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.

What do Aussies like watching on TV?

Posted by February 14th 2018

Do we prefer comedy, or drama? Reality, or fiction? Our survey reveals some interesting differences between what people like to watch.

Australia: A nation of coffee snobs?

Posted by June 21st 2017

With so much coffee competition out there, are we in danger of taking ourselves – and our drinks – too seriously?

The rise of the ‘coffice’

Posted by April 26th 2016

Who wants to waste money on costly office overheads when you could set up shop in the relaxed ambience of your favourite coffee house, with a professional barista replacing your mediocre espresso machine?

woman holding foul food

Is your fridge making you sick?

Posted by May 29th 2018

Many Aussies are neglecting to regularly clear out and clean their fridge - and it could be a big mistake