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Steve Price is back this week with a new daily show on LiSTNR

Tuesday 06 April, 2021

Steve Price, has a new daily live streamed 7am-10am show, exclusively on the LiSTNR app.

Australia Today with Steve Price will be the country's first truly digital audio live to air conversation, and alongside accomplished journalist Natarsha Belling, the duo will dive into the stories of the day.
With a network of SCA journalists on the ground in 46 markets, Australia Today with Steve Price will talk live and directly to locals across the nation from Broome to Bundaberg, Mt Isa down to Mount Gambier and all the capital cities in between, to get to the bottom of what matters most to Australians and cut through corporate and political spin.
Host Steve Price says,  “What a privilege to be given the chance to launch a show that will give all Australians the chance to have their say. Our rural neighbours have endured unfathomable hardship with bushfires and floods, the whole country has been impacted by COVID-19 and the issues rolling out of Parliament House right now have sparked a cultural reckoning.
“I know there are so many stories and issues impacting individuals and communities across the country not being told and we want to hear about them. Australia Today will open up national conversations around what’s in the news and happening in the world of politics and current affairs with balanced opinion, shaped by the common sense approach I pride myself on.  We won’t be wedded to the left or right side of any issue but we will take a position and argue the case. You won't ever hear us sitting on the fence!”
Co-host and newsreader, Natarsha Belling, added: “I’m so thrilled to be part of this exciting new venture in delivering breaking news, but also dissecting and discussing the major issues that shape and change our lives. Born and raised in country NSW, I’m a passionate advocate for rural Australia. After recent events there are lots of Australians hurting right now from fires, floods and COVID devastated businesses. This program is about giving all Australians a voice.
“I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Steve before, he’s an excellent broadcaster with a great sense of humour. Sometimes we disagree, but we both love a chat! I cannot wait for the many great discussions and laughs ahead!”
SCA Chief Content Officer, Dave Cameron, says, “We are thrilled to have secured a broadcaster and journalist of Steve’s calibre to lead our bold foray in to live streamed, daily news and talkback on LiSTNR.  Steve isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade and cuts through so much of the propaganda Australians have to navigate when consuming their daily news; it’s the reason he dominated the AM airwaves for as long as he did.
“Australia Today with Steve Price will give real people from across the country a voice and platform to be heard, unfiltered. Every single Australian can listen and contribute to this show wherever they are across the country exclusively via the LiSTNR app. We are excited to continue to make LiSTNR the ultimate audio destination for both live streaming and podcast premium content in Australia.”
Australia Today with Steve Price will be produced by Thomas Blake who has been a talkback radio producer for 14 years at 2UE and 2GB where he worked closely with Steve for nearly five years.
Australia Today with Steve Price will include a news update from Natarsha Belling on the half hour across the morning and the pair will discuss and debate the issues of the day alongside listener calls. 

Anthony, one of our readers, has also discovered that the program is being aired on digital radio in Sydney. See his comments below. 


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Anthony The Koala
7 April 2021 - 4:53am
Why not give listeners the opportunity to listen via terrestrial radio whether AM or FM or DAB+ instead of paying for internet data rates which may vary according to the internet plan?
Thank you,
Anthony of Belfield
Anthony The Koala
10 April 2021 - 5:22pm
The article failed to mention that "Australia Today" with Steve Price and Natarsha Belling is broadcast (in Sydney) on DAB+ with the channel named "Australia Today" at 202.9MHz Ch 9A at a datarate of 32kbs. I discovered the channel by 'accident' while rotating the channel selector.

The program is on a continuous loop interspersed with up-to-date news updates.

Because of the podcast nature of the show, the show loses "currency" after the 10am ending.

For example, coverage of the news of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip's passing and funeral arrangements occurred after the program's 10am conclusion.

Another example is the discussion of sporting matches with Brett Thomas during the Friday 0700-1000, 09-04-2021 while listening to the podcast over the weekend (10-04-2021). Listening to the Friday program on Saturday afternoon, results of the discussed with Brett Thomas, matches are starting to come in.

Moreover, the news breaks presented by co-presenter Natarsha Belling are out-of-date. This does not include the 'live' news breaks by another presenter.

In conclusion, podcasts of talk shows may lose currency especially when it comes to breaking news. This was illustrated with the passing of a Member of The Royal Family and where the results of sporting matches with Brett Thomas.

Yet, it was good to hear that "Australia Today" is available on DAB+ (in Sydney) where one does not have to use pay for internet data consumption.

Nevertheless, the absence of the publicity of the presence of the "Australia Today" channel on DAB+ is disappointing.

On the other hand, if the future of news, sport and entertainment is via podcast, the "Australia Today" channel could be expanded to cover the shifts from 1000 onwards till 0700 to cover breaking and emerging news.

Thank you,
Anthony of thinking Belfield
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