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Hear the latest from the world of TV, radio, entertainment publishing and more in the Mediaweek podcast. This series features regular interviews with the stars, movers and shakers of Australian media industry.


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Season 1

Mediaweek's Mercado & Manning: The Best TV of 2020

Andrew Mercado and James Manning pick the best shows of 2020 for you to catch up on over the summer holidays.


EP244 - S1

9 Dec 20

Kyle Sandilands and Bruno Bouchet: Radio, Media & Nueva Sangria

In a Mediaweek special podcast episode hear Kyle Sandilands and his manager Bruno Bouchet on making hit radio with Jackie O, what he argues about with his bosses at ARN, how he negotiated Australia's biggest media pay cheque and how Kyle and Tegan Kynaston are launching more wine varieties under their Nueva Sangria banner.


EP243 - S1

6 Dec 20

The Power of Breakfast Radio

As a challenging year draws to a close join Melbourne's two highest-rating breakfast announcers to talk about how the medium thrived this year – 3AW co-host Russel Howcroft and Gold 104.3's Christian O'Connell.


EP242 - S1

30 Nov 20

Inside Australian Crime Stories S4 Episode 10: The Hunter

Was this a simple case of a man lost in the mountains, or was a prison boss silenced because he knew the true story of the murder of Carl Williams? Last episode of the series from producers The Full Box.


EP241 - S1

20 Nov 20

Inside Australian Crime Stories S4 Episode 9: Queen of Con

Hear producers Gerri and Bryan talk about con artist Jody Harris who had a thing for police, bluffing her way into police stations and charming her way into their beds.


EP240 - S1

20 Nov 20

Mercado & Manning on TV

This episode Andrew and James look at the summer slowdown, Pete Evans, SBS Upfront, Queen’s Gambit, The Crown, The Undoing, AppleTV+ & much more.


EP239 - S1

20 Nov 20

Inside Australian Crime Stories S4 Episode 8: A Deadly Friendship

Possibly the most compelling of the 10 episodes of ACS this season. The unsettling story of a single-minded psychotic killer and the friendship that went off the rails. The episode reveals details of the inner-city hideaway where Australia's most wanted was found.


EP238 - S1

10 Nov 20

Inside Australian Crime Stories S4 Episode 7: Chinese Takeaway

The producers explain about building a TV episode around the amazing New Year's Eve bank robbery in Sydney's Haymarket and the challenges facing the investigation.


EP237 - S1

10 Nov 20

Inside Australian Crime Stories S4 Episode 5: A top pathologist?

He was SA's top pathologist for 27 years, but Dr Colin Manock didn't always get it right. The producers reveal an amazing high-level cover-up.


EP237 - S1

16 Oct 20

Inside Australian Crime Stories S4 Episode 6: Attack on Police HQ

The day terrorism came to Australia is revisited as an explosion rocked the Russell Street Police HQ in Melbourne. A young Tracey Grimshaw was a reporter on duty and policeman Carl Darnadio recalls being caught in the blast.


EP236 - S1

6 Nov 20

Inside Australian Crime Stories S4 Episode 4: Florence Broadhurst

Discover new evidence in the unsolved murder of designer Florence Broadhurst that changes 40 years of investigations. Was there a connection to Sydney's infamous "Granny Killer"?


EP236 - S1

7 Oct 20

Inside SAS Australia with recruit Merrick Watts

Recorded after the debut of the new Seven hit series SAS Australia, Merrick Watts takes us behind-the-scenes of the TV show and reveals his extraordinary preparation and why he said "yes" to his first reality show.


EP235 - S1

20 Oct 20

Inside Australian Crime Storie S4 Episode 3: Lawyer X

The producers of Nine's Australian Crime Stories take you behind the sensational headlines of Lawyer X with Nicola Gobbo’s connection to two of Victoria’s most infamous murder cases is revealed.


EP235 - S1

7 Oct 20

Mediaweek TV with Mercado and Manning: SAS Australia

Three programs dominated the conversation this week: SAS Australia, and two very different offerings from Netflix – Ratched and Emily in Paris. We also discuss Big Weather, Gruen and preview Hugh Laurie in Roadkill coming to ABC.


EP234 - S1

16 Oct 20

Mediaweek TV with Mercado, Manning and Knox

Mediaweek's Andrew Mercado and James Manning are joined by TV Tonight's David Knox. This episode they go through Nine's 2021 schedule unveiled this month and they also look at the 2020 Emmy winners. Who was worthy? TV viewing tips too!


EP234 - S1

23 Sep 20

Inside Australian Crime Stories S4 Episode 2: Qantas bomb hoax

Producers of Nine's true crime series takes us behind the scenes of this amazing heist straight from a Hollywood movie. How Mr Brown got Qantas to pay him $500,000 and the unseen movie made about it.


EP233 - S1

23 Sep 20

Inside Australian Crime Stories S4 Episode 1: Roger Rogerson

Producers of Nine's Australian Crime Stories on the compelling story of the cop without a conscience, the notorious former NSW detective Roger Rogerson, and his accomplice Glen McNamara, who were convicted of a brutal homicide captured on CCTV but maintain their innocence.


EP232 - S1

16 Sep 20

Bec Brown shares media/PR/entertainment industry insights

Sydney PR professional Bec Brown shares her knowledge about having a successful career in a creative industry. Her learnings can be applied to most sectors including media and entertainment. Her book You've Got This is out now.


EP231 - S1

15 Sep 20

Mediaweek’s Mercado & Manning on TV

We start this episode with Andrew reviewing the ABC doco Freeman and then cover Body Hack, The Split, Australian Crime Stories, Away, Traces, The Salisbury Poisonings (James says don’t miss ep 4 credits), The Block, Further Back in Time for Dinner and Foxtel’s Lifetime Movie Network.


EP230 - S1

11 Sep 20

The return of Sarah Wilson and what's next?

Sarah Wilson is a former journalist and TV presenter, author and activist. Previously an editor of Cosmopolitan Australia, host of Masterchef Australia and founder of the largest wellness website in Australia,, this is one podcast you don't want to miss as she speaks with James Manning.


EP229 - S1

31 Aug 20

Halifax: Retribution with Rebecca Gibney & Roger Simpson

As Jane Halifax returns to the screen in Halifax: Retribution, Mediaweek's James Manning and Andrew Mercado hear all about the production from star Rebecca Gibney and creator of the original Halifax f.p. telemovies Roger Simpson.


EP228 - S1

20 Aug 20

Mediaweek TV: Mercado, Manning and Knox

Andrew Mercado and James Manning are joined by TV Tonight's David Knox this week. The discussion starts around Network 10's cutbacks to news and Studio 10. Also covered are Foxtel's exec shuffle, the brilliant White House Farm, The Masked Singer, I'll Be Gone in the Dark and much more.


EP227 - S1

14 Aug 20

I Am Woman

I Am Woman: Producer Rosemary Blight on the movie about Helen Reddy Coming to Stan this month is the new feature film about Australian singer Helen Reddy. The movie's producer Rosemary Blight tells Andrew Mercado and James Manning about how they settled on Tilda Cobham-Hervey to play Reddy. And just how did this cinema release end up as a Stan premiere?


EP226 - S1

10 Aug 20

Journalist Geoff Kitney on his book Beyond the Newsroom

Geoff Kitney has been a journalist for close to 50 years including time in Canberra and Europe for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review. He shares great insights into Canberra politics and the media.


EP223 - S1

5 Aug 20

The Australian’s Damon Kitney on his book The Inner Sanctum

he Australian’s Damon Kitney talks to Mediaweek’s James Manning about his new book The Inner Sanctum. The book is a collection of Kitney profiles with some of Australia’s most successful and wealthy business people including the Pratt family to James Packer and Mike Cannon-Brookes.


EP222 - S1

4 Aug 20

Mercado and Manning: Bevan Lee and Between Two Worlds

A special edition with Mediaweek's Andrew Mercado and James Manning discussing the career of drama creator Bevan Lee and his final TV series Between Two Worlds. Andrew also reviews Bevan's career highlights (and those years at Nine!)"


EP221 - S1

23 Jul 20

Mercado & Manning

Mercado & Manning talk TV The TV shows being reviewed this week include One Night Only: The Beatles, Micallef On the Sauce, Wentworth, programming on 10 Shake, the movies premiering on TV including Mr Dundee, Walter Mercado and Eurovision: Fire Saga plus James discovers the Just Watch app and Andrew talks about "alternative histories" on Plot Against America, Man in the High Castle and Noughts + Crosses.


EP220 - S1

16 Jul 20

Covid-19 and the growth of BVOD

Stephanie Famolaro from digital advertising company The Trade Desk on the massive impact Covid-19 is having on consumers and how they are staying connected with the media this year. One of the boom categories is BVOD


EP219 - S1

10 Jul 20

Mediaweek with The Sydney Morning Herald's Michael Idato

Sydney Morning Herald LA-based Culture editor-at-large and TV critic Michael Idato speaks about the new TV podcast Televisionaries, what it's like being a TV critic in the US and living in LA during the Black Lives Matter protests.


EP217 - S1

12 Jun 20

Mediaweek with broadcaster Marc Fennell

As his new podcast is released today, Mediaweek talks to SBS broadcaster, author and ABC and Audible podcaster Marc Fennell about Nut Jobs, his new eight-part series investigating the $10m heist you’ve never heard of.


EP216 - S1

1 Jun 20

Mediaweek: Mercado & Manning

On the eve of the launch of streaming service Binge, Andrew & James talk through the offer, the content and give their opinion on how good the deal is. Shows under the microscope include Normal People, The Great, Billions, Little Fires Everywhere, Belgravia, High Fidelity, Run, Kinne Tonight, At Home Alone Together & more.


EP215 - S1

24 May 20

Mediaweek on TV: Bauer axes TV Week Logies

Don’t miss Andrew Mercado’s plan for Nine to breathe new life into the Logie brand despite Bauer Media pulling the plug. Meanwhile James Manning thinks the future of Bauer in Australia could be linked to the decision. Also this week: Lego Masters, Nine’s master plan, Aussie Gold Hunters, Unorthodox, Gogglebox, Garry Shandling & more


EP214 - S1

29 Apr 20

Radio in 2020: How advertisers & broadcasters respond to COVID-19

Mediaweek editor James Manning is joined by guests Peter Whitehead (Chief Commercial Officer, ARN), Jodi Fraser (Commercial Director, Publicis), Ralph van Dijk (Founding Creative Director, Eardrum) to talk about radio advertising opportunities & challenges in 2020.


EP213 - S1

14 Apr 20

Mediaweek TV podcast with Andrew Mercado and TV Tonight's David Knox

Loads of lockdown viewing ideas from our guests, ratings commentary, new dramas, and the best TV coming to Stan, Foxtel, FTA channels, Disney+ and more.


EP212 - S1

8 Apr 20

Mediaweek on TV: Mercado & Manning

New Mediaweek TV podcast with Andrew Mercado and James Manning. MAFS is good, but not for us + The launch of BritBox, Fox Footy 2020, Pooch Perfect, Gold Digger, unmissable dramas, Country Music, BBC Showcase and lots more.


