…Hazel Phillips’ replacement stands up, Bill Francis takes up the Radio Broadcasters Association reins, Jenni McManus swaps business journalism for a comms role, The Listener says goodbye to another deputy editor and The Pond puts some of its freelancers on weekend duty.
The new voice of adland?
Hazel Phillips is about to venture back into the world of magazines as the new editor of the new Idealog after three and a bit years treading the boards in adland with the NBR. And her replacement on the ad/media, property and general business round is thought to be Nicola Williams, who spent four years working on the Eastern Courier and other publications at Suburban Newspapers (here are some of her scribblings)
Most recently she did PR for National MP Jami-Lee Ross and she starts her role this week.
Francis on the radio
Former Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport manager Bill Francis has been appointed the Radio Broadcasters Association’s new chief executive, taking over from David Innes who stepped down from the position earlier this year.
Francis, who has more recently been acting as a consultant after a sort but not quite retirement, will take up his position in the middle of July.
The radio stalwart started out in broadcasting over 40 years ago covering a wide variety of fields from sports reporting to journalism, editor and general manager of talk. He is currently a director of New Zealand Cricket and an author, with the latest of his books, a biography on Sir John Graham, due out shortly.
Off to the dark side
According to the NZ Herald, Jenni McManus has left the role she took up when Fairfax bought the now defunct Independent and has instead taken up a role as the head of communications for accounting firm Ernst & Young.
Our own draconian overlord Vincent Heeringa said that when he worked with McManus at the Independent she had an immense dislike for public relations, so it’s quite an interesting move.
“I learned all my PR-hating tricks from her,” he said.
New Idea editor Hayley McLarin recently went down a similar track, leaving media to take up a comms role with CureKids.
Current deputy editor of The Listener David Lomas has stepped down, which makes it five different deputy editors in the past seven years for the weekly.
The Listener was one of the best performers in the latest Nielsen readership results, adding 30,000 compared to Q2 in 2010, and it did particularly well considering the difficulties experienced in the weekly magazine sector. It also featured prominently in the recent Magazine Awards and Lomas was thought to be a big reason for the improvements.
Every day can potentially be a holiday if you’re a freelancer. But that usually means weekends don’t mean quite as much as they do for the nine to fivers. So, to reference that and to give clients even more flexibility, The Pond has launched a weekend service that aims to make its best freelance creatives available all day Saturday and Sunday.
“Clients don’t want jobs done tomorrow,” says Pond director Leighton Howl. “They want them done yesterday. And for many freelancers, working weekends isn’t an issue because they take time off during the week.”
Email Howl here.