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.

On the Airwaves

For pretty much as long as there have been podcasts, there have been people trying to put them on the radio. As far back as 2005 CBS Radio transformed KYCY into “K-You Radio” — which broadcast podcast episodes around the clock until it was shuttered in 2007 — and as recently as last year iHeartRadio […]

February 18, 2020

Insider: February 14, 2020

February 14, 2020

Pay to Snooze

Pretty much every night, I take a train journey north along the coast of Norway. As a chronically bad sleeper, I’ve tried a lot of different things to make it easier for me to drop off. Some were a disaster — turns out, pillow sprays make me sneeze — but eventually I worked out, as many […]

February 11, 2020

Insider: February 7, 2020

February 7, 2020

New Sony Venture, This Time with the UK’s Somethin’ Else

Sony Music Entertainment has announced another podcasting venture today, this time in the shape of a partnership with UK audio company Somethin’ Else. This continues the recent run of Sony investments in audio — previous examples include Jonathan Hirsch’s Neon Hum Media, Adam Davidson-Laura Mayer’s ThreeUncannyFour and Renay Richardson’s Broccoli Content. Somethin’ Else is a […]

February 4, 2020

The State of Podcast Merch

This weekend, I went to the PodUK convention in Birmingham. I attended, and wrote about, the inaugural version of this event last year, and my experiences on Saturday were largely similar, in that I found it to be a really warm and inclusive event rooted in the podcast fan experience, a far cry from other […]

February 4, 2020

Big Shifts at the BBC

Things have really hotted up on the BBC beat since I wrote my overview of the public broadcaster’s predicament in last Tuesday’s newsletter. I laid out, in some detail, the ramifications of the different updates in Friday’s Hot Pod Insider, in brief: the BBC is cutting 450 jobs from its news division in order to […]

February 4, 2020

What is the role of the BBC in 2020?

In 2022, the BBC will mark the centenary of its founding. Although it didn’t actually become a public service corporation until 1926, I’m fairly certain there will be plenty of upbeat programming released to commemorate its historic beginning. People who love the BBC will get teary and nostalgic, those who love to bash it will […]

January 28, 2020

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