Media movers and shakers for 11 December 2021

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By Telum Media

Amanda Gillies and Mark Richardson farewell The AM Show

Amanda Gillies and Mark Richardson have now departed The AM Show, which they had both presented since 2017. As previously announced, Amanda begins a new role as National Correspondent at Newshub in 2022.

Mark will join MediaWorks’ new radio station, Today FM, upon its launch next year. He will also continue as Host of The Block NZ, in addition to appearing regularly on The Project. and Mark at

Changes at flava, The Hits, ZM

NZME has announced the following changes to its 2022 line-ups across flava, The Hits, and ZM: Pene Pati, Amitai Pati and Moses Mackay have left flava’s Breakfast programme to focus full-time on their music. Replacing them on flava’s Breakfast in 2022 will be Stacey Morrison, Mike Puru and Anika Moa. They will join the programme from The Hits Drive. Laura McGoldrick will present The Hits Drive. She has hosted the station’s 3pm Pick Up show for two years. Megan Papas will replace Laura as Host of the 3pm Pick Up programme. She has been a Co-Host at ZM’s Breakfast since 2014. Replacing Megan on ZM’s Breakfast is Hayley Sproull, who will join existing co-hosts Fletch and Vaughan from 17th January.

More details revealed about MediaWorks’ Today FM MediaWorks has announced it will launch its new talk station, Today FM, in Auckland on 90.2FM. The Rock, which currently airs on this frequency, will transition to 106.2 FM from 1st January. The Rock will be simulcast on both frequencies until Today FM’s launch.

In addition to Auckland, Today FM will also broadcast on FM frequencies throughout the country, including the new frequency 95.3 FM in Canterbury.

The frequencies for Today FM across New Zealand will be as follows: Alexandra – 95.9 FM Auckland – 90.2 FM Blenheim – 95.3 FM Canterbury – 95.3 FM Dunedin – 96.6 FM Hawke’s Bay – 106.3 FM Kaikōura – 89.1 FM Kāpiti Coast – 99.1 FM Mackenzie Country (Tekapo and Twizel) – 91.0 FM Manawatū – 93.8 FM Nelson – 96 FM Northland – 100.7 FM Oamaru – 100.8 FM Picton – 92.3 FM Queenstown – 91.2 FM Rotorua – 95.1 FM Southland 94 FM Tauranga – 100.6 FM Timaru – 105.9FM Waikato – 100.2 FM Wairarapa – 98.3 FM Wellington – 98.9 FM Westport – 90.1 FM Whakātane – 92.1 FM Whanganui – 96 FM Whangārei – 90.8 FM Chris Reeder has also been appointed Content Director at Today FM. He is currently the Assistant Content Director at Magic Talk’s Drive programme. Chris will commence his new role in January.

Today FM will launch in the first quarter of 2022.

Katie Parker’s new role at TVNZ Katie Parker has started as a Digital Content Coordinator with the media logistics team at TVNZ. In her new role, she is responsible for sourcing local and international content for the broadcaster’s linear channels and OnDemand.

New Zealand Podcast Ranker results for November 2021

Triton Digital has published its New Zealand Podcast Ranker results for November 2021. The Mike Hosking Breakfast was the most listened-to podcast, followed by Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive, which moved up two places. Fletch, Vaughan & Megan on ZM remained in third position.

News from Glenn McConnell at Stuff Glenn McConnell, former Columnist at Stuff, will take on a new role as an Auckland-based Political Reporter in January 2022. He will cover te ao Māori and Auckland affairs as part of Stuff’s political reporting team, based in Parliament.

Until he begins his new role, Glenn will be working on a docu-series for Stuff called Tribal, which showcases the diverse music sub-cultures of New Zealand.

Sinelle Fernandez to start new role at The AM Show Sinelle Fernandez will commence a new role as Planning and Integration Producer at The AM Show in 2022. She is currently a Reporter / Producer at the programme. Sinelle first joined The AM Show in 2018 as a Casual Producer.

Holly Henry farewells Newshub Holly Henry has departed her role at Newshub, where she had been a Journalist based in its Christchurch bureau since 2018. Prior to this, she was a Broadcast Journalist at TVNZ 1.

Holly is currently open to opportunities in media.

Gianina Schwanecke joins Stuff

Stuff has welcomed Gianina Schwanecke as a Reporter, based in its Hawke’s Bay bureau. She joins from previous stints in the same role at the Wairarapa Times-Age and, most recently, at Hawke’s Bay Today.

Caitlin Ellis takes on new role

Caitlin Ellis has joined MediaWorks as a Radio Journalist. She was previously a Radio Reporter for Newshub and, before that, a Digital News Producer for the network.

News from Henry Rounce

Rounce has finished up in his role as a Creative Producer for Sky Sport after two years with the broadcaster. He will be relocating to the United Kingdom at the end of this year and remains open to freelance opportunities related to sport.

Amy Prebble farewells Scout

Amy Prebble, Managing Editor at Scout, has taken on a new position as a Senior Writer for property development company, Ockham Residential. Prior to joining Scout, Amy held a number of senior roles in magazines and communications, including as Editor of Good Health and Wellbeing and Publicity Manager for MediaWorks Group.

New additions at Consumer Consumer has welcomed two new members to its editorial team: Dr Cherie Lacey is now the magazine’s Lead Investigative Writer. She also works as a Research Fellow in the Department of Media and Communication at the Victoria University of Wellington. Jessica Keane has started as a Digital Journalist. She is a trained Scriptwriter for stage and screen, and was most recently a Digital Media Producer at The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. and Jessica at

Bay of Plenty Times welcomes Multimedia Journalist

Talia Parker has started as a Multimedia Journalist at Bay of Plenty Times. She was previously a Freelance Reporter at Ellerslie Village Magazine.
Nicola Carroll completes internship Nicola Carroll has finished as a Multimedia Journalist Intern at the Horowhenua Chronicle. On 1st February, she will return to the publication as a Freelance Journalist on a 12-month contract.

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