LiSTNR and Schwartz Media agree ‘strategic’ partnership for current and future podcast titles

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA’s) LiSTNR and independent publisher, Schwartz Media have agreed to a “strategic partnership” over the latter’s titles, 7am and The Culture.

The partnership will also see the two working on co-production opportunities to develop and publish new “journalist-led podcasts”.

Schwartz Media currently publishes The Saturday Paper and The Monthly magazine, as well as its podcasts, The Culture and daily podcast, 7am, which is currently the fifth most popular podcast in Australia, and the most popular daily podcast, as per the most recent Triton Podcast Ranker. 

Schwartz Media’s popular 7am podcast, hosted by Ruby Jones

LiSTNR said that with a “clear ambition to continue to expand local news coverage and information”, the partnership with Schwartz Media will provide the opportunity to “develop and create new, news-based products across both short form and longer form journalist-led podcasts”.

Schwartz Media’s chief executive, Rebecca Costello said: “Schwartz Media has never had a larger audience than it does now. Whether it’s through our print or digital products, or our podcasts, our audience has come to trust and rely on our journalism. Partnering with SCA gives us an even larger platform to present intelligent and independent coverage of the issues that matter.”

Ruby Jones

GM of digital audio at LiSTNR, Grant Tothill, said: “LiSTNR has a strong commitment to news and information and has developed a number of successful original podcasts with The Briefing and Australia Today and a series of local news shortcasts for communities right across Australia. To be able to add 7am and The Culture podcasts to LiSTNR, coupled with the opportunity to develop new podcasts in collaboration with Schwartz Media editor-in-chief Erik Jensen and Osman at Schwartz, and our new our head of news, Melanie Withnall, is very exciting.”

7am is hosted by investigative journalist, Ruby Jones, taking one key story from the day’s news and unpacking it. The Culture was launched in May, hosted by head of audio at Schwartz Media, Osman Faruqi, which takes a weekly look at the film, music, TV, streaming, books and art worlds.


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