Natasha Mitchell to host the ABC’s Big Ideas podcast


Multi-award winning journalist and presenter Natasha Mitchell will be the new host of the ABC’s popular Big Ideas podcast.

Natasha is well known to ABC audiences as host of ABC RN’s science, technology and culture podcast, Science Friction, as former host of ABC RN’s daily morning show Life Matters, and founding presenter of the All in The Mind podcast.

Natasha regularly chairs public events, debates and forums at festivals and with partner institutions around Australia.

Natasha takes up the role following the announcement of the retirement of Paul Barclay, who has hosted the show for ten years.

She says “I am super excited and honoured to be joining ABC RN’s Big Ideas team, and taking the baton from Paul Barclay who has hosted the show with such flair and finesse over the last decade.”

“Right now, the world needs dedicated spaces like Big Ideas for deep listening and robust thinking, to inspire solutions to the mighty challenges of our time.  Big Ideas gives ABC listeners a front row seat at many of the best live events, forums, and debates from across Australia and the world. I can’t wait to get amongst it.”

Of his time at the ABC Paul Barclay says “How to give a sound bite summarising half your life?  I dunno, but I’ve had a ball at the ABC over 31 years, most of which have been at the wonderful ABC RN.  Big Ideas has been a high point. But it’s time to travel down some new roads, and I couldn’t be happier to see Natasha Mitchell take over the reins and see the program into a new era.”

Paul Barclay’s last Big Ideas will air on ABC RN on Thursday, April 6. Natasha Mitchell will host the show from April 10.

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Ed Johnson
14 May 2023 - 6:04 pm

This is to the attention of Natasha Mitchell re Big Ideas
I was listening to what appeared to be a very interesting Big Ideas prod cast about a young man who was bitten by maybe a mosquito and got a very rare disease that took researches a long time to discover from both here and the US
PROBLEM- Maybe sound engineers are required I don’t no why but do sound engineers have hearing problems. I suspect not because they are sound engineers. I cannot be certain but about 20 percentage of the community have hearing loss &/or problems. Back ground noise (supposedly music) to Big Ideas and other pod casts prevent hearing impaired people hearing the pod cast. Why is the back ground noise needed at all????


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