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Media Affairs

BBC to resume English reporting in Russia

The BBC will resume English-language reporting in Russia after temporarily suspending coverage to assess the implications of the country’s new media law, reports The Guardian’s Tom Ambrose.

It suspended the work of its reporters and support staff in Russia on Friday after the passage of a law criminalizing the dissemination of “false” or “false” news about the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine.

The BBC said it had “considered the implications” of the law and after “careful deliberation” it would continue reporting in English from Tuesday evening.

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Emmanuel Macron promises to abolish the TV license fee if he is re-elected

Emmanuel Macron has promised to scrap the French television license fee if he is re-elected president next month, raising questions about the funding and independence of public television and radio, reports The Guardian’s Angelique Chrisafis.

In the first public appearance of his election campaign, Macron told voters in the Paris region of Poissy that scrapping the broadcast license fee made sense since he aimed to continue cutting taxes.

Macron mentioned the end of the €138 (£115)-a-year fee – which is paid by around 27million households – as part of a campaign to help the growing number of French people anxious to make ends meet.

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Michael Di Natale named first managing partner of Orchard

Michel Di Natale was appointed as the first managing partner of the Orchard agency of the Enero group.

Di Natale steps into the newly created role after a stint at digital agency Versa where he was managing director.

He brings 15 years of experience to the role having worked at Accenture and Isobar and rose through the ranks at Dentsu to become Executive Director of Experience, Strategy and Consulting.

Michel Di Natale

He has worked in a variety of industries including travel, finance, government, education, professional services, utilities, sports and entertainment with clients including ANZ Bank, Australia Post, JB HI-FI, MCC/MCG, NSW Government, Qantas, Sensis and Vic Roads.

In the role, Di Natale will continue to grow Orchard’s customer service offering and consumer division, as well as build on the agency’s great momentum with existing clients Hyundai, Tourism Tasmania and Westpac.

Michael Di Natale said of his appointment: “Orchard is perfectly poised to go from strength to strength. The mix of talented people, great culture and clear strategy and direction makes me very excited about what the future holds.

“Building meaningful and connected experiences is my passion and something many talk about, but rarely do you come across the team, capabilities, structure and strategies in place to truly ‘walk the walk’ and bring it to life. .”

Trudi Sampola appointed National Leader of the People of Hero

Trudi Sampola has been appointed to the newly created position of national personnel manager for the independent agency Hero.

Sampola joins the agency’s management team alongside the founder Ben Lilley and chief operating officer James salutes.

She brings two decades of experience to the role and joins the agency after working at carsales as group marketing manager and director of marketing transformation.

Trudi Sampola

Trudi Sampola

Sampola was previously Communications Strategist Naked London, followed by a stint at OMD Australia as Communications Strategist and then Chief Strategy Officer.

She also worked at Ikon Communications in Melbourne as Managing Director and National Talent Manager. Sampola also served as Director of Talent at CHE Proximity.

Trudi Sampola said of her appointment: “There are times in life when you know you are in the right place with the right people who are lucky enough to do work you love. Joining Ben, James and the amazing Hero team is 100%.

“With our clear goal of bringing creativity without boundaries to life with our employees, my goal is to help build the mortar between us and ensure that we all have what we need to do the best job in our live together in a place where we are all I love working It’s simple!

Lotame Announces Changes to Global CEO

Lotame has announced changes to its global leadership team, promoting three team members to key positions.

In North America, Elisa Nevers enters the role of product manager as Hunter Terry takes on the new role of Sales Manager for Connected TV.

Director Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Chris Hog will assume the role of global platform sales manager for the flexible data solutions provider.

mike woosleychief operating officer at Lotame, said of the appointments: “We have phenomenal talent running the business and I want to congratulate Eliza, Hunter and Chris for all their great work over the years.”

“As we continue to innovate to create growth and value in the industry, we look forward to their management to help us succeed in our next phase of growth,” he added.

Nevers, a former Senior Vice President of Products at Lotame and a product and technology veteran, was instrumental in driving global strategy, as well as creating and delivering solutions for marketing, agency and marketing clients. Lotame editors.

