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Tenderfoot TV's new investigative podcast

Fri, 2019-02-22 06:55

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  • Podtrac have released January 2019 figures for the top 10 US podcast publishers, and top 20 US podcasts, using their service. NPR remains at #1, with a yearly increase in US unique audience from 16.3m to 17.9m. iHeartMedia has seen significant increases year-on-year, but their figures now include the StuffMedia purchases, so aren't comparable.

    • Podtrac only measures podcast publishers who opt in to their measurement service, and so these numbers are incomplete. Addtionally, Podtrac have removed all global figures from these reports this month: in December, NPR achieved 147m global downloads.
  • Bob Pittman, the CEO of iHeartMedia, is interviewed in a recent edition of AdAge AdLib.
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  • When Serial returns, it's focusing on the US public school system. It will be hosted by Chana Joffe-Waltthe, and for some reason the producers are keen to highlight that this will be "a limited series" rather than your actual Season 4.
  • Chartable think we're entering the global age of podcasts. There are lots of stats and data as to changing habits. If you read nothing else today, read this.
  • Following her promotion, Theo Balcomb from the NYT is interviewed in WWD about expansion plans for The Daily.
  • Jon Moore writes on basic mic techniques.
  • Apple Podcasts appears to have a branded embedded player, called the "Mezzanine Player Prototype". This player - designed to be embedded in a web-page - was sent to us as part of a press release. Of interest - the audio is hosted by Apple and is available in both MP3 and OGG varieties. A Google search reveals it's been used for Beats 1 video clips as well.
Podcasts
  • Tenderfoot TV and Cadence13 have announced To Live And Die In LA, an investigative podcast into the death of an aspiring actress, hosted by Neil Strauss. The podcast is set to launch next Thursday, Feb 28. (Tenderfoot TV / Cadence13 / Megaphone by Panoply)
  • What happens when people leave their regular routine and comfort zone and find themselves far from home, in foreign places and cultures unknown to them? 22.33 tells the life-changing stories that result. (Anchor)
  • Not Skinny But Not Fat is a podcast inspired by an Instagram account, covering the dating lives, drunken escapades, and makeup lines of superstar digital citizens. (Podglomerate / Megaphone by Panoply)

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Podcast company one of world's most innovative businesses

Thu, 2019-02-21 10:08

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The Winter Podcast Upfronts, an opportunity for podcast creators to pitch to ad agencies, was yesterday in Beverly Hills CA, USA. Here's what Digiday learnt at the event, including some very colourful descriptions of a shirtless comedian. At the event:

  • Wondery released their 2019 slate of programming. The company has new partnerships with the LA Times, Bloomberg, and a new documentary from Mark Ramsey, Inside Star Wars. The company h as also just launched One Plus One, about "the world’s greatest collaborations".
  • iHeartRadio announced a new slate of true crime podcasts, starting with season three of Disgraceland. The full press release contains a video trailer, and a note that the season 3 premiere will be played out on iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations the day before release.
  • WNYC's new slate includes a suite of podcasts featuring stand-up and storytelling from emerging and established comedians. They also previewed a new podcast from Gothamist, the hyper-local websites that WNYC purchased a year ago.
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  • Marvel's Wolverine: The Lost Trail has a release date: it'll be exclusively available on Stitcher Premium from March 25, it's been announced. (Stitcher Premium is US$4.99 monthly).
  • WaitWhat, the podcast creator and "media invention company" announced this morning that it has raised $4m in funding. The company was founded by former TED executives June Cohen and Deron Triff, and is responsible for the Webby award-winning Masters of Scale.
  • Sonaar have released a new Wordpress podcast theme - CastoPress includes a podcast audio plugin and offers "clean uncluttered aesthetics", say the developers.
  • Google Podcasts has mysteriously disappeared from Android Auto, report a number of annoyed Redditors (and your editor).
  • Spreaker has added trimming functionality to its iOS app.
  • The New York Times has promoted Theo Balcomb to Executive Producer of The Daily and News.

