News Corp Australia chief executive Julian Clarke will step down at the end of the year, after just two years in the role.
Mr Clarke came out of retirement for the job following the abrupt departure of then-chief executive Kim Williams.
News Corp announced in a tweet that the company’s chief operating officer Peter Tonagh had been appointed to replace Mr Clarke.
Meanwhile, APN News and Media Chief executive Michael Miller is joining News Corp Australia as executive chairman.
He will step down from APN on September 1 and the media group has appointed the head of its radio operations, Ciaran Davis, as his replacement.
News Corp’s global chief executive Robert Thomson said the changes were part of the company’s plans to expand its presence in Asia.
‘Our clear plan is to use Australia as a base for a significant expansion of our presence in Asia, while ensuring that our traditional businesses in Australia are developed to their full potential,’ he said in a statement.
‘Whether in broadcasting or the powerful platform that is print or in digital classifieds, we have a team that will vigorously pursue growth and strive to inculcate the sense of social purpose that has always been the cornerstone of the News Corp culture.’
He also paid tribute to Mr Clarke.
‘We must all recognise the genuinely extraordinary work of Julian Clarke, who has helped to fortify the foundations for our future, and done so with dignity, creativity and integrity,’ he said.
‘Julian’s contribution to the company and to Australia will echo for many, many years to come.’
The moves come as News Corp announced it would cut jobs and close bureaus at its subsidiary Dow Jones, which owns the Wall Street Journal.
News Corp reported a seven per cent slide in earnings in its most recent quarterly results due chiefly to weakness in its core news and information division, where earnings slumped 23 per cent.
It also comes amid a major shakeup in Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.
Mr Murdoch, 84, has installed sons Lachlan and James at the top of 21st Century Fox, which was split from News Corp in 2013.
James has been appointed chief executive of Fox, while Lachlan has been appointed co-executive chairman alongside his father.
Lachlan is already working with his father as co-executive chairman of News Corp.
Michael Miller has resigned as CEO of APN News and Media and will rejoin News Corp Australia as Executive Chairman.
He will be replaced as CEO by the head of APN’s radio operations Ciaran Davis from September 1.
It comes as News Corp CEO Julian Clarke announced his retirement at the end of the year.
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GOING EXPERT – A NEW WAY FOR TRAVEL
Going Expert have just launched their new website connecting travellers with been-there travel agents. They don’t sell travel and don’t compare prices, they put the Traveller in touch with Travel Agents who have been to that destination.
Going.Expert is a new travel platform allowing travellers to connect with travel agents who have actually been to the destination they are planning a trip to. This gives the traveller the booking experience and dollar savings of an industry expert with the destinational local knowledge of a seasoned traveller.
Last year (7/2015-6/16), outbound travel departures by Australian residents reached 9.6 million, with 60% of those being for a holiday. The majority of those traveller holidays (77%) were between 2 weeks and 2 months. That’s a lot of travellers and a lot of holidays, many to London. Given the proliferation of online booking platforms, it is interesting to note that almost 53% booked with a travel agent, a growth of 4.3% from the previous year.
There has been a definite downturn in using an online booking platform since 2010 due to traveller frustration brought on by lack of planning flexibility, definite lack of local knowledge and wasted hours, if not days spent researching. The online booking platforms are aggregating available flight, hotel and packaged holiday data from multiple sources; they aren’t planning a vacation for the individual.
In-line with the decrease in booking directly online is an increase of booking through a travel agent. By booking with a travel agent, travellers are realising that all of the planning work is being done for them, and the travel agent has the efficient booking systems at hand to find the right deal at the right time, saving them valuable time and money.
So the traveller is certainly doing the right thing booking through a travel agent, tapping into their wealth of experience, but how does the traveller find a travel agent who knows the local knowledge of the destination really well, in order to maximize the destination experience for the traveller.
“If you want to pick up a quick inflexible, impersonal packaged holiday then go ahead and use the online booking platforms, and pray that nothing goes wrong during your trip. But if you want a holiday that will be memorable for every last organised detail, and have someone to back you up even when you’re away, then you better use a travel agent who has been there”, says Mr Rogan Carroll, creator of a new connection tool for travellers. “That’s where Going.Expert works for the traveller.”
By connecting with a Travel Agent through Going Expert the traveller is getting the local knowledge of a travel specialist, someone who has actually been there. They know the restaurants, the culture, the tours, where to go, and where not to go, they will probably even know which side of the hotel to stay on.
GoingExpert was developed by Mr Carroll out of frustration from wasting hours and days researching a holiday, then getting frustrated even more when sitting with travel agents who refer to a brochure on their rack, or research online information to find out about the destination while sitting there with them. Travellers are time poor these days and want instant results and they want the real “been-there” knowledge on the destination they are travelling to.
“This is not a platform for someone who just needs a flight or hotel, there are plenty of aggregators doing that, this site is for the Traveller who wants to get the most out of their trip. If you want to turn your trip from a good holiday to a memorable lifetime experience, then use www.Going.Expert ,” explains the CEO and Founder of this new and unique travel platform.
Going Expert doesn’t sell travel and doesn’t compare prices, they put the Traveller in touch with Travel Agents who have been to that destination. And it’s not putting them in-touch with the travel agency office either, this is about one-to-one connections with the actual travel agent who has been there. Backing up the database are destination travel agents currently covering 102 countries, including the United Kingdon and growing daily, ready for travellers to match with.
So for the traveller, know where they are going, and are ready to book with someone who knows the destination intimately then visit www.Going.Expert and find a travel agent who has “been-there”. Going Expert is Free to use with no annoying backend advertising – just a pure tool to connect the traveller with the travel agent who knows all about the destination(s) being travelled to.
