Dallas Gurney has been appointed by MediaWorks as the company’s new Director of News and Talk.
Gurney is a former Editor-in-Chief and General Manager of Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport and was a key member of NZME’s Radio Executive team. Most recently, Dallas was Managing Director of communications agencies DRUM and ROCKET and crisis communications consultancy Serious. He has won 12 New Zealand Radio Awards.
MediaWorks CEO Cam Wallace says: “Dallas has extensive experience in developing content strategy and a deep understanding of audiences, as well as a fantastic track record of leading teams and broadcasters to deliver best in market on-air and digital content.”
Gurney says: “There’s now a whole new generation looking for great original and local audio content, so I feel very excited and privileged to be joining the MediaWorks team when so much opportunity lies ahead.”
Gurney joins the team on 20 September.
Magic Talk’s Ryan Bridge has also been announced as the new host of The AM Show and Lloyd Burr has been welcomed as its new drive show host.
Burr recently returned to New Zealand following a three-and-a-half year stint in London as Newshub’s Europe Correspondent. Previously he was a Newshub Political Reporter in Wellington, and a Political Reporter for Radio Live before that.
Burr says: “I’m so stoked to be back on home soil with a new challenge. Radio has always been my first love, and I’m chomping at the bit to get back into it. Being abroad for the last three-and-a-half years has reminded me that New Zealand is the best country in the world, with the best people too. I can’t wait to hear their stories, and share mine.”
Burr joins Magic Talk at the end of September.
Meanwhile, Magic Talk Mornings host Peter Williams has decided to retire. At the age of 67, and after nearly half a century in the industry, he wants to enjoy a life with fewer commitments.
Wallace says: “Peter has signalled for some time that he’s wanted to finish up and thinks now is the right time. I’d like to acknowledge his significant contribution to Magic Mornings over the past three years – there have been plenty of engaging and lively discussions. MediaWorks wishes Peter all the best.”
Leah Panapa will move into hosting 9am-midday on Magic Talk and Danny Watson will continue hosting afternoons on Magic Talk.