Guardian launches podcast Australia Reads

Chris Pash
By Chris Pash | 10 September 2021

Guardian Australia has launched Australia Reads, a podcast for audiences to experience fine feature writing.

Three times a week - Wednesday, Friday and Sunday - an editor from Guardian Australia’s newsroom selects and introduces a piece of journalism they have found particularly captivating.

The article is then read aloud by a pool of professional voice actors, with each episode lasting around 15 minutes.

Episode one features author Thomas Keneally reading his own piece on the fractured state of Australia’s federation. 

“We know that our readers are hungry for quality, independent, high-quality journalism,” said Guardian Australia editor, Lenore Taylor.

“But many are also time-poor - busy working, exercising, raising children, running errands. Others may simply want to limit their screen time.

“With Australia Reads, we read the story to you, so you can listen while doing those other things in your day.”

The new podcast is the first launch in Guardian Australia’s expanding podcast network. It builds on the considerable success of Katharine Murphy’s Australian Politics podcast, and the award-winning daily news podcast, Full Story, launched in October 2019.

Miles Martignoni, Guardian Australia’s head of audio: “Full Story addressed a significant gap in the Australian podcasting space for a quality, narrative style news podcast with high production values, providing listeners a deeper understanding of the biggest story of the day.

“Australia Reads provides a natural complement, giving listeners the opportunity to step away from the day’s headlines and lose themselves in beautifully written, engrossing pieces of journalism.”

Australia Reads is available today on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, the Guardian website, and all other podcast apps.

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