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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
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Illustration: “In the Time of Corona, a New Volleyball”

March 24, 2020
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New York Times acquires Audm

The New York Times Company acquires Audm, a subscription-based service that creates performed narrations of longform features. (Here’s the announcement post.) If you’re unfamiliar with Audm, you might have seen its embed player running at the top of selected features that run on the websites of publications like the New Yorker and The Atlantic. The […]

March 24, 2020
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Tracking: March 24, 2020

Spotify launches Podcast API, which is meant to allow developers to build apps and other digital experiences that could help listeners discover new podcasts on the platform. The audio streaming platform rolled out the API on Friday, and according to the corporate blog post on the matter, it will function similarly to Spotify’s music-related APIs. […]

March 24, 2020
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Insider: March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020
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Insider: March 19, 2020

  • Follow-up to Coronavirus and Pods
  • Revolving Door
  • Axios-Pushkin daily pod… and more!
March 19, 2020
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The Coronavirus Issue: Editor’s Note

Hey folks, More so than anything else in a very long time, the global coronavirus pandemic is a total event against which almost everything will be reorganized, whether it’s by virtue of its immediate effects on daily life or its longer-term economic impact. You can bet your ass we’re taking all of it very seriously […]

March 16, 2020
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The Coronavirus Issue: Battle Tactics for the Pandemic Prepared Workplace

First of all, shouts to KUOW’s excellent Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace podcast, apologies for copping the title, it just stuck in my head and I couldn’t help it. Anyway, speaking of KUOW — the Washington state public radio station with an office in Seattle, the first US city to get really slammed by […]

March 16, 2020
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The Coronavirus Issue: Independents

For the past few days, I’ve been reaching out to independent podcasters wherever I can, hoping to understand a bit better how the measures being taken in response to the spread of coronavirus are affecting them. While the implications of social distancing and quarantine will be felt by everybody no matter where they work, being […]

March 16, 2020
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The Coronavirus Issue: I Heard You Record in Closets, by Rob Byers

I know there’s a fairly large segment of the Hot Pod readership that have deep experience with work-from-home arrangements and distributed workflows. After all, on the one hand, podcasting has long been the domain of DIY broadcasters, and on the other hand, the radio producer community is rich with office-free freelance mercenaries who are well-versed […]

March 16, 2020