In particular, she guided the product organization through the evolution of the data management platform and launched Panorama ID (the world’s first cookieless identity solution for a privacy-driven open web) in one of the toughest times for the industry. Lotame’s Panorama ID support continues to grow within the industry as agencies and brands like Omnicom, Dr. Martens, and Advance Local, among others, participate in hundreds of trials around the world.

In his new role, Nevers will continue to operate a best-in-class product organization, develop the talents of his team and drive a global product strategy. In addition to defining the product roadmap and business strategy for 2022, Nevers will focus more outward to help cement the partnerships and relationships needed in a highly intertwined, complex and evolving ecosystem.

Terry spent a decade at Lotame in a variety of roles in data engineering, commercial sales and customer success in the APAC, Americas and ANZ regions.

In his new role as Commercial Head of Connected Television (CTV), he will be responsible for advancing Lotame’s technologies, capabilities and progress in the CTV space on all fronts – customers, data, technology and partnerships.

As head of Lotame’s EMEA operations, Hogg has successfully led Lotame’s success by navigating the practical and strategic challenges of operating in Europe and as a global business.

His leadership helped drive Lotame’s Panorama technology – the evolution into a connected identity player – and the innovations that led the organization to increase and improve the reach and scale of Panorama ID in Europe, even among non-customers.

Effective immediately, Hogg will assume the role of Global Head of Platform Sales for Lotame, working with Regional General Managers and Lotame Sales Leaders to align the global organization and increase solution leverage. platform, data and identity.


Andrew O’Keefe: Former TV star grazes bikers behind bars

Troubled ex-TV star Andrew O’Keefe could spend up to 12 months on remand after his latest bail offer was rejected, the NSW Supreme Court has heard, News Corp’s reports Ryan Young.

Justice Robertson Wright denied O’Keefe’s latest attempt to be released to a mental health rehabilitation center on Tuesday, although the court was told the former Channel 7 game show host had been bullied by prison guards and placed in a cell surrounded by members of rival motorcycle gangs.

The 50-year-old has been in pre-trial detention for more than a month, after being charged with choking and assaulting a woman on January 25.

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How Many Actors On Byron’s Reality Show Are Really Paid

Byron BaesNathan Favro says he was paid “beautifully” to appear on the Netflix reality show despite industry speculation that the cast did the show for free.

Favro has already appeared on the bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise and is one of the known faces of reality television in the controversial Byron Baes format.

“We got paid handsomely, Netflix takes care of you,” Favro said Confidential.

“It was more of a case where we were all a team and we were all working together and so they gave us a lot of creative direction, they really wanted to tell the story of our lives and what we do.”

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Sports media

Apple enters sports arena with Major League Baseball streaming deal

Apple TV+ is getting into the live sports business, reports The Hollywood Reporter Rick Porter.

The streamer has reached a rights agreement with Major League Baseball to host a weekly double-game schedule on Fridays, starting in the 2022 season – whenever that can begin. Baseball owners locked out players in December and the two sides have yet to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement. On March 1, commissioner Rob Manfred canceled the first week of regular season games, which were scheduled to start at the end of the month.

The MLB deal is the first foray into live sports for Apple TV+. Its Friday Night Baseball package will include two weekly games plus pre- and post-game broadcasts, with no local cuts. Apple will also produce MLB Big Inning, a live show featuring regular season weeknight game highlights and previews.

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Why Jonathan Brown can’t wait for viewers to see another side of Nathan Buckley

While Fox Footy Jonathan Brown will miss the ease of jumping in his car quickly and getting home much quicker, he can’t wait for capacity crowds to return to soccer this season, News Corp’s reports Lisa Woolford.

“Watching empty stands was just funny from an energetic point of view,” said the former Brisbane Lions champion.

“And I felt sorry for the players – I mean I know they’re professionals, but it still must have been difficult with no crowds or with smaller crowds.”

He adds with a laugh: “It’s like my last two years at the Brisbane Lions…”

Fox Footy launched its new lineup of talent and programs last week and took center stage with a new recruit Nathan Buckley.

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