Russell Powell leaving NewsRadio for a job made in heaven

Russell Powell will leave ABC NewsRadio to join Anglican Media next year, taking up the position of Archbishop’s Media Advisor. Powell says “the ribbing has already started, jokes about swapping bad news for the good news, but I’ve pointed out there are no atheists at ratings time – everyone prays for good numbers!”

Russell Powell is one of ABC Radio’s most prominent presenters and was the first journalist on the air at the 24-hour national service NewsRadio, where he currently presents the drive-time show.

He has 30 years experience across all forms of media. Before joining the ABC Powell worked in commercial radio, in jobs including News Editor at 2UE and News Director of 2GB. As well as his on-air radio work, he has taught at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, has been involved in internet projects at the ABC and hosted the televised launch of the ABC’S Asia Pacific service at Parliament House Canberra.

Powell has told radioinfo:

“It’s going to be hard to give up broadcasting after 30 years – but for me this is a higher calling. I’m very positive about taking on the job… I have a passion for the media and a passion for journalism, but an even greater passion for Jesus and making the gospel known through the media.”

Archbishop Peter Jensen says he is delighted with the appointment: “Mr Powell has extensive experience in the media, combined with his strong Christian commitment and gospel focus. I look forward to his continuing the vital role which Deaconess Margaret Rodgers has been exercising so capably and helpfully.”

Deaconess Rodgers, who has managed the Sydney Diocese’ media relations since 1994, retires at the end of the year.

Powell is expected to take up his new position in mid January 2008.

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