  • What podcast apps are Libsyn podcasts being consumed on? Stats from Libsyn's The Feed podcast, related to all podcasts downloaded on the platform, are shown above for December 2018. (We wrote these down for a presentation: but thought we'd also share them here.)
  • Congratulations to Cadence13, who have been recognised by Fast Company as one of the world's most innovative companies. They share the accolade with Twitch, Domino's, and Mozilla.
  • Event: Death Becomes Us is a true-crime festival in New York NY, USA from March 20-24. Events include "Creating Serial", with Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder.
Podcasts
  • Bawdy Storytelling is celebrating twelve years as a stage show this week; and the two-year-old podcast has just hit 1,000,000 downloads. It's a live storytelling podcast - much like The Moth but covering, ah, rather different subject matter. Fans of inclusive, empowering personal narrative storytelling will enjoy this. (Libsyn)
  • When Life Gives You Parkinson's has announced a content partnership with the 2019 World Parkinson Congress. The special series starts next week.
  • Radio Drama Revival, a podcast dedicated to showcasing the diversity and vitality of modern audio fiction, has announced new team members and an upcoming revamp. The new team members are Wil Williams and Elena Fernández-Collins, two popular podcast journalists and critics.
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Podcast Live launches in UK; and mobile data costs around the world

Wed, 2019-02-20 12:04

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  • Podcast Live is a new company in the UK, hoping to "take the UK’s leading factual podcasters into venues across the country to host interactive versions of their shows in front of a live audience". Their first event is on 7 April, featuring politics, with up to ten separate shows.
  • Since Spotify, Google Podcasts and others default to streaming (rather than downloading), does that matter? It sure does if mobile data costs a lot. Today, we went to look for the price of mobile data across the world - and found some astonishing differences between countries. A deal in India for $5.50 a month is twice as good as a deal costing $147 per month in Canada. (Coincidentally - podcasting appears to be growing fastest in India).
  • ESPN is all-in on podcasts. As we learn from Steven Goldstein, interviews ESPN's Traug Keller, ESPN's first podcast was in 2005; and podcasts skew significantly younger than any other platform at ESPN.
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Vox Media’s revenue from podcast advertising tripled 2017-2018, and should more than double again this year. Vox Media’s podcast business is an eight figure business; it now runs over 75 podcasts.

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The #2 radio advertiser is also the #2 podcast advertiser

Tue, 2019-02-19 11:15

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  • The #2 radio advertiser in 2017 is now also the #2 podcast advertiser, according to data from Magellan's podcast ad report for January. Magellan details all 110 ads the company found in the US top 2,000 Apple Podcasts trending chart. The top three: #3 Indeed, #2 Geico, and #1 ZipRecruiter. While this does show that US radio's $15.9bn annual revenue is beginning to come to podcasting (which stands at a more meagre $314m), none of radio's other big advertisers are yet visible in the podcast top 15.
  • Apple Podcasts, the default app on iPhone, gets a "mark as played" feature on the latest version of iOS 12.2.
  • Bruce Wawrzyniak of Now Hear This Entertainment has posted a blog post covering what he's learnt in five years of podcasting. More than just good marketing, he says.
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D'oh! Podcasting on The Simpsons

Mon, 2019-02-18 11:58

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  • The Simpsons featured podcasting, and Marc Maron, on their show over the weekend. Krusty the Clown was interviewed in Marc Maron's garage.
  • Panoply and Veritonic's partnership, which we mentioned on Friday, is worth exploring further. It includes some research on ads, saying "announcer-read" spots appear to perform 61% better than "host-read" spots. We weren't sure what the difference was, so we asked: an "announcer-read" spot is a more traditional pre-recorded radio spot ad; a "host-read" spot is where the podcast host reads and adlibs round a script. Our take: having personally done research on this in the past for radio, where host-read spots were three times as successful as pre-recorded spots, this is surprising.
  • Opinion: Dana Blankenhorn reckons we're about to see The Great Streaming Crash of 2019.
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Podcasts
  • The Quicky launches today, but it isn't the "first" Australian daily news podcast, even though we might have thought so on Friday. Sorry.
  • The Signal is another daily news podcast - sorry - from ABC Australia, covering a different story in depth every day, in an accessible manner. We enjoyed Friday's episode about the challengers to Donald Trump. Here's more about the podcast from the Sydney Morning Herald.
  • The Squiz is a daily news podcast for Australia - sorry - named one of the best Aussie podcasts of 2018: a double-hosted podcast with a quick rundown of stories.
  • Fancy a podcast from Trinidad? It's the height of their carnival season, and Talk 'Bout Us is a culture and carnival podcast from the country.
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The Quicky - a new daily news podcast for Australia

Fri, 2019-02-15 11:34

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  • Event: Winter Podcast Upfront 2019 will give advertisers, agencies and media a first look at the newest partnerships, talent and shows slated for 2019. It's the first to be held on the West Coast of the USA, in Beverly Hills CA, on Feb 20.