EP211 - S1

5 Mar 20

Mediaweek at the movies: 2019 Blockbusters and what’s next

Our first movie podcast features Mediaweek’s Trent Thomas with Andrew Mercado as they talk through the box office blockbusters of 2019 and what will be the big hits coming in 2020. And what exactly qualifies as a superhero movie?


EP210 - S1

6 Feb 20

Mediaweek on TV: Mercado & Manning

On our first week back in the studio this year Andrew Mercado and James Manning discuss summer viewing highlights, what they didn’t catch up on in the break and the first must-see programs of 2020. Who had a Netflix summer?


EP209 - S1

6 Feb 20

Streaming overload: How much should you spend?

TV junkie Dan Barrett from Always Be Watching spends a lot of time and money watching TV. Don't miss him talking about Disney+ and AppleTV+. What are streaming must-haves and how can you best spend your entertainment budget.


EP208 - S1

12 Dec 19

Mark Humphries on Riot Act

He's Australia's busiest satirist and Mediaweek was lucky enough to secure Mark Humphries for a podcast. He is on his media tour promoting the new Audible series Riot Act. Humphries also talks about working for SBS, ABC and 10 and talks about what's next for his radio creation Campbell Parkes.


EP207 - S1

12 Dec 19

Manning & Mercado: 2020 Preview

To end the year, Andrew Mercado and James Manning discuss the likely highlights and lowlights of the TV year for 2020. From Nine's largely unchanged schedule to the roll of the dice at Seven to 10's key talent changes. They also look at the likely hits from SBS and ABC.


EP206 - S1

12 Dec 19

Manning & Mercado: Best of TV 2019

The annual Best of the Year lists from Andrew Mercado and James Manning include geat series like Total Control, After LIfe, The Loudest Voice and Succession. Mercado and Manning agree on some, yet disagree on others. A great guide to summer binge-viewing.


EP205 - S1

12 Dec 19

Mercado & Manning TV podcast

Who are these people? 10's new MasterChef judges plus: Total Control, Playing For Keeps, Foxtel's summer, Frayed, Succession, Neighbours, Deep Water and El Camino.


EP204 - S1

15 Oct 19

Total Control with Deborah Mailman

A new ABC series, Total Control, from Blackfella Films promises to be one of the TV drama hits of 2019. The series' star Deborah Mailman and executive producer Darren Dale join the Mediaweek Podcast to talk about how Mailman's co-star Rachel Griffiths pitched them the idea, yet had to be persuaded to join the cast.


EP203 - S1

29 Sep 19

Mercado & Manning

A new episode of our TV podcast with Andrew Mercado & James Manning. MTV on 10? Not so says Viacom + The Masked Singer, Real Dirty Dancing, Pilot Week and the return of Beverly Hills, 90210


EP202 - S1

18 Sep 19

Wendy Moore

The new group GM of Foxtel’s LifeStyle channels talks about her move from magazines to television and the changes at some of Foxtel’s most-watched channels. And will she remain a TV judge with Seven’s House Rules?


EP201 - S1

17 Sep 19

Neale Whitaker

A judge on The Block takes Mediaweek behind the scenes on the hit show. Neale also previews the new season of LifeStyle’s Love It Or List It with Andrew Winter.


EP200 - S1

17 Sep 19


Now a key part of the new-look Pedestrian Group inside Nine Entertainment, CEO Matt Rowley and publisher Vanessa Lawrence talk about what makes Pedestrian.TV unique and they run through all the new brands they are integrating. Will they be full of features about Nine TV shows? Not exactly, they say!


EP199 - S1

17 Sep 19

Mercado & Manning: Mediaweek TV Podcast

Utopia, Rove, the dating flop that Andrew liked, Grand Hotel, Pilot Week, Masked Singer, Survivor, The Heights, Neighbours & lots more this week.


EP198 - S1

29 Aug 19

ABC director of news Gaven Morris

The ABC news boss talks to Mediaweek about the Federal Police raid on the ABC and his fight to protect journalists. Morris also talks about running the country's biggest news organisation on TV, radio and digital platforms, and reveals what's ahead for Q&A and Four Corners.


EP197 - S1

26 Aug 19

Dan and John Edwards on Les Norton

Producers John and Dan Edwards talk about their new production company and there major new ABC TV series Les Norton.


EP196 - S1

31 Jul 19

Manning & Mercado: MasterChef bombshell, Netflix partners with Foxtel

A new recording features Mediaweek's Andrew Mercado and James Manning who are joined by David Knox from TV Tonight and Dan Barrett from Always Be Watching. A special recording from the new Foxtel on Oxford venue talks about Foxtel's new deal with Netflix and the decision 10 made not to re-sign the MasterChef judges.


EP195 - S1

24 Jul 19

Mercado & Manning on the TV Week Logies

Are the Logies dead? Audience's love Tom Gleeson, so why do some of his industry colleagues think he's not funny? Plus TV comedy – is Frontline the best? Who else should be in the top 10 of all time?


EP191 - S1

4 Jul 19

New free TV channel SBS World Movies launches July 1

The choice of free TV channels gets even bigger on July 1 as SBS World Movies launches. The channel manager Chris Keely talks about the new HD channel and tells if it will carry ads and talks about plans to be available on the Foxtel platform.


EP190 - S1

27 Jun 19

Network 10's Rick Maier on MasterChef and My Life Is Murder

The head of drama at Network 10 also gets to look after MasterChef for the broadcaster. He joins the Mediaweek podcast to talk about with 2019 series and its top 10. Rick also talks about the commissioning process for the new Lucy Lawless crime drama My Life Is Murder.


EP189 - S1

27 Jun 19

Inside Foxtel factual – from crime investigation to History Channel hits

The History Channel just launched its new series Aussie Inventions That Changed The World and it became an instant hit on the Foxtel platform. Foxtel head of factual Jim Buchan tells Mediaweek about that series and tells about the audience's love for ghoulish crime stories too.


EP188 - S1

27 Jun 19

The man in charge of ads on Foxtel - MCN's Mark Frain

Are there too many ads on Foxtel? "No," says MCN chief Mark Frain in this Mediaweek podcast. Hear about the strategy for the new look Foxtel and MCN 2.0. How are advertisers taking advantage of the big Kayo Sports audience, the growth of on demand viewing, product initiatives (watch four ads at once!) and what is this venue called Foxtel on Oxford all about?


EP187 - S1

12 Jun 19

Mediaweek TV - Chernobyl, Tales of the City, Perpetual Grace, Catch 22

Mediaweek's James Manning and Andrew Mercado talk television. "All the best dramas on TV are on Foxtel at present," said Andrew. Plenty of reasons why you should be watching some of the new dramas + The Super Switch, Billions, Adam Goodes, Big Little Lies and Russell Crowe and the actors playing Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch in The Loudest Voice.


EP186 - S1

12 Jun 19

Seven's plan to win the ratings year

Seven director of programming Angus Ross speaks to Mediaweek's James Manning about the first half 2019 ratings performance. Ross is just back from New York and LA – has he found anything good to boost their back half? And does it need boosting? Ross also talks streaming, sex as a ratings weapon, 7plus and his suite of multichannels.


EP185 - S1

2 Jun 19

Mediaweek TV special - TV Week Logie nominations

Mediaweek's James Manning and Andrew Mercado debate all the TV Week 2019 Logie nominees – including the seven nominees fighting it out for Gold. Also this week: MotherFatherSon, Gentleman Jack, Biggle Little Lies 2, Wentworth and the wonderfully terrible What/If from Netflix.


EP184 - S1

26 May 19

The letdown with Alison Bell and Sarah Scheller

The creators of the critically acclaimed Sydney made global hit The Letdown are back with a second series. Alison and Sarah talk to Mediaweek about their Netflix deal, working in LA and what a New York Times good review meant.


EP183 - S1

23 May 19

Streaming TV options - how much would you pay?

Former Mediaweek contributor Dan Barrett joins James Manning to look at all the options for people building a library of TV streaming services. Which are the best and how much do you need to pay, if anything?


EP182 - S1

23 May 19

Tony Thomas and Paul Jackson on Smoothfm’s best birthday

It took Nova Entertainment’s management a few formats until they found the right one for Sydney and Melbourne’s newest FM licences. Hard to believe it’s already seven years old, but with smoothfm #1 FM in Sydney and Melbourne, it will be their best birthday party so far. Nova Entertainment’s Tony Thomas and Paul Jackson talk to Mediaweek about how their original strategy got them to where they are today.


EP181 - S1

16 May 19

Five bedrooms - meet the co-creators of 10's new drama

Mediaweek's James Manning speaks with the co-creators of 10's new drama Five Bedrooms –Michael Lucas and Christine Bartlett (Offspring and Playing For Keeps). How do you get to be a TV writer, writer's block, TV critics and more!


EP180 - S1

9 May 19

The Sydney Morning Herald's photojournalism

An intriguing discussion about the photos that help rank The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age among the world's great news brands. We are joined by SMH managing photo editor Mags King, SMH chief photographer Nick Moir and multi award-winning photographer Kate Geraghty. Hear about everything from storm chasing to covering fighting in Mosul. The photographers talk about their hardware, their travel bags and even drone photography.


EP179 - S1

8 May 19

Mediaweek TV - from battle of Winterfell to Chris Lilley's Lunatics

Why is it so, so dark in the final season of Game Of Thrones? And who is your favourite Chris Lilley character? Also this week BBT, AGT and Mr Black plus lots more with James Manning and Andrew Mercado.


EP178 - S1

2 May 19

Jamie Durie on House Rules and his new Seven deal

The 2019 season of Seven's House Rules launches on the last Sunday in April. This year it boasts a new judge, with Jamie Durie joining Wendy Moore and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Jamie visited Mediaweek to talk about his 52nd TV series and he revealed his new long-term Seven contract.


EP177 - S1

23 Apr 19

What are Nine's plans for The SMH and The Age?

It is nearly four months since Nine took ownership of Fairfax Media and its prized assets The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review. On the eve of Easter, Mediaweek was joined by the executive editor of The SMH and The Age, James Chessell, and the director of subscriptions and growth for The SMH, The Age and The AFR, Dave Eisman. They talked about what life is like with the new owner and the plans Nine has for the newspaper and digital media business.


EP176 - S1

17 Apr 19

TV business - how Nine rules Q1 2019

Recorded just before the Easter break, Mediaweek is joined by one of Australia's biggest TV advertisers, OMD's national chief investment officer Melissa Hey, and the sales boss of TV's #1 network, Nine chief sales officer Michael Stephenson. Hear them both analyse the value of Married At First Sight, the rest of Nine's schedule including the Australian Open and what Nine still has to come in 2019. Mel also discusses the challenges at Seven and 10 and they both talk about the changing way TV is consumed and the ramifications for TV ad revenue.


EP175 - S1

15 Apr 19

Kate De Brito - feeding Australia's biggest news audience

As editor-in-chief of, Kate de Brito heads a team that attracts over 10m news readers every month. She tells Mediaweek about how people are now consuming their news, what some in the industry don't understand about digital news and why it is so important to follow the readers.


