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Insider: September 12, 2019

– Vox Media’s Recode will debut Reset, as part of its expanded partnership with Stitcher, on October 15

– The Athletic and Wondery are making a daily sports news baby

– More on the strategic aspect of the NPR Morning Edition on Smart Speaker product

 

September 12, 2019
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Platisher, Ye Cometh

Spotify has made two interesting personnel moves to bolster its podcast development pipeline around two key genres, sports and news, according to a report by The Information that dropped on Friday. Firstly, the company has hired Amy Hudson, most recently the sports media partnerships lead at Facebook, to oversee its sports programming assets. Secondly, David […]

September 10, 2019
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NPR’s New CEO

Last Thursday, NPR’s board of directors announced Jarl Mohn’s replacement as the chief executive of the public radio mothership: John Lansing, a veteran media executive who currently serves as the head of the US Agency for Global Media (formerly known as the Broadcasting Board of Governors), the federally-funded agency that oversees government-owned international broadcasters like […]

September 10, 2019
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Career Spotlight: Hana Walker-Brown

Hana Walker-Brown is an award-winning documentary maker, composer, producer and writer based in London, where she currently works as an executive producer at Audible. In this edition of Career Spotlight, Walker-Brown talks to us about pointing the microphone in the right direction, adversity as a theme, and using your big ‘ol Doc Martens to keep […]

September 10, 2019
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Tracking: September 10, 2019

The thing about the Apple App store… The New York Times published a report yesterday, which essentially revisits a Wall Street Journal article from July, about how Apple’s app store seems to often privilege the company’s own apps over everyone else’s. It’s a topic that fuels broader on-going complaints over anti-competitive behavior by big technology […]

September 10, 2019
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Insider: September 6, 2019

– The closure of the BBC iPlayer Radio app will begin on 16 September

– NPR names veteran media executive John Lansing as new CEO

– Acast has become the latest publisher to switch to using IAB v2 guidelines for measurement

September 6, 2019
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Insider: September 5, 2019

– Axios: Himalaya might not actually have $100 million in funding

– Sword and Scale creator threatens legal action against the creator of Obscura

– NPR’s Morning Edition can now be streamed over Alexa smart speakers, local content included

September 6, 2019
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What happens in the absence of recognition?

“I’ve achieved a peculiar sort of success,” said Nate DiMeo, creator of The Memory Palace, when we spoke over the phone last week on the occasion of the podcast being featured as the subject of a Radiolab episode that dropped last week. By “peculiar,” DiMeo was referring to what he perceives as the podcast’s cult […]

September 3, 2019
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Closed Captioning

Back in July, Audible announced a new feature called “Captions,” which uses automated transcription to produce read-along text that appears on a smartphone screen while an audiobook as playing. The company pitched this very much as an “educational” resource, pledging to offer free access to students and schools as well as providing the option to […]

A legal skirmish between Audible and book publishers over text captioning is a harbinger for future audio world conflicts.

September 3, 2019
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Feature Misalignment

Ashley Carman over at The Verge — who, by the way, is doing great work on the podcast beat — pubbed a fascinating piece last week on a pernicious phenomenon: the weaponization of one-star reviews on Apple Podcasts to actively harm other podcasts. The Verge piece was built on a few key examples. There’s a […]

What the Weaponization of One Star-Reviews Tells Us About Apple Podcasts

September 3, 2019