**Hamish & Andy once again as Australia’s no. 1 podcast **

LiSTNR has retained its no.1 position as Australia’s largest podcast sales representatives network^, reaching more than 7.7 million monthly listeners in September, according to the Australian Podcast Ranker results released today.

In addition, Hamish & Andy is once again the country’s no. 1 podcast* and no. 1 comedy podcast in September. 7am with Schwartz Media continued its uncontested streak as the no. 1 news podcast, and Bedtime Explorers is the no. 1 kids podcast.

LiSTNR had 20 podcasts in the top 50 on the ranker*, more than any other podcast network.

Several of LiSTNR’s podcasts saw strong audience growth on the Australian Top 150 Podcasts* in September including The Show Off (up 38 places), British Scandal (up 14 places), The Betoota Advocate Podcast (up 12 places) and The Briefing (up 9 places), plus Triple M Rocks Footy NRL, Something Was Wrong, Sports Bizarre, Critical Role, It’s a Lot Abbie Chatfield, Secrets We Keep and My Favorite Murder.

LiSTNR’s new Do You F*cking Mind? podcast made its debut on the Australian Top 150 Podcasts at no. 49 with more than 116,800 listeners, Over My Dead Body debuted at no 64, the Australian Electoral Commission’s Your Answer Matters debuted at no. 87 and Exposed: Cover-Up at Columbia University made its debut at no. 126. The Jess Rowe Big Talk Show also marked a return to the top 150 podcasts.

“It’s good to see that across the year podcast listening continues to grow. While the top five podcasts are consistent, it’s great to see our new podcasts debuting as well as they have, along with the continued
strong performance of our titles in our key verticals - Sport, Parenting and Kids Entertainment, News, Entertainment and Culture, Factual & Drama and Radio podcasts.

“With Hamish & Andy continuing their run as Australia’s most listened to podcast along with the diverse audience all of our titles appeal to, there’s even more reason for advertisers to be talking to audiences
in a trusted and personal environment they can’t achieve with other media,” SCA Executive Head LiSTNR Podcasts, Grant Tothill, said.

Sources: *Australian Podcast Ranker Top 150 Podcasts – September 2023, and ^Australian Podcast Ranker - Top Sales Representatives – September 2023.

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2005 Australian Idol winner Kate DeAraugo has launched her new podcast, Why Do I Feel This Way. The first episode is now available on Spotify.

Another moronic comment from you.

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Australian Podcast Awards Winners - full list

ABC a winner at the 2023 Australian Podcast Awards

The ABC has received 5 awards at the 2023 Australian Podcast Awards overnight which celebrate the nation’s best audio shows and creators.

triple j’s The Hook Up took out the award in the highly competitive Sex and Relationships category, beating out popular It’s a Lot with Abbie Chatfield and Life Uncut to come out on top.

Both the ABC’s nominations for young audiences were also successful on the night with ABC Kids roarsome podcast Dino Dome taking out the Kids category and News Time winning for Best Education.

Farz Edraki’s poignant podcast Days Like These also won against some tough competition in the Entertainment category and rounding out the ABC’s awards was audience favourite narrative journalism podcast Background Briefing which won the Arts and Culture category.

ABC Head of Audio Ben Latimer said: “The ABC continues to deliver ground-breaking content for our audiences in the podcast space and these awards demonstrate the variety and high quality across our entire on demand offer.”

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9News Queensland’s Hannah’s Story wins Australian Podcast Spotlight Award

9News Queensland presenter Melissa Downes and producer Jess Lodge last night added another gong to their collection at the Australian Podcast Awards in Sydney for Hannah’s Story.

The Australian podcast community recognised Hannah’s Story, which has exceeded one million downloads, in the Spotlight category, for igniting an important community conversation about coercive control and spotlighting the need to identify red flags in friendships and relationships to prevent more domestic atrocities.

