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The Aus Media Report

The Aus Media Report

By Dan Barrett
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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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?
43:50
January 4, 2021
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.
49:43
December 9, 2020
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.
33:51
November 30, 2020
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?
52:40
November 19, 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.
42:54
November 11, 2020
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.
51:51
November 3, 2020
Could this be the death of cinema? ALSO: Playing with the new Google Chromecast.
This week on The Aus Media Report: Film and media journalist Michael Bodey joins Dan Barrett to talk about the current state of going to the movies. The industry has been severely damaged by COVID-19 at a time where going to the movies for entertainment is becoming less essential thanks to the rise of streaming services. Technology reporter Daniel Tyson from EFTM.com tells us all about the new Google Chromecast powered by Google TV. It's a new version of the Chromecast that comes with a remote control and takes on the Apple TV and Telstra TV.  You can contact Dan Barrett via email dan@ausmedia.report or via Twitter @TheDanBarrett
44:22
October 22, 2020
Visting Wandin Valley through A Country Podcast; And: A much-needed addition to local news - In Queensland.
Broadcaster and writer Melanie Tait has revisited the culture of her youth through A Country Podcast - a new podcast series exploring the Australian iconic series A Country Practice. She discovered that the show actually reflects modern values and the politics of our moment surprisingly well. Tait tells us about why she started the podcast, but also what she has discovered during that process. The Aus Media Report also speaks with arts reporter Dan Johnson about In Queensland, a new daily news service that is servicing an under-served Queensland news market with politics, business, arts, and other topical stories. With a team of well-known QLD reporters on board, In Queensland is taking on the larger news organisations.
53:22
October 15, 2020
Taking control and making a positive change in the world through media
Dan Ilic is the creator and host of A Rational Fear - a comedy panel podcast that has recently become a lot more active in the fight against climate change.  Sarah Moran is the CEO of Girl Geek Academy. It's a company aiming to cultivate a passion for coding in girls to bring a greater gender balance to the tech industry. Girl Geek Academy has recently been moving to create media products that further engagement with this young audience. This week on The Aus Media Report are interviews with Dan Ilic and Sarah Moran about trying to make a positive change in the world. Host: Dan Barrett Further Reading: A Rational Fear - https://arationalfear.substack.com/ Girl Geek Academy - https://girlgeekacademy.com/ The Aus Media Report is a Televised Revolution podcast.
44:10
October 7, 2020
Deplatforming people in Australia. Also: The launch of 10 Shake
In Australia we don’t really talk about deplatforming people very often - certainly not to the degree you hear about internationally. Why is that? With Pete Evans causing controversy in the media this week Dan Barrett chats with Josh Taylor, reporter at The Guardian Australia. Also: A new broadcast channel launched this week to limited fanfare. 10 Shake is a youth-orientated channel. But isn't it a little strange launching a channel at a time where viewer numbers are falling, while aimed at the same audience who gave up broadcast TV for on demand platforms like Netflix years ago? Dan has a chat with TV industry  commentator Steve Molk about what 10 Shake says about the current TV industry and where it's heading. 
36:17
October 1, 2020
Inside Australian streaming news channel Ticker TV
The Aus Media Report - 24 September 2020 This week: It has been just over a year since former Sky News journalist Ahron Young launched the streaming news and opinion video service Ticker TV. Young joins us to tell us about the growth of the channel over the year, how it works, and the future direction for this interesting service. Also, in the past fortnight Sony and Microsoft each launched their next-gen gaming consoles. But are the new Playstation and X Box machines as evolutionary as they claim to be? Byteside editor Seamus Byrne joins us to explain how these machines are positioned in a market that has heavily embraced eSports and are on the cusp of a VR/AR revolution.
41:23
September 24, 2020
Should we be worried about QAnon in Australia?
Welcome to the first episode of the Aus Media Report. This week: Journalist Cameron Wilson on the rise of QAnon in Australia. What is it? How large a presence does it actually have in Australia? And should we be worried about its rise? Former ABC Breakfast radio host Spencer Howson is now teaching the next generation of radio talent. In an industry shifting from broadcast to on-demand audio (podcasts) and fewer on-air jobs available, what is the future for these budding professionals?
49:55
September 17, 2020