Stats and data

40% of Spanish internet users listen to podcasts - higher than the US, UK and France.

Podcasts
  • The Quicky launches on Monday: a new daily news podcast for Australia, that "will get you up to speed on the top stories, and deep dive on one topic you need to know more about, all in under 10 minutes". (Mamamia / Omny Studio)
  • Newt Gingrich is podcasting: Newt's World is a new podcast from Westwood One, launching on Sunday. A self-professed "podcast for thinkers", the press release says that this podcast isn’t about politics; it’s about exploring the past, present, and future to understand where we’ve been and where we’re going. (Westwood One Podcast Network / ART19)
  • Equal Parts is a good new podcast for Valentine's week - a series of true love stories, told by the couples themselves.
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Pandora's public podcast plans; Anchor's actual acquisition amount?

Thu, 2019-02-14 12:06

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  • Pandora's plans for podcasting are explained in this conference session video from AdWeek's BrandWeek with Alex White, who's VP of Content and Programming for Pandora. He says Pandora earns three times more ad revenue than the entire podcasting industry.
  • How much did Spotify pay for Anchor? Spotify's filing with the SEC says (right at the bottom) that "the Group entered into agreements to acquire Gimlet Media Inc. and Anchor FM Inc. for purchase consideration totalling approximately €300 million, primarily in cash." That's US $338m; so if Gimlet went for $230m, as Nick Quah reported, then Anchor looks like it went for $100m.
  • New podcast host Podcast.‌co has launched in beta. The company is based in Manchester, UK, and already operates radio cloud playout services.
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Podcasts
  • Should this exist? is a new podcast hosted by Flickr inventr Caterina Fake. It seeks to answer the question of our times: How is technology impacting our humanity? (WaitWhat / Quartz / ART19)
  • One of the hosts of Fantasy Football Hangover contacts Podnews in the hopes we'll cover his light-hearted podcast - which delves into the world of Fantasy Premier League (which apparently over 5 million people play worldwide). He starts his email asking if it can "feature on the HotPod": so loses the game instantly. (Audioboom)
  • The Australian has launched Who The Hell Is Hamish?, a podcast series about a jailed swindler. The newspaper published the very popular Teacher's Pet last year, which led to an arrest; however lawyers for Chris Dawson - who were in court today - claimed that the podcast may have contaminated the chance of a fair trial.
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Root of Evil podcast launches

Wed, 2019-02-13 12:13

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  • The new Turner Podcast Network show Root of Evil has its first episode today: it's a companion podcast to a TNT TV show, produced by Cadence13 in partnership with TNT, written and directed by Emmy® award-winner Zak Levitt, EVP of Documentary Content at Cadence13. We caught up with Tyler Moody, GM and VP of Turner Podcast Network, to ask more about it and the concept of companion podcasts in general for TV shows: and, of course, we also had to ask about the Spotify acquisition news. Read our Q&A in full.
  • Happy World Radio Day! Hindenburg is offering special discounts for its audio editing software today. It's part of their annual work with Cultural Survival to promote their mission to advance Indigenous Peoples' rights & cultures worldwide through radio.
  • Slate has announced a new podcasting membership platform, allowing podcasters to offer paid shows just for subscribers. The product is called SupportingCast.
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Apple tightens its terms of service

Tue, 2019-02-12 10:53

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  • Apple Podcast Connect, which contains Apple's analytics service, has published new terms and conditions. Included is added specific wording that reads:

For clarity, you must not aggregate (or permit any third-party to aggregate) analytics information provided to you by Apple as part of the Content Analytics Service with other content providers’ analytics information, or contribute such information to a repository for cross-content provider analytics.

This would appear to deliberately target companies like Chartable that pull in your Apple Podcast Analytics data with that of Spotify and your own podcast host, so that you've all your data in one place. Also, Spotify has tweaked its terms of service: they'll now immediately terminate your account if you are found to use ad blockers.