The six-episode podcast gave a compelling account of one of the worst acts of domestic violence Australia has ever seen – the day Hannah Clarke and her three children were set on fire and killed in their car in a quiet Brisbane street by their father, Hannah’s estranged husband Rowan Baxter.

Listeners heard from Hannah’s loved ones, first responders on the scene, witnesses, domestic violence experts and political leaders, gaining an understanding of this deadly strain of domestic violence and learning about the red flags and signs to look out for.

Melissa Downes said: “Being recognised by the Australian podcasting community for Hannah’s Story is truly an honour. Hannah’s parents, Sue and Lloyd, always told us how important it was for people to hear, understand and learn from Hannah’s experience, and this award shows that that’s happening.

“It was a privilege to work alongside Jess and our podcast editor Adam Buncher. Together, we’re thrilled that it continues to spark life-changing conversations, while championing the work of Sue and Lloyd through Small Steps 4 Hannah.”

Jess Lodge said: “Hannah’s Story has given hundreds of thousands of people access to powerful personal accounts and expert information about coercive control. This award helps us share Hannah Clarke and her three children’s stories and is hopefully saving lives, now and into the future.”

9News Queensland News Director, Amanda Paterson, said: “First a Kennedy Award and now an Australian Podcast Award – what a wonderful accolade for Melissa, Jess and Adam. They deserve every bit of this success, so it’s wonderful to see them being celebrated by their peers.

9News Queensland continues to be the leader in delivering stories that matter and I’m incredibly proud that they have put this local story under a national spotlight. Hannah’s Story sets the standard for future 9News podcasts.”

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SBS again named Best Australian Podcast Publisher of the Year

Australia’s hybrid national broadcaster SBS has been named Best Publisher at the 2023 Australian Podcast Awards, marking its second consecutive year of being recognised as the country’s best producer of podcast content.

SBS Audio Head of Language Content, Davide Schiappapietra, said: “We are thrilled to once again be named Best Publisher at the Australian Podcast Awards for our distinctive slate of podcasts by our Audio, News, Television, Sport and NITV teams which amplify diverse voices and explore nuanced stories like no other publisher or network can.”

“We are immensely proud of SBS’s unique podcasts like SBS Italian’s bilingual series The Ugly Ducklings of Italian Cuisine on Italy’s lesser-known delicacies*,* SBS News’ Community Starters which traces the first founders of multicultural communities in Australia, and NITV’s Goodways, a conversational podcast made by and for First Nations people.

“We are excited for 2024 where we will deliver more perspectives, more truth-telling and more entertainment for all Australians, including new companion podcasts Alone for the record-breaking Alone Australia series and an Insight podcast which provides a new way for audiences to engage with one of our flagship current affairs programs.”

SBS also uses podcasts to deliver essential services through SBS Learn English, a free adult English language learning service, and Australia Explained, which assists new migrants with practical information.

“Our aim with all our podcasts is to showcase a rich diversity of voices, which we have achieved once again this year through unique offerings like Bad English, Should You Really Eat That?, Great Minds, BL.A.C.K Medicine, My Ramadan, The Idiom which won a 2023 Signal Award, and Seen which has season 2 coming in the new year,” said Schiappapietra.

Since 2021, SBS Audio has invited podcast pitches from the public in an annual call-out for original ideas and new and diverse voices. Proposed podcasts can be in any language, with last year’s call out generating 175 pitches from across Australia, eight pilot episodes and six commissioned series.

In March 2023, SBS Audio was introduced as one unified digital experience designed to better showcase and improve access to podcasts from across the network and live streaming services. SBS Audio podcasts are available at sbs.com.au/audio, the SBS Audio app, LiSTNR, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and other streaming platforms.

