Praise for Kayne Tremills' 'My Great Big Adventure'

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Kayne Tremills

Kayne Tremills is the warm and relate-able host of ABC's new show My Great Big Adventure, designed to guide young people through the highs and lows of growing up. Prominent youth psychologist, Steve Biddulph, wrote the following review of the program:

The sensitivity of this show, the warm and authentic feel to the presentation, use of lively visuals, and very good content, there isn't a patronizing moment and yet vast amounts of good information comes through. I write personal development and psychology material and work with parents all over the world, I have rarely seen anything this good.

Much of the conveyed ideas come directly from young people in a natural and diverse way, allowing a lot of alternative views and quirky gentle moments.

In the episode on family communication, a segment with the presenter and his own mother talking about his (very difficult) boyhood, a room full of adults I was watching with were reduced to tears, sensing what was behind the lightly but genuinely expressed resolution.

Quite exceptional, yet totally age appropriate as always lightly done.

- Prof. Steve Biddulph

To revisit episodes of My Great Big Adventure, click here.


Former CNN presenter Anjali Rao to host Dateline

Thursday, 07 February 2013

Anjali Rao

SBS has announced that television journalist and presenter Anjali Rao will join its flagship international current affairs program, Dateline, as its new host when the program returns on Tuesday 12 February, 9.30pm on SBS ONE.

Anjali Rao is a multi-award-winning journalist who has spent 17 years in the top tiers of broadcast news and current affairs. For the past six years, she worked at CNN International - hosting the weekday breakfast program as well as the network's weekly chat show, Talk Asia, both of which air globally to 220 million households. Earlier, Anjali worked as an anchor at both Sky News and Channel 5 News in London.

During her career Anjali has interviewed some of the world’s highest profile personalities including former US President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, tennis star Roger Federer, and fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld. She has also covered numerous breaking news events such as the 9/11 attacks, the 2004 Asian tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II, the 7/7 bombings in London, the 2008 siege of Mumbai, and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan. Paul Cutler, SBS Director of News and Current Affairs, said: “Anjali is a unique and exceptionally talented journalist and presenter. She comes to Dateline with a wealth of experience from around the world and is a great fit for SBS. We’re delighted to have her on board.”

Peter Charley, Executive Producer of Dateline, added: “Anjali’s honest and engaging approach is a great addition to Dateline. Throughout her impressive career she’s shown she can tackle the toughest interviews and breaking international stories with professionalism and class, and we’re looking forward to the new dimension she’ll bring to the program.”

Anjali said: “Dateline has a unique approach, delivering honest and compelling journalism covering important stories from around the world that many others would not. To have the opportunity to be a part of such a distinguished program, and follow in the footsteps of some of Australia’s most respected journalists, is incredibly exciting.”

Born to an Indian father and Australian mother, Anjali was raised in Hong Kong, educated in the United Kingdom, but is now based in Australia. Locally she has appeared as a panelist on The Project on Channel Ten, and also as a host on Sydney’s 2UE radio station.

Award winning video journalist Mark Davis, who has shared the presenting role with Yalda Hakim for the past two years, will continue to present the program on occasion but will be spending more time travelling on assignment, and reporting more regularly for Dateline.


Hamish and Andy the Clinton Clobbers

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee were the surprise hits of Hillary Clinton's global farewell meeting early yesterday morning.

In an Aussie coup, the event was hosted in Washington by the ABC's Leigh Sales (above), and Blake and Lee closed the hour-long press conference.

The outgoing US Secretary of State was asked questions from journalists and everyday people, and Blake and Lee were the only ones not on the running sheet.

They first met Clinton in Melbourne two years ago. "It was a very out-of-left-field request," Blake said. "We were honoured to do it. The White House were putting the event on as a bit of a surprise for her, and they asked us 'would you mind if we finished with you guys?'."

As soon as Clinton saw them, she smiled widely and laughed. She obviously remembered who they were.

"What was strange was that they said they wanted to surprise her, so we weren't even on the rundown," Lee said.

"We were like, she might be so surprised that she won't remember us at all."

Clinton played along with the Channel 9 personalities, suggesting Lee would make a great Secretary of State because of his good looks.

Credit: Herald Sun, Thursday, January 31, 2013

Maude Garrett takes on L.A to Host the Hot Hits

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Maude Garrett

Radio and TV presenter Maude Garrett will relocate to Los Angeles to be the new host of leading pop culture brand, The Hot Hits. The self-confessed pop-culture brainiac and video game fanatic will present the weekly radio show from studios in Hollywood and contribute to the online site and mobile show.

Her first program will premiere on Sunday 3 February across 62 radio stations in Australia including Southern Cross Austereo’s Today Network. The Hot Hits radio show presented by Optus broadcasts weekly from studios in Hollywood, counting down the top 35 songs in LA, interviewing the stars and look at the week that was in the entertainment world. The online site features the latest music, entertainment news and photos, a weekly video show and weekly blogs from the LA team detailing what goes on behind-the-scenes at red carpets and events.

