Guardian TV editor Vicky Frost and sales exec Rebecca Turner join Australian launch team

GuardianTwo further senior Guardian staff have emerged as part of the launch team for the British-based title’s Australian launch.

Vicky Frost, editor of The Guardian’s TV and radio coverage, is to spend nine months in Australia, she revealed late last week.

Already in the country is Rebecca Turner, The Guardian’s international sales manager, who is now in the role of interim head of sales for Guardian Australia.

As well as writing for the Guardian, Frost is a regular contributor to the newspaper’s well regarded weekly Media Talk podcast. She gave news of her departure in the latest episode, telling listeners that she would probably still be covering television in her new role.

Asked about her understanding of Australian television, she said: “Australian telly has quite a lot of US imports and a fair number of British inports.” Asked to identify the highest rating show of the week on Australian television, Frost correctly identified that it would be cookery based, before guessing that it was Ten’s MasterChef rather than Seven’s My Kitchen Rules.

Frost was also unable to identify that Ricky Martin was the US singer who has joined the Australian version of The Voice, a choice she described as “slightly weird”.

However, she did successfully identify Australia’s TV awards as The Logies.

Listeners were then informed on the podcast that when Australians say hello to each other they say “G’day” and when they say goodbye to each other, they say “Hooroo”.

Frost and Turner join editor Katharine Viner along with former Fairfax journalists Lenore Taylor and Katharine Murphy.

This week Viner replied to a question from former Sydney Morning Herald sub-editor John Piggott saying that she hoped to hire subs. She also said that she did not yet know a launch date.


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