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Insider: April 3, 2020

  • BBC Homeschool Strand
  • Acast Revenue Doubles
  • Hand Washing Pod
April 3, 2020
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Insider: April 2, 2020

  • Stitcher Listening Data
  • Resources for Freelancers
  • Guidance on Narrative
April 2, 2020
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Pandemic Watch: March 31, 2020

Let’s kick off with some data. Podtrac published their latest report on listening trends amid the coronavirus crisis last night, which draws from data up until Sunday, and the growth slowdown continues. Some top-lines: US podcast downloads — for shows measured by Podtrac — decreased by 4% in the week ending on March 29. For […]

March 31, 2020
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Kids Podcasts See a Bump

It’s a no brainer to intuit that the news podcast genre would see a ton of action during the coronavirus pandemic. But they’re far from the only genre to do so. As it happens, kids podcasts are also experiencing a bump in this extraordinary moment, as school closures and social isolation recommendations across the country […]

March 31, 2020
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Illustration: “Kid Casts”

March 31, 2020
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For Sports Pods, What Now?

No matter what industry you’re part of, work at the moment feels completely alien and bizarre. But if that industry happens to be sports media, well, then that sensation is especially strong, because the very thing you cover has literally stopped happening. (For the most part.) As far back as January 22, sporting events that […]

March 31, 2020
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El hilo: A New Spanish Language News Podcast

The work must go on. Last Friday saw the launch of a new podcast from the team at Radio Ambulante: El hilo, a Spanish-language weekly news show focused on covering Latin America and the US. The podcast, they say, is designed to deliver stories in a style similar to Radio Ambulante, but grounded in a […]

March 31, 2020
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Insider: March 27, 2020

March 31, 2020
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Insider: March 26, 2020

March 26, 2020
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Uncharted Waters

Like the rest of the United States (well, almost), the American podcast business experienced a sudden disruption over the past week as an increasing proportion of the American populace was made to sharply limit their time outdoors as part of the effort to slow the coronavirus pandemic. New York and Los Angeles, hot-beds of both […]

March 24, 2020
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What the Virus means for BBC Sounds

A really long time ago — by which I mean, January — one of the biggest UK media stories concerned the future of the BBC. Back then, I laid out all the competing arguments, and looked at how Boris Johnson’s victory in the December 2019 general election could alter the manner in which public service broadcasting […]

March 24, 2020