  • Chris Peterson, Exec Vice President for Podcasting at iHeartMedia, is leaving the company this week. AllAccess report he's off to work with Liontree to build out KindredCast a media and technology podcast.
  • Docupodcast Slow Burn is to be turned into a TV documentary series. EPIX are focusing on the first season, covering Watergate. Host Leon Neyfakh will be Executive Producer.
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  • Deliver Us launches tomorrow, featuring interviews with experts, advocates, and survivors to learn what the church can do to move forward from its sexual abuse scandal. (Libsyn)
  • Modern Adults "explores the modern adult landscape and asks the dumb questions about adulthood, so you don’t have to." (Libsyn)
  • Unknown History has launched a new season, featuring on the first twenty-four hours of D-Day. It's told in vignettes and alternating perspectives, from the pilots to sailors, and both from the eyes of Allied and Axis fighters, survivors share their tales of the ‘longest day’. (Libsyn)
  • Comedy scifi podcast Voyage to the Stars launches tomorrow, starring Felicia Day - it's "the misadventures of a group of misfits that accidentally found themselves on the wrong side of a wormhole, trying not to blow up the galaxy in their attempts to make the long journey home." (Earwolf / ART19)
  • The prize for the shortest podcast name? brb... is hosted by Eleanor, who is off travelling. She has no real plans so is following listener suggestions as to where to go, eat, sleep and more: so far these have found her Singapore's best bakery, Palawan's best boat tour and more... (Acast)
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Google Podcasts creator program bootcamp starts; and monetisation tips

Mon, 2019-02-11 12:47

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  • Our podcast pages have had a tweak: we now list Podchaser Creators like Answer Me This's Helen (Zaltzman) and Olly (Mann). We also show sparklines for the podcast chart information we list from Chartable, so you've a sense of whether a podcast is growing or falling. (Got data about podcasts? We'd love to integrate it).
  • This edition of Shareable Podcast features Edison Research's Tom Webster, known by many as the host of Infinite Dial and a great public speaker. He's interviewed in a show entitled 'Inside the World of Data-Driven Marketing'.

  • Is discoverability an issue in podcasting? Yes, writes Dan LeFebvre.
SpotiGimAnch A programming note

Last week was quite mentally exhausting, what with the GimAnchify news, and a set of big news stories breaking in my other business world; although at least I wasn't on holiday. My email inbox is a swamp of unread urgent email as a result; I hope to tackle it tomorrow.

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Artificial Intelligence adds visuals and context links to podcasts

Fri, 2019-02-08 11:02

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  • Entale, a visually augmented podcast player, has released a slew of new features. Entale 3.0 features artificial intelligence, adding extra information and context automatically to podcasts. Their Entale Original podcast Life and Lipstick performed, the company reports, extremely well - with "almost 50% of listening time spent interacting with content and a third of listeners shopping via the app." You can also sign up to test the Android app.
  • Transistor, a podcast host, have made their revenue figures public and open, and also the consumption figures for Build your Saas, their podcast. Their stats include information from Apple, Spotify and Podtrac.
  • Podest, a podcast app for iOS, has released a new version. Michael Nisi, the developer, wrote a lengthy blog post explaining why he's released it. Unusually, all its code is open on Github. He says: "I’ve open sourced the app, not only to give back to the community, from which I’ve learned so much, but also to improve code quality. The more components are used in other contexts, the better."
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Spotify+Gimlet+Anchor day 3
  • Our informed Anchor purchase price of $50m? We've now heard a few others claiming $25m. Either way, it was significantly smaller than Gimlet; which many found surprising.
  • Spotify is defanging Apple as podcasting's biggest threat, claims Rebel Base Media's Mark Asquith. "Apple is actually the biggest threat to podcasting," he says, attributing this to our Editor - who responds that "risk" might be the better word. Apple controls 85-90% of all podcast consumption through the iTunes API, which everyone uses to populate their own podcast apps (and, indeed, Podnews's podcast pages). Were they to remove this API tomorrow, that would be a significant business risk to all within the podcasting ecosystem.
  • Stratechery applies some deep analysis to Spotify's purchase of Gimlet and Anchor earlier this week; an interesting and informed read by someone outside the podcast business.
  • Kris Lawson, an Australian podcast producer, says that there are huge benefits for podcasters from the deal.
  • Recode carry a long, audio interview with Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber, and a transcription, on why they sold to Spotify.
  • Dave Lee of the BBC posts about the potential for targeted podcast ads with the Spotify deal.
  • The Verge gives ways Spotify could be a better podcast app.
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New podcast platform launches with $100m investment

Thu, 2019-02-07 08:15

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(There's lots about yesterday's Spotify+Gimlet+Anchor news below. But first...)