“Maude is The Hot Hits personified” says MCM Media’s Group Content Director, Sam Thompson. “Her outgoing personality, love of all things pop culture and her expert gaming skills make her the perfect fit for The Hot Hits brand. With direct access to the biggest stars and stories in the entertainment world, The Hot Hits team is focused on breaking the latest news and exclusive stories across radio, online and mobile, and Maude will be in her element delivering this with her unique Australian take.”

Produced by MCM Media in partnership with Southern Cross Austereo, The Hot Hits is the only Australian radio show to have a permanent presence in the entertainment capital of the world. It focuses on global pop culture - celebrating music, movies, TV and whatever this month’s top trends are, from an Australian perspective. It encompasses a weekly radio show broadcast nationally, online site and mobile app.

“It’s my dream job!” Maude says. “‘I'm able to completely indulge in my love of pop-culture, from music to movies & gossip! Moving to LA to attend premieres, interview the biggest celebrities and talk about my obsession with video games.... somebody pinch me!"


Sam Lane joins AFL on Seven

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Sam Lane

Seven’s Saturday Night Football team has a new recruit: the award-winning AFL journalist and TV personality Samantha Lane.

Sam will join Brian Taylor, Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson and Cameron Ling on the panel to talk all things football every Saturday night during the 2013 AFL season. Sam will also have a regular role in the match broadcast.

Sam is a respected sportswriter for The Age, and a winner of a Melbourne Press Club Quill award. Sam has also won the AFL Players’ Association and AFL Coaches’ Association football writer of the year awards.

She has also carved out a successful broadcasting career on TV and radio.

Saul Shtein, Seven’s head of sport, said: “Sam is a terrific addition to our Saturday night broadcast. She knows and loves football, and she’s proven herself to be a great performer on TV with her strong opinions mixed with warmth, irreverence and insight into the game. We’re delighted she’s joined the team.”


Shura Taft to Weave a Web of Intrigue on The Mole

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Mole

Shura Taft has secured the host role of The Mole, returning to Seven this year. Shura is known for his five year role as host of Kids’ WB, host of six series of the game show Pyramid and most recently co-host of Uplate on GO! and FOX Footy’s The Super Coach Show... as well as the face of Expedia travel campaigns.

“This is the start of something special. The Mole is a much-loved show, and the time is right to return it to Australian screens. And to cast Shura as host is tremendously exciting. He’s taking the next step in his career, he has talent, charm and a very real ability to connect with the audience, and he’ll do a fantastic job,” said Seven’s Director of Production Brad Lyons.

The Mole is a hugely successful reality TV show that has been played around the world since 1999. Contestants work together as a group and perform challenges to earn money that adds to a winner’s pot. But among them is a saboteur - one of them is covertly trying to make the group fail – that person is The Mole. It’s been labelled the smartest show of its kind because it relies on intelligence and skill to win. In this game of strategy and intrigue, mental strength is just as important as physical ability.

The show has started filming around Australia and the series will air this year.

Source: Seven Publicity

Rabbit joins Nova 969 as Mornings Announcer

Tuesday, 15 January 2013


Kiwi radio presenter Rabbit this year joins Nova 969 in Sydney as their new Mornings announcer. Rabbit can now be heard 9am - 12pm weekdays on Nova 969.

Program Director Brendan Taylor is enthusiastic about having Rabbit back on the team.

"[Rabbit] returns to Nova 96.9 after being away for 6 years and complements the line up perfectly for 2013. He’s a quality broadcaster it’s great to have him back on-air in Sydney."

Congratulations, Rabbit!


Tim Blackwell Welcomes New Baby Bo

Tuesday, 15 January 2013


Congratulations to Tim Blackwell and his wife Monique who welcomed first baby Bo Elizabeth Blackwell in to the world last Friday.

Bo arrived after a 12 hour labour. Tim said:

Bo is already so beautiful and I’ve let her know that it can be confusing being a Hawthorn fan that lives in Carlton, but she’ll get used to it!”


Dylan Lewis Joins New Nova Breakfast Team in Adelaide

Friday, 21 December 2012

Dylan Lewis

Dylan Lewis and Shane Lowe are Nova 919 Adelaide’s new breakfast team. Paul Jackson, dmg Radio Group Program Director said, “Dylan and Shane will be a cracking combination to wake up to. They are both naturally funny, creative and perfectly represent the Nova brand. They’ve got a great blend of experience and I’ve no doubt that they’ll be the voices heard on alarm clocks all over Adelaide.”

Dylan Lewis said, “I am hugely excited about the opportunity to make a kick ass show with Shane and to wake up with Adelaide listeners. It is a lovely feeling to be going home, to be close to family and friends. I have learnt so much and formed some great friendships during my six years at Nova 100, so although it’s a little sad to leave Melbourne, I’m really pumped about doing breakfast radio in Adelaide.”


Sam Lane Recognised at 2012 Australian Sports Commission Awards

Thursday, 20 December 2012

We are very proud to announce Sam Lane has been recognised twice at the 2012 Australian Sports Commission awards. She was highly commended for best coverage of sport by an individual (print), and a finalist in the best reporting of an issue in sport category for her exposé on the inequitable travel arrangements of the national women's basketball team for the London Olympics

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