News Bulletin: Spotify pushes video; Fairfax axes 30 journo jobs

By AdNews | 10 May 2016

Spotify pushes video

Music streaming behemoth, Spotify is pushing further into the video space with the service set to reveal that it's making 12 original series. Ad Age reports that Spotify will unveil plans for its first slate of original shows Monday, a year after adding clips from the BBC and Comedy Central. Episodes of every program, which range from a few minutes to 15 minutes, will be available to free and paid Spotify users in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Sweden.

Kit Kats to get Shazamable

Nestle and Shazam have teamed up to make the humble Kit Kat tech enabled. Millions of Shazam-enabled Kit Kat's are about to hit the market, as part of the brand’s latest 'The Breakers Party’ promotion. To be in with a chance to win, consumers are invited to purchase any promotional Kit Kat, Shazam the packaging, go to the website and follow the prompts. Consumers simply need to open the Shazam app on their smartphone, hold the phone over the front of the Kit Kat and then tap the camera icon to visually Shazam the packaging.

Fairfax axes 30 journos

Fairfax has reportedly moved ahead with forced redundancies yesterday, after the publisher previously indicated it was set to axe 120 jobs from its Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Financial Review newsrooms. The Australian is reporting that 30 jobs have been cut after not enough journalists came forward to accept voluntary redundancies. Fairfax had been targeting redundancies of 120 full-time journos to drive cost cutting, however that number is said to have moved to 100 after the business found efficiencies elsewhere.

Thelma McQuillan joins David Jones magazine

Former Harpers Bazaar fashion director, has joined the Medium Rare Content Agency as the fashion director for the David Jones magazine. Before Harpers, McQuillan she was fashion director at Grazia Australia and contributing fashion Eeditor at Grazia UK for five years.

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