Mediaweek’s Top 25 Media People of 2017 is our annual listing of 25 media executives who made a difference this year and are shaping how 2018 will look.
Mediaweek editor James Manning says: “We are lucky enough to speak with all CEOs and managers of the various media groups across the year and we have come across some high achievers over the past 27 years.
“Mediaweek’s Media People Of The Year started back in issue 219 at the end of December 1994. The six people chosen that year by original editor and publisher Philip Luker were Nine’s Peter Meakin, Herald Sun editor-in-chief Steve Harris, Murdoch Magazines’ Matt Handbury, Austereo’s Paul Thompson, WIN TV’s John Rushton and The Canberra Times‘ Ian Meikle.
“This year features a much more diverse list (though we were able to choose from 25), half men and half women.”
Prominent names featured in the past five years include Paul Anderson (2016), Kylie Rogers (2015), Nicole Sheffield (2015), Marina Go (2013) and Patrick Delany (2012).
Mediaweek’s Top 25 Media People of 2017
Julian Delany, MD News Digital Networks Australia
Barclay Nettlefold, CEO, QMS
Nicole Byers, Editor-in-chief, The Australian Women’s Weekly
Craig McPherson, Director of news and public affairs, Seven Network
Edwina McCann, Editor-in-chief, Vogue Australia
Lisa Wilkinson, Presenter & executive editor, Ten & ten daily
Alex Lavelle, Editor, The Age
Rob Atkinson, CEO, Australian Radio Network
Ian McClelland, CEO, Guardian Australia
Gereurd Roberts, CEO, Pacific Magazines
Wil Anderson, TV, radio, podcasts
Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning herald
Michelle Guthrie, Managing Director, ABC
Julie Ward, Executive producer, ZigZag TV
Cathy O’Connor, CEO, Nova Entertainer
Janice Petersen, Presenter, SBS
Caroline Wilson, Columnist, presenter, podcaster
Paul Dykzeul, CEO, Bauer Media Australia
James Clement, Claire Tonti & Nick Mason, Founders, Planet Broadcasting
Paul Whittaker, Editor-in-chief, The Australian
Helen McCabe, Head of lifestyle, Nine
Zac Zavos, CEO, Conversant Media
Lisa Omagari, Managing editor of custom & native, Junkee Media
Felicity Harley, Editor, whimn.com.au
Stephen Tate, Head of entertainment and factual programs, TEN
Top photo: Lisa Wilkinson, Wil Anderson, Cathy O’Connor, Craig McPherson