  • Himalaya have invested $100m in a launch of a "creator-focused, innovative podcast platform, network and community". The platform includes monetisation for podcasters, including tipping and follower bonuses; the company has signed a bunch of new shows, and partnered with Acast and Megaphone. It has expertise from the wildly successful Ximalaya FM platform in Asia.

    • You can claim your podcast on the Himalaya platform today.
  • Podcharts is out of beta. They've mailed users of the service with details of how to subscribe.
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Spotify+Gimlet+Anchor

Yesterday, Spotify bought Gimlet (a top-end podcast producer) and Anchor (a set of tools for making and hosting podcasts). Terms were not disclosed: pricing from those familiar with the sale appear to be about US$230m for Gimlet, and around US$50m for Anchor. Spotify's founder, Daniel Ek, blogged about the strategy, notably: "With the addition of Gimlet and Anchor, Spotify will now become the leading global podcast publisher with more shows than any other company." He also spoke on CNBC: "Our users who are listening to podcasts are listening to the platform almost twice as much." He is also quite bullish about the future, saying "I don't think it is unlikely that it is a Netflix type of story ... of us doubling that investment year over year to get more and more content."

  • Relax, Reply All listeners. Here's a full transcript of the investor's call - including Daniel Ek saying: "Just to be very clear, the goal is not with Gimlet nor with Anchor to make any of their existing content exclusive, but to focus on the content that we're developing at Spotify and make more exclusive deals going forward."
  • Anchor have also blogged to their users. "The way you create, distribute, and monetize on Anchor does not change."
  • Tom Webster points out Edison Research numbers showing that 25% of audio listened-to is speech programming (aka "podcasts"), which explains why Spotify want to invest in podcasting if they want to be the #1 audio platform in the world. He also suggests that this paves the way for commercial music in podcasts (since Spotify holds the licences) - and perhaps means a reinvention of music radio, too.
  • TechCrunch appears to have an interview with Spotify's Chief R&D Officer Gustav Söderström (though it's unclear when the interview was conducted). "We think this is the right time to invest. We could have continued on our own, but we think this is a great acceleration of the strategy we already had." The article also says that Anchor's branding and products will remain (though "it wouldn’t offer the same promise for Gimlet’s brand").
  • Former Gimlet staffer Nathan Baschez posts ten predictions based on the news. He predicts Anchor's technology will be used by local advertisers within Spotify's wider product.
  • Bello Collective's Amanda McLoughlin posts advice for podcasters following the buyout - particularly, that platforms are tools and not friends.
  • Dallas Taylor (Twenty Thousand Hertz) is good enough to post an honest thought: "All of my thoughts about the Gimlet/Spotify deal are clouded by my raging jealousy."
  • Helen Zaltzman (The Allusionist) points out that "the podcast gold rush times of the past few years have not really spread money around to lots more podcasters."
  • Zack Kahn (Vox Media) compares podcasting to radio - even with this big purchase of perhaps $260m, radio is still worth US$19bn. "We've got a ways to go", he adds.
  • James Cridland (Editor, Podnews) added: "The US podcast market is $314m. The Chinese podcast market is over $7bn. The Chinese use subscription as their primary model. If only Apple had every single iPhone user’s credit card details, and some kind of in-app payment system." He's being a little sarcastic.
  • Mark Mulligan, a music industry technologist, isn't convinced, citing a number of different reasons why "the future of podcasts may lie elsewhere".
  • Hot Pod's Nick Quah is on holiday in Malaysia, but still appears to have been interviewed by TechMeme's Ride Home podcast, and has written for NiemenLab. Get some rest, Nick.
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  • In a special edition of Start Here, Brad Mielke goes inside the chamber to hear the State of the Union speech for himself. From reporters, to analysts, to a surprise visit from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this edition breaks down the biggest moments.

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Breaking: Spotify buys Gimlet... and Anchor

