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The Australian launches Hedley Thomas-hosted podcast via Harvey Norman

The Australian has released an investigative podcast supported by Harvey Norman and hosted by journalist Hedley Thomas – it’s named ‘Bronwyn’.

The announcement:

The Australian, Australia’s leading national news brand, today launched a new investigative podcast from multi-award winning journalist Hedley Thomas.

Supported by Harvey Norman, Bronwyn tells the story of Bronwyn Winfield, a devoted mother of two little girls, and her mysterious disappearance in 1993 in an idyllic surf town in New South Wales.

In the midst of a painful separation from her husband Jon, Bronwyn vanished, leaving her girls behind. Her family and friends never heard from her again. She was just 31 when she went missing.

The Australian’s editor-in-chief Michelle Gunn said: “We are thrilled to announce the release of the latest true crime investigation by Hedley Thomas. The Australian has developed a reputation for world-class podcasts and Hedley is a trailblazer in this form of storytelling, using the power of audio to shed light on cold case suspected murders. The story of Bronwyn is an absolutely compelling quest for truth and justice.”

Harvey Norman has supported each of Hedley’s podcast investigations including ‘Shandee’s Story’ and ‘The Night Driver’. His 2018 podcast ‘The Teacher’s Pet’ has had more than 80 million downloads worldwide.

Harvey Norman executive director and CEO Katie Page said: “Deep and thoughtful podcast investigations into the disappearances of devoted mothers like Bronwyn Winfield are vitally important. They shine a bright light on cold cases and Harvey Norman is proud to support The Australian’s commitment to such important investigative journalism.”

The podcast is supported by comprehensive editorial coverage in The Australian including interactive digital features, video and photo galleries.

The Australian’s national chief correspondent and podcast host Hedley Thomas said: “Sadly, there are many unsolved cases of women who disappeared and were treated by police back then as runaway wives and mothers abandoning their children. They all deserve to be closely examined with all the resources we can muster. Through the incredible power of podcasting we hope that we will make a profound difference by shining a light on Bronwyn’s disappearance.”

The first two episodes will be released free via registration at bronwynpodcast.com with subsequent episodes available only to subscribers of The Australian.

Source: News Corp Australia

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