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.

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

Crime Junkies Update

There’s been an escalating development with the plagiarism accusations levelled against the Crime Junkie podcast by reporter Cathy Frye, who initially alleged in a comment on the podcast’s Facebook page posted on 15 August that her copyrighted investigative series “Caught in the Web” had been used “almost verbatim” as the basis for an episode about […]

September 3, 2019

Insider: August 30, 2019

Acast has received €25 million in financing from the European Investment Bank as part of an unusual “quasi-equity” deal. Wait, what? Also: Ximalaya, plus Spotify-Anchor integration

August 30, 2019

Let the Music Play

Music on podcasts has been, especially in the amateur and semi-pro space, a problem basically since the medium has existed. Podcasts are by default distributed and consumed globally, and therefore there’s a really complicated tangle of different copyright laws and jurisdictions to unravel if you are going to try and correctly licence commercial music for […]

August 27, 2019

Wanted: Podcast Broker

I bang on all the time here about the differences between podcasting in the UK and the US. The tldr version is this: the fundamental differences between US public radio and the BBC, the lack of venture capital money, and so far the non-existence of major UK podcast networks, as well as disparities of scale […]

August 27, 2019

Insider: August 23, 2019

August 23, 2019

August 22, 2019

Conan invents podcasting, Disney Music Group, Podcast revenue now accounts for one third of Barstool’s business

August 22, 2019

PodPass: Open vs. Closed

It’s becoming increasingly common to monetise podcasts via a direct connection with listeners, whether that’s from merchandise, donations, live events or bonus or ad free content. Big networks and publishers are doing it (eg Wondery Plus, Stitcher Premium, Slate Plus, etc) and independent creators are too (via Patreon, Memberful, or other solutions). The tech required […]

August 22, 2019

Fun for the Kids

A new children’s podcast network has launched in the UK, growing out of Fun Kids, a national children’s radio station based in London. As well as the station’s own stable of podcasts, the network includes The Week Junior Show, an extension of Dennis Publishing’s The Week Junior magazine, and Storynory, a kids’ storytime podcast that […]

August 22, 2019

A Check-In with Forever35

Back in January, I interviewed Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer from the Forever35 podcast all about their first year as an independent business. At the time, they had clocked 4 million downloads off slightly over ninety episodes in 2018, and basically handled the entire sponsorship pipeline by themselves. In July, Shafrir and Spencer released a […]

August 22, 2019