The media week that was

Despite record breaking television ratings, newspaper and digital readership and listening audiences, thanks to the impact COVID-19 has had there has been another round of mass changes made to the Australian media industry landscape. Here's a break down of the week that was as we head into the Easter Break.

COVID-19 affected changes to TV Broadcasts:

  • WIN TV, Sky News, Endemol Shine Australia and Foxtel announce major job losses as the TV sector faces the fallout of COVID-19. All media organisations have made staff redundant over the past couple of days as the advertising downturn takes hold.

  • As a result of the Sky News redundancies, anchor Jacinta Tynan will be leaving the channel.

  • Foxtel has announced that 200 employees will be made redundant and another 140 staff members will be stood down until the end of June, with an Easter shutdown for non-essential staff and reduced hours for those remaining.

  • The Today Show’s newsreader Tracy Vo will remain in Perth as a reporter as border closures make it impossible for her to return to Sydney during the pandemic.

  • Deputy PM Michael McCormack says the government is planning to announce a relief package for regional media next week to include an overhaul of spectrum and licencing fees.

  • CNN and Euronews join BBC News' offer of free airtime and inventory worth up to $50 million for health organisations to promote vital messages during the pandemic.

  • The ABC was the only free-to-air channel not to air the Queen's COVID-19 address.

  • Broadcast Video On Demand (BVOD) has a boom during the pandemic as viewers flock to catch-up on their favourite shows.

  • TV doctors and nurses thank front line medical staff as cast members from House, ER, Grey’s Anatomy, Nurse Jackie, Scrubs, The Good Doctor and Doogie Howser come together in a video to support front line medical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 affected changes to Radio Broadcasting:

  • Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O Henderson take a 10 per cent pay reduction due to the COVID-19 impact.

  • As part of reduced coverage this NRL season, Wally “The King” Lewis has joined 97.3FM Brisbane as a temporary entertainment reporter.

  • Edith Cowan University students now produce and present 12 hours of live radio shows per week, using the Zoom app.

  • Em Rusciano has returned to SCA to launch a brand new isolation podcast series EMSOLATION.

  • Southern Cross Media secures $149 million in capital raising to tackle the $330.5 million debt caused by reduced advertising revenue made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 affected changes to Newspaper/Online

  • Seven West Media has made The Sunday Times editor role redundant. Michael Beach who has filled the role since 2016 will be leaving the business.

  • body+soul launches live @ home workouts featuring: Sam Wood, Tiffiny Hall and Cory George. The virtual workouts were designed to help keep subscribers healthy and engaged.

  • Your Investment Property ceases print production and has become a digital-only publication.

  • Emprise Group Holdings has postponed the next issue of Outdoor magazine until September due to restrictions; surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The Surf Coast and Bellarine Echo is one of 60 News Corp Australia community newspapers that will cease publication.

  • Community Care Review launched a new website to replace the Community Care Review magazine, which ceased printing this month.

  • The winter issue of Luxury Travel Magazine will not be printed due to coronavirus-imposed restrictions, the spring issue of the magazine is still scheduled to be published in late August.

  • News Corp Australia's media brand Escape reshapes travel content to help keep Aussie’s travel dreams alive, Escape - new horizons launches on Sunday.

  • Lonely Planet will reduce global publication operations with its Melbourne office expected to shut.