Podcast Week: Packer’s Gold, Rugby, Int Podcast Day, Big Day Out

• Packer’s Gold is a two-part podcast on the gold bullion stolen from Kerry Packer’s Sydney office.

Adam Shand and Packer’s Gold

Prolific crime reporter Adam Shand always has multiple projects on the go. One day he’s filming new episodes of Nine’s Australian Crime Stories, the next he’s releasing another PodcastOne crime story.

This week sees the release of Packer’s Gold a two-part podcast that extends the great work he and The Full Box executive producer Bryan Cockerill did on the episode of the same name in a recent Australian Crime Stories which looked at the case of the gold bullion stolen from Kerry Packer’s Sydney office.

“After that went to air I had the sense it was still very much an unfolding story,” Shand told Mediaweek. “Kerry Packer had never really told the cops everything he knew. We had a lot of feedback after the show, in particular some relating to a picture of the safe taken at the crime scene.”

Shand says key to the mystery is the relationship the safe cracker had with Patricia Wheatley, Packers spurned former PA. “They were living in the same building and the police uncovered the relationship.”

Although police thought it was a one-man job, Shand said it would have been difficult to take out nearly 300 kilos of gold.”

Shand has worked in Packer’s Park Street offices during his time at The Bulletin and he also spent time at Nine under Packer’s reign.

Interviews on the podcast include a former safe cutter! “This is for true crime fans who really love the detail. The podcast is very much about here’s the evidence, what’s your conclusion? I know mine.

Meanwhile Shand continues to work on the Jonathan Dick story. “It’s fascinating how this man managed to live for two-and-a-half years in North Fitzroy.” Shand had a four-episode series on PodcastOne before Dick’s capture, which were subsequently withdrawn after he was returned to custody. There is one new episode they are allowed to publish telling the story surrounding the day he was recaptured.

Shand is also one of many working on a Lawyer-X project. “There are so many angles to the story,” he said, without wanting to divulge any more detail.

Listen to Packer’s Gold here.

Rugby World Cup Daily from The Age & The SMH

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is underway in Japan, with two specialist reporters Georgina Robinson and Tom Decent from Nine newspapers on the ground and right in the thick of the action.

Together they are filing a daily podcast, bringing rugby fans right up to speed with all the news, insights and happenings as the Wallabies bid for a third Webb Ellis Cup and the first since 1999. Episodes this week include The washout from the Wales game and A twist in Kerevi-gate.

Listen to Rugby World Cup Daily here.

Like rugby, like podcasts? You’re in luck. Here’s just a small sampling of what’s out there:

• Fox Rugby Podcast: Dan Carter, Jonny Wilkinson in Japan

• The Indy Rugby Podcast: Wales win, Michael Cheika rages and one special night in Shizuoka


RTÉ Rugby World Cup Podcast: Fallout from Japan loss

Where have 3,000 journo jobs gone – PR?

Communications consultancy The Jones Collective has a podcast series called Collective Conversations. In a new episode this week journalist Anthony Caruana and co-founder of media training agency Media-Wize Kathryn Van Kuyk chat with Jones Collective director Suzanne Jones on how the number of journalists in Australia has dropped by 3,000 in the past five years, yet over the same period the number of PR practitioners has grown exponentially.

Listen to Talking Business with Media-Wize here.

International Podcast Day – how did you celebrate?

International Podcast Day was held on September 30th and is an international celebration of the power of podcasts. The celebration is an opportunity to connect with podcasters, podcast listeners, podcast enthusiasts, and leaders in the podcasting industry. International Podcast Day started back in 2015 after a National Podcast Day in the US in 2014.

Part of the annual celebrations include The People’s Choice Podcast Awards, which is the longest running premier podcast awards event in the podcasting space open to shows worldwide – designed from the beginning to allow fans to show their appreciation by nominating their favourite podcasts and culminating with a live streamed awards show that went out last weekend.

The 2019 People Choice Podcast winners are:

PEOPLES CHOICE: The Fantasy Footballers
ARTS: Dads Drinking Bourbon
BUSINESS: Big Girl Money
COMEDY: Spitballers Podcast
EDUCATION: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
ENTERTAINMENT: We’re Drunk & We Know Things
GAMES & HOBBIES: The Reasons I’m Broke
LGBTQ: If These Ovaries Could Talk
GOVERNMENT & ORGANISATIONS: The Impact
HEALTH: Mental – The Podcast to Destigmatise Mental Health
KIDS & FAMILY: Mommies Tell All
STORYTELLER – DRAMA: Real Life Real Crime
MUSIC: Switched on Pop
NEWS & POLITICS: Today, Explained
RELIGION & SPIRITUALITY: Better Work Bitch
SCIENCE & MEDICINE: STEM-Talk
SOCIETY – CULTURE: The Brain Candy Podcast
SPORTS & RECREATION: 30 for 30 Podcasts
TECHNOLOGY: Why’d You Push That Button?
TV & FILM: Ellen on the Go

Double J goes ‘Inside The Big Day Out’ with tell-all podcast

In its heyday, the Big Day Out was the world’s biggest touring music festival. For music fans, it was an Australian rite of passage. Every band on the planet wanted to be on the line-up, and the backstage parties were legendary. But what made it so successful and why did it collapse?

Throughout October, Double J is looking back at an iconic era in Australian music history, with live music galore and a five-part podcast series diving deep Inside The Big Day Out. 

The podcast tells the story of the pioneering music festival – told by the people behind it, the musicians who played it and the punters who went year after year.

There are contributions from members of Beasts of Bourbon, Cosmic Psychos, Eskimo Joe, Frenzal Rhomb, Grinspoon, Jebediah, Magic Dirt, Powderfinger, Shihad, The Clouds, The Living End, Tiddas, You Am I and Violent Femmes.

Also featured are Big Day Out founders Ken West and Vivien Lees plus Sahara Herald, Adam Zammit and AJ Maddah. The podcast also speaks to triple j alumni Jen Oldershaw who attended the very first Big Day Out, and Jessica Michalik’s best friend, who was with Jessica at the festival when she tragically passed away.

Hosted by Gemma Pike, Inside The Big Day Out will be available as a five-part podcast – Episode 1 is now up, with new episodes going live every Tuesday from 8 October.

Listen via the triple j app (for iPhone and Android) and Apple Podcasts.

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