The ABC‘s 2017 initiative for new and emerging podcasters has proven successful in supporting community-based creatives with remarkable Australian stories to tell.
The ABC says its $1 million podcast fund has strengthened Australia’s audio industry by supporting “compelling and distinctive podcasts” such as ‘The Pineapple Project’, ‘Fierce Girls’, ‘Positions Vacant’, ‘Alice Fraser Trilogy’, ‘Mindfully’, ‘Little Tiny’, ‘Out Of The Loop’, ‘Troll Play’ and new series ‘No Feeling is Final’.
ABC Head of Specialist content, Judith Whelan, says: “The ABC’s $1 million podcast fund has given an opportunity to many Australian podcasters and extended the diversity of content produced by the ABC. As the nation’s leading podcast producer, the ABC is committed to collaborating with our best and brightest podcasters and giving them the platform and audience to strengthen our growing audio industry.”
The $1 million fund was announced at OzPod 2017 and opened to anyone with original and entertaining podcast ideas that reflected contemporary Australian life.
Among the 1273 submissions selected for production were:
• No Feeling is Final, a moving, engrossing and often darkly funny story about mental health and suicide for anyone who’s ever wondered if life is worth living.
• Animal Sound Safari, exploring the weird history humans have with animals.
• Parental Guidance Recommended (releasing October 2018), which uncovers the secret parenting lives of Australians such as Tom Gleeson and Ita Buttrose.
Other new podcasts developed via the public call-out will be produced in coming months.
The $1 million fund has also enabled the ABC to provide professional development training to more than 10 freelance audio producers across Australia.
OzPod 2018, on 17 October in Melbourne, will feature a live performance of No Feeling is Final with host Honor Eastly and producer Joel Werner.