Caroline Crampton

Caroline Crampton is a UK based journalist who has been writing about podcasts since 2014. Her journalism has appeared in publications including the Guardian, Lenny, the New Statesman and the Millions. She is a regular speaker and media commentator on the state of the podcast industry.

Insider: January 24, 2020

– Entercom announces a collaboration with Claritas on a new campaign measurement tool

– Spotify-Audity

– Multitude, the podcast collective, shows its numbers… and more!

January 24, 2020

Big Changes at the BBC

The BBC Director General Lord Hall has announced that he will be stepping down from his post in the summer. He will then take up the position as chair of the National Gallery. The reason given for his departure from the BBC at this point was the desire to have a new leader in place […]

January 21, 2020

Turn on the Big Light

The scarcity of podcast networks is something that I hear lamented quite a bit in the UK. With these discussions, I think what’s being meant tends to be in the Radiotopia vein — a collection of disparate shows with some commonalities, gathered together under one recognisable brand name for reasons of collaboration on both the creative […]

January 21, 2020

Insider: January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020

The Broccoli is Served

One of the big 2019 developments for UK podcasting was the announcement of Sony Music’s joint venture with producer Renay Richardson, which takes the form of a London-based production company called Broccoli Content. Given that Sony seems to be seeking out quite a few of these strategic partnerships at the moment — others formed so […]

January 14, 2020

Breaking Down the BBC’s Latest Numbers

Just before Christmas, the BBC put out a press release announcing “record listening on BBC Sounds” and hailing “a surge in podcast listening.” There are now three million weekly users for “the BBC’s digital home for all audio,” it said, a major increase on the 1.3 million figure announced in June 2019. For the first […]

January 14, 2020

Insider: January 9, 2020

– Luminary comings and goings, podcast-wise

– Spotify is apparently working on a daily sports podcast

– Podcast appearances as part of Oscar campaigning?

January 9, 2020

2020: Year in Preview

I’m something of a gambling man — though, Uncut Gems might’ve sworn me off sports betting forever — and if there’s anything I feel confident enough to throw my house down as collateral on, it’s this: 2020 is going to be a busy-as-hell. Between whatever is happening with the platforms, the increasing in-flow of money […]

January 7, 2020

Insider: December 20, 2019

Closing notes for the year

December 30, 2019

2019 in Review: Choice and the Year of Freaking Out

When I think back over the past twelve months, it’s the freakouts that stand out to me. A lot has happened this year, between the acquisitions and the consolidations and the sheer volume of new episodes cascading into feeds. But it’s not the actual happenings themselves that I remember most clearly — it’s the messages […]

December 17, 2019