In the past four weeks Mediaweek has been able to get to spend time with some great people in the media in our shared podcast studio. We’ve been so busy recording that we haven’t had time to share all the information about the different sessions. So here is a brief summary. Start listening now as we’ve got more to come before Easter too.
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The Power of Radio: Ben Fordham, Philippa Noilea-Tani, Brian Gallagher
A radio masterclass that includes everything from what works best – live reads or produced ads – through to discussing if radio ads could win an election to Alan Jones’ 2GB contract talks! Our special all-star panel is Ben Fordham (2GB drive), the recently promoted Philippa Noilea-Tani (Wavemaker’s national head of investment) and Brian Gallagher (Chief sales officer, Southern Cross Austereo).
Mediaweek TV podcast with Andrew Mercado
Mediaweek contributor Andrew joins James Manning as they cover programs as demure as Dancing With The Stars to outrageous shockers like The Dirt, Netflix’s Mötley Crüe biopic. Along the way they also cover Christians Like Us, Mum, Veep, Our Planet, After Life, Restoration Australia, Australian Crime Stories, Killing Eve and much more.
Network 10 director of news content Ross Dagan
Mediaweek editor James Manning visits Ross Dagan, 10’s network director of news content.
Dagan reinforced the broadcaster’s commitment to news, spoke about plans for closer ties with CBS and was frank about re-entering the breakfast TV space and extending primetime news coverage. Content discussions covered everything from Studio 10 to 10 Daily to the re-branded early evening bulletin.
Investigating Out-of-home with Posterscope
A discussion about the fastest growing advertising medium, out-of-home, with two special guests from Posterscope. Bryan Magee is the MD of Posterscope Australia, and he is joined by the global president of the business, Stephen Whyte. We cover off regulation, digital transformation, demand, pricing and talk about the world’s prime outdoor sites from Sydney’s Coke sign to how much it will cost you to make an impression in Times Square or Piccadilly Circus.
The List: John Stensholt on The Australian’s Rich 250
Business journalist John Stensholt moved from Fairfax Media to News Corp last year. He is a former editor of The BRW Rich List and recently The Australian published its bigger and better version – The List. Hear him tell Mediaweek how he researched 96 Aussie billionaires, most of whom helped provided accurate financial information.
SBS Radio: Surprising and impressive facts about the big broadcaster
The audio and language services provided by SBS might just be the biggest radio network you are not listening to. Plenty do tune in though across eight live stations broadcasting in 68 languages. A staff of around 200 attract a massive monthly audience which includes 1.6m monthly program downloads. Former Austereo, Macquarie and Nova radio executive Mandi Wicks heads the division and she joins Mediaweek’s James Manning to talk about the SBS radio stars and a whole lot more.
The Money podcast: Effie Zahos on girls and spending
How can she afford that? Where the hell is the money going? Will she ever be able to afford a home? In her new book A Real Girl’s Guide to Money: From Converse to Louboutins, financial commentator and recently departed Money editor Effie Zahos answers these questions. She goes even further in this Mediaweek podcast. The Money TV show used to be huge, and we ask Effie why there is no longer a show about money on primetime TV.
Slow train: SBS Slow TV with producer/director Adam Kay
For two years now SBS has captured the attention of many Australians with its Slow TV productions from Australia’s Mint Pictures. Mediaweek this week did a fast podcast with the Slow TV man – Adam Kay – who tells James Manning about the details involved in filming Australia’s two greatest train journeys – The Ghan and then The Indian Pacific. Although a bit of a train buff himself, Kay reveals he spent most of the journey across Australia directing things from a chopper! Hear also about the challenges spending 10 days at sea on the Kimberley Cruise Slow TV shoot. And what might he be filming soon for next year?
Inside Stan with CEO Mike Sneesby
Don’t miss this fascinating look inside the Nine Entertainment-owned video streaming service Stan. As the platform enters its fifth year, Sneesby talks with Mediaweek’s James Manning and Andrew Mercado about its biggest hits and its Australian commissions. Sneesby reveals some of the “secret sauce” that has helped Stan become possibly the most successful streaming platform globally. The business has annual revenue of $200m+ plus and will make a profit this year!
Neighbours and Australia drama with Sara Richardson and Andrew Mercado
If you have dismissed Neighbours as a show that is not worthy of your time, it might be time to reconsider your viewing habits. According to one of the most passionate and knowledgeable fans of Australian drama (Mercado), this year the series has delivered some of its best moments in the last 35 years. Mercado celebrates the soap with Network 10 Neighbours’ executive producer Sara Richardson. The two of them have a good old time and Sara has some insights into how she broke into the TV industry. She also reveals some of the classic factual and drama series she worked on before 10 at Playmaker and Essential Media.