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11/13/2019


➤The UK’s first all-podcast radio station is to launch shortly. Podcast Radio will be available across London, and was announced this morning at RAIN Summit Europe. “We already have a wide variety of podcast partners to provide content and this will be growing over the next few months as we bring on some big names,” says Gerry Edwards, Podcast Radio’s CEO.

Podcasts on Pandora are now available in their website and desktop app. Pandora now boasts “thousands of shows”, using their Podcast Genome Project announced last year. You can listen to Podnews on Pandora if you’re in the US; if not, here’s what it looks like

➤Data: 24% of audio listening is to the spoken word, not to music. NPR and Edison Research’s Spoken Word Audio Report has been released - the survey reveals that spoken word consumption (which includes podcasting as well as speech radio) has increased considerably in the past five years.

➤Using a little music that you know you shouldn’t? Pex, which automatically scans social media for unauthorised use of commercial music, is now automatically scanning podcasts for music. It can identify clips as short as half a second. (Here’s our guide on how to use commercial music in your podcast).

The nominees for the iHeartMedia Podcast Awards 2020 are out. “In addition, the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards will present three Icon Awards to pay tribute to the creators, organizations and podcasts that have made groundbreaking contributions to podcasting’s expanding role in today’s popular culture.”

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11/12/2019






➤63% of the world’s smartphones run Android, say ScientiaMobile, however Apple iOS slightly gained over Android in the last quarter. At least 80% of Android users have the Google Podcasts player, if not app, preinstalled; Android users can also use Spotify, Pocket Casts or other apps, but not, of course, Apple Podcasts. (We’ve updated our Google Podcasts FAQ today).

Forever Dog’s comedy podcasts will be on Stitcher Premium first, the companies have announced. Shows will play first on the Stitcher Premium platform, released ad-free and in multi-episode sets: described as “binge-friendly”.

YouTube have released new terms of service, which allow the company to terminate your access if YouTube think you’re “no longer commercially viable”. The company says this is nothing to worry about. We’ve added them to our unusual terms of service section.

➤The BBC and UK pay-TV operator Sky have agreed a new content and technology partnership. The press release notes “The broadcasters are also exploring a range of other partnership opportunities, including the availability of BBC Sounds on Sky and NOW TV platforms”. NOW TV is a rebadged Roku device within the UK.

Podcation 2, an audio fiction creation event, will take place in mid May in Salem MA. Last time, the event was responsible for the birth of Jupiter Saloon ▸. The press release goes into more detail; applications are being accepted until November 22.

➤Transcriptions come cheap - very cheap, according to this contributor, claiming that Rev·com has cut its base rate by a third to US $4.50 per hour, pre-tax. The US federal government has mandated a minimum wage of $7.25.

➤Storyboard, an app for hosting private podcasts, has launched a new Enterprise plan including single sign-on capabilities.

➤Entries for the Publisher Podcast Awards close on November 22. The event celebrates the best in podcasts from media and publishing organisations, and is open worldwide.

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11/11/2019






Spreaker Prime generated over $1m of podcast ad revenue in its first three months, according to the company. More than $600,000 went directly to podcasters. Spreaker Prime launched on July 30, using Podnews sponsorship as part of its launch.

➤A study of over 3,000 16-39 year-olds across eight countries in the Asia-Pacific region reveals that close to three-quarters of them listen to podcasts; 40% on a weekly basis. 36% preferred replayed radio shows featuring their favourite personalities, according to the data from Xtra Insights.

➤Entercom CEO David Field gave the prices paid in cash for Cadence13 ($34m) and Pineapple Media ($14m) in an earnings call; that’s below the reported prices at the time. The company, which owns RADIO·COM, has announced that it’s to get onto Bixby voice assistants

iHeartMedia’s digital revenue, including podcasting, rose by 33% in Q3 2019. Broadcast revenue shrunk by 0.6%; and overall income slid by an alarming 24.6% year-on-year.

Triton Digital paid $8.5m for Omny Studio, it was revealed in owner Scripps’s earnings call. Triton Digital revenue is down more than 10% but is refocusing on core businesses. Revenue at Stitcher is up by 41.4%, says the iHeart-owned InsideRadio.

Is Spotify using WebSub? Our Editor dives into our podcast server logfiles to discover.

Fireside, a podcast host, has a number of additional features including dashboard dark mode, shareable videos, automatic episode tweets, and player enhancements.

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11/08/2019



Adobe have given a preview of automatic de-umming, in a piece of work they’ve called #ProjectSoundSeek powered by Adobe Sensei. They also demonstrated #ProjectAwesomeAudio, a way to remove noise, fix EQ, compression and more at the touch of a button. The sessions are described as 'Sneaks’, and the website notes that “some of these innovations actually make it into Adobe products”, so it’s unlikely that they’ll be launched imminently.

Anchor has launched a product to produce trailers for your podcast. Here’s an example.

➤Podtrac has released new top ten publisher rankers for US audience. NBC News debuts at #9. The data’s opt-in. The number of iHeart listed shows have increased from 268 to 299 - iHeart has declined to send us a list.

➤The share of time spent listening to spoken word audio has increased 20% since 2014, and this growth is cutting into time spent with music. So says the to-be-released Edison Research and NPR Spoken Word Audio Report: you can register for the free webinar here.

Google Podcasts has had a small tweak, reports Android Police, enabling multple episode select. You’ll need to be running the latest beta of the Google app to see it. The product still has no automated downloads.
Google Podcasts was launched 17 months ago. Google Play Music Podcasts, an entirely different product, is still, confusingly, operating in some countries.
We, and podcast hosts in general, are still unable to programmatically check whether a podcast is listed in Google Podcasts, after changes the company made in early August.
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11/07/2019



➤Music app Deezer has added a dedicated 'shows’ tab in their app for podcasts and other content including radio. It’s now live in their iOS app.

NPR has announced a new, Saturday, edition of their daily news program Up First ▸. It starts this weekend, delivered by 8am.

➤JetBlue, a US airline, has signed a deal with Spotify for podcasts in their in-flight entertainment system. As the airline’s exclusive podcast partner, the agreement will bring podcasts from Anchor, Gimlet, Parcast and Spotify Studios to seatback screens.

A new podcast network has been launched by 30-year-old CurtCo Media, based in Malibu in California.

➤Podcast host Transistor has a new website (built using Statamic and Tailwind CSS). They’ve also announced that they’re now supporting 1% for the planet, giving 1% of sales to environmental nonprofits around the world.

ART19 also has a new website, and a slightly tweaked logo. See it below, in our “gold supporters” section: we’re grateful to the company for going for gold this week. (You can be like them).

➤BBC Sounds has 2.7m weekly active users in the UK, the BBC’s Alison Winter announced at the ASI Conference in Prague yesterday.

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