AUCKLAND, Wednesday: Stuff has announced three key content appointments to its new audio division. Laura Heathcote joins as content director, Jono Williams as executive producer – news content, and Chris Reed as executive producer –verticals & special projects.
Chief audio officer Nadia Tolich said: “The trio will drive valuable new audio content, fuelling growth in this rapidly accelerating area.
“Laura, who will lead the team, is an award-winning producer, content leader and talent coach with extensive experience in news and broadcast media.
“At Newstalk ZB, Laura produced some of the biggest programmes in New Zealand radio and led the station’s team of radio and digital producers as well as coaching key on-air talent.
“Jono joins Stuff after 15 years at TVNZ where he produced many primetime shows including Seven Sharp, 1News at Six, and Breakfast. At Stuff, Jonathan is looking forward to finding new ways to tell stories to new audiences.
“Chris is a hugely experienced senior journalist with a track record in championing new forms of digital storytelling, including audio.
“The division will be recruiting a number of additional audio roles over the coming months.”
“As an editor, producer and executive producer, Chris has been involved in many successful podcasts, documentaries and long-form projects. His previous roles have included setting up and running national news agency APNZ and leading the Herald‘s investigations unit.
“More recently Chris has been teaching journalism for Te Rito, a groundbreaking new training initiative.
Chief audio officer Nadia Tolich says she is delighted Stuff has secured such high calibre talent. “Laura, Jono and Chris are incredible journalists and content leaders. They will bring loads of energy and ideas to Stuff’s audio venture.
“We look forward to delivering more inspiring and thought-provoking audio content that connects with Kiwis and helps make Aotearoa a better place.”
DJ Simon Bridges
Stuff previously announced it had signed Simon Bridges to host his own audio show.
“The division will be recruiting a number of additional audio roles over the coming months. Anyone interested in having a confidential chat can get in touch with Nadia Tolich here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stuff connects with 3.5 million Kiwis every month through its news site, a range of newspapers and magazines, as well as Neighbourly and Stuff Events. Proudly New Zealand-owned, Stuff leverages its trust and scale to deliver quality news, content and experiences that help make Aotearoa a better place.
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