EP174 - S1

14 Apr 19

James Weir - MAFS recap king

Quite a recap industry has sprouted around the Nine reality series Married At First Sight. But no one does it better, or knows the show more thoroughly, than reporter and columnist James Weir. He has covered all six series of the program and he tells Mediaweek about his journey and what watching so much reality TV has done to him.


EP173 - S1

14 Apr 19

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.


EP172 - S1

3 Apr 19

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 Motley Crue 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.


EP171 - S1

3 Apr 19

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, 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.


EP170 - S1

3 Apr 19

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 last week 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.


EP169 - S1

31 Mar 19

SBS Radio - the big broadcaster is a secret to some

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.


EP168 - S1

31 Mar 19

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 could radio ads win an election to Alan Jones' 2GB contract talks! Our special all-star panel is Ben Fordham (2GB drive), Philippa Noilea Tani (Wavemaker’s Trading Director) and Brian Gallagher (Chief sales officer, Southern Cross Austereo).


EP167 - S1

14 Mar 19

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 Money editor Effie Zahos answers these questions. She goes even further in this Mediaweek podcast. The Money TV show used to be huge, we ask Effie why there is no longer a show about money on primetime TV.


EP166 - S1

7 Mar 19

Slow train - SBS Slow TV 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?


EP165 - S1

7 Mar 19

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 even make a profit this year!


EP164 - S1

5 Mar 19

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 week is one of the series’ high points of its 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 even 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.


EP163 - S1

5 Mar 19

Australian crime stories: -Kerry Packer's gold robbery & more!

Australian Crime Stories has been a staple on Nine on Sunday nights. A new series, from by Sydney production company The Full Box, is about to launch. Australian Crime Stories started life as Tough Nuts on Foxtel for Crime + Investigation. Nine bought the first two seasons and then rebranded it and the third season launches this February on Nine and 9Now. Mediaweek speaks with the production team of Bryan Cockerill, Gerri Coy and Adam Shand.


EP162 - S1

20 Feb 19

Nine's Hamish Turner on Married, Love Island, Lego Masters, Ninja and Seachange

Recorded during the first week of survey for ratings year 2019, Nine's programming director Hamish Turner talks with Mediaweek's James Manning about the current success of Married At First Sight. He recalls how Nine overhauled the format and tells how the tennis has continued its recent growth. Looking into 2019 he also has the latest on new series SeaChange and Lego Masters plus the returning seasons of The Voice and The Block. He also reveals when viewers will see Love Island and Karl Stefanovic's TV return.


EP161 - S1

14 Feb 19

Natalie Bassingthwaighte on Changing Rooms

10's new twice-a-week makeover show Changing Rooms is something of a career change for Natalie Bassingthwaighte. She tells Mediaweek's James Manning that after time spent as a member of the Rogue Traders and a TV career that has spanned drama and reality, she was lured by the chance to indulge her passion for interior design. As well as detailing what audiences should enjoy about her new show, Natalie remembers her time on Neighbours, hosting So You Think You Can Dance and her time as a judge on two versions of The X Factor in two countries.


EP160 - S1

12 Feb 19

Mercado and Manning: Eurovision – Australia Decides - Sally4Ever a shocker

A new TV podcast from Andrew Mercado and James Manning starts with Andrew's on location report from the first Australia Decides Eurovision event on the Gold Coast. He attended two dress rehearsals and the live TV concert with some Eurovision experts and delivers their take on the weekend. And then there's Sally4Ever – the truly shocking new series from Julia Davis. Wow! Andrew also finds time to talk about three new Australian dramas all launching on FTA TV in the next week.


EP159 - S1

11 Feb 19

Inside Network 10 - From Celebrity to Dancing to Changing Rooms

Recorded inside the office of Network 10's chief content officer Beverley McGarvey, Mediaweek has the ultimate insiders guide to the Q1 programming for 2019. From I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! to Sunday Night Takeaway to Dancing With The Stars and Changing Rooms. McGarvey tells James Manning the strategy behind the program commissions and the timeslots. She even reveals what is really happening with Pointless and The Project.


EP158 - S1

7 Feb 19

BBC's Jamie Angus on global news trends

The visiting director of the BBC World Service, Jamie Angus, visited Mediaweek at the PodcastOne Sydney studios. He speaks with James Manning on everything from what concerns Australian audiences about news to global news collection and distribution to news ratings and he has some great insights into what could happen with Brexit.


EP157 - S1

7 Feb 19

Talking married - Nine's Married At First Sight

Special guest Shelly Horton joins Mediaweek to discuss the new season of Nine's Married At First Sight. Shelly is the co-host with Jayne Azzopardi of Nine's weekly show Talking Married which takes viewers behind the scenes of Married At First Sight. Hear about the couples on the new season of MAFS, the special guest superfan that Shelly wants to get on the show and get Shelly's thoughts on dealing with social media trolls.


EP156 - S1

31 Jan 19

Pete Evans - My Kitchen Rules turns 10

The first of our two season 10 MKR podcasts - this one with co-host Pete Evans. He takes us behind the scenes on the show and talks about his best and worst days. He also details his growing media empire away from the hit Seven series.


EP155 - S1

28 Jan 19

Mercado and Manning on TV: New for 2019

Our first TV podcast of the new year with James Manning and Andrew Mercado covers everything from new Aussie dramas on streaming platforms – Bloom and Tidelands – through to the breakfast TV beat-up, to SBS sizzling with Slow TV and Family Law. James also covers much of the Xmas TV he watched in the UK this year.


EP154 - S1

28 Jan 19

Manu Feildel - My Kitchen Rules turns 10

The second our of two season 10 MKR podcasts – this one with co-host Manu Feildel. Manu talks about his early days on the show and reveals the six chefs who tried to get on MasterChef before he joined MKR. He takes us on his MKR journey and tells about all his other Seven projects. Manu goes through his long list of endorsements and we ask if anybody has tried to poach him from Seven over the years!


EP153 - S1

28 Jan 19

Mediaweek with Seven's Hugh Whitfeld

Mediaweek's James Manning visits Seven's European bureau chief Hugh Whitfeld at Seven's London news desk. Whitfeld has been working in Europe for Seven for five years. He talks about his biggest stories over that time, starting with the Rolf Harris trial when he first arrived, through to terror attacks in London and France to royal weddings and his recent Seven scoops.


EP152 - S1

28 Dec 18

Mercado and Manning - Mediaweek TV Best Shows of 2018

In the final Mediaweek television podcast for 2018 Andrew Mercado and James Manning have their Best of 2018 lists. Andrew has 12 shows and James has 20. They both agree on Bodyguard and Killing Eve, but what else is on the lists? They also discuss the ARIA and AACTA Awards telecasts, 10 Bold, Neighbours on Xmas Day, Bloom on Stan, Tidelands on Netflix, TV Week and Andrew has his worst of the year!


EP151 - S1

13 Dec 18

Mediaweek with EFTM's Trevor Long and The Bowen

One of our favourite podcasts this year has been The EFTM podcast which features tech guru Trevor Long and motoring commentator Chris Bowen. The two former 2GB colleagues talk about their trips around the world this year as they attend tech and motor vehicle launches. We hear about what entertainment subscription services they think are worthy and there's lots of laughs as they often wander off topic.


EP150 - S1

11 Dec 18


Foxtel this week has ordered a further 20 episodes of Wentworth to keep the series on-air until 2021. At a special event with the Wentworth cast and creators to celebrate the extension of the series, Mediaweek's James Manning spoke with Foxtel head of drama Penny Win and Fremantle head of scripted Jo Porter. They spoke about how they make the world's longest running prison drama currently on-air.


EP149 - S1

5 Dec 18

Mediaweek Podcast: Roxy Jacenko

A somewhat controversial figure in the PR world, Roxy Jacenko joins Mediaweek's James Manning in the studio to talk about the world of PR as she shares her tips and tricks. Along the way Roxy reveals some of her recent personal challenges, and talked about how she gets on with most of the media!


EP148 - S1

25 Nov 18

Mediaweek Podcast: Mikey Robins

Talking about his new book Seven Deadly Sins is former breakfast radio star (on triple j and Triple M), Mikey Robins. The book is an intriguing compilation of stories relating to food over the past few decades. From farting to lust! Robins also refers to his media career along the way, including the successful years as part of the Good News Week team.


EP147 - S1

25 Nov 18

Mercado and Manning - Mediaweek TV – Seven in 2019

Andrew Mercado and James Manning discuss the Seven Allfronts event and talk about the new 7Food Network Channel and the programming schedule for 2019. Andrew talks about the dramas Between Two Worlds and Ms Fisher while James is initially confused about Secret Bridesmaids' Business. The two TV writers also discuss one of their top picks of the year – Bodyguard.


EP146 - S1

6 Nov 18

Mercado and Manning - Mediaweek TV – 10 in 2019

Andrew Mercado and James Manning examine all the announcements from the recent Network 10 Upfronts. They start with the surprise Pilot Week commissions, the network rebrand including 10 Boss and 10 Peach, the chances of 10 All Access attracting subscribers and then there is a detailed look at new and returning programming. Andrew also has some thoughts for the producers of Trial By Kyle. The podcast finishes with a look at the Freddie Mercury movie Bohemian Rhapsody (how could so many critics get it wrong) and the final season of House Of Cards.


EP145 - S1

6 Nov 18

Mercado and Manning - Mediaweek TV podcast

The new Toni Collette UK drama series on Netflix, Wanderlust, gets an enthusiastic review from both Mediaweek editor James Manning and Mediaweek TV columnist Andrew Mercado this episode. Also discussed is the new Foxtel Original Fighting Season, the Netflix Halloween special The Haunting Of Hill House. We also talk Jackie Weaver in Stan’s Bloom, Top Gear’s new Aussie connection, The Block, E’s forthcoming The Bi Life and its Aussie connection plus Andrew wonders what has gone wrong with TEN’s Blind Date and Game Of Games.


EP144 - S1

24 Oct 18

Mediaweek with The Chaser's Dominic Knight

A founding member of The Chaser, Dominic Knight has published his latest book – Trumpedia. He talks with Mediaweek's James Manning about his fascination with all things Donald J. Trump. Alternative things about the real fake president is the subtitle. "This book is fake news," says Knight. Or is it? Knight talks about what Trump is brilliant at, how his Presidency might end, Trump and the media and gives his thoughts on other Trump scholars Michael Wolff and Bob Woodward. There's also plenty of Chaser chat – the best stunts and the media deals that didn't come off. And there long, long relationship with Triple M.


EP143 - S1

17 Oct 18

Mediaweek with Pine Gap's Greg Haddrick

Mediaweek catches up with one of the most successful writers and producers working in television today, Pine Gap co-creator Greg Haddrick. He tells Mediaweek's James Manning about working with Screentime and Netflix on this great Aussie spy thriller – now available on ABC iview. He also reveals how they set up the show's very authentic Pine Gap control centre! Best known for perhaps his work on Underbelly, Haddrick recalls those series and other creative highlights.


