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Wells and Bennett open The Helpdesk podcast

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on

Longtime podcast host and expert Peter Wells and former Which-50 Editor Tess Bennett are launching a new daily technology podcast today, The Helpdesk. The podcast follows the recent launch by Wells of his podcast about podcasts, Meta.

 
Wells has been thinking about podcasts for longer than most in the local industry. He first hosted the MacTalk podcast back in 2007, regularly beating the Hamish & Andy Show at the top of The Australian podcast charts.
 
Across that show, the Reckoner podcast, and movie show called Shoot The Glass, and weekend editions of the Daily Tech News Show with Tom Merritt in the US, Wells says he's recorded 500 podcast episodes in his time. Add to that his column about podcasts for The Age's Green Guide, he feels right at home launching his own show for the first time.
 
That said, Wells still says he finds it "absolutely terrifying" to be kicking off a daily show.
 
"I've been working on it with Tess for a while now," says Wells. "We always planned to launch for the new iPhone announcement. But we didn't know exactly when that would be, so we've been rehearsing three times a week to get into the vibe and build more rapport so that we're ready for showtime."
 
"There's already been a couple of conversations I really wish we had been able to publish. But we'll get back to it. Companies like Apple or Microsoft or whatever, they'll be back in the news soon enough."
 
After five years of freelance contributions as a technology reporter for SMH and The Age, Wells was offered a redundancy from his role as a university Apple administrator this year, and has taken that as his launch platform to pursue his own podcasts.
 
Both The Helpdesk and Meta are hosted on the Acast podcast platform, which is handling all ad sales for the shows. For Wells, that means he feels comfortable just trying to build an audience while staying at arms length from the advertising side of the discussion.
 
So far Wells says he is really pleased with how Meta has started, which follows a very similar line to his podcasting column.
 
"Podcastsers are really great storytellers so I shut up and let them tell their story," says Wells. "I ask as few questions as possible and let them explain motivation and interesting behind the scenes stuff."
 
Episodes so far include conversations with the Coronacast team, Julia Gillard, Matt Bevan, and Kara Swisher.
 
"Point a mic at Kara Swisher and you get gold no matter what," says Wells.
 
For others keen to get covered in either that show or in his podcast column, Wells has some advice on doing your own PR properly.
 
"If you want me to write about your show, have a trailer," he says. "Have a press kit. And say which episode is your favourite or reflects what the show is about."
 
The Helpdesk starts today and will be released daily, while Meta will be available twice a week.

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