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These Are The Best News Podcasts To Help You Kick-Start Your Day

Podcasts are the perfect media to consume in the morning because you can simply plug in your earphones and get on with your business (for us, that's making a strong coffee). The morning commute (while dreaded) does offer you time to catch up on any relevant or breaking news stories you might have missed over the course of your busy day. We all have varying interests and priorities when it comes to what stories are important, so we've put together a diverse list of the best ways to get your news each day via podcast.


Got a spare thirty minutes in your day? Fill it with Hack's youth-centred episodes that revolved around topics of politics, music and culture. Join in some of the country's biggest debates such as whether Australian police should have guns and the effects of cancel culture.

RN Breakfast

Notable journalist and news presenter Hamish Macdonald presents a more in-depth daily news report in ABC's RN Breakfast. The episodes sit at around two hours in length and are perfect for listening to while you tick off your morning tasks or for anyone with a lengthy commute.


Let some of the country's best reporters fill you in on the news worth knowing about while you begin your day. With Australian-focused storytelling at its core, 7am's consistent fifteen-minute episodes are concise and informative.

Squiz Today

You can count on this daily news podcast to fill you in on everything you need to know while you get ready for work, fit in a morning workout or sip your first brew of the day. Usually under ten minutes in length, Squiz Today is published at 6am like clockwork every day to easily fit into your schedule.

The Babble with Nat Bass & Matty J

It's the celeb pairing we didn't know we needed until now—Nat Bass and Matty J provide answers to the hottest entertainment questions of the week, with twice-weekly episodes to tune in to. You can even be a part of the show by emailing in your own goss or questions.

The Quicky

If you find the constant cycle of news stories slightly overwhelming, The Quicky will help bring you back to earth with their round-up of the day's top stories followed by a more in-depth into a topic such as female gambling addicts or the divisive Melbourne Cup.

The Signal

Got a short commute to work? The Signal, produced by ABC, is delivered in bite-sized fifteen-minute episodes that not only tell you what's happening in the world but why. Cut through the headline noise and tune in daily to catch up on the most important events.

Reality Check

From the team that brought you notable pods such as Shameless and She's On The Money, Reality Check is just what the title says. This brand new podcast is serving you up the latest in reality TV news, from Love Island to the Bachelorette, and is the perfect place for drama-addicts to go to dish on the latest episodes of their fave shows.

Full Story

The Guardian Australia's podcast Full Story aims to do just that—provide you with clear and concise information surrounding the latest news stories. Covering issues of the environment, the government and everything in between, twenty minutes a day is all you need to catch up.

The Party Room

Parliament can be a confusing topic for a lot of Australians, but The Party Room is here to simplify things by bringing you weekly need-to-know information to keep you looped in on all things Australian politics.

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