EP142 - S1

17 Oct 18

Mercado and Manning - Mediaweek TV podcast

It took them a while, but both Andrew Mercado and James Manning have finally watched Amazon Prime's Golden Globe and Emmy-winning The Marvellous Mrs Maisel and they love it. Also on the menu a smorgasbord of great dramas to get stuck into – Pose, Deuce, Apple Tree Yard and Jack Ryan. The Mediaweek podcasters were less-impressed by Maniac and Andrew wasn't too keen on Mr Inbetween. Also up for discussion this week: Real life ABC drama, TEN's commissioning binge, Mad As Hell, Neighbours, Line of Duty and Working Class Boy.


EP141 - S1

1 Oct 18

WSFM's Jonesy and Amanda get candid

The presenters of Sydney's new #1 FM breakfast sit down with Mediaweek's Kruti Joshi for a chat. Brendan "Jonesy" Jones and Amanda Keller talk about how their pairing came about, how Keller saved Jones' career, the radio landscape today and the growth of the show. Keller also opens up about her new Ten show, Dancing With The Stars.


EP140 - S1

24 Sep 18

BBC Studios' Scripted Portfolio Director Liam Keelan

Mediaweek's Kruti Joshi caught up with the visiting executive in Sydney. He was here for the BBC First Upfront. Keelan discusses the much-talked about new season of Doctor Who, new shows coming to BBC First and the channel's biggest growth opportunity in Australia.


EP139 - S1

24 Sep 18

Mediaweek TV podcast - Mercado and Manning

Recorded in the middle of TEN’s Pilot Week. After watching the first four programs, Andrew and James review each format and choose the most likely program to be commissioned. Lots more including Andrew on TV’s drama drought, Foxtel’s 4K, Bite Club and its stellar cast, Seven’s new programs plus Netflix’s Dark Tourist and Stan’s Get Shorty.


EP138 - S1

21 Aug 18

Sharri Markson podcast

In just the past few weeks, the national political editor of The Daily Telegraph, Sharri Markson, has been named the Kennedy Awards’ Journalist of the Year and also won the Excellence in Journalism Award at the annual News Awards. She talks to Mediaweek’s James Manning about her Barnaby Joyce scoops this year.


EP137 - S1

20 Aug 18

Mercado and Manning on TV

Pilot Week! Too many blokes and not enough women in front of the camera. Mediaweek's Andrew Mercado and James Manning talk about TEN's August programming initiative and they look at each of the projects and assess commercial potential. Also this week they talk about Patrick Melrose, Pointless, War On Waste, Dead Lucky, Killing Eve, The Block and Rake.


EP136 - S1

24 Jul 18

Top 100 Restaurants - Terry Durack and Jill Dupleix

The food writers and restaurants critics talk to Mediaweek's James Manning about the process to select the top 100. They also talk about their careers in food media in Australia and the UK and the secrets of how they review and rate restaurants for The Sydney Morning Herald.


EP135 - S1

16 Jul 18

Jack Irish Producer Ian Collie

The new season of Jack Irish has launched with strong ratings on the ABC and producer Ian Collie talks to Mediaweek's James Manning about working with Guy Pearce, the future of TV and what we can expect from the next season of Rake.


EP134 - S1

16 Jul 18 Executive Editor Luke McIlveen

Mediaweek visits the Fox Sports HQ in Sydney to talk to Luke McIlveen, executive editor of He discusses his return to News Corp after a controversial parting with the company five years ago to work for Daily Mail Australia, how Fox Sports's digital home could be leveraging from its TV business better, and plans for its upcoming cricket coverage.


EP133 - S1

15 Jul 18

Mercado and Manning - Mediaweek TV podcast

This edition Andrew Mercado and James Manning talk about the TV Week Logie Awards and review all the winners and the highlights and lowlights from the Awards' night. Network Ten were the big TV Week Logie winners followed by ABC and Foxtel. Andrew and James also talk about the new series of Jack Irish which has launched with big ratings on ABC.


EP132 - S1

9 Jul 18

Mercado and Manning - Mediaweek TV podcast

Mediaweek's Andrew Mercado and James Manning talk about the TV Week Logies and look at a special 60 Years Of Logies magazine from TV Week. Other TV talking points this episode include Optus and the World Cup, Pose, America's Next Top Model, The Staircase, Jack Irish 2, The Affair, Poldark, The Bold & The Beautiful, Wentworth, Australian Survivor and Foxtel's forthcoming HBO series Sharp Objects.


EP131 - S1

26 Jun 18

Seven News Sydney's Mark Ferguson

Mark Ferguson spoke to Mediaweek’s Kruti Joshi at the Seven News HQ in Martin Place, Sydney. The industry veteran talked about his daily schedule, what it’s like to be a presenter on a commercial network, the ratings battle in Sydney and his career highlights. Ferguson also revealed the advice that encouraged him to pursue a career in journalism.


EP130 - S1

19 Jun 18

Radio Ratings Survey 3, 2018

Mediaweek's James Manning speaks with media agency executives about the latest radio ratings. Amplify's Ashley Earshaw and OMD's Andrew Brannaghan together account for close to $400m of the $1b invested in metro radio each year. How important is what they do for commercial radio? "Money talks," said Ash. "If we stop spending they take notice," said Andrew.


EP129 - S1

6 Jun 18

Mystery Road

The new Australian ABC drama has been the biggest drama hit for the ABC since The Doctor Blake Mysteries. Mediaweek sat down with producer David Jowsey to hear about the Mystery Road trilogy – two movies and a six-part drama series – and asked how ever did they afford that fabulous cast. It seems when Judy Davis signed on (her previous role earned an Emmy nomination) others wanted to work with one of Australia's finest on a rare Australian TV appearance.


EP128 - S1

6 Jun 18

Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck

Mediaweek's James Manning visited the ABC Sydney breakfast show this week and sat down with hosts Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck. They discussed everything from their breakfast menu to their thoughts about the campaign being waged against the ABC.


EP127 - S1

30 May 18

Twitter's Jonathan Harley

Getting insights from key executives at Twitter has been a regular feature in the Mediaweek podcasts in recent times. On our latest visit to the Twitter Blue Room in Sydney we spent time with the director of news, Asia - Pacific, Jonathan Harley. He has details of how newsrooms around Australia and the region use the social media platform and some great tips for Twitter users.


EP126 - S1

30 May 18

Mediaweek Logie Awards special

TV Week editor Thomas Woodgate joins Mediaweek's Andrew Mercado and James Manning to talk through the nominees for most of the 2018 TV Week Logie categories. We work our way through the Most Popular and Most Outstanding categories while Thomas and Andrew also talk about the passing of Home And Away star Cornelia Frances.


EP125 - S1

29 May 18

Mercado and Manning TV podcast

Andrew Mercado and James Manning on the Royal Wedding – the good and bad, the return of Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, a preview of ABC's Mystery Road drama, will Netflix really release over 400 originals between now and Christmas plus loads more!


EP124 - S1

23 May 18

Mediaweek with Nine's Director of Sport Tom Malone

The changing menu at Wide World of Sports – tennis and netball new arrivals alongside rugby league. Meet the team that strategised Nine’s move from cricket to tennis and hear about Nine's plans for a summer without cricket.


EP123 - S1

23 May 18

Making TV - CJZ

Mediaweek's James Manning hosts the first of a new series where we meet the makers of some of Australia's biggest TV shows. Our first interview is with the co-owners of Australia and New Zealand production company CJZ – Michael Cordell and Nick Murray – which is the home of Bondi Rescue and Gruen among others.


EP122 - S1

20 May 18

Mediaweek with Traveller editor Anthony Dennis

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age travel section Traveller has been one of the big successes for Fairfax Media over the last decade. Telling people about the best airline, the best seat and the best hotels has helped drive revenue and readership. In this podcast, Traveller editor Anthony Dennis tells us about travel writing, how Fairfax built the brand, and he previews a special glossy magazine issue they published on May 19.


EP121 - S1

16 May 18

Mercado and Manning - Mediaweek TV podcast

Topics under discussion range from dramas like The Handmaid's Tale, Instinct and Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance (!) to reality series recently launched like House Rules and MasterChef. Andrew has an update on cast development at Home and Away and Neighbours while James has a problem with the robot cull on Westworld.


EP120 - S1

9 May 18

Mediaweek's guide to Picnic At Hanging Rock

Mediaweek's James Manning and Andrew Mercado are joined by FremantleMedia Australia director of drama Jo Porter for a special Picnic At Hanging Rock podcast. Jo covers everything from the initial pitch to the estate of author Joan Lindsay and the Foxtel, through to the casting and production. We ask lots of questions about Natalie Dormer and Samara Weaving and how the producers managed to secure two of the hottest stars to spend four months filming in Australia.


EP119 - S1

9 May 18

Mediaweek with digital publisher Rhian Allen

Treat this special edition of the Mediaweek podcast like a digital publishing masterclass. During a 30-minute discussion with The Healthy Mummy founder and CEO Rhian Allen, Mediaweek hears about how she sold her house to launch her digital business which after eight years is now turning over $20m+ annually. The Healthy Mummy has just launched in the UK, Allen has a new book out this week and she recently sold a 50% stake in the business to private equity. Allen explains her road to success and what her investors like about her business.


EP118 - S1

26 Apr 18

Mercado and Manning Talk TV 05/04/18

This week Andrew Mercado and James Manning talk about the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony and look at some of the drama offerings across the next couple of weeks.


EP117 - S1

5 Apr 18

Jackie Lee-Joe - Chief Marketing Officer, BBC Worldwide

Returning to her homeland for a short visit, Jackie Lee-Joe talks to Mediaweek’s James Manning about how the soon-to-be-rebranded BBC Worldwide is adapting to the changing landscape, using it as an opportunity to build its brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation. Our interview covers the BBC’s natural history brand BBC Earth (the home of Blue Planet) and how partnerships with Snap, Facebook messenger, Google Earth, Ten Cent and others have been important. Jackie also talks about her career in Australia before heading to the UK.


EP116 - S1

3 Apr 18

Chris Davies - Marketing and Distribution Director, BBC Global News

An interesting discussion about how the news brand commercialises its product outside of the UK. Topics touched on include the multiplatfom BBC news offering and how big global events from the Trump election to the forthcoming royal wedding attract audiences and commercial partners. Is TV news one of the linear TV products not feeling the winds of change and how has “fake news” affected the BBC News brands?


