Crocmedia-Pacific Star Network merger awaits shareholder approval

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CrocMedia/Pacific Star NetworkThe Pacific Star Network and Crocmedia may soon be one company.

In a statement furnished the ASX today, Pacific Star management revealed that the firm will buy Crocmedia for $23.9 million. It would allow Crocmedia stakeholders and executives to buy 91.6 million Pacific Star shares at $0.25 apiece. Shareholders will be sought for approval at an AGM in March 2018.

Crocmedia co-founder and current CEO Craig Hutchison is Pacific Star’s new CEO and managing director whilst Crocmedia co-founder Chris Giannopoulos comes aboard as executive director. Current Pacific Star chairman Craig Coleman and non-executive directors Andrew Moffat and Colm O’Brien stay in office.

“We’ve enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Pacific Star Network as a supplier to SEN for a decade, and have unbelievable admiration for the platform they’ve built. SEN is Australia’s only 24/7 sports station, and together with the broader radio, publishing and digital business represents a tremendous growth opportunity. To join forces as one company with a single vision of a fully-integrated sports content and entertainment business is incredibly exciting. We look forward to growing further nationally and beyond, and being the best place to connect fans to stars, and brands to fans,” said Hutchison of the merger.

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Aussie version of men’s fashion mag ICON looms

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ICON, one of Italy’s leading men’s fashion magazines, is launching an Australian edition.

Grace Publishing announced that a digital version is available this month, with the biannual print edition to debut in October 2018. The Australian edition is also the first ICON edition to be released in English.

Style expert Kim Payne has signed on as the magazine’s fashion director. Fashion blogger Roberto Malizia, fitness trainer Jono Castano, and fashion blog team The Hounds are coming aboard as exclusive contributors.

“No brand can rely on two season collections a year to stay relevant, especially with our attention spans these days. Popular culture, garage designs, and Instagram are showcasing gender-neutral silhouettes, styles and trends on the daily.

“The regressive delineation of women’s wear versus men’s wear is thinning and ICON’s role is to continue to drive the men’s wear culture forward at this pace with best in class conten

Agricultural Media to close Canberra offices

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Fairfax Media is closing down the Canberra bureau of Agricultural Media.

Agricultural Publishing group managing editor Brad Cooper said current bureau chief Colin Bettles is leaving the company on May 3, 2018.

The bureau’s federal political coverage responsibilities will be placed on current company national issues writer Michael Foley, who will start on May 6, 2018, as the new national rural affairs reporter.

Foley will still report to National Agricultural News Editor Penelope Arthur in Melbourne and will travel to Canberra as needed.

Chadd to manage ABC Classic FM and ABC Jazz

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ABC Radio has installed Toby Chadd as ABC Classic FM and ABC Jazz’s new content manager, after several years as label manager for both stations.

He took on both assignments starting on April 9, 2018. His remit will also include creating training materials with the network’s digital team, as development manager.

Chadd takes over at ABC Jazz from Matt Dewey, who has been promoted to music director. His predecessor at ABC Classic FM, Richard Buckham, will take over ABC Arts.

“Toby has actively worked with the Classic and Jazz content teams on many award- winning recording projects. He enjoys strong relationships with all of our external musical partners, orchestras and opera companies. He’s done some exceptional work to strengthen our key partnerships in his current role as Classic’s Development Manager, and I know he’ll achieve a very smooth transition into his new role,” said ABC music chief Chris Scadden.

Vella logs out at

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Katrina Vella has finished up being’s editor.

She stepped down on April 4, 2018, after almost three years at the helm.

Current managing editor Tiffany Dunk has taken over all correspondences addressed to Vella, who also agreed to do freelance assignments for the website.

Stay updated with Vella on LinkedIn.

Bowden freelance in NYC

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Ebony Bowden has begun doing freelance work in New York City, USA.

She travelled to the US after wrapping up affairs in Melbourne as reporter for The Age.

Although Bowden is now available for various assignments, ABC tapped her to do breaking news analyses for live radio show Overnights.

Follow Bowden on LinkedIn and Twitter at her handle @ebonybowden.

AP&P reportership changes hands

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The reporter job at trade magazines Australasian Paint and Panel (AP&P) and Ragtrader has had a changing of the guard with Cameron Findley (pictured, right) coming in to succeed Josh McDonnell (pictured, left).

Australasian Paint and Panel’s parent firm, Yaffa Media, stated that McDonnell was reassigned to AdNews. He had been with the two mastheads since November 2016.

Follow Findley and McDonnell on LinkedIn.

Maguire to edit SMH and The Age

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Fairfax Media’s Tory Maguire has become the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age’s new national editor.

Maguire landed the assignment following the end of HuffPost Australia’s partnership with Fairfax Media late last year. She was the HuffPost’s editor-in-chief for two years.

Her remit now covers federal politics, business and international coverage for the above papers. She is slated to begin on April 16, 2018, and will report to Australian Metro Publishing group executive editor James Chessell.

“Tory is an outstanding journalist with around two decades’ experience editing and reporting news and federal politics. She is a proven leader in digital publishing with an excellent track record of leading newsrooms and producing engaging journalism. Our newsrooms will benefit greatly from Tory’s expertise,” said Chessell.

Follow Maguire on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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