Simon Downes

Simon Downes Simon Downes is Canstar Blue's Editor-in-Chief and consumer affairs journalist, specialising in the energy and telco industries, while also covering all things retail and FMCG. With a decade of newsroom experience under his belt, he’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed decisions, especially when it comes to household bills. Simon was one of the first journalists to raise awareness of the unscrupulous tactics of some energy retailers which eventually resulted in major industry reforms and the introduction of new default pricing, and continues to highlight the potential pitfalls consumers face in a still confusing market.

Catch Click Frenzy Sale

Catch promises savings of up to 90% in Click Frenzy Mayhem sale

Posted by February 12th 2021

Online bargain retailer Catch has revealed its Click Frenzy deals for 2020, promising savings of between 50% and 90% off big name brands like Adidas, Bonds, Calvin Klein, Sennheiser and Sony. The deals go live from …

Energy confused

What to do when you get a shock energy bill

Posted by December 29th 2020

Nothing gives you that sinking feeling quite like an unexpectedly large bill. Even if you know your next bill is looming, it still manages to sweep you off your feet when you open that letter …

Origin Energy Broadband

Origin Energy reveals plans to attract broadband customers

Posted by July 20th 2021

If you’re an Origin Energy customer who likes the retailer so much you’d also like to buy your broadband from it, now could be a good time. The electricity and gas giant launched its internet services …

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GloBird Energy lands in NSW promising strong bang for buck

Posted by December 16th 2020

There’s a welcome boost to power price competition in New South Wales, with Victorian upstart GloBird Energy making the move north with a new budget offer. Promising “unbeatable rates for gas and electricity”, GloBird Energy has …

Kayo sports

All the best stuff coming up on Kayo this week

Posted by July 14th 2020

You’ll always find a sport to pass the time on Kayo, but sometimes a week comes along where just about everything makes it onto the ‘must watch’ list. This is one of those weeks! Whether you’re …

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Victorian Default Offer prices going up, but here’s how to save

Posted by December 29th 2020

Just months after seeing electricity bills slashed in light of new industry reforms designed to make comparing and saving easier, Victorian households on default tariffs have been told they can expect prices to increase. The state’s …