EP115 - S1

3 Apr 18

Mediaweek with Nova Brisbane's Susie O'Neill

At the launch of the Nova 106.9 series of on-location broadcasts of the Ash, Kip and Luttsy with Susie O'Neill breakfast show, Mediaweek had the chance to speak in-depth with O'Neill.  This new interview makes a nice companion piece to the recent In Her Own Words series Mediaweek partnered with Nova Entertainment for where spoke to inspirational women in radio. Mediaweek has been lucky to have done several podcasts with Ash, Kip and Luttsy at different times, so it was great to get time with the former swimming champ and one of the important pillars in the success the Brisbane breakfast show has enjoyed in recent years. Although Nova was #1 in the first survey of 2018, it has been challenged in breakfast by Hit 105, something which O'Neill mention in our podcast. O'Neill talks frankly to Mediaweek about the decision not to jump straight into a media career after she stopped swimming. She also details how Nova Entertainment and her breakfast colleagues look after their star recruit and she remembers, with a fair amount of anger still, what she said on the record about former garden guru Don Burke's appalling and insulting behaviour toward her. The interview gives listeners an insight into just what makes O'Neill so compelling on the radio. Listen here also to the eight-part In Her Own Words podcast series.  Read here about Nova Brisbane's broadcast plans during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. 


EP114 - S1

25 Mar 18

Mercado and Manning talk TV 23/3/18

- New Aussie dramas Safe Harbour and Harrow - Plus new international drama Innocent, Howards End and the mockumentary UnREAL – just one of three reasons why you need a Stan subscription over Easter. The others are the return of Billions and the new US musical drama Rise.


EP113 - S1

22 Mar 18

Mercado and Manning Talk TV 22/3/18

- Logies controversies as TV Weeks changes voting rules - The Karl and Pete phone call – was it real? - ABC to get second rights to Foxtel programs - Grand Designs and Wentworth. - Nine v Seven v TEN - viewing highlights from first quarter and why Nine has done so well. - Should I’m A Celebrity return for another year? - New ABC comedies Squinters and Sando. - Rove’s new series Show Me The Movie! and should Rove Live be revived?


EP112 - S1

21 Mar 18

In her own words - Tamie Williams

Nova Entertainment has created a special podcast series featuring interviews with eight inspirational women in diverse media roles. In Her Own Words was launched on Thursday 8 March to celebrate International Women's Day. The series looks at resilience, career highs and lows, balance and how these women juggle the demands of life and people around them. The conversational interviews were conducted for Nova by James Manning, editor of Mediaweek, and are introduced by Ash Gardner, Nova news journalist.


EP111 - S1

7 Mar 18

In her own words - Jennifer Hansen

Nova Entertainment has created a special podcast series featuring interviews with eight inspirational women in diverse media roles. In Her Own Words was launched on Thursday 8 March to celebrate International Women's Day. The series looks at resilience, career highs and lows, balance and how these women juggle the demands of life and people around them. The conversational interviews were conducted for Nova by James Manning, editor of Mediaweek, and are introduced by Ash Gardner, Nova news journalist.


EP110 - S1

7 Mar 18

In her own words - Claire Marshall

Nova Entertainment has created a special podcast series featuring interviews with eight inspirational women in diverse media roles. In Her Own Words has launched on Thursday 8 March to celebrate International Women's Day. The series looks at resilience, career highs and lows, balance and how these women juggle the demands of life and people around them. The conversational interviews were conducted for Nova by James Manning, editor of Mediaweek, and are introduced by Ash Gardner, Nova news journalist.


EP109 - S1

7 Mar 18

In her own words - Cathy O'Connor

Nova Entertainment has created a special podcast series featuring interviews with eight inspirational women in diverse media roles. In Her Own Words launched on Thursday 8 March to celebrate International Women's Day. The series looks at resilience, career highs and lows, balance and how these women juggle the demands of life and people around them. The conversational interviews were conducted for Nova by James Manning, editor of Mediaweek, and are introduced by Ash Gardner, Nova news journalist.


EP108 - S1

7 Mar 18

Mercado and Manning talk TV - Jan 31, 2018

First show back for the New Year and topics covered include summer TV, Countdown Live, Sophie Monk, this week's three-way reality TV clash, the future of Doctor Blake, Stan's Romper Stomper and Wolf Creek, Seven gets The Simpsons and loads more. Mercado even recaps on some of the big summer movies.


EP107 - S1

1 Feb 18

Grahame Bond

The star and creator of TV's Aunty Jack Show visits the Mediaweek studio to talk about his first novel "The Great Pink Hunter". Bond tells Mediaweek's James Manning about writing, and then self-publishing, his book after a dispute with the original publisher. Bond talks about his adventures in advertising which is where the central character from the book Kevin Hunter hails from. Bond also talks about the legendary The Aunty Jack Show and how it caused so much trouble for the ABC with just 13 episodes that also featured his co-star Rory O'Donoghue and introduced the character of Norman Gunston. Bond also went on to be one of the star presenters on Seven's Better Homes & Gardens.


EP106 - S1

18 Dec 17

Mercado and Manning talk TV - Best of 2017

Mediaweek TV contributor Andrew Mercado and Mediaweek editor James Manning select their best TV shows on 2017. It is an hour packed with summer viewing tips for listeners wanting to catch up on some of the best programs on offer across the year. While there are a couple of no brainers that would appear on most lists The Handmaid's Tale and Big Little Lies there is plenty of debate over some of the hidden gems that snuck onto TV schedules and streaming services during 2017.


EP105 - S1

17 Dec 17

Mercado and Manning on TV - Nov 24 2017

Andrew Mercado and James Manning talk Upfronts for one more time this podcast it is the turn of Network Ten and then SBS. Our TV duo then discuss Aussie dramas, The Good Doctor, Netflix's Godless, the latest on the super soaps Days Of Our Lives, Home and Away and Neighbours plus some of the highlights coming on Stan including The Girlfriend Experience, Wolf Creek and the truly amazing SMILF.


EP104 - S1

24 Nov 17

Brendan Jones

As the Jonesy and Amanda WSFM breakfast program continues as one of Sydney's most successful FM radio shows, Brendan Jones visited the Mediaweek podcast studio to talk with James Manning about radio, his co-host Amanda Keller and his new book - "Fifity Shades of 50: A Reliable Memoir".


EP103 - S1

22 Nov 17

Jennie Sager - Twitter's Director of Entertainment - Asia Pacific

In our irregular series of Mediaweek podcasts taking listeners inside the social media platform Twitter, we recently spent time with Twitter's Jennie Sager who talks candidly about her work with music artists, record labels, film companies and television networks. Sager updates us on Twitter concerts and live events and we even hear about her career working for Nine's The Block plus time with MTV and the Super Bowl in the US.


EP102 - S1

10 Nov 17

Mercado and Manning on TV - Nov 1

Mediaweek's new television podcast features Andrew Mercado and James Manning on Sophie and Stu, The Block, Family Food Fight v The Wall, a detailed look at the Seven Newfronts and all the big new 2018 shows, The Secret Daughter, AACTA nominations, Doctor Foster and Andrew contemplates buying a Wild Boys T-shirt!


EP101 - S1

1 Nov 17

Ben Fordham

2GB drive announcer and co-host of Nine's Australian Ninja Warrior Ben Fordham spoke with Mediaweek's James Manning just days after winning Best Current Affairs Presenter at the 2017 ACRAs. It was a big week for Ben Fordham who has also just negotiated two new media contracts which he discesses in the podcast. It was also a big week for the Fordham family. Ben talks about brother Nick who has just negotiated the deal that saw Nine's Lisa Wilkinson become TEN's Lisa Wilkinson.


EP100 - S1

25 Oct 17

Mercado and Manning on TV - October 16

Mediaweek's Andrew Mercado and James Manning look in detail at the announcements from the Nine Upfront, plus they look at Seven's new schedule, Wake In Fright TV ratings, what's new at Netflix and Stan plus comment on recent new arrivals Riviera, Sunshine and Gogglebox.


EP99 - S1

16 Oct 17

The Grand Illusionist Cosentino

Cosentino sits down with Mediaweek's James Manning to talk about his tour and new book.


EP98 - S1

12 Oct 17

The AFR Magazine editor Matthew Drummond

Mediaweek's Kruti Joshi pays a visit to The AFR Magazine editor Matthew Drummond at the Fairfax Media HQ in Sydney.


EP97 - S1

6 Oct 17

Mercado and Manning on TV - September 22

Mediaweek's James Manning and Andrew Mercado start this regular TV podcast discussing the Primetime Emmy Awards and later talk about the return of two Australian dramas The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Glitch. Andrew has found what he is sure will be the worst show of the year, there is discussion about some surprising China Girl plot twists and there is praise for the new HBO series The Deuce.


EP96 - S1

24 Sep 17

Charlie Clausen at OzPod 2017

Charlie Clausen speaks to Mediaweek's James Manning after Charlie's OzPod 2017 appearance and he reveals his four podcasting tips.


EP95 - S1

11 Sep 17

Claire Tonti from Planet Broadcasting at OzPod 2017

Claire Tonti is creative director and co-founder of Planet Broadcasting. She talks about how the business has gone from a hobby to a podcast platform with listeners across the planet. Claire speaks with Mediaweek's Kruti Joshi and James Manning.


EP94 - S1

11 Sep 17

Rachel Corbett and Jay Walkerden at OzPod 2017

A podcasting roundtable from OzPod 2017: - Podcaster, commentator and podcast coach Rachel Corbett - Nova Entertainment's head of podcasting Jay Walkerden - Mediaweek deputy editor Kruti Joshi - Mediaweek editor James Manning


EP93 - S1

11 Sep 17

Martin Van Beynen at OzPod 2017

Martin Van Beynen is a New Zealand journalist at The Press in Christchurch New Zealand. He is also the host of Black Hands, a true crime podcast about the Bain family murders in New Zealand. The podcast has found a huge audience, not only in New Zealand, but in Australia and many countries around the world.


EP92 - S1

11 Sep 17

Rachael Brown at OzPod 2017

ABC journalist Rachael Brown has been responsible for Trace, a true crime podcast that investigates the murder of Maria James. Maria was stabbed 68 times in her home at the back of her Thornbury bookshop in Melbourne in what police described as a "bizarre" and "frenzied" killing. No one has ever been convicted for the crime.


EP91 - S1

11 Sep 17

Yvonne Sampson

The Fox Sports presenter joins Mediaweek's Kruti Joshi in this episode to talk about her journey to the subscription TV broadcaster and discovering her heritage.


EP90 - S1

11 Sep 17

Wil Anderson - insiders guide to Gruen

After taking part in our Seven Days podcast last week, Wil Anderson spent some extra time talking to Mediaweek about the new season of Gruen. He walked us through the show's weekly production cycle and explained how it all worked. Anderson also told us how much he has absorbed about the world of advertising and marketing "I wish I had learnt more," he confessed." It's a fascinating insight into one of the ABC's most-watched shows. Don't miss also Wil Anderson's list of his favourite podcasts!


EP89 - S1

5 Sep 17

Kathy Lette - best laid plans

During a short visit back to Sydney, Mediaweek was lucky to spend time with author Kathy Lette. During our talk about the prolific writer's visit, which included several appearances at the Canberra Writers' Festival, Lette revealed she had optioned the rights to her latest book "Best Laid Plans" to FremantleMedia Australia. During her time in Sydney Lette met with the FremantleMedia Australia drama team to discuss what they had planned for the production.


