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Acast expands into Canada

Acast has this week opened a new operation in Canada, with Heather Gordon coming over from the CBC to lead it as Managing Director. This is the tenth territory that the Swedish podcast company is now covering in this way, following moves into Ireland in December 2019 and Mexico in February 2020, and a continuation […]

September 22, 2020
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The Sporkful turns the decade

Dan Pashman’s award-winning food podcast — or podcast about food, rather — celebrates its tenth year anniversary this month, and the team is marking the occasion with a few things. Over the course of this week, the show is publishing updated re-releases of three episodes chosen by its listeners: Searching for the Aleppo Sandwich, Katie’s […]

September 22, 2020
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September 22, 2020
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Tracking: September 22, 2020

News, broadly… Sony Music Entertainment has announced a development partnership with Campside Media, the podcast studio founded by magazine journalists Josh Dean, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Matt Shaer along with screenwriter-producer Adam Hoff. Their first project will be a true crime/con scandal story, natch. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, together with BuzzFeed News, is pumping out […]

September 22, 2020
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Insider: September 18, 2020

  • Spotify Employees vs. Joe Rogan
  • New Sony Venture
  • Thirst Aid Kit ends… and more
September 20, 2020
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Insider: September 17, 2020

  • Amazon Music adds podcast distribution
  • Jake Shapiro joins Apple Podcasts
  • Follow-up to the NPR Bundle… and more!
September 17, 2020
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What’s the deal with New Audible?

The past few weeks have been suspiciously busy for Audible, as far as the audiobook giant and “podcasts” are concerned. The company issued several exclusive program announcements claiming use of the word — see: “NBA and Audible team up for ‘Beyond The Last Dance’ podcast” (CNN) and “Audible, Sesame Workshop Launch ‘Sesame Street’ Podcast” (Variety), […]

September 15, 2020
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The Bundle

Last week, NPR announced that it will start bundling local news content with Consider This, its relatively new afternoon daily news podcast. This sounds like a small and wonky thing, but it’s really a huge step forward towards whatever public radio is supposed to become as the position of traditional broadcast radio continues to be […]

September 15, 2020
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September 15, 2020
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Tracking: September 15, 2020

News, broadly… Oprah has launched a book club podcast that’s exclusive to the Apple Podcast platform. The project is said to be an extension of the partnership between media mogul and Apple, which has primarily taken the shape of an Apple TV+ program. Here’s the Hollywood Reporter on the matter. Charlamagne Tha God and iHeartMedia […]

September 15, 2020