Crosstalk

Crosstalk

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CrossTalk is the telecommunications industry's weekly podcast, covering everything from technology and marketing through to policy and politics. It is presented each week by Phil Dobbie, a broadcaster and journalist who was worked in senior marketing and management roles in many online and telecommunications businesses.

Episodes

It's the Business - teaser  

A lively new radio show, all about business – but it’s not your usual business show full of dreary people – we’ll be trying our damnedest to make business and finance and the world of work exciting, and relevant to you … it’ll be opinionated, thought provoking, illuminating …

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Radio Niceties And How To Avoid Them  

Nick Ferrari has a backward style to greeting his guests. But, if you are going to be civil, his is the best way of doing it.

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Where Podcasts Go Wrong – and ten ways to fix them  

Podcasting has become mainstream, which us great. It means people from all walks of life, harbouring a vast wealth of knowledge, have finally found a voice. Sadly, for many, hours of show preparation is wasted when their endeavours are rewarded by tens, not hundreds or thousands, of listeners.

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Soon, Radio Stations Will Be Six Minutes Long  

The way we listen to radio is changing. Maybe not for everyone, but for many of us; eventually, most of us. It’ll come as no surprise that the internet is behind the change.

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Phil Dobbie - audio demo  

Radio, podcasts, voice-overs. This is a demo of Phil Dobbie's presentation skills.

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2UE - Lunchtime Lowdown - 22 May 16  

The Lunchtime Lowdown was a talkback radio show featuring me and conservative commentator Rowan Dean - it got pretty fiery, but sprinkled with good humour.

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A Bit of the Other - 29th October 2006  

The last edition of the popular Sunday morning show, A Bit of the Other on Sydney's FM99.3

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Trump won because trickle-down economics doesn’t work  

Trump’s unexpected win reflects the dissatisfaction of huge swathes of disenfranchised voters across America. They are upset because they are not seeing their lifestyle improve, yet the rich elite seem to be accumulating the wealth with little or none of it trickling down to the rest of the population. In this episode of The Debunking Economics podcast Steve Keen says money needs to be forced to circulate rather than accumulate. But how do you do that? Phil Dobbie asks Steve whether higher taxes are part of the solution, which would be ironic given the US President elect has done a good job of evading them.

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Inflation. Is it a good or bad thing?  

This week the inflation rate in the UK hit one percent. It’s a long way from the high teens of the late seventies and early eighties. In this inaugural episode of The Debunking Economics Podcast, Phil Dobbie suggests that low inflation is a good thing. It means prices aren’t going up. But, Prof. Steve Keen suggests there’s one reason we should be welcoming higher inflation. He also discusses the role of inflation in monetary decisions made by Reserve Banks around the world.

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The crazy (and not so crazy) ideas of Donald Trump  

Donald Trump has some weird ideas. Building a wall along thesouthern US border and getting Mexico to pay for it, for example. But, as Steve Keen explains, on other matters Trump’s intuition is right, he just loses the argument with some of the detail.

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Interest rates - do they really control inflation?  

Reserve banks spend a lot of time discussing the interplaybetween inflation and interest rates. In this third episode of the DebunkingEconomics podcast we look at how the two are inter-related and whether the bondis as tight as Central Banks seem to believe. How does it relate to theinterest rate your own bank charges for a mortgage? And why, when interestrates are so low, are we not seeing the expected level of inflation growth?

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Brexit is Needed to Bring Down the EU  

In this edition of the Debunking Economics podcast Steve Keen explaisn why he is an ardent supporter of Brexit. Phil Dobbie, who believes Britain should stay in as long as the EU exists, asks whether a more moderated approach to the original idea of a European Union would have been a better outcome. But it’s clear Steve’s thoughts are that the concept, as it stands, is so abhorrent that a Brexit is needed to encourage others to do the same and pull the whole thing apart.