EP88 - S1

5 Sep 17

Dan Box

The former national crime writer for The Australian Dan Box flew out of Australia last weekend returning to the UK. Before he left he visited the Mediaweek studio to talk with James Manning about his Bowraville podcast and his new investigation which was delivered as a TV series, The Queen & Zak Grieve.


EP87 - S1

4 Sep 17

Vogue Australia Editor-in-Chief Edwina McCann

Mediaweek's James Manning and Kruti Joshi visit Vogue Australia's Edwina McCann at the News Corp Australia office.


EP86 - S1

1 Sep 17

Mercado and Manning on TV August 31

Andrew Mercado joined James Manning in the Mediaweek studio this week. The TV topics covered include: As CBS moves on Network Ten, what programming decisions would we like to them make? Game Of Thrones season final Reporter and novelist Chris Ulhmann moving to the Nine Network Little Big Shots a massive hit for Seven and Shane Jacobson Andrew still loving Twin Peaks as it draws to a close Which Australian dramas should be renewed? Andrew previews ABC TV's Get Krackin' and pays tribute to TEN's Studio 10 which broadcast its 1000th episode on August 31 Lots more including Gruen, American Gods and Doctor Blake Mysteries


EP85 - S1

30 Aug 17

Gourmet Traveller Editor-in-Chief Sarah Oakes

Mediaweek's Kruti Joshi visited Sarah Oakes at the Bauer Media office on Park St in Sydney recently to talk about the changes coming to Gourmet Traveller, celebrity chefs, plus the evolution of food and travel.


EP84 - S1

25 Aug 17

Shane Jacobson

As he toured Sydney media as part of a publicity blitz ahead of the first episode of Seven's Little Big Shots, Shane Jacobson spent time with Mediaweek talking about his hosting role. Mediaweek stayed on topic for the first half of the interview, but we weren't going to let the opportunity pass without hearing about four new movies he has been working on, plus chatting about his time on Top Gear, his friendship with Clarkson, Hammond and May, and his work on the wonderful ABC TV series Time Of Our Lives.


EP83 - S1

25 Aug 17

Mercado and Manning on TV

The regular Mediaweek television podcast this week features Andrew Mercado and James Manning discussing Hell's Kitchen Australia, The Block, Top Of The Lake: China Girl and Doctor, Doctor. There was debate about the merits of ABC TV's medical drama Pulse and Stan's comedy The Other Guy.


EP82 - S1

18 Aug 17

Inside Out's Claire Bradley

Inside Out editor-in-chief Claire Bradley joins Mediaweek's James Manning and Kruti Joshi to talk about the magazine's 150th edition.


EP81 - S1

17 Aug 17

Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner

Plus: Exclusive Tim Worner podcast getting on with business Sports rights, AFLX and AFLW, investment opportunities, Seven's TV ratings slump, June 2018 new format, digital ventures, Project 8 and more.


EP80 - S1

17 Aug 17

Mediaweek TV with Mercado and Manning

This TV podcast sees Andrew Mercado and James Manning discussing the ratings for the season final of Australian Ninja Warrior and talking about when we will likely see it next. Other shows under the microscope this week include The Block, Australian Survivor, MasterChef, The Bachelor, This Time Next Year, True Story, Kath & Kim, The Good Fight, Britain's Got Talent, Home and Away, The AFL Footy Show and Game Of Thrones.


EP79 - S1

28 Jul 17

The Block co-creator Julian Cress

Julian Cress, the co-creator of the Nine's longest running reality show, The Block, talks about its origination and the $10m phone call to Michael Healy.


EP78 - S1

27 Jul 17

Mediaweek TV with Mercado - Manning

Andrew Mercado and James Manning talk TV. Subjects this week include: Australian Ninja Warrior Return of Game of Thrones Yummy Mummies Joanna Lumley's India Common Sense The Handmaid's Tale Studio 10 Taboo Friends From College and much more including a newspaper TV column Andrew didn't appreciate!


EP77 - S1

13 Jul 17

Twitter's Olly Wilton

Twitter Australia's head of sports partnerships Olly Wilton talks to Mediaweek editor James Manning in this episode of the Mediaweek Industry podcast.


EP76 - S1

6 Jul 17

Nova's Kent - Smallzy - Small

Mediaweek's Kruti Joshi visits Australia's #1 nightly presenter Kent "Smallzy" Small at the Nova Entertainment office in Sydney.


EP75 - S1

6 Jul 17

Steve Mascord - touchstones - Rugby League and Rock 'n' Roll

Rugby league writer and rock music fan Steve Mascord has published a book. In our latest podcast with him Mediaweek's James Manning caught up with Steve at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester (the quietest place we could find near the station). During the podcast we talk about Steve's latest travels including an Aerosmith show he'd been to the night before and we delve into the pages of Touchstones where Steve talks about his passions in life and his finances!


EP74 - S1

1 Jul 17

Mediaweek TV - June 12

Mediaweek's James Manning and Andrew Mercado talk TV. James is reporting from Manchester in the UK and Andrew is in South West Rocks after a busy long weekend at the South West Roxy. Some of the shows on the radar this podcast are True Story with Hamish and Andy, Wanted, David Stratton's Stories of Australian Cinema, Ronnie Chieng: International Student plus the latest on Seven's early evening trio Home and Away, My Kitchen Rules and House Rules. We also talk about the British Soap Awards, Britain's Got Talent plus a handful of new British dramas Broken, Paula and Poldark S3. James has also been watching the second season of Versailles and has seen the first episode of The Handmaid's Tale.


EP73 - S1

12 Jun 17

BBC's Jamie Angus

The deputy director of BBC World Service Group and the editorial director of BBC Global News Ltd., Jamie Angus, is the special guest this week.


EP72 - S1

8 Jun 17

Mediaweek tech - Trevor Long and Stephen Fenech

Mediaweek this week celebrates 300 episodes of the Two Blokes Talking Tech podcast hosted by Trevor Long and Stephen Fenech. The two tech gurus originally came together on a Mediaweek tech podcast seven years ago. Since then they have podcasted as Two Blokes from all around the world. They also still have their own podcasts each week too. During our conversation they talk about how they have both left fulltime jobs in the media to work for themselves as tech reporters and broadcasters. They also have some great insights on the best tech at the moment with buying guides for TVs, phones, computers and tablets. There is also some chat about their airlines of choice!


EP71 - S1

26 May 17

Mediaweek TV - May 23 - Twin Peaks

It has been Twin Peaks time around the globe and Mediaweek's James Manning and Andrew Mercado spend the first part of the new TV podcast discussing David Lynch's return to the cult series. Andrew has special viewing advice and recommends people who find it difficult should stay with it for a big reward which comes early in the series. Other talking points incude: -Foxtel's changes to its Foxtel Play packages -American Gods is it wierder than Twin Peaks? -How good is War On Waste and there should way more episodes -Hamish and Andy's brilliant new series True Stories -Plus what's been happening at NSW's hippest regional cinema South West Roxy


EP70 - S1

24 May 17

Twitter - New content deals

It has been Twin Peaks time around the globe and Mediaweek's James Manning and Andrew Mercado spend the first part of the new TV podcast discussing David Lynch's return to the cult series. Andrew has special viewing advice and recommends people who find it difficult should stay with it for a big reward which comes early in the series. Other talking points incude: -Foxtel's changes to its Foxtel Play packages -American Gods is it wierder than Twin Peaks? -How good is War On Waste and there should way more episodes -Hamish and Andy's brilliant new series True Stories -Plus what's been happening at NSW's hippest regional cinema South West Roxy


EP69 - S1

23 May 17

Mediaweek TV May 2

Mediaweek's James Manning and Andrew Mercado talking TV: Including the 59th TV Week Logie Awards and the winners, the losers and the plain unlucky. Also this week they talk about TV ratings, programming moves, Ellen, Roseanne, Mercado living eithout Foxtel, Netflix and our regular update on Andrew Mercado's new business venture the NSW regional cinema South West Roxy.


EP69 - S1

4 May 17

TV - Mandy McElhinney on Love Child

Mediaweek's James Manning and Andrew Mercado are joined by the one of the stars of Love Child Mandy McElhinney. The day we recorded our interview Nine launched series four of the drama made by Playmaker Media. As well as discussing Love Child, and how her character of Matron Frances Bolton has changed over the years, McElhinney talks about some of the other series and mini-series she has worked on including MDA, Comedy Inc, Paper Giants and House Of Hancock. Audio warning: Not one of our best lots of Andrew's questions are a little muffled, apologies, but nothing wrong with Mandy's audio.


EP68 - S1

3 May 17

Mediaweek TV March 29

Andrew Mercado and James Manning discuss the TV Week Logie nominations and don't miss Andrew Mercado's tips for winners in the key categories. Plenty of other TV news, comment and reviews too. From Married At First Sight and Wentworth to Neighbours and The Walking Dead. Plus an update on Andrew Mercado's new cinema venture.


EP67 - S1

30 Mar 17

Real Housewives of Sydney - Melissa Tkautz

The complete insiders guide to Arena TV's Real Housewives of Sydney with soap star, then popstar, and now reality TV star Melissa Tkautz. Our favourite Sydney Real Housewife talks to Mediaweek's James Manning and Andrew Mercado.


EP66 - S1

29 Mar 17

The Bouchets - Radio producers Laura & Bruno Bouchet

Mediaweek visits the husband and wife team Laura and Bruno Bouchet who are the executive producers of WSFM's Jonesy and Amanda and KIIS 1065's Kyle and Jackie O Show


EP65 - S1

22 Mar 17

Mediaweek TV March 13 2017

Mediaweek's James Manning and Andrew Mercado talk their way through 60 minutes of premium drama...and a few reality series too. Programs under discussion this week include Sunday night TV ratings, Feud with Jessica Lang and Susan Sarandon, House Husbands and no Delta Goodrem yet, The Halcyon cancelled before it arrives in Australia, season five of Wentworth, the new book on super soap Number 96 by Nigel Giles, Reese Witherspoon's star turn in Big Little Lies and Jonathan Rhys Myers coming to season five of Vikings. Plus an update on Andrew Mercado's new career as a cinema operator on the NSW coast.


EP64 - S1

14 Mar 17

Mediaweek TV podcast February 28

Mediaweek's James Manning and Andrew Mercado start off this podcast talking about the 2017 Academy Awards telecast. They also discuss the FTA reality TV rumble, Real Housewives of Sydney, Broadchurch, Big Little Lies and much more.


EP63 - S1

28 Feb 17

TV - David Morrissey

Mediaweek's James Manning meets visiting UK actor David Morrissey, star of the second season of the BBC First series, The Missing.


EP62 - S1

28 Feb 17

Mediaweek TV podcast February 13

Mediaweek's James Manning and Andrew Mercado talk about The Bold And The Beautiful filming in Sydney and The B&B Sydney fan event plus the first episode of Hoges, Nashville returns, House Husbands missing castmembers, who should star on an Aussie version of Fashion Police and ABC TV's mini upfront.


EP61 - S1

14 Feb 17

Mediaweek Suits podcast special with Sarah Rafferty and Rick Hoffman

Visiting the Mediaweek Sydney podcast studio this week were two of the stars of Suits - Sarah Rafferty (Donna) and Rick Hoffman (Louis). Also joining in on the podcast was Suits fan, and Foxtel's director of publicity and talent, Jamie Campbell.


