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Media reporter Dan Barrett explores the space where media, technology, and culture collides. Dan talks with reporters, industry leaders, and insiders to understand what's going on in the Australian media today.

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Media reporter Dan Barrett explores the space where media, technology, and culture collides. Dan talks with reporters, industry leaders, and insiders to understand what's going on in the Australian media today.

    Rob McKnight is taking live TV online

    Rob McKnight is taking live TV online

    Well-known former TV producer Rob McKnight is launching a new streaming video service - Live+. He's a huge believer in live, studio-based TV and is out to bring live TV to the world of on-demand streaming. 

    The service will launch later in the year. Its announcement today got the attention of Dan Barrett, so he pulled McKnight into the Aus Media Report studios to chat about the new venture. Dan's a little bit skeptical. Can McKnight win him over?

    • 43 min
    Streaming services with purpose - Femflix and Demand Africa

    Streaming services with purpose - Femflix and Demand Africa

    This week on The Aus Media Report we are talking about streaming services.

    How much do you know about TV from Africa? Probably not a lot. There’s a new streaming service that is set to change that. It’s called Demand Africa. It quietly launched in Australia streaming both a free streaming linear channel and subscription video on demand content through its app available on Apple TV, Samsung TV’s, iOS, and Android. The Aus Media Report speaks with Narendra Reddy, the Vice President and General Manager of the service, and also Dean Cates who is the exec in charge of Demand Africa.

    Also on the podcast this week is an interview with Samantha Laidlaw - she’s the head of a new local streaming service called Femflix which aims to stream movies that are either driven by female identified creatives or have very strong themes related to women.

    • 49 min
    This man knows what Australia is watching, reading, and listening.

    This man knows what Australia is watching, reading, and listening.

    This week on the show I chat with Justin Papps from PwC Australia, editor of this year’s Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook 2020-2024. 

    The report, now in its 19th year, examines Australian media consumers habits and how they’re changing: Where are Australians spending their money and time when watching TV? What are they listening to on the radio and Spotify? How are they consuming news and entertainment? 

    The report looks at consumption over the past year, but also offers projections up to 2024. It's all incredibly interesting.

    You can read the report yourself - download it from the PWC website.

    • 33 min
    If virtual reality isn't the future of cinema... what is?

    If virtual reality isn't the future of cinema... what is?

    Dan Barrett is joined this week by film critic Luke Buckmaster (The Guardian, Crikey, Flicks.com.au) to discuss where technology is taking cinema. 

    Is the future VR? AR? Is it something entirely different? How will we engage with screens going forward? What happens to cinemas as movies evolve with audience interests?

    • 52 min
    The wild changes in Australian radio in 2020

    The wild changes in Australian radio in 2020

    This week on The Aus Media Report I am chatting with Jake Challenor. He’s the publisher of radio industry news site Radio Today. We discuss everything from the loss this year of the biggest name in radio, to Nine’s investment in bringing Brisbane’s only commercial talk station back to life, through to radio stations preparedness for the incoming digital disruption.

    • 42 min
    Has Spotify just re-invented radio? Podnews editor James Cridland weighs in. ALSO: Gameplay producer James Parkinson.

    Has Spotify just re-invented radio? Podnews editor James Cridland weighs in. ALSO: Gameplay producer James Parkinson.

    Spotify unveiled a new product feature a fortnight ago that caught my attention. The streaming music service has been pushing aggressively into podcasting and has announced that podcast producers can now place songs during a podcast.

    It is Spotify merging music and talk for its subscribers. You could be forgiven for thinking that this is starting to sound a lot like radio. Is this Spotify aggressively taking on radio? Or is this an entirely new form?

    On The Aus Media Report we speak with Podnews editor James Cridland about the new Spotify feature.

    After we talk with James Parkinson, the producer and host of podcasts By Association and Gameplay about producing his shows. We also get in a bit of Spotify chat.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Mad for Mirth ,

In depth and interesting

Dan has such a fantastic knowledge of the media landscape (as shown in his daily ABW emails) and there’s some brilliant guests onboard this podcast. A must listen for anyone wanting a better understanding of Australian media.

dylanjoele ,

Give it a listen!

Loved Dan’s work since the Televised Revolution days. Great intelligent look into the media landscape in this country. Cheers!

mkstvns ,

Such insights!

A flippin’ good way to stay abreast of what’s going on in the Aussie media, from a voice I’ve come to trust. Follow him on Twitter too, if you’re not already!

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