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.

The best time to buy a big screen TV

Posted by February 14th 2018

We speak to Channel 7 about the big TV bargains currently available – and which brands people are most happy with

Have you put on weight using diet shakes?

Posted by April 22nd 2016

While they obviously work for many, weight loss shakes don’t have the desired effect for others – and our findings recently featured on A Current Affair

Do you feel bad for killing bugs?

Posted by May 23rd 2018

The majority of our survey respondents are convinced insecticides work well – but many of us feel guilty for using them