EP60 - S1

10 Feb 17

Mediaweek TV podcast February 6

Mediaweek editor James Manning and Mediaweek TV contributor Andrew Mercado return for their first podcast of 2017. They disect the first week of what Mediaweek brands "warm up week one" with reviews of Seven's My Kitchen Rules, Nine's Married At First Sight and TEN's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! and much more.


EP59 - S1

7 Feb 17

TV Week Previews 2017

As TV Week publishers a special edition 2017 preview magazine called TV Week Extra, Mediaweek editor James Manning is joined by TV Week editor Emma Nolan and the editor of the special edition, TV Week deputy editor Thomas Woodgate. During their discussion, Emma and Thomas talk about the big TV shows coming in 2017, both new launches and returning series, plus the biggest shows on the various streaming platforms. Don't miss Thomas speaking about rules that help viewers decaide on what to binge on, and TV reporters reveal how they manage to keep up with all TV from high end drama to the mountain of reality TV on offer.


EP58 - S1

24 Jan 17

TV Best of 2016

The final Mediaweek TV podcast of 2016 features the top 20 TV lists from editor James Manning and TV critic Andrew Mercado. They both talk through their choices for shows of the year, agreeing on some and arguing over the others. Some of the usual suspects are on the lists as are some surprise inclusions.


EP57 - S1

16 Dec 16

Josh Zepps

US-based Australian political satirist, TV & radio host and podcaster Josh Zepps recently visited Mediaweek. Zepps was the presenter and co-executive producer of Australian Idol's behind-the-scenes component, Idol Backstage. On radio, he won an Australian Commercial Radio Award (ACRA) for his syndicated satirical comedy sketches on the Fairfax Radio network. After moving to New York, Zepps had his own show on Discovery Science Channel, before moving to The Huffington Post to be part of the launch team on HuffPost Live. During our interview Zepps reveals the Australian TV show he just missed out on co-hosting recently. He currently hosts the podcast #WeThePeople LIVE and is in Sydney for a live show on December 18.


EP56 - S1

14 Dec 16

Mediaweek TV Podcast December 2016

It's been a while since our last TV podcast, but TV critic Andrew Mercado joins James Manning in the first of two podcasts to end the TV year. In this podcast we talk about Netflix downloads, the end of the ratings year and the final big franchises for 2016 - The Block, The X Factor and Australian Survivor. Other topics covered include the 2017 Upfronts, late night TV opportunities, Viceland,The Grand Tour, food programs coming in 2017 and much more.


EP55 - S1

7 Dec 16

Osher Gunsberg

You can hear Osher as a Southern Cross Austereo radio host on Hit 105 Brisbane breakfast, nationally on the Hit Network on Sunday nights with Osher's Love Line and see him hosting Network Ten's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Osher speaks with Mediaweek's James Manning in our Potts Point studio and begins talking about how music was his first love which led to a radio career. He speaks about his time in TV from Channel to Australian Idol to The Bachelor and reveals the TV project that he had to give up for his current hosting roles at Network Ten.


EP55 - S1

29 Nov 16's Helen McCabe

In this episode, Mediaweeks Kruti Joshi visits the Nine office in Australia Square Sydney to talk to the companys new head of lifestyle Helen McCabe. They talk about McCabes move from print to digital, the future of 9Honey, competition from Mamamia and News Corp's unnamed women's destination coming in 2017, and plans to get into podcasting. McCabe also revealed what it was like leaving the Bauer Media building after more than six years and what she did in between jobs.


EP54 - S1

11 Nov 16

Melissa Hoyer

Mediaweek's James Manning and's Melissa Hoyer catch-up over a podcast about the year it's been. Hoyer talks about her year on the road reporting for, why she thinks it's important to be active on social media and reveals which platforms are her favourite.


EP52 - S1

19 Oct 16

Mediaweek TV 14 October Podcast

Mediaweek contributor Andrew Mercado joins Mediaweek's James Manning to talk television. We again revisit the new Australian dramas to check on their ratings and we look at the new dramas about the British royal family BBC First's Victoria and Netflix's The Crown. Andrew is also enthusiastic about Mum, James likes Brock and they also discuss the power of social media on new TV programs, the US election debates and Westworld.


EP52 - S1

14 Oct 16

Kerrie McCallum

Mediaweek's James Manning talks with the editor-in-chief of delicious. Kerrie McCallum. They discuss the special 15th birthday edition of the monthly NewsLifeMedia title and talk about how the food magazine sector has been performing. Hear all about Gin & Tonic tarts and Snickers-inspired desserts.


EP51 - S1

12 Oct 16

Mediaweek Industry Interviews - Stan's Mike Sneesby and Nick Forward

Stan, launched in January 2015, has held its own against the large global Netflix juggernaut. With a mix of third-party content and its own original productions, the subscription video on demand service has carved out a valued position in the space. Mike Sneesby, Stan's chief executive officer, and programming chief Nick Forward join Mediaweek editor James Manning and deputy editor Dan Barrett in the Mediaweek offices for a chat about the growth of the service and its programming objectives. It's a candid conversation which goes in depth on the company's strategy and increasing pressure from its foreign competitors - Netflix and, soon, Amazon.


EP50 - S1

30 Sep 16

Mediaweek TV Podcast - September 2016

Mediaweek's James Manning and Dan Barrett are joined by Andrew Mercado to discuss the big events in television for this past month. The three discuss: 2016 Emmy Awards - which winners were deserving? The new slate of Australian dramas. What's hot and what's not? The new slate of US broadcast dramas. What's worth checking out?


EP49 - S1

23 Sep 16

Andrew O'Keefe - Seven's The Chase

Andrew O'Keefe is no stranger to Seven's afternoon gameshow timeslot. For the past year he has fronted The Chase, which replaced his previous game show Deal or No Deal. He joined Mediaweek to discuss the one-year anniversary of the show.


EP48 - S1

21 Sep 16

Good Game co-host Stephanie Bendixsen and EP Janet Carr

The EP of Good Game Janet Carr and its on-air presenter Stephanie 'Hex' Bendixsen stepped out of the production suite as they put the finishing touches on their 10th anniversary special to talk with Mediaweek. The two are frank and open about the TV show that has built a very strong and loyal digital audience for ABC TV.


EP47 - S1

20 Sep 16

Mediaweek - Victoria Madden with Mike Jones

Victoria Madden, the lead writer and creator of The Kettering Incident joins Media week deputy editor Dan Barrett and contributor Andrew Mercado to discuss the Foxtel series. Joining Madden is Sydney-based writer Mike Jones, who provided writing support for Madden in crafting the mythological elements of the series. Madden outlines the origins of the product, her inspirations, and her thoughts on all of the conversation that has surrounded the series.


EP46 - S1

16 Sep 16

Philippa Whitfield Pomeranz

Style Squad, a brand new local production hosted by Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson, premieres this month on Style Channel. Producer Philippa Whitfield Pomeranz offers an insight into the new series.


EP45 - S1

1 Sep 16

Mediaweek TV Podcast - August 2016

For our monthly TV podcast the regular panel of Mediaweek editor James Manning, deputy editor Dan Barrett, and regular contributor Andrew Mercado discuss the TV that has been on their minds this month. Among the MANY shows discussed, the panel do discuss Australian Survivor, The Block, Zumbo's Just Desserts, the 2016 Olympics coverage, Stranger Things, and why they don't make TV like Northern Exposure anymore.


EP44 - S1

28 Aug 16

Stellar's Sarrah Le Marquand

Mediaweek's James Manning and Kruti Joshi visited the News Corp office in Sydney a week before the launch of Stellar to talk the new magazines editor-in-chief Sarrah Le Marquand. In this podcast, Le Marquand talks about the challenges and rewards of producing the rst issue of Stellar, the pressure of heading News Corp's biggest investment in print this year, localising each edition of the title for the three markets its going to be available in and why columnists are brave to voice their opinions in this day and age.


EP43 - S1

25 Aug 16

A Current Affair's Martin King

Long-time reporter on Nine's A Current Affair, Martin King, joins Mediaweek editor James Manning on this podcast to take a trip down memory lane. King shares the experience of filing his first story for ACA in the 80s (including being watered down by a talent in the story), how the show has become the "voice of the people", talks about confronting people in stories, addresses misconceptions about the ACA sensationalising news and the importance of the brand to the Nine Network.


EP42 - S1

25 Aug 16

Charles Firth - Mediaweek

Founder of The Chaser and the editor in chief of the satirical Chaser Quarterly magazine Charles Firth joins us for a discussion about the new Chaser book The Chaser's Australia. Firth explains how the book fits into the Chaser Quarterly's publication cycle, recounts his involvement with comedy show The Roast, and details the early TV projects of The Chaser with CNNNN.


EP41 - S1

24 Aug 16

Mediaweek - Adriano Zumbo and Gigi Falanga

Adriano Zumbo, host of the new Seven reality cooking competition show Zumbo's Just Desserts is joined by his on-screen assistant Gigi Falanga in his conversation with Mediaweek editor James Manning and deputy editor Dan Barrett. In addition to telling us about the new show, Zumbo discusses his TV downtime between Masterchef and the new show. He also offers his thoughts on Willy Wonka, the challenges of running his retail business, and the rise of the freakshake.


EP40 - S1

18 Aug 16

Mediaweek - Kara Swisher

Technology journalist and founder of Recode Kara Swisher visited the Mediaweek offices for a discussion about technology and media ahead of her talk at the Walkley Foundation's Storyology conference. Swisher is considered to be the voice of authority on Yahoo, so we took the opportunity to pick her brain over the future of Yahoo now that it has been sold to Verizon. Also, what is the future for international joint ventures like Yahoo7? Swisher also offers some comment on a potential Amazon launch in Australia, Netflix founder Reed Hastings, and more.


EP39 - S1

17 Aug 16

Jones editor-in-chief Deborah Bibby

The editor-in-chief of Jones, Deborah Bibby, talks about leaving Bauer Media (formerly known as ACP Magazines) after more than a decade with the publisher. She tells us what tempted her to take up her new role at Medium Rare Content Agency, discusses the difference between editing a commercial title and custom publication, where she aspires to take Jones, how the title will be competing with premium fashion brands like Harpers Bazaar and Vogue Australia, and describes what meetings are like with David Jones. Bibby also revealed that she was once the boss of her current boss, Gerard Reynolds, the managing director of Medium Rare Content Agency.


EP38 - S1

15 Aug 16

Mediaweek - Storyful's David Clinch

Storyful global news editor David Clinch visited Australia recently as a guest speaker for the Walkley's Storyology conference. He spoke with Mediaweek about what Storyful does and its role in verification of facts and sources of news in today's fast turnaround news environment. Clinch also reveals why he chose to leave his previous role as a senior international editor for CNN.