About Going Expert
GoingExpert is a Travel platform serving the needs of international travellers. Going.Expert connects Travellers with “been-there” Travel Agents; maximizing their travel experience by using a travel agent who has real local knowledge and extensive insights of a number of travel destinations.
Mr Rogan Carroll
Company Name: Going Expert
Phone: +61 (02) 8310 4065
Sydney City Tours
Your Sydney Guide Now Offers Private Sydney Tours
Scott Ricketts is the founder of Your Sydney Guide and is both an enthusiastic adventure guide and accredited IATG Sydney Tour Guide.
He launched the boutique guided tour business in Sydney to deliver visitors with a unique experience and for local residents to enjoy some of the many delights the region has to offer but not yet seen for them selves.
Personally Guided Sydney City Tours
Scott is well known for his passion for adventure and travel and has seen him taking several guided tours into the deep powder snow of Hokkaido, Japan. He has also taken tours and traveled himself extensively through the UK, The Pacific, as well as many parts of Asia, North America and Europe. So he is well versed on what visitors to Australia are expecting in Sydney City Tours
The close proximity to Sydney makes the Blue Mountains an ideal day trip from Sydney that visitors can do and rave about. The distance and highway drive allows a relatively short drive time which gives a full day of enjoying the delights of the region.
Your Sydney Guide staff can personally create the perfect day to suit any group or location that may be of individual interest to a small party. The small size of groups that the transport caters for allows the tours to be tailor made to take in the wonderful sights of Sydney’s regions. You are guaranteed friendly service and an attentive style to ensure a great experience is had by all.
When booking a trip, guests can log their interests and requests via email. This will ensure they are included in the Sydney day trip experience. ‘Blue Mountain’ Guests enjoy this process and can create a day of what is recommended as well as their special winery or iconic location to be included, in what will be for many a once in a lifetime visit to the region.
Your Sydney Guide also offers tailor made tour itineraries of the beautiful Sydney coast that can be personalised to the interests of any group. Tours can be as relaxed or as adventurous as the group desires.
You can learn more about Your Sydney Guide and the Sydney City Tours offered by visiting the website here: http://www.yoursydneyguide.com.au
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Your Mates Removals Founders Buy Boomerang Box
Buying flimsy, flat cardboard boxes that you need to fold into shape, tape the bottoms, tape the tops and the sides, then cut them open is a thing of the past.
Boomerang Box provides the alternative of renting stackable plastic moving boxes for secure and safe transportation. On completion of the move the boxes are simple collected by Boomerang Box, saving the hassle of dealing with torn and folded up boxes and tape.
Mr Laszlo Dobiasz, co-owner of Your Mates Removals said, “We are delighted with the acquisition of Boomerang Box as it’s great box products compliments our removal services business so well.” He went on to say, ” We have used the boomerang Box boxes for many years now in our removal business and know firsthand the benefits of the box design and quality of their manufacture. When we became aware that the business was for sale we had no hesitation in making the acquisition.”
Boomerang Boxes are a significant advance in removalists packing since moving began. They’re super sturdy, ready-made, really cheap, very green, lidded plastic packing boxes that can be stacked up to 5 high and no packing tape is needed.
Mr Laszlo said, ” The unique box design gives significant advantages over its competitors. We know the advantages of Boomerang Box offer to those moving and to our own removals operation. With the marketing that we propose, the company’s boxes will soon be the ‘go to’ box for those on the move.”
About Boomerang Box
Boomerang Box is a ‘green’ company that helps reduce the amount of paper waste by providing interlocking plastic removalist Boxes right to the home or office. The packing boxes are rented and collected after the move. Customers only task is to label the boxes.
The team has a decade of experience behind them and came up with the recycling boxes and packing scheme after encountering thousands of frustrated clients. In doing so the company has saved thousands of tons of cardboard from landfills.
To learn more about Boomerang Box and their packages visit here: http://www.boomerangbox.com.au/moving_box_packages
Product Pro Launches Range of Promotional Products
Sydney based on-line retailer Product Pro announced today its launch of its range of Promotional Products for the conference and event market.
Their website is now showcasing the comprehensive range of conference, sport and school range of promotional products offered with full printing options available on each.
Product Pro have a reputation of being at the leading edge of technology to communicate with their clients and their website visitors about special promotions and offers.
Mr James Ogden, sales manager of Product Pro made these comments when asked about the launch of the new range, “we did an in-depth survey of our existing client base to arrive at a range of promotional products which suited the array of individual client needs.” He went on to say, “We found that existing clients and website visitors have a broad range of customer interests and are from a wide Australian catchment, so the selection of products needed to accommodate the extensive range of needs and this was a prime consideration in his the final selection process.”
The new website promoting these products is mobile friendly to meet Google’s strict user experience requirements, is robust for ease of customers accessing it on all mobile and tablet devices.
Mr Ogden said, “ we have structured the new website as a one stop resource for conference organisers, schools as well as event organisers to view the latest promotional products, including conference pens, that can be printed with the event logo or corporate message.”
The new website is a reflection of the company’s commitment to staying abreast of the fast pace of changing technology and customer requirements.
They are pleased with user experience feedback already received on how comprehensive in product offering it is, from existing and new customers recently visiting the site since its launch.
For more information about Product Pro company, please visit the website: http://www.productpro.com.au/product-category/usbs
About Promotional Products
Promotional Products is a Sydney based Leading supplier of promotional USBs and other promotional type products for conferences, sporting or corporate events.
For more information, please visit
Name: Mr James Ogden
Address: 4/95 Pitt Street,Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: +61 0451500824
Organization: Conference Lanyards