Wed, 2019-02-06 12:43

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  • A preliminary schedule for the RAIN Podcast Business Summit, in New York NY next month, is highlighted in RAIN. (James Cridland, our editor, is moderating a panel on analytics.)
  • Spotify+Gimlet: Paul Colligan thinks that Gimlet will contain ads for Spotify, and that this is a valuable part of a purchase (if it comes). HotPod today contains lots more about the deal, and the promise/threat that "we’re going to [be] talking about every implication of this for a long time". Spotify has an investor's call today, so we've not heard the end of this story yet.
  • Google have released Live Transcribe, an app in limited release that automatically transcribes a conversation. Looks interesting; though applications for podcasting are limited - text cannot be copied for privacy reasons. Its primary focus is for the hearing impaired.
  • The Podcast Host has a full review of the RØDE Rødecaster Pro.
  • Anchor now allow you up to three podcast sponsorships per episode with their Anchor Podcast Sponsorships service. "Placing three segments all together in the middle of your episodes is, for most podcasts, likely going to be the most efficient path to profit," the company advise.
Podcasts
  • Fall of the Shah is a new, nine-part drama starring Diana Rigg and Iranian actors Moe Bar-El and Bijan Daneshmand, Fall Of The Shah tracks the downfall of the Shah of Iran in the late 1970s and the rise of a forceful new Islamic Republic. (BBC World Service)
  • Alone: A Love Story, the award-winning audio memoir by Michelle Parise, has just started its much-anticipated final season. "Last we checked, her post-divorce podcast had 5.3 million downloads," say the team. (CBC)
  • Playable Characters, "funny interviews with video game characters", is nearing episode 100, the creators - Brian McGuinness and Calvin Cato - say. King Bowser and Diddy Kong are two past guests.
  • Stupodity is a new podcast from Dan Le Batard's co-host, "Stugotz" (Jon Weiner). The first episode went live on Jan 31, and reached #1 in the Apple Podcast Charts.
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British Podcast Awards returns for 2019

Tue, 2019-02-05 11:43

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  • The British Podcast Awards have announced their return for 2019. Entries open today for 15 categories; writer and critic Miranda Sawyer, pictured above, has been announced as the new Chair of Judges. Here's a list of the winners from 2018; this will be the third year for the awards.
  • Apple's quarterly financial figures now include total active users on iPhone: there are 900m globally (and therefore 900m installations of Apple Podcasts). Analyst Benedict Evans estimates 2.5bn Google Android phones (which all have the Google Podcasts player installed, if not the full app), and a further 600m in China.
  • Patreon are having system difficulties, and podcasters (and others) have been waiting longer than usual for payouts. The site has been taken down for maintenance at times over the last few days. They're hoping to have sorted payment by the end of tomorrow (and if it helps, ours came in three hours ago).
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  • The impending launch of Podfan - membership for podcasts - was announced on Feb 1. It's like Patreon, but specifically for podcasts, says developer Jamie Perkins. It has a different payment model, too. You can reserve your Podfan URL today, though.
  • Looking back: Steven Goldstein blogs about what he saw at the Alexa conference; and the event management team of PodUK also blogged about their event.
  • Spotify and Gimlet - Kevin Goldberg shares his thoughts, pointing out "Apple has been mostly complacent on their podcast strategy, only minimally innovating their app, slow rolling their hyped analytics, and overall squandering their massive head start." Eric and Ely from the Bello Collective have a conversation about whether it's a good thing or not. And radio executive Stephen Martin makes an interesting point... "Does this mean that Gimlet podcasts could contain commercial music, at least within Spotify's castle walls? It could mean the advent of a new class of podcast; one that benefits music owners."
Stats and data
  • Edison Research have revealed that we're listening to less of our own music tracks (both CDs and MP3s). "Five years ago 38% of all Americans ages 13 and older listened to owned music at some point each day, today this has fallen by one-third to 25%." The company promises a further blog post to explain whether all this listening has moved to online music services like Spotify - we'd hope podcasts have a part to play too.
Podcasts
  • Gimlet have released Conviction, an investigative podcast that features a detective, Manuel Gomez, who is "straight out of a detective novel". All episodes were released yesterday, on "Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all podcast streaming apps". (Gimlet / Megaphone)
  • Trailblazers is a new podcast for "sound media professionals". Its first guest is correspondent and host of Planet Money, Robert Smith.
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  • Thank you to the world's biggest podcaster NPR, and to Synth, a short-form podcasting platform "in 256-second increments", for your kind support. You helped us make our podcast technical analysis service more robust.

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Spotify in talks to buy Gimlet Media

Mon, 2019-02-04 12:19

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Welcome to our new readers who've joined in the past week, including people from the BBC, the Sunday Times, KUOW, NPR, Turner, Himalaya, Entercom, the Washington Post, and from our new beneficent overlords, Spotify.

