Alan Jones

Fishburners names 10 ideas for its new media program

- October 31, 2022 2 MIN READ

Sydney startup hub Fishburners has chosen 10 ideas for the inaugural Google News Initiative (GNI) startups bootcamp The nine-week professional development program delivers support and coaching to aspiring news media entrepreneurs for independent journalism, with entrepreneurs including Sinorbis CMO Vijay Solanki, BindiMaps cofounder Tony Burrett, and Stem Media cofounder Emily Dawson providing one-on-one coaching. It’s the… Read more »


Seven backs real estate media baron Antony Catalano in $100 million proptech play

- August 19, 2022 3 MIN READ

Seven West Media’s venture capital arm has thrown its weight behind a new proptech startup consortium by former Domain boss Antony Catalano and investor Alex Waislitz targeting the real estate sector. View Media Group (VMG) is a real estate digital media and agent services business, involving B2C and B2B proptech platforms. They include The Today… Read more »


Junkee founder Tim Duggan backs media startup that wants to make it easier for everyone to be a publisher in $500,000 raise

- July 18, 2022 2 MIN READ

A Sydney startup that wants to make it easier for people to become publishers has raised $500,000 in pre-seed funding. The round was backed by Tim Duggan, co-founder of Junkee Media, Startmate and Australian deep-tech VC Boson Ventures. Storipress claims it is making digital media easier is created by giving aspiring publishers the tools they… Read more »


Generation Instagram startup The Daily Aus banks $1.2 million from Canva execs and former Nine boss David Gyngell

- June 27, 2022 2 MIN READ

Digital news channel The Daily Aus, which has pioneered a social media-first approach to current affairs for younger Australians, has raised $1.2 million in Seed funding. The round was led by media former Nine CEO David Gyngell, supported by Canva executives Zach Kitschke and Rob Kawalsky, as well as festival  the Untitled Group. The backing from… Read more »

Startup Daily TV

STARTUP DAILY TV: Media startup Ukufu, the ‘Spotify of news content’, is on a rapid rise

- April 8, 2022 2 MIN READ

Sydney media startup Ukufu, a AI-powered news content aggregator, is on a rapid rise with more than 50,000 users downloading the Android to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world. Founded by Kevin Garber in 2019, (pronounced oo-koo-foo), whose previous startup was the Twitter management platform Manageflitter, was inspired by Spotify, how… Read more »


The High Court ruled the media are liable for Facebook comments on stories. Here’s what that means for you

- September 9, 2021 4 MIN READ

A publisher can be held responsible for defamatory comments readers leave on its Facebook pages, the High Court has ruled, in a decision that could have far-reaching consequences for social media users throughout Australia. This decision may mean anyone who runs a social media page can theoretically be sued over disparaging comments posted by readers… Read more »


Spoken word analysis startup Sonnant raises $750,000 seed round led by media giant SCA

- March 10, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Melbourne startup Sonnant, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for content discovery for the spoken word, has raised $750,000 in a seed round led by radio and TV company Southern Cross Austereo (SCA). The strategic investment by SCA will help support the recent launch of LiSTNR, the rebranded PodcastOne audio channel and… Read more »

Global tech

Facebook bans Australian news

- February 18, 2021 5 MIN READ

If you’re reading this story, then you probably didn’t see it on Facebook. The social media giant announced overnight that it would ban Australian news media from its site, following through on a threat in response to the Australian government’s plans to force Google and Facebook to pay media companies for news featured on the… Read more »


Google hits back against the ACCC’s ‘misinformation’ accusation

- August 18, 2020 3 MIN READ

Google Australia’s war of words over plans to make the company pay local media companies for news content, has continued today with a rebuttal of competition regulator the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC), which accused the global tech giant of “misinformation”. Google launched a campaign against the ACCC’s proposal for the so-called “News Media… Read more »


Australia is forcing Facebook and Google to pay the media for news – here’s how it will work

- August 3, 2020 4 MIN READ

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its draft news media bargaining code, announced on Friday by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. The draft code allows commercial news businesses to bargain – individually or collectively – with Google and Facebook, in order to be paid for news the tech giants publish on their services. According to… Read more »