New Voices New Content: 2015 on ABC RN

Staff Writer

ABC RN launches into 2015 with four new presenters, six new specialist programs and a new series in addition to the current RN favourites.

“In 2015 RN will continue to deliver its distinctive, quality content across all genres from features and creative audio, to weekly specialist programs and daily news and analysis,” said RN’s Manager Deborah Leavitt.


“The network aims to influence and lead discussions on the big ideas, issues and debates, and be a key destination for the thinking and curious of all ages. Our new 2015 line up will ensure we live up to this remit.”

Earshot: Encounter the world – people, places, ideas – in all its diversity in this new strand of entertaining, engaging and at times provocative feature documentaries which continues RN’s rich tradition of exploring ideas and telling stories. Four broad themes will be covered: People and Society; History; The Creative Life; and Belief. Presented by David Rutledge. (Monday—Thursday, 11.00am—12 noon)

RN Afternoons: Sit back and relax with Michael Mackenzie (most recently host of RN First Bite) as he brings you a curated offering of RN’s very best specialist content. (Monday—Friday, 1.00—3.00pm)

RN Drive: Join the program’s new host Patricia Karvelas as she brings you the daily wrap on current affairs from around the country and abroad. (Monday—Friday, 6.00—7.30pm)

Extra Overtime: The inimitable Geraldine Doogue brings her usual brand of in-depth and intelligent interviews with leading opinion makers, experts and analysts, covering important national and global issues with a focus on leadership. (Monday, 7.30—8.00pm)

Between the Lines: In this weekly discussion program Tom Switzer will put contemporary political events in a broader historical and international context, pointing to new and different takes on the big issues of the day. (Thursday, 7.30—8.00pm)

Blueprint for Living: A thinking person’s guide to the good life. Michael Williams, Director of the Wheeler Centre, will get your weekend off to a great start with this special mix of food and design – from architecture and fashion, to gardens and travel: all the things that make for an enjoyable life. (Saturday, 9.00—10.00am)

Jazztrack: Mal Stanley brings the best jazz from Australia and around the world to RN’s airwaves, with new and historical recordings and highlights from the ABC's own unique jazz collection.

(Saturday and Sunday, 11.00pm—1.00am)

Funemployed: An eight-part series exploring the personal and emotional side of being an artist by Justin Heazlewood, aka The Bedroom Philosopher. Coming to Books and Arts from Thursday, 5 February 2015.

The new schedule starts Monday Jan 26


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