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AFTRS' TV Talks AFTRS' TV Talks - dedicated TV industry panel discussions


TV TALKS is an opportunity to watch, listen and laugh along with a panel of engaging TV industry guests who talk about TV 'stuff' for TV 'people' complemented with some good, old-fashioned networking afterwards!

  • One Tuesday each month, February through to November.
  • All welcome - however places are limited and RSVP via Eventbrite is essential
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Watching TV (on any device) is our preferred entertainment activity and a vast proportion of TV viewing is still live-to-air. But with digital disruption this is a rapidly changing landscape. Broadcasters are having to rethink their business models and future-proof audience expectation and engagement.

At our last TV Talks for 2017 we have asked a panel of heavy hitters in the industry to do a bit of crystal ball gazing, and tell us where they think the TV Industry trends are heading in 2018 and beyond. The panel, moderated by MC Anita Jacoby, is ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie, CEO of Foxtel Peter Tonagh, Director TV and Online Content at SBS Marshall Heald and industry strategy and forecasting expert Megan Brownlow, National Leader of Telecommunications, Media & Technology at PWC.


  • Marshall Heald: Director TV and Online Content, SBS
  • Megan Brownlow: Partner, PWC
  • Michelle Guthrie: Managing Director, ABC
  • Peter Tonagh: CEO, Foxtel
  • MC: Anita Jacoby

Guest Bios

Michelle Guthrie joined the ABC as Managing Director in May 2016. She has led the national broadcaster in a new strategic direction with a clear focus on maintaining its relevance and delivering great Australian content in a fast-changing, fragmented and increasingly global media market. In March 2017 Michelle announced a major cultural and structural transformation at the ABC to make it better equipped to meet the challenges of the digital era.

Michelle brings to the ABC experience and expertise in media management, content development, and a detailed knowledge of both traditional broadcasting and the new digital media landscape. Over the last 25 years she has worked for a range of broadcasting and media organisations in Australia, Europe and Asia, including BSkyB, Star TV and Google.

Peter Tonagh is the Chief Executive Officer of Foxtel Management Pty Limited.  Prior to Peter’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Foxtel, he held positions at News Corp Australia as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Peter also held the role of interim Chief Executive Officer of the REA Group leading that business as the REA Board completed its search and appointment of its permanent CEO, Tracey Fellows.

Peter previously had a successful 9 year career at Foxtel, where he held the dual roles of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, and was responsible for the overall strategy, including the acquisition and integration of Austar and channel negotiations and relationships, and oversaw a significant increase in Foxtel’s expenditure on content, including original local production.

Prior to joining Foxtel, Peter was Vice President and Director of The Boston Consulting Group, working across Australia and New Zealand and throughout Asia.

Megan Brownlow leads the media and entertainment industry practice at PwC and is the National Leader of the Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) Industry. In her practice she performs strategy, due diligence, forecasting, and market analysis work for clients.

She has over 25 years’ experience in media, marketing and managing digital disruption ranging from designing cross-media strategies to assessing new digital opportunities.

At PwC Megan also leads the industry thought leadership program: The Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook which provides forecasts and commentary on twelve media segments covering advertising and consumer spending.

Megan is a board member of the Media Federation of Australia (MFA) and the Deputy Chair of Screen Australia. Megan is also a member of the Department of Communications’ Bureau of Communications Research Advisory Committee and the Research Strategy Panel for the Australia Council.

Marshall Heald was appointed Director TV and Online Content at SBS in January 2015. Marshall was previously the Chief Digital Officer, with a broad remit to help drive the adoption of digital technologies and innovation across SBS in a rapidly changing broadcast sector. Marshall joined SBS initially in 2007 as Manager, Digital Media with overall responsibility for SBS’s online presence. 

Prior to SBS, Marshall’s career has included working as a litigation lawyer in New Zealand, heading up Telstra’s digital music and movie businesses and working as Creative Director of Noise, a media based festival to showcase the creative works of young Australians.

With a background as Australia’s multicultural broadcaster, SBS holds a unique place in the Australian media landscape. The SBS Charter describes SBS’s principal function as providing multilingual, multicultural and Indigenous radio, television and digital media services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians, reflecting Australia’s diverse society. SBS inspires all Australians to explore, appreciate and celebrate our diverse world.

MC Anita Jacoby has created award-winning content across most genres for every FTA broadcaster and Foxtel. Most recently she was Managing Director of ITV Studios Australia where she was responsible for the implementation of new digital, commercial and content strategies as well as the commissioning of ‘The Chase’ and ‘I’m A Celebrity’. Prior to that she managed Zapruder’s others films for ten years alongside Andrew Denton, creating hundreds of hours of original programming including ‘Enough Rope’, ‘The Gruen Transfer’ and “Elders’. She currently sits on the ACMA (Australian Communications & Media Authority), Women in Media boards and is a non-executive director on a number of other boards.

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