2023 SBS Podcast award wins

2023 Australian Podcast Awards

  • Winner – SBS – Best Network or Publisher
  • Finalist – ‘Seen’ – Best Interview podcast, and Editors’ Choice – Specialist Award
  • Finalist – ‘Harmful’ – Best Wellbeing podcast
  • Finalist – ‘Community Starters’– Best History podcast

2023 Radio Today Awards

  • Finalist – SBS – Podcast Company of the Year and Podcast Publisher of the Year (Major)

2023 Signal Awards

  • Winner – ‘The Idiom’ – Gold in Limited Series & Specials – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

2023 Webby Awards

  • Honouree – ‘Harmful’ – Podcasts, Health, Science & Education
  • Honouree – ‘Let Me Tell You’ – Podcasts, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Limited-Series & Specials)
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Season 2 of Anatomy of a Scam to focus on cutting edge cybercriminal technology

Voice cloning, deep fakes and AI are amongst the new cutting edge technologies being used by scammers explored in the second season of Anatomy of a Scam.

The latest season – launching during ACCC’s Scams Awareness Week – brings listeners the real-life stories of victims and insights from world-class cyber experts to peel back the layers of a scam, reveal their inner workings and help protect Australians from falling into these increasingly sophisticated traps.

Hosted by acclaimed journalist Deb Knight and tech expert Trevor Long, and produced by 9Podcasts in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank, Anatomy of a Scam season two focuses on ‘impersonation scams’, which account for approximately 80% of all scams reported to Scamwatch and which have only proliferated thanks to the new wave of AI-enabled technology.

Anatomy of a Scam host Deb Knight said: “The ACCC estimates Australians lost a record $3.1 billion to scams in 2022, and the risk becomes greater the more intelligent the technology becomes. This is a very real threat to the Aussies, particularly in a cost of living crisis where every dollar counts.

“In the latest season of Anatomy of a Scam we’ve sought to go beyond the traditional text, call and email scams that most Australians can now spot a mile away, and go straight to the world’s best tech experts to ask the question: how can you spot the signs if you can no longer trust what you see?”

Tech expert Trevor Long said: “Gone are the good ol’ days when phishing scams were filled with blatant spelling mistakes and obvious clues. Now with the power of AI, cybercriminals can craft note perfect voice clones, eerily accurate deep fakes and dodgy emails written in perfect English, highlighting the scary reality that the art of deception is alive, and no longer human.

“Our aim is to equip Australians with all the information they need to spot these sophisticated new scams and protect themselves, their friends, family, and even workplaces from falling victim.”

James Roberts, General Manager of Group Fraud Management Service at CommBank, said: “There are many people and organisations using AI for good, with an aim to make things better in the world. But there are also criminals using AI to build sophisticated scams to trick others. That’s why it’s so important these days to remain alert and have a healthy level of scepticism when interacting online.”

Experts and insiders interviewed on season two of Anatomy of a Scam include Heidi Snell – Executive General Manager at ACCC, James Roberts – General Manager for Group Fraud Management Service at CommBank, Ken Gamble – Cybercrime Specialist and private investigator, Kirsty Dunn – Director of Communications at Tinder, and Professor Ofir Turel – Information Systems Management and Computing at The University of Melbourne.

Episode 1: Voice Cloning
Episode 2: Deep Fakes (featuring Richard Wilkins)
Episode 3: Marketplace Scams
Episode 4: Phishing Scams
Episode 5: Investment Scams
Episode 6: AI vs AI

Anatomy of a Scam Season 2 launches on Tuesday 28 November with episodes dropping weekly. Available wherever you get your podcasts.

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Journalist Tracey Holmes, who left the ABC on November 30 after another stint at the broadcaster, will launch a new sports podcast in 2024.

In the new year there will be a new podcast, ‘The Sports Ambassador’. Like my previous one, The Ticket, it will be focussed on what #sport reveals about our #culture #society and #politics, not shying away from the issues but always having conversations with a lens on making sport - and therefore the world - a better place than we found it. Episode one will be with @MightyCaster Semenya whom I caught up with at the #sportingchance forum put on by @SportandRights at the #UN in Geneva pic.twitter.com/tOtRhg6BHj

— Tracey Holmes (@TraceyLeeHolmes) December 9, 2023
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ABC debuts on podcast ranker with highest number of titles in top 200


The ABC is the number 3 Australian podcast publisher in the Triton Australian Podcast Ranker for November, the first time the ABC has participated in the ranking.

