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Source: MediaWorks

MediaWorks has today announced the appointment of Dallas Gurney as its Director of News and Talk.

Dallas is a former editor-in-chief and general manager of Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport and was a key member of NZME’s Radio executive team. Most recently Dallas was the managing director of communications agencies DRUM and ROCKET and crisis communications consultancy Serious. He has won many industry awards, including 12 New Zealand Radio Awards.

MediaWorks CEO Cam Wallace says it’s an exciting time for MediaWorks to appoint Dallas to the role of Director of News and Talk as it looks to strengthen its news and talk offering.

“Dallas has extensive experience in developing content strategy and a deep understanding of audiences, as well as a fantastic track record of leading teams and broadcasters to deliver best in market on-air and digital content. We look forward to having Dallas join the team as we work to bolster news and talk at MediaWorks.”

Dallas Gurney says, “Radio has always been a huge passion and part of my life. There’s now a whole new generation looking for great original and local audio content, so I feel very excited and privileged to be joining the MediaWorks team when so much opportunity lies ahead.”

MediaWorks is looking forward to welcoming Dallas Gurney to the team on 20 September.

MediaWorks would also like to congratulate Magic Talk’s Ryan Bridge who has been announced as the new host of The AM Show and welcome Lloyd Burr to MediaWorks as its new drive show host.

Lloyd has recently returned to New Zealand following an almost three and a half year stint in London as Newshub’s Europe Correspondent. Prior to that he was a Newshub political reporter in Wellington, and a political reporter for Radio Live before that.

Lloyd Burr says, “I’m so stoked to be back on home soil with a new challenge. Radio has always been my first love, and I’m chomping at the bit to get back into it.

“Being abroad for the last three and a half years has reminded me that New Zealand is the best country in the world, with the best people too. I can’t wait to hear their stories, and share mine. It’s going to be magic.”

Lloyd Burr will join Magic Talk at the end of September.

Meanwhile, Magic Talk Mornings host Peter Williams has decided to retire. At the age of 67, and after nearly half a century in the media industry, he wants to enjoy a life with fewer commitments.

Cam Wallace says, “Peter has signalled for some time that he’s wanted to finish up and thinks now is the right time. I’d like to acknowledge his significant contribution to Magic Mornings over the past three years – there have been plenty of engaging and lively discussions. MediaWorks wishes Peter all the best.”

Leah Panapa will move into hosting 9am-midday on Magic Talk and Danny Watson will continue hosting afternoons on Magic Talk. These changes take immediate effect.

MediaWorks is New Zealand’s leading radio and outdoor media company with over 2.5 million weekly listeners and over 5,000 outdoor touch points nationwide. The company owns and operates radio brands The Edge, The Rock, More FM, The Breeze, The Sound, Mai FM, George FM, Magic, Magic Talk and rova. MediaWorks brands and people are household names with local, highly engaged audiences.