Media movers & shakers for 8 February 2022

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By Telum Media

Launch date confirmed for Today FM

MediaWorks has confirmed its new talk radio station, Today FM, will launch on Monday 21 March. The station’s weekday line-up is as follows:

  • First Light with Rachel Smalley, 5am to 6.30am
  • Tova with Tova O’Brien, Mark Dye, and Newsreader Carly Flynn, 6.30am to 9am
  • Duncan Garner Today, 9am to noon
  • Leah and Mark with Leah Panapa and Mark Richardson, noon to 4pm
  • Lloyd Burr Live with Wilhemina Shrimpton, 4pm to 7pm
  • Polly with Polly Gillespie, 8pm to midnight
  • Today FM will also welcome Dominic Bowden, who will present a Saturday wellness programme, WellBeings, about the science of feeling good.

NZME acquires Radio Wānaka

NZME has bought Radio Wānaka. Mike Regal, who owned Radio Wānaka for over a decade, remains with the station as Host of its Breakfast / Mornings programme. He is on-air weekdays from 6am to noon. Broadcaster Peter Mac is hosting the station’s Afternoons / Drive show.

Radio Wānaka joins NZME’s existing stable of stations in the Southern Lakes region, which includes Newstalk ZB, The Hits, and ZM.

Jamie Ensor’s new role at Newshub

Jamie Ensor has started a new role as a Digital News and Politics Producer at Newshub, working across the Wellington newsroom and Parliamentary Press Gallery. He was formerly a Digital News Producer at the company, based in Auckland.

Jamie’s email remains He tweets @jamieensor

Jessica Maggio’s new role at Sky

Jessica Maggio has started a secondment as a Reporter at Sky News in Melbourne. In August 2021, she was appointed New Zealand Bureau Chief at the company, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation has been unable to relocate to Wellington to commence her new role. Jessica will take up this role later in 2022.

Previously, she was a Broadcast Lead and Senior Producer at Sky News in Sydney.

Three welcomes Andrew Hallberg

Andrew Hallberg has joined Three as a Bulletin Producer, working across both AM and Newshub Live at 11.30am. He joins from 1 News at 6pm, where he had been a Story Producer.

Press releases embargoed for 5am can be sent to Andrew at

Vicktoria Johnson starts new role at Stuff

Vicktoria Johnson is now a Pou Tiaki Journalist for Stuff. She is responsible for enhancing the stories covered by the Pou Tiaki team through graphics and animation. Vicktoria also covers underrepresented voices and perspectives in Aotearoa, primarily Māori stories, as well as other minority groups within the community.

Prior to this, Vicktoria had been a Freelance Animator at Stuff. Reach her at

Stuff welcomes Emma Clark-Dow

Emma Clark-Dow has joined Stuff as a Reporter, based in Auckland. She joins from Newshub, where she had been a Social Media and Digital Producer. In her new role, Emma will focus on lifestyle, health and culture stories within the Auckland region. and on LinkedIn.

Chris Hyde returns to Stuff

Chris Hyde has moved back to Stuff as a Reporter, based in Hawke’s Bay. He had previously worked at the publication as Homepage Editor before departing in 2018.

Most recently, he had been a Chief Reporter for the Hawke’s Bay Today – He tweets @chrishydejourno

Stuff debuts new newsletter

Stuff has released a new weekday newsletter, Stuff Explained. An extension of the website’s vertical of the same name, the newsletter examines the biggest news stories in New Zealand to help demystify complicated topics and make news more accessible.

The newsletter is edited by Explainer Editor, Keith Lynch.

New Executive Producer at The Rock Drive

Tiegan Lilley has started as the Executive Producer at The Rock’s Drive programme. She was formerly a Sales Support Manager at MediaWorks NZ.

Chris Key farewells The Crowd Goes Wild

Chris Key is leaving The Crowd Goes Wild after eight years as a Producer / Reporter / Presenter for the programme. He is interested in working on entertaining new projects following his departure.

Chris will continue hosting Radio Hauraki Nights, as well as commentating for the Alternative Commentary Collective.

Publishers sign up for Facebook funding

Thirteen news publishers across New Zealand will take part in the Meta Aotearoa Audience Development Accelerator, aimed at helping newsrooms optimise and develop their audiences.

The 10-week programme, which will start in March, includes virtual workshops featuring expert instruction, weekly calls with an expert coach, and grant funding to help the publishers execute projects inspired by the programme.

The publishers taking part are as follows:

  • Ashburton Guardian
  • Capsule
  • Crux Publishing
  • Indian Weekender
  • Local Matters
  • Mandarin Pages
  • Māori Television
  • MediaWorks
  • Otago Daily Times
  • Pacific Media Network
  • Radio Bay of Plenty
  • Sh*t You Should Care About
  • The Wairarapa Times-Age

New Editor appointed at NZ Fishing News

Ethan Neville is now Editor of NZ Fishing News. He first joined the title in 2019 as an Associate Editor before stepping into the role of Deputy Editor. Ethan at

New Editor at STYLE

Ashley Wallace has been appointed Editor of STYLE, taking on the role after a year as the title’s Culture Editor. She first joined the publisher, McHugh Media, in 2019 as a Staff Writer for both STYLE and MiNDFOOD. Ashley is interested in receiving pitches and content in the areas of design, culture, fashion, hospitality, travel, and motoring.

Team confirmation: Be Well

​Be Well is a weekly food and wellness magazine published every Monday in the New Zealand Herald. It aims to engage readers at every stage of the cooking process by providing meal inspiration, shopping list items, tips on growing food, and recipes to answer the common question, “What’s for dinner tonight?”.

The magazine is supported by the online site, Eat Well, which features the latest food news and sponsored content, and holds over 12,000 recipes organised by themes and seasonal collections.

The editorial team currently consists of Food Editor, Maggie Wicks. She is open to receiving relevant pitches and content for both the print magazine and website.

New role for Azaria Howell at Salient

Azaria Howell has been appointed one of the co-news editors of Salient, Victoria University of Wellington’s student magazine. Currently in her final year of studying a Bachelor of Political Communication, Azaria has been contributing to Salient since 2020 as a News and Current Affairs Writer. She has an interest in housing, healthcare, and politics. or via mobile at (64) 22 314 3704.

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