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Image caption Ben Hammerseley who inadvertently christened the podcast

One night 15 years ago journalist Ben Hammersley was on a deadline at the Guardian newspaper, writing a column on internet radio blogs.

He filed the piece and then, just as he was packing up, got a last minute call from the subs desk (the team that give stories a final check).

“They said: ‘We need one more sentence – just to fill the page,'” the British writer says.

“So I wrote something pompous like: ‘And what should we call this new phenomenon – audioblogs? How about podcasts?'”

A few months later Ben received a call from the Oxford English Dictionary.

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