The ABC has the most titles featured in this month’s list with 33 titles in the top 200 ranked Australian podcasts ranging from news and information, entertainment and sport.

Conversations with Richard Fidler and Sarah Kanowski is the ABC’s highest ranking podcast landing in 5th spot with 538,000 monthly listeners in November.

ABC News Daily presented by Samantha Hawley was the highest ranked news and current affairs podcast landing in 9th spot pulling 385,000 listeners.

Other ABC titles to make the top 50 are If You’re Listening at number 24, ABC SPORT Daily at 28, Dr Karl Podcast at 41 and Late Night Live at 45. The ABC’s newest health podcast What’s That Rash? also landed a spot only a month after its debut ranking at number 48.

ABC Head of Audio Ben Latimer said: “This is an incredible result for the ABC in our first ranking. It’s exciting to see the range of titles that have performed well from across our podcast slate.”

“The ABC is proud to offer such an incredible range of quality podcasts, always free and on demand.”

The full Triton Australian Podcast Ranker can be found here.

Audiences can enjoy all the ABC’s podcasts free and ad free on ABC listen.

The Australian Podcast Ranker is a regular monthly snapshot of Australia’s most popular podcasts. The Ranker has been reporting podcast listening in Australia since 2019 and now includes a wide cross section of Australian podcast publishers, from both radio and non-radio backgrounds.

The ABC is launching a new tennis podcast from next Wednesday (December 27).

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Author Clementine Ford announced during the week that her podcast Dear Clementine has been axed by Nova Entertainment after two years. While she she didn’t explain why, Clementine suggested that her controversial views on the Israel-Gaza conflict may have forced Nova’s hand.

Not just axed, but AXED.

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ABC biggest publisher of top ranked podcasts in December

The ABC has maintained the number 3 Australian publisher position in Triton’s December Australian Podcast Ranker published today.

The ABC has the most titles as publisher featured in this month’s Top 200 Podcasts list with 33 titles. The ABC also has more than 50 ranked podcasts in the All Australian Top 200 Podcasts, demonstrating our commitment to high quality Australian made podcasts.

Conversations remains the ABC’s highest performing podcast landing at 6 in the overall list with almost 400,000 listeners.

ABC Head of Audio Ben Latimer said: “We’re delighted audiences have continued to enjoy our diverse podcast offering over Summer.”

“The ABC has exciting plans for our 2024 podcast slate and these results provide us with invaluable insights into the listening habits of our audience.”

The full Triton Australian Podcast Ranker can be found here.

Audiences can enjoy all the ABC’s podcasts free and ad free on ABC listen.

The Australian Podcast Ranker is a regular monthly snapshot of Australia’s most popular podcasts. The Ranker has been reporting podcast listening in Australia since 2019 and includes a wide cross section of Australian podcast publishers, from both radio and non-radio backgrounds.

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LiSTNR has taken out 2023 as Australia’s no. 1 sales representatives^ podcast network, reaching more than 6 million listeners in December, according to the Australian Podcast Ranker.

In addition, LiSTNR has 20 podcasts in the top 50 of the Top 200 Australian Podcast Ranker*, more than double that of its closest competitor.

Popular podcasts in the top 50 include Hamish & Andy, 7am with Schwartz Media, Crime Junkie, SmartLess, It’s A Lot with Abbie Chatfield, Morbid and Howie Games.

Several podcasts were big movers in the December Ranker*, including CommSec Market Update which jumped 34 places in the Top 200*, Willow Talk Cricket Podcast up 25 places, Chat 10 Looks 3 up 25 places, Motley Fool Money up 15 places and Grade Cricketer up 11 places.

