Podcast Week: Exec coach Margie Hartley, Sky News, Mamamia’s Quicky

• Valuable business insights, An early-morning quicky + A platform for political enthusiasts

Fast Track: Conversations with Margie Hartley

As an executive coach to 11 of Australia’s top listed ASX companies, Margie Hartley gets valuable insights into business challenges and how best to tackle them.

Now as a PodcastOne host, she is interviewing some of Australia’s best and brightest to share with a podcast audience.

Hartley told Mediaweek about how her podcast will meet demand for a portable audio solution: “I have consistently heard people say, ‘I wish I could take you with me’ or ‘If I could just get 15 minutes to be able to better understand something about my career’.

“People have been desperate to get information about their careers. People also find it hard to get the time to think about their careers. The world has changed and we are all incredibly busy.”

Hartley told Mediaweek it is equally as important to focus on your career as it is to spend time on financial planning.

“I wanted to give professionals access to the idea of what it means to develop your career and to tackle some of the complicated questions my clients ask me.”

So where is she pulling her podcast interviews from?

“I am lucky to have a network of amazing people I have worked with over the past 16 years. They have been really generous and happy to have a conversation with me on the podcast

“I did a podcast last year with Janine Allis called Superwomen…We Ain’t and we got a lot of great feedback.”

One of the attractions of Fast Track is the episode length. Junkee co-founder and CEO Neil Ackland features in a great interview with Hartley covering career setbacks and the listener is in and out in 16 minutes and much richer for the experience.

We couldn’t resist asking Hartley if she was anything like Wendy Rhodes, the character on Billions who is the in-house performance coach at Axe Capital. She laughed and admitted there are similarities between the roles they both have.

“We look at the issues and try and understand where staff are going and help take them through a process of self-directed learning to find purposeful and positive change in their world.”

So far PodcastOne has published four episodes and in future there will be a new interview dropped each week on a Tuesday.

Listen to PodcastOne’s Fast Track here.

Mamamia promoting an early morning Quicky

Elle Beattie, (Executive Producer), Claire Murphy (Host/Podcast Producer), Ian Camilleri (Audio Producer)

Mamamia said this week many of its audience find the news cycle depressing and endless. So from next Monday 18th February the publisher is offering an alternative.

Dropping every weekday morning at 6am, Mamamia’s The Quicky podcast is promising to get listeners up to speed on the top stories, with a deep dive on one topic they need to know more about, all in under 10 minutes. Mamamia’s launch partner in the new venture is MyBudget.

Mamamia’s head of podcasts, Rachel Corbett, explained: “The news cycle is often delivered with the masculine focus of ‘if it bleeds it leads’. It can also be impersonal and assumes a lot of knowledge, leaving you feeling like you’ve turned up to a conversation 10 minutes late and are trying to catch up. We want to help women fill that knowledge gap and keep up to date in a more engaging and conversational way without the anxiety that much of the news cycle deliberately triggers.”

The Mamamia team producing The Quicky includes ACRA-nominated journalist, newsreader and radio show presenter Claire Murphy who has relocated from Adelaide to host the show.

Executive producer Elle Beattie previously spent over a decade producing some of the highest rating radio shows in Australia, including three years as executive producer on Nova’s Kate, Tim and Marty.

Ian Camilleri completes the core team as audio producer joining from Network 10 and with previous sound design experience with SBS and Fox Sports.

Sky News launches digital platform 2600 with a podcast

Sky News has announced the launch of 2600, a new digital-first brand and content platform for political enthusiasts, keeping them in-the-know on the latest breaking news and events from the nation’s capital this election year.

Part of the platform includes an online political newsletter, sent at 6am each weekday, with exclusive stories, breaking news and expert analysis for a rare insight into democracy in action from Parliament House.

David Speers

Users can register for free at skynews.com.au/2600.

Sky News political journalists David Speers, Kieran Gilbert, Laura Jayes, Annelise Nielsen and Tom Connell will regularly contribute tailored content to the new digital platform.

The digital platform will also feature exclusive podcasts including interviews with politicians, business leaders and national agenda-setters, live and on-demand analysis and interviews, videos, and the political week in pictures.

The 2600 Talks’ podcast production team includes Adam Marsters – 2600 editor, Tim Love – head of digital, Courtney Gould – 2600 Producer and former Mediaweek deputy editor Kruti Joshi – audio producer.

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