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Stats and data
  • "Brazil is now the second largest podcast download market in the world– bigger than the UK and Australia… combined." - Podcast stats from Brazil
Podcasts
  • Children's author and comic actor David Walliams has launched David Walliams' Marvellous Musical Podcast with Classic FM, a national UK classical music station. A new episode is being released every weekday for the next two weeks; it's intended to give children an introduction to classical music. (Global / DAX)
  • Jessica Harper, an award-winning actress, has announced Winnetka. The podcast is a weekly ten-episode memoir. Narrated and with original music by Jessica Harper, the podcast features the voices of the Harper family, who share in the telling of their remarkable story. (The Podglomerate / DAX)
  • The Family Tree returns for its final season. A piece of audio fiction presented as true, the majority of the action happens off-mic, spanning comedy, tragedy, adventure and interpersonal drama. If listening for the first time, you might want to go back to the first season, as a press release makes clear. (Libsyn)
  • Masters of Scale answers the question "how do companies grow from zero to a gazillion?" Legendary Silicon Valley investor / entrepreneur Reid Hoffman tests his theories with famous founders: this week's edition focuses on Hoffman himself. (WaitWhat / ART19)
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RØDE give away $150,000 of prizes

Fri, 2019-02-01 09:43

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  • RØDE, the Australian podcast equipment manufacturer, is giving away $150,000 worth of prizes in a competition announced today. The global competition is free to enter, and includes prizes from a variety of sources including Dave Jackson's School of Podcasting. The website has more info. Tip: RØDE is pronounced "road", and not "roadie". We asked.
  • Apple Podcasts has launched downloadable podcast analytics data from their Podcast Analytics portal. The company says we should "look for the Download button under the date control in the upper-right corner"; the information downloaded is a simple tab-separated-value file for use in spreadsheets. The email also asked podcasters to market how podcasts work on Siri.
  • Poddl·com is set to launch today. Inspired by Reddit, it's a social podcast aggregator that allows people to create groups ("subs") and add to other peoples', too. Here's the sub for podcasting as an example.
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Podcasts
  • The Ron Burgundy Podcast launches on Feb 7, but the trailer's there already. It starts with an exclusively produced theme tune (or Ron Burgundy singing "Ron Burgundy Podcast"). (iHeart / Megaphone)
  • NPR's first history podcast, Throughline, has launched, promising "the story and perspectives often missing from history textbooks to help you understand our world today".
  • Pew's After the Fact is two years old today, and celebrating 47 episodes and 85 guests. The podcast features nonpartisan analysis, with numbers and trends about society’s biggest challenges. (Libsyn)
  • All Inclusive, from the Ruderman Family Foundation, focuses on topics of advocacy and innovation relating to disability. Recent episodes include discussion of a mental health crisis for college students, and the dangers of contact sports. (Libsyn)
  • Seeking Peace: Stories of Women and War explores the role of women in war and peace. "Women are too often seen as victims of conflict; but they are leaders and often unsung heroes." (Georgetown's Institute for Women, Peace & Security / Megaphone)

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Podfest Expo in Orlando - Himalaya could pay for your travel

Thu, 2019-01-31 10:25

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  • Want to be at Podfest Expo in Orlando in early March, but can't cover the travel costs? Himalaya, the presenting sponsor of the event, have put a fund together to cover at least 50 podcasters' flights to PodFest. Tell Himalaya with the name of your show, where you're coming from, and why you want to be there to travel@himalaya.com by next Friday, 8th February - and mention you saw this in Podnews. (We'll be there too).
  • Acast are sponsoring the Diversity and Inclusion Award in the upcoming Australian Podcast Awards.
  • Megaphone by Panoply has integrated with Google Campaign Manager to help advertisers and agencies manage their campaigns. The Google product allows one view to manage creative and campaigns (here's an overview); historically, podcast advertising has been managed separately, and this should help podcasting appeal to new advertisers, says Megaphone.
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Data and stats
  • The Economist, a UK newspaper, says revenue through Acast has increased 50% year-on-year for their five podcasts. Podcast ads in the UK, according to Digiday, fetch around US$12 CPM.
Podcasts
  • The NAB Show in Las Vegas in early April is the largest collection of broadcasters and broadcast equipment anywhere. They've just launched the NAB Show Podcast to help you get the most out of the event. (Podnews will be there). (Spreaker)
  • The Europeans covers the most interesting stories and most fascinating people from Europe. (And no Brexit! Yay!) Hosted by a reporter in Paris and an opera singer in Amsterdam, it's back for season three. (Anchor)
  • Hi-Phi Nation returns for a new season: its first since joining the Slate Podcast Network. "We investigate stories, from the serious to the whimsical, the profound and the mundane, that raise thought-provoking, consequential questions, and we answer them with the help of philosophers." (Slate / Megaphone)
  • Web of WMN is a new podcast seeking "to trace the many interconnected and diverse relationships women have, through interviews on topics relating to gender, politics, career, religion and more", and a clever premise of interviewing four women, then each of those women chooses a woman from her life to interview, and so on. (Anchor)
  • Engineering Reimagined is a leadership podcast from Aurecon, a digital engineering and advisory company. Of interest: the podcast's website, integrated into the company's main site, contains comprehensive contextual information for listeners. (Nearly / Omny Studio)

