Mumbrellacast: Sir Martin Sorrell, Half Dome on unlimited leave and no media Royal Commission

On this week's episode, Kalila Welch and Andrew Banks join host, Calum Jaspan, with Half Dome's Lisa Lie and Catherine Smith popping by to answer your questions on their 'unlimited leave' policy, and the team discusses the Labor Government's decision to not push ahead with a media diversity Royal Commission. Plus, an interview with S4 Capital's Sir Martin Sorrell.

After a number of comments questioning the validity of Half Dome’s new ‘unlimited leave’ policy, chief people officer, Lisa Lie, and general manager, Catherine Smith join the podcast to answer all your questions about how it may work, and how it will be tested. The team also takes a look at some of the other recent people-focused initiatives across the industry.

Then, after a year of inquiries in 2021 into media diversity in Australia, the new Communications Minister, Michelle Rowland has confirmed there will be no Royal Commission. The team discusses the decision not to push ahead, media concentration in Australia, and gets an update from the chair of the Senate Committee that recommended the Royal Commission, Sarah Hanson-Young on the government’s call.

Finally, executive chairman of S4 Capital, Sir Martin Sorrell sits down with Mumbrella at a busy Cannes café. During the conversation, Sorrell discusses why Media.Monks is not about making the ‘perfect ad’, holding companies’ struggles to integrate, toothpaste, recession, succession, and his short-lived DJ career.

Episode breakdown

  • Half Dome on the ‘unlimited leave’ policy, and the team looks at other notable people initiatives (05:02)
  • Labor says no to media diversity Royal Commission (22:17)
  • Interview with Sir Martin Sorrell (12:25)



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