F.Y.I.

Christopher Pyne launches ‘Pyne Time’ podcast series

Former defence minister Christopher Pyne has launched a podcast series – Pyne Time – which will see him interview prime ministers, political journalists and comedians, released through Podcast One Australia.

The announcement:

Prime ministers, political journalists and a comedian – The Hon Christopher Pyne will speak to all of them in his new podcast series Pyne Time on PodcastOne Australia.

The former Australian Defence Minister served for twenty-six years in the Australian House of Representatives having been first elected in 1993, at aged twenty-five.

Now he is going behind the mic to use his unique charm, humour and interviewing skills to chat with Prime Ministers, Journalists, Media personalities and Business leaders. Finally, Christopher gets to turn the tables. From being the guest that had to have all the answers, to the one that gets to unearth the stories that have never been told before.

The first, six-part podcast series, is the latest offering from PodcastOne Australia network. Head of Podcasting for PodcastOne Australia, Grant Tothill said, “Christopher Pyne had an incredible political career, spanning a quarter of a century, and was well-known for his quick wit and banter. After several meetings, I too understood the effect he has on people – something I like to call ‘the Pyne effect’.”

“We knew he would be a compelling interviewer with his own unique style and could bring his knowledge and skills to a completely different medium – the world of podcasting.

“We’re delighted to have the Pyne Time Series as part of our network and I’m sure once people hear the podcast, they’ll find them engaging, interesting and thought-provoking stories that definitely show a different side of Christopher and his guests.”

Mr Pyne said, “Until I was asked to do Pyne Time, I thought podcasting had something to do with shelling peas, now I realise I wasted twenty-six years of my life in Parliament – I should have been doing this long ago. It’s a fun series, my guests get into the spirit of the podcast and have fun. I’m already looking forward to the second series – assuming I don’t get boned.”

Christopher Pyne was first elected as the Member for Sturt in South Australia in 1993. He was a Minister across the Howard, Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison Governments serving as Minister for Ageing, Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Industry Innovation and Science and Minister for Defence Industry and Defence responsible for delivering a $200 billion build-up of Australia’s military capability, the largest in its peacetime history. He retired from politics in early 2019.

In episode one, Pyne speaks to his “unlikely friend”, Project host and comedian Peter Helliar about their relationship and Peter’s interest in politics. A new episode will be released weekly.

Pyne Time will be available on the PodcastOne Australia network from Monday October 14.

Source: Podcast One Australia media release

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