Mediaweek is a highly respected trade journal for the media covering newspapers, magazines, TV, digital, radio, outdoor advertising and entertainment media. Dubbed “the media industry’s bible” by The Australian it was created by publisher Philip Luker in 1990. In 1999 James Manning took over the publication as publisher and editor. In 2008 Mediaweek TV began on Sky News Business Channel and the magazine’s infamous podcasts began a year later in 2009.
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James Manning (Editor and publisher)
James has had a long and sometimes distinguished career working in the magazine industry, having written and edited a number of music publications in his native Melbourne, before starting the Australian edition of British “pop music bible” Smash Hits in 1984. He ran the title successfully for over a decade before moving on to edit other publications and later run a successful photo agency. In 1999 he took over as publisher and editor of Mediaweek.
Hansika Bhagani (Deputy editor)
Hansika joined the Mediaweek team in 2010 after completing her Masters in Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has previously worked as a producer in television advertising and corporate videos and as an editor at ABC's Four Corners.
Neil McMahon (Contributor)
With 25 years experience in journalism, Neil started his career on Melbourne’s The Sun in 1985. He has since written for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Washington Times and The San Francisco Chronicle, while holding roles as senior writer and night news editor for The SMH. In April 2008 he established NmacMedia and has been contributing to Mediaweek on a regular basis since then. Interesting fact: in 1989, Joh Bjelke-Petersen told Neil he had a suspicious face. He is still contemplating this political statement.
Lauren Barripp (Marketing/Subscriptions Assistant)
Lauren joined the Mediaweek team in 2013 as a recent Marketing graduate from the University of Technology, Sydney. Whilst at university, Lauren studied in New York for 6 months as part of an exchange program. She has had previous positions within the fashion retail, food retail and financial planning industries.
Brian Watson (Sub-editor)
With a career that has spanned stints as an English/French high school teacher, a radio announcer and a jeans store owner, Brian has covered a lot of ground. Prior to joining Mediaweek in 2008 he held the position of sub-editor at highly respected community newspaper Sydney Star Observer and was also acting editor towards the end of his 12 year tenure at the weekly publication.