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Indigenous-Led Podcast Network, BlakCast, Launches with ARN’s iHeart

Launched in partnership with ARN’s iHeart, BlakCast empowers First Nations Peoples and people of colour to reclaim their narratives, strengthen cultural identity, and contribute to a more inclusive Australia, by showcasing exciting, emerging talent from Indigenous communities and other Australians from minority backgrounds.

BlakCast has launched with podcasts including Black Magic Woman, Yarning Up, Curtain the Podcast, Unapologetically Blak, Meet the Mob, and Coming Out Blak, and is partnering with iHeart to drive revenue and audiences for new and diverse talent.

Mundanara Bayles, awarded Supply Nation’s Indigenous Businesswoman of the Year award in August this year, is the driving force behind BlakCast. Mundanara, a proud Aboriginal woman raised in Redfern, Sydney, and the daughter of the legendary Tiga Bayles, a pioneer in Indigenous media, activist, and inaugural chair of the NSWALC, has used his platform to advance the rights of Aboriginal people across NSW in the 80s. As a successful entrepreneur, educator, and speaker, Mundanara launched the groundbreaking podcast Black Magic Woman in 2020 and joined ARN’s iHeart in 2023. BlakCast is a natural evolution of Mundanara’s own experience, rich family history, and award-winning consultancy and cultural training organisation BlackCard.

Speaking of the launch, Mundanara said, “BlakCast is paving the way for a brighter, more inclusive future where all voices are heard, and the stories of the First Nations peoples are celebrated. Through diverse storytelling, we seek to foster a deeper connection to the rich tapestry of our nation’s history and culture for audiences and content makers alike.”

Corey Layton, Head of Digital Audio added, “We’re proud to support Mundanara as she builds on her family legacy in broadcast, guiding, amplifying, and monetising a large array of Australia’s best Indigenous podcasts. This presents an exciting evolution in the iHeart network which we’re committed to grow”.

Mundanara is supported by a team of likeminded people who are bringing her vision to life, including Producer and long-time family friend Clint Curtis, and Network Advisor Jamila Rizvi.


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