Mumbrellacast: How the AAP’s closure will impact journalism, coronavirus hits the industry, plus Telum’s David Skapinker

This week on the Mumbrellacast, head of Telum Australia and New Zealand David Skapinker joins reporter Brittney Rigby and head of Mumbrella’s professional division Damian Francis to weigh in on the closure of the Australian Associated Press (AAP). The trio discuss the implications the shuttering will have on the wider industry, and how media owners will fill the gaps that will arise.

The ABC also announced it would not appeal last month’s Federal Court ruling. The court decided that the Australian Federal Police had a valid warrant when it raided the public broadcaster’s headquarters last year, and ordered the ABC to pay costs. Was this an issue of cost for the ABC? Would a commercial broadcaster be better placed to fight the decision? And, what does this signify for the future of media and their sources’ privacy?

Coronavirus has started to hit the media, marketing and advertising industry, with Google, Facebook and Twitter cancelling key upcoming events and OMD Sydney and London temporarily having to close their offices. With ad spend back 8.2% for January in Australia, and the industry desperately needing investment, Skapinker argues now is a great opportunity for telecommunications companies, for example, to begin a marketing push.

Plus, Skapinker discusses how Telum reflects changes in the journalism and public relations worlds, what the service would look like if it was launched today, and why he thinks there’ll always be success for media companies with the right model.

In the news

  • After 85 years, AAP shutters (13:25)
  • ABC won’t appeal AFP raid decision (23:09)
  • How is coronavirus impacting the industry? (31:04)
  • Ad spend woes continue into 2020 (44:10)

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