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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.


Season 1

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