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WerkIt launches a podcasting pay survey, and new podcasts from Tenderfoot TV

Wed, 2019-01-30 11:04

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  • SoundCloud may have lost a co-founder this week (Jan 28), but Music Business Worldwide reports that its 2017 accounts (just filed in the UK) say that its revenue grew by 80% and topped US$100m. SoundCloud "also surpassed its full year 2018 growth plan".
  • MakeUseOf has published its 8 best podcast apps for Android listicle. Pocket Casts is their #1; Google Podcasts is missing.
  • Job: Executive Producer, WSJ Gimlet Podcast, in New York NY, USA.
Podcasts
  • The latest episode of Chartable Radio has, as a guest, the Editor of Podnews, James Cridland. If you fancy thirty minutes of an "aloof British accent", knock yourself out. (Tech note: recorded using CleanFeed). (Libsyn)
  • Launching today, Let's Get Civical is "made up of equal parts civics class and comedy show". The podcast description promises: "This stuff is confusing and we’ve made it our mission to break it down so we all understand what the FDR is going on. It’s like being in American Government class with your BFFs! But no exams. We promise!" (More Banana Productions / Libsyn)
  • The Strategerist is a podcast from the George W Bush Institute (hence the Saturday Night Live joke). Hosted by Andrew Kaufmann, guests include Carly Fiorina, Fox News Harris Faulkner, conservationist James Farmer, and the first Afghan female pilot since the fall of the Taliban Niloofar Rahmani. (Libsyn)
  • S#xual health podcast The S#x Wrap, which answers listener questions each week – typically questions that people are too afraid to ask at home, too embarrassed to ask at school, too hard to ask their partners, or too concerned with corporate email servers to write its name properly. The hosts are public health specialists: Spring is an associate professor at CUNY school of public health; Andrew is currently an assistant professor of public health at the University of Miami. One for your "top ten Valentine's Day podcasts" listicles? (Podglomerate / Megaphone)

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Overcast adds instant search; the NYT helps new podcast listeners

Tue, 2019-01-29 12:04

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  • Overcast, a popular iOS podcast app, has released v5.1. The author, Marco Arment, is most proud of instant search (which uses a cache on your device). Data point: over 80% of podcasts are added in Overcast by searching.
  • Beginner's Guides to Getting Into Podcasts are two-a-penny online, and we don't normally link to them. Unless they're from the New York Times. It contains recommendations from many different writers. (They recommend Google Play Music as an Android app, though, which is disappointing - and shows how far Google Podcasts has to go to market itself.)
  • Procast, an iOS podcast app from Germany, is now also available for Android. It's based on an inbox concept powered by a fast cloud-based backend. Privacy is highly valued - it's free, and has no advertising.
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  • A new podcast studio has opened in Warren OH, USA.
  • In case you missed it: we're monitoring many different things about podcasts to help the industry.

    • Our podcast availability list shows that, in general, every podcast is available in Google Podcasts as well as Apple Podcasts, though Spotify still only lists about 60%
    • Our technical podcast analysis shows that 128kbps is the relative standard for stereo podcasts, but mono podcasts are just as likely to be 64kbps or 128kbps. Most podcasts are coming in around -16 LUFS in terms of loudness (more info); but many are much, much quieter.
Stats and data
  • Civic Science has done an (online) poll on podcast listening. The figures are markedly different to Edison Research (which doesn't use online polling) - Civic Science claims only 8% of Americans listen weekly; Edison Research claims 17%; and similar surveys in other countries reflect Edison Research's numbers. Still, there may be something to glean from this data.
Podcasts
  • The Intelligence launches today: it's The Economist's new daily podcast. "Global illumination from The Economist’s worldwide network of correspondents as they dig past the headlines to get to the stories beneath—and to stories that aren’t making headlines, but should be."

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