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Stephen Brook, The Australian's media diarist speaks with journalists, writers, editors and analysts about the state of Australia's media industry, as well as their own careers.

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    • 4.4 • 59 Ratings

Stephen Brook, The Australian's media diarist speaks with journalists, writers, editors and analysts about the state of Australia's media industry, as well as their own careers.

    Stephen Brook: "I think that gossips make very good journalists, if you've got a skill you should embrace it and try and exploit it professionally."

    Stephen Brook: "I think that gossips make very good journalists, if you've got a skill you should embrace it and try and exploit it professionally."

    As a bonus episode of BTM Hedley Thomas interviews Stephen Brook on his last day as The Australia's Media Diary columnist and host of t...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    George Negus: "I don't think I'm much of a reporter to be honest."

    George Negus: "I don't think I'm much of a reporter to be honest."

    Media Diarist Stephen Brook interviews the veteran broadcaster of This Day Tonight, Foreign Correspondent, Dateline and 60 Minutes. Geo...

    • 43 min
    Ed Kavalee: "Be the weirdo you are off air, on air."

    Ed Kavalee: "Be the weirdo you are off air, on air."

    Media Diarist Stephen Brook interviews Ed Kavalee, the TodayFM Sydney breakfast co-host, and comedian. Stephen asks if Ed can rescue th...

    • 51 min
    Ben Fordham: "You do need to protect yourself... do I want that rattling around in my head? The answer I've learned is no."

    Ben Fordham: "You do need to protect yourself... do I want that rattling around in my head? The answer I've learned is no."

    Stephen Brook, The Australian's Media Diarist interviews Ben Fordham, broadcast journalist on 2GB radio and Channel 9's Today show....

    • 43 min
    Hedley Thomas: "I didn't lose control, but I was worried that I couldn't do justice to the scale of the story, the magnitude, the importance of it."

    Hedley Thomas: "I didn't lose control, but I was worried that I couldn't do justice to the scale of the story, the magnitude, the importance of it."

    Media Diarist Stephen Brook interviews Hedley Thomas, the investigative journalist behind the record breaking true crime podcast The Te...

    • 55 min
    Michael Rowland: "I loathe this word chemistry, absolutely hate it. People talk about breakfast tv... or radio duo having chemistry. I just think it's pretty artificial."

    Michael Rowland: "I loathe this word chemistry, absolutely hate it. People talk about breakfast tv... or radio duo having chemistry. I just think it's pretty artificial."

    The Australian's Media Diarist Stephen Brook interviews Michael Rowland, co-host of ABC New Breakfast. The two engage in an ABC vs Th...

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Claudia McDonnell ,

Great Variety

Love that Stephen canvases such a large spectrum of voices in the Australian media. A really great insight into the lives and careers of some of my favourite journalists with all different political perspectives. Refreshing.

Cranky Ranky ,

Great stuff!

Great interviews with media people, some well known others not so much, that always provokes and informs.

ObscureBug ,

A brilliantly insightful podcast

The back catalogue is worth working through as the podcast has interviewed a wide range of people with very diverse views and experiences. Some of the episodes I enjoyed the most were by people I didn't know anything about.

The interviewing style is comfortable and doesn't try to push an agenda or opinion which allows the interviewee to better articulate their experiences.

The most disappointing part comes from the realisation that so many brilliant journalists with excellent values and standards are being drowned out in the media by the noisy and hyperbolic high volume attention grabbers.

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