New technology podcast launched in South Africa

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A new local technology podcast, hosted by a group of high profile tech journalists, was launched recently. A group of well-known technology journalists have started what they believe will become the country’s pre-eminent podcast about developments in the local and international technology industry. Known as ZA Tech Show, the podcast is recorded weekly and is available at or through Apple’s iTunes Store.

The show’s format is an informal discussion about the latest developments in the world of technology. Topics that have been discussed in the first three shows include everything from the gaming console wars to the politics around undersea cables. The show hopes to draw in listeners through its irreverent approach to the subject matter.

“We hope that people will enjoy listening to the show in their cars, or wherever they happen to be,” says Brett Haggard, who came up with the idea of launching ZA Tech Show. “We want people to participate in the discussions and we welcome anyone to post their views at the website.”

The show’s regular contributors are Haggard and host Simon Dingle, both of whom work for Hypertext Media, as well as Ben Kelly from Finweek, Duncan McLeod from the Financial Mail and, and Jon Tullett from TechTarget SA. The show will also feature special guests from time to time.

“Because it’s a relatively informal show, we get to talk about the stories we didn’t cover in the past week and the stories behind some of the stories we did cover. And, of course, we get to provide our opinions on some of the more controversial happenings in the market,” says Dingle.

McLeod agrees. He says the show’s informal nature should help it attract a loyal listenership. “You’ve got five guys around a table who are absolutely passionate about technology. I think that passion flows through into the podcast.” Each Friday’s recording is generally available for download by the following Tuesday.