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PODCAST | The Prominence presentations; Vale Jesse Baird; and Foxtel’s Hubbl almost launched into orbit

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A little bit of kumbya goes a long way when you have to present to a joint Parliamentary committee, asking them to help save your struggling business model. | S09E05

Hello darlings – Robbo is out sick this week, so Rob and Molk welcome back super-sub and producer to the stars Abbey to the podcast! Also, despite all the encouragement we’ve returned in simultaneous video and audio format with the livestream. You allegedly wanted it – we finally did it!

Livestreamed every Tuesday night in season from 8pm AEDT/7pm AEST/etc., you can watch live on the TV Blackbox Facebook page or YouTube channel. We’d absolutely love it if you joined in – as many did – by commenting on the livestream and we’ve included just a sampling in the episode to help punctuate our conversation. We’re so glad so many of you turned up again.

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So…here we are again (in case you missed it):

For those with the songs of Taylor Swift still ringing in their ears, here’s the big topics of the week (as decided on by us)…

It was a unique day in the Australian TV landscape where pretty much every executive in the country to do with free-to-air TV – ABC MD David Anderson ; SBS MD James Taylor; Commercial FTA CEOs James Warburton, Mike Sneesby, and Beverley McGarvey; Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany; Fetch CEO Scott Lorsen; and a bunch of others – all fronted up on a joint Parliamentary enquiry to offer their submissions and answer questions on the proposed Prominence legislation. It’s serious business and not an easy solve – if the legislation doesn’t happen, will it kill Australian FTA TV? Didn’t they do that to themselves already?! (If you missed it and want to check the entire day’s submissions and questions, you can watch it all here on the APH website. It’s actually mostly interesting for almost all of it.)

The tragedy of the death of Jesse Baird and his partner Luke Davies has hit the Australian media industry hard. The team reflect on Jesse’s work at Channel 10, and share Sarah Harris’ heartfelt memories from The Project.

Rob & Molk attended Foxtel‘s launch of their big new thing – Hubbl (🎶 every day I’m Hubbl-in’ 🎶) – and think it might actually have legs. Spoilers, there was no reaction pod as they didn’t get their hands on anything, but that will come in a week or so.

Last, but never least, we unwrap a huge TV BINGEBOX segment that also now doubles as your chance to throw in the comments the things you’re watching, upmolking and downmolking (copyright us).

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It’s a big one not short of opinion. Welcome to another edition of the TV BLACKBOX Podcast (so big you can see it from space).


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Steve Molk
Steve Molkhttps://tvblackbox.com.au/author-steve-molk/
Steve Molk is sharply focused on the business of TV in Australia across all its formats - FTA broadcast, commercial, subscription, catch up & BVOD. Based on the Central Coast of NSW he's a passionate advocate for Australian-made programming, particularly drama and comedy. He loves podcasting, gaming & watching too much TV. For all media enquiries please call or text 0401-709-405
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