerf and Wolf & Cub founder and main songwriter Joel Byrne are new Project Officers. Musician and talent manager Amy Cook is a tutor for its Certificate IV in Music Business Course in addition to her new role as presenter of Foxtel’s Music Room.
Triple M revives Rubber Room with Ugly Phil
Triple M is relaunching its night show Rubber Room in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on Monday October 12. Ugly Phil O’Neill(pictured) will take over host duties, last undertaken by the late John Kennedy.
Filling in Ugly’s workday slot in Sydney is long time Triple M staffer Jacqui Kassulke, who joined in Melbourne in 2002.
Elektra loses its President
Elektra Records, part of Warner Music’s Atlantic Records Group, is losing its President. Jeff Castelaz quit to spend more time on his Cast Management (which includes Dropkick Murphys) and charitable endeavours as his paediatric cancer charity, The Pablove Foundation.
Adelaide news reader leaves
As SCA’s Hit Network syndicates its new during the Drive shift, Adelaide’s Hit107 afternoon journalist Mel Usher has left.
Nick Wiggins at the ABC
A new addition to the ABC local radio team in Brisbane is Nick Wiggins, most recently news presenter and political reporter at 4BC Brisbane.
Universal Music loses Global Head of Digital
Amanda Marks, who was Universal Music Group’s early digital architect, is leaving as its Global Head of Digital Accounts at the end of September. She was with the company for 18 years.
Paul McIntyre quits journalism for content marketing
Veteran advertising trade journalist Paul McIntyre (AdNews, Australian Financial Review) has hung up his scribe hat for a content marketing role at sales house MCN “producing industry content around the broadcast and digital video sector.”
Lineup shuffle at Adelaide’s FIVEaa
Nova Entertainment initiated changes at its Adelaide talk station, FIVEaa. Its new breakfast team is David Penberthy and Will Goodings, the latter moving from the afternoon midday to 4 pm shift. That will be filled by Jeremy Cordeaux from the 8 pm to midnight shift.
Alan Hickey joins the station to take over Cordeaux’s former shift. Mark Aiston will move from weekday Breakfast into a new weekend lifestyle program on Saturday and Sunday mornings 6 am to 9 am with Michael Keelan.
BBC Worldwide ANZ promotes Wilson
BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand promoted Lottie Wilson from Acquisitions Executive to Acquisition Manager for four of its channels. She joined in March 2012 in sales, marketing and client solution roles. Tamara Markus takes over Wilson’s last post.
Two digital team additions at Ooh!Media
Ooh!Media expanded its digital team and strategy with Michaela Chan as Chief Marketing Officer and Brendon Cropper as Digital Strategy Director. Chan was GM of Marketing at Telstra. Cropper ran his own digital marketing training business Digital Training.
Gees cuts back on VCR commitments
Matt Gees has quit his commitments as Brisbane news producer and on-air presenter at Vision Christian Radio as he has become a full time student minister at the Uniting Church. But he will sporadically be heard on Vision. Gees was also a presenter at ABC Wide Bay.
Noel Jordan to helm Scotland festival
Sydney artist and producer Neil Jordan of Performing Lines is the new Director of Scotland’s Imaginate, which aims performing arts at young people and children. Jordan ran similar programs at the Sydney Opera House which demonstrated his understanding of the sector.
6PR time shift
Warren de Mello who has a weekly music segment on 6PR Perth on Peter Bell’s afternoon program, hosts his own Sunday Weekender program from this month.
Mott to head ITV Studio
David Mott is new CEO of film and TV production house ITV Studios. He was Nine Network in Perth and at one time tipped to take over the CEO role at the merged Endemol Shine Australia, before Carl and Mark Fennessy decided to stay on. Nine is expected to announce that Mott’s former role will be filled by former Seven West Media Perth managing director Ray Wardrop in November.