One of Australia’s most renowned podcast journalists, Peter Wells has partnered with Acast to launch Meta , a podcast celebrating the art of podcasting with leading local creators.
Since 2015, Wells has documented the rise of podcasting in Australia as Nine Entertainment’s dedicated podcast reporter. From former Prime Ministers and household-name celebrities to up-and-coming talent, Wells’ weekly column in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age profiles the movers and shakers of Australian podcasting.
Meta introduces listeners to podcast industry heavyweights and highlights how Australia has cemented itself as a podcasting world-leader.
Series one of Meta includes discussions with the voices behind some of Australia’s most iconic podcasts, including former Prime Minister Julia Gillard ( A Podcast of One’s Own with Julia Gillard) and the ABC’s Dr Norman Swan ( Coronacast ) as well as journalists Ruby Jones ( 7am ) and Rachael Brown ( Trace).
Peter Wells said: “Whether listeners are new to podcasting or on the hunt for the next binge-worthy series, Meta allows me to share the fantastic behind the scenes stories that I just can’t fit into 600 words of print. Each week I’ve had the opportunity to chat to amazing guests and meet some of my podcasting idols. My favourite interviews have been with independent podcasters. They often contact me about the impact the column has had on growing their audience or even how their mum bought the paper and framed the story.
Podcasting has handed power back to both the creator and consumer, so that be you a news junky or true crime obsessive there is a podcast for you. In partnering with Acast I know Meta will be supported by a local team that amplifies its creators through great technology, marketing and content support.”
Content Director for Australia and New Zealand at Acast, Guy Scott-Wilson, said: “As one of Australia’s most vocal supporters of the format, Peter Wells has undoubtedly been a driving force behind the rise of podcasting in Australia. Through his continued support of local content, Peter has often helped elevate Aussie talent to podcast stardom. What I love about Meta , is that it not only celebrates the best of local content, but will also be a great source of discovery for Australians who are wondering what to listen to next. We’re delighted to be supporting Peter on this project and look forward to helping him share the strength of Australian podcasting with listeners around the globe.”