EP37 - S1

11 Aug 16

Christiaan van Vuuren and Nick Boshier AKA The Bondi Hipsters

Soul Mates stars Nick Boshier and Christiaan Van Vuuren, best known as the Bondi Hipsters, join the Mediaweek podcast to discuss season two.


EP36 - S1

30 Jul 16

Australian Associated Press

AAP's Tony Gillies and Mike Osborne talk about the organisation's coverage of Rio 2016 and the role the newswire agency plays in the Australian media landscape.


EP35 - S1

30 Jul 16

TV industry academic Amanda Lotz

Professor Amanda Lotz from the University of Michigan was a guest of the ANZCA conference. Mediaweek caught up with her to discuss US TV industry trends and how they relate to Australia.


EP34 - S1

27 Jul 16

Mediaweek TV Podcast - July 2016

Joining our regular TV-focused podcast this month are Mediaweek editor James Manning, deputy editor Dan Barrett, and contributor Andrew Mercado. The panel discusses far too many shows to list here, but topics include: The Sonia Kruger controversy - was it justified? The Kettering Incident The return of The Bachelor Fifi Box joins Neighbours Stranger Things debuts on Netflix US politics doco series The Circus Star Trek at San Diego Comic Con Alternative Olympics programing The TV highlights of the first half of 2016


EP34 - S1

27 Jul 16

Podcast - Guardian Australia MD Ian McClelland

Guardian Australia MD Ian McClelland talks about incoming editor Lenore Taylor, reports of financial pressure and how the cost cutting exercise in the UK is going impact on local operations.


EP33 - S1

30 Jun 16

World Movies - Unknown Stuntman - Andrew Mercado

Regular contributor Andrew Mercado joins the Mediaweek podcast to discuss his current role for World Movies. In a series of introductions for World Movies during a week-long season of ozploitation classics, Mercado will appear as Australia's greatest 'Unknown Stuntman'.


EP32 - S1

29 Jun 16

Nielsen Australian Connected Consumers Report

Nielsen Australian Connected Consumers Report author Lillian Zrim provides some absolutely fascinating insights into how Australians' habits surrounding our use of technology has been changing. What devices are we actually using? And is it true that we have stopped second screening, but have instead begun triple screening? Is there really a decline in the amount of pirated material that Australians have been downloading? What technology are we using in retail environments nowadays? Do we still showroom? Are we really using SVOD services like Presto and Stan out of primetime viewing hours?


EP31 - S1

16 Jun 16

Chas Licciardello and Scott Abbot - The Chaser's Election Desk

Chas Licciardello and Scott Abbot from The Chaser's Election Desk stop by the Mediaweek studio to discuss their upcoming show.


EP30 - S1

6 Jun 16

Mediaweek TV Podcast - June 2016

Once a month Mediaweek editor James Manning and deputy editor Dan Barrett is joined by contributor Andrew Mercado for a broad discussion about what has been fascinating them about TV recently. Among the many topics discusssed: Kiss Bang Love Cleverman Secret City 60 Minutes controversy Brax returns to Home & Away Britains Got Talent The ABC Comedy Showroom The Girlfriend Experience Secret Daughter Have You Been Paying Attention And more!


EP29 - S1

3 Jun 16

Jana Frawley

Mediaweek speak with Jana Frawley just two days before the Escape brand's relaunch in print and online.


EP28 - S1

1 Jun 16

Australian Survivor EP Stephen Tate

Just 48 hours before he flew out to the Samoan location of Australian Survivor, EP Stephen Tate joined Mediaweek to offer what details he was allowed acquiring the format for Ten, choosing Jonathan LaPaglia as host, crew safety precautions, and much more!


EP27 - S1

24 May 16

2DayFM breakfast hosts Rove and Sam

Rove and Sam from 2Day FM's breakfast show tell Mediaweek how the first six months of their radio show has gone.


EP26 - S1

24 May 16

TV Week editor Emma Nolan on the 2016 Logie Awards

TV Week editor Emma Nolan offers her thoughts on the awards night and its recipients, while detailing how involved the magazines staff are in the awards, category changes, and much more.


EP25 - S1

11 May 16

Paul Clarke - Australian Eurovision Producer

Australian producer of the Eurovision broadcast Paul Clarke joins the Mediaweek podcast with editor James Manning as they discuss the 2016 production of the European talent event. In addition, the two discuss the proposed Eurovision Asia song contest, Clarke's work producing the underrated game show gem ADbc, and the upcoming project he's working on with Matt Preston through Clarke's company Blink TV.


EP24 - S1

29 Apr 16

Fetch TV's Scott Lorsen

Fetch TV chief executive Scott Lorsen on the growth of Fetch TV and the role it'll play for Optus in broadcasting the EPL in Australia.


EP23 - S1

28 Apr 16

Craig Bruce

Craig Bruce returns for a second chat with Mediaweek editor James Manning. Bruce details a new podcast series that he has produced - Game Changers.


EP22 - S1

27 Apr 16

This Week In Media Podcast - 22 April 2016

Editor James Manning is joined by deputy editor Dan Barrett and digital editor Kruti Joshi to discuss the big news in media this week.


EP21 - S1

22 Apr 16

Craig Bruce analyses GFK survey 2 ratings

Former head of content at Southern Cross Austereo, Craig Bruce understands the Australian radio market like few others. He spoke with Mediaweek editor James Manning about the second radio survey for 2016, providing great insight into the local market.


EP20 - S1

21 Apr 16

Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen

Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen chats with Mediaweek about his role on TV's hottest show.


EP19 - S1

20 Apr 16

The Sydney Morning Herald's Judith Whelan

Judith Whelan, the new editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, talks about the paper's 185-year-long journey, and why it has to "dance quickly" to meet audience expectations


EP18 - S1

20 Apr 16

Mediaweek TV Podcast - April 2016

Mediaweek editor James Manning and deputy editor Dan Barrett are joined in the studio by contributor Andrew Mercado for a monthly TV podcast. Up for discussion: The 2016 Logie Awards controversy and whether the awards have got its nominations right? The People vs OJ Simpson - yay or nay? Has Neighbours gotten its groove back? Thoughts on the new Cleverman trailer. Much more...


EP17 - S1

15 Apr 16

The Media Week podcast 14 April 2016

From 60 Minutes legal issues to Grazia online relaunching to Jonathan LaPaglia hosting Australian Survivor, the Mediaweek panel discusses it all.


EP16 - S1

14 Apr 16

Presto's Shaun James - declares service is #2 in Australian SVOD market

The head of Presto Shaun James has said Presto is second only to Netflix in the Australian SVOD market.


EP15 - S1

14 Apr 16

The Media Week podcast - 8 April 2016

This week the panel discuss the Logies controversy, Nick Chan's appointment as CEO at Bauer, You're Back in The Rooms ratings success, and more!


EP14 - S1

8 Apr 16

Melissa George on new series Heartbeat

Podcast interview with the star of the new Universal series Heartbeat, Melissa George.


EP13 - S1

6 Apr 16

Two blokes talking tech - April 2016

Mediaweek editor James Manning and deputy editor Dan Barrett are joined by the hosts of the popular Two Blokes Talking Tech podcast Stephen Fenech and Trevor Long. On this tech-based episode, Fenech and Long provide insight on: The recent Apple iPhone SE launch Who should buy an iPad Pro The launch of Playstation VR Will 3D printers be a thing? And much more.


EP12 - S1

4 Apr 16

Mediaweek Tech Allstars - April 2016

2016 Ep 12 Mediaweek Podcast Click Play Above or Right-Click Here To Download MP3 PANEL * The stars of Two Blokes Talking Tech Stephen Fenech and Trevor Long * James Manning - editor - Mediaweek magazine * Dan Barrett, Mediaweek deputy editor


EP11 - S1

2 Apr 16

OzTAM CEO Doug Peiffer - 2016 - Ep10

The OzTAM chief Doug Peiffer offers insight into how TV ratings measurement works in Australia


EP10 - S1

1 Apr 16

Mediaweek Podcast - The Week in Media - 01 April 2016

Every Friday Mediaweek examines the news stories that dominated the week in Australian media for our weekly panel podcast. Editor James Manning is this week joined by deputy editor Dan Barrett and digital editor Kruti Joshi. Topics discussed: Netflix a winner in Canstar Blue's subscription TV sentiment survey Nielsen and IAB's digital ratings solution Peta Credlin joins Sky News as questions build over its future Foxtel add 3 beIN sports channels Foxtel promote its Anytime offer Greg Hywood on Fairfax's video offering and shrinking the Canberra Times ABC leadership reshuffle BuzzFeed launch a new app


EP09 - S1

1 Apr 16

Vogue Australia: Mario Testino edition with Edwina McCann

2016 - Ep 09 - Mediaweek Podcast Click Play Above or Right-Click Here To Download MP3 PANEL * Edwina McCann Editor-in - Chief Vogue Australia magazine * James Manning - Editor - Mediaweek magazine * Kruti Joshi Digital Editor - Mediaweek


EP08 - S1

27 Mar 16

Mediaweek Podcast - The Week in Media - 24 March 2016

This week Mediaweek launches its weekly panel round-up podcast of the news stories that dominated the week in Australian media. Editor James Manning is this week joined by deputy editor Dan Barrett and digital editor Kruti Joshi. Topics discussed: Netflix's 1-year anniversary in Australia The Real Housewives of Sydney Batman vs Superman Noel Murray recipient of Qld Music Awards Grant McLennan lifetime achievement award Twitter's 10th anniversary Brussels bombing media coverage DAB+ in-car listening is on the rise The SBS push to launch Eurovision Asia Kyle & Jackie O's cash cock Deloitte research on binge-viewing Playstation VR


EP07 - S1

24 Mar 16

TV with James Manning and Dan Barrett

PANEL * Dan Barrett - deputy editor - Mediaweek magazine * James Manning - editor - Mediaweek magazine


EP06 - S1

19 Mar 16

Matt Gilbertson: Radelaide superstar reporter and performer

PANEL * Matt Gilberston on life at Confidential in The Advertiser plus his booming career as the cabaret star Hans * James Manning - editor - Mediaweek magazine


EP05 - S1

11 Mar 16

Fiveaa breakfast: David Penberthy and Will Goodings

PANEL * Fiveaa Adelaide breakfast hosts David Penberthy and Will Goodings * James Manning - editor - Mediaweek magazine


EP04 - S1

11 Mar 16

TV - Here Come The Habibs!

PANEL * Here Come The Habibs! co-executive producer Jason Burrows and series co-creator Rob Shehadie * Mediaweek deputy editor Dan Barrett * James Manning - editor - Mediaweek magazine


EP03 - S1

19 Feb 16

Jim Carroll from SBS News and Current Affairs

PANEL * Jim Carroll, Director of News and Current Affairs, SBS * Dan Barrett Deputy Editor Mediaweek * James Manning - editor - Mediaweek magazine


EP02 - S1

19 Feb 16

TV with Andrew Mercado and Dan Barrett

* Our first podcast of the new year we are talking TV with Mediaweek's Dan Barrett and Andrew Mercado * James Manning - editor - Mediaweek magazine


EP01 - S1

5 Feb 16

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