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2UE - Lunchtime Lowdown - 4 December 2015  

The Lunchtime Lowdown was a talkback radio show featuring me and conservative commentator Rowan Dean - it got pretty fiery, but sprinkled with good humour.

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Phil & Spot For Breakfast - 2NSB - 29th Aug '06  

Seems somewhat politically incorrect listening back these days, but at the time this hayhem in the morning attracted a following.

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Music show with competitions and chat  - 2NSB 12 Feb 06  

Phil Dobbie presented radio shows on Sydney's 2NSB for more than ten years, as well as appearances on other stations, including NewsTalk 2UE.

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Guy Kawasaki's Enchantment | BTalk  

BTalk was a daily business podcast produced for CBS between 2009 and 2011. In all there were 861 episodes, covering business news, management advice, technology and broader societal issues such as climate change, transport and land-use planning.

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6 Oct '11 - Death of a Rock Star  

Twisted Wire was an influential weekly podcast on the telecommunications industry produced for ZDNet Australia between February 2009 and December 2012. There were 200 episodes in total, many featuring leading industry figures and political figures.

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NBN Migration - still not right?  

The government has outlined a framework for migrating customers to the NBN, with a threat of regulatory action on the industry if the process isn't smoothed out. Last year Tony Warren, Telstra's Head of Regulatory Affairs, said that the process needed to be fixed and the Comms Alliance was the logical body to coordinate improvements. Today it seems to have fallen on the NBN to work through the detail and, whilst they say things have got better, there is a lot of room for improvement in how services are installed and activated. So, does the government's paper help the situation. Phil Dobbie argues the four pillars are so high-level and the issue seems to be in the detailed execution. We hear from: Katarzyna Stapleton, Executive General Manager Disconnections & Migration at nbn; Christine Williams, Telstra’s Director of Equivalence; and Paul Brooks, Board Director, Internet Australia Do you have something to add? Leave a message on 02 9304 5198.

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Will the NBN keep up with demand?  

No sooner had NBN released its Network Design Rules document than one blogger was questioning whether the 2Gbps uplink capacity per node was enough to cater for peak demand. After all, Cisco is forecasting 29 percent annual growth in peak demand from Australian internet users, and that prediction was made before the arrival of Netflix. NBN says it’s not a big issue. As explained in this week’s Crosstalk, upgrading requires changing an optical switch, not the costly process of adding more fibre. So, the NBN probably has a few years life in it, helped by new standards that could see peak speeds delivered across vectored VDSL double over the next few years. Again, without the need to lay more fibre. But what when we do eventually demand more capacity and speed? Running fibre to the premises could be three times the expense – something that won’t be undertaken whilst the NBN is rushing to pay-off if it’s investment in the original build. Could NBN’s debt slow down our progress and see us lag behind the rest of the world? This week we talk to: - Stefaan Vanhastel, Director Product Marketing at Alcatel-Lucent - Kevin Bloch, Chief Technology Officer at Cisco - John DeRidder, Telecommunications Economist

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New law will see Government get to grips with network design  

The Attorney General (AG) has circulated draft legislation that will give the Government greater control over how networks are designed and maintained. The belief is that the commercial pressures of carriers and carriage service providers are at odds with the objectives of national security. The new Bill - Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 – would give new powers to the Government to remedy the issue. The AG’s department would provide administrative guidelines so carriers can understand what parts of their networks are vulnerable to unauthorised access and interference, so appropriate action can be taken. Carriers would also need to seek approval before making substantive changes to their network design. As you’ll hear in this week’s CrossTalk podcast, some in the industry believe it’s a step in the right direction. After all, why would anybody be against national security? The concern is, will the Government be so prescriptive the impact will be counterproductive, and costly for the industry. We hear from: - Patrick Fair, partner at law firm Baker & McKenzie - Matthew Lobb, ‎General Manager Industry Strategy and Public Policy at Vodafone - George Fong, President of Internet Australia and - Mark Gregory, Senior Lecturer at RMIT University Add your comments by calling the CrossTalk feedback line - 02 9304 5198

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