Uncomfortable Conversations with Josh Szeps made its debut on the Top 200 ranker, while several podcasts marked their return to the ranker including the fifth season of Hamish & Andy’s Remembering Project, Where’s Your Head At?, How Did This Get Made?, That’s Enough Already with Urzila Carlson, who was joined by fellow comedian Nazeem Hussain for a summer special, and Business Wars.

“It was an extraordinary year for LiSTNR in 2023, as we launched new formats and titles and more seasons of popular podcasts which has attracted Australia’s largest audience to the network. We have an exciting slate of podcasts planned for the year and advertisers will have the opportunity to engage with listeners like never before,” SCA Executive Head LiSTNR Podcasts, Grant Tothill, said.

Sources: *Australian Podcast Ranker Top 200 Podcasts – December 2023, ^Australian Podcast Ranker - Top Sales Representatives – December 2023.

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A stellar 2024 for SBS podcasts kicks off with ‘The SBS Book Club’ and ‘Humans of the Australian Deaf Community’


More captivating, inclusive and distinctively SBS podcasts are coming in 2024, starting with The SBS Book Club hosted by Walkley Award-winning journalist Sarah Malik and video podcast series Humans of the Australian Deaf Community.

SBS, the 2023 Podcast Publisher of the Year*, is gearing up for another bumper crop of podcasts that shine a light on unique, Australian stories, starting this month with some of the nation’s best-selling authors and extraordinary Deaf Australians.

Named Best Publisher at the Australian Podcast Awards, SBS is starting the year with The SBS Book Club which celebrates the power of a great story with some of the biggest names in Australian fiction including Shankari Chandran, author of the award-winning Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens, Melissa Lucashenko, author of Edenglassie, Tony Birch, author of Women and Children, Yumna Kassab, author of The Lovers, and Mirandi Riwoe, author of Sunbirds,

Host and Executive Producer, Sarah Malik, discusses how novels reflect the realities of modern multicultural Australia – including the themes of race, family, friendship and love – and how today’s writing contributes to new perspectives of how Australia was, is and could be.

“It is my joy and delight to share a project close to my heart, exploring the power of stories and literature to reshape the way we see ourselves and the world,” Malik said.

“By sharing stories in thoughtful ways and discussing the characters we love, hate, and love to hate, this podcast aims to celebrate diversity, hybridity and complexity of our national stories in our modern multiracial Australia.”

This year also marks a new chapter for Auslan podcast Our Deaf Ways; a follow up season titled Humans of the Australian Deaf Community. It is a series of short video profiles spotlighting the lives of Deaf people working in various fields around Australia starting with Queer, Deaf artist from Adelaide, William Maggs.

SBS Podcast and Digital Audio Manager, Caroline Gates, said the 2024 slate of podcasts would continue to amplify new voices and stories that were smart, thought-provoking and entertaining.

“This year, we have an exciting line-up of podcasts including a second season of the Seen podcast hosted by trailblazing Australian feminist icon, Yumi Stynes,” Gates said.

“Listeners can also expect to hear stories that will resonate in multicultural Australia – a series dedicated to our relationships with grandparents and how they shape us, insights into the lives of young Korean-Australians with Say Kimchi, bedtime stories from around the world with Story Globe, and a unique exploration into the business of dying in Grave Matters.

“Last year we were thrilled to be named Australia’s Best Publisher of Podcasts and we hope to keep up the momentum in the podcast space this year.”

This year will also premiere two exciting companion podcasts to SBS’s television content: Alone Australia: The Podcast which will accompany season two of the breakout hit series Alone Australia and Insightful with Kumi Taguchi will delve deeper into the stories of SBS news and current affairs program Insight.

More than a dozen new podcasts are in production to be released throughout the year, alongside the large SBS slate of daily podcasts in English and more than 60 languages. Listen to SBS podcasts at SBS Audio, the SBS Audio app on iOS and Google Play Store, LiSTNR, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and other streaming platforms.