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.

Forever35 Takes Care of Itself

I’ve been listening to Forever35, a podcast with the self-stated subject of “the things we do to take care of ourselves,” since it launched in January 2018. The podcast sees Los Angeles-based writers Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer staging a relaxed, conversational show discussing various aspects of “self-care.” Within their context, the commonly-deployed buzzword is […]

January 22, 2019

Governments have podcasts, too

It’s been quite a week for the British government. The prime minister lost a major vote with serious constitutional implications by a historically large margin, and it’s still very unclear whether anyone will be able to figure out what Brexit really entails by the March deadline. And while all of that was going on, the Department for International Trade (DIT) dropped its very own podcast, Local to Global

January 19, 2019

Robot Voices Update

I wrote a piece back in October about Pocket’s revamped text to speech feature inside its read it later app. In it, I posited that I didn’t yet think that the robots were coming for all the audio jobs, but that AI and automated reads would become more common in the coming months and years…

January 19, 2019

Sounding Off

A small storm was kicked up among listeners of the BBC’s popular Fortunately… podcast last week, when digital and podcasts commissioning editor Rhian Roberts announced on Twitter that as of 2019 the show would be available exclusively on the BBC Sounds app. As far as I’m aware, this is the first regularly publishing weekly podcast […]

January 16, 2019

Audio Fiction’s “Next Phase”

Right before we wrapped for the holidays, Ella Watts, a London-based podcast producer and consultant, shared the results of a research effort on the fiction podcast genre that she had undertaken off a commission by the BBC Sounds team. It’s an interesting piece of work, and I recommend taking the time to read it in […]

January 16, 2019

Who reviews the reviewers?

There are certain questions about the podcast business that come around again and again. One of them is to do not with the audio industry itself, but the way its products are covered in the wider media: essentially, why aren’t there more podcast reviewers?

January 14, 2019

Five Tests for UK Podcasting in 2019

It’s a shiny new year, and I spent some of the festive break trying to think myself out of the somewhat glum state in which I ended 2018. As I’ve been chronicling in this newsletter over the last few months, there have been a lot of developments in the UK podcasting scene that hint of […]

January 8, 2019

What I Learned in 2018

Back in January, I started writing my own little newsletter about audio. It was the follow-on from a column I’d had previously on a British magazine’s website, which was discontinued but that I still wanted to write. The mainstream UK media had gotten as far as reviewing podcasts as they would radio shows or rounding […]

December 18, 2018

Caroline’s Picks on the 2018 Stories to Follow Up

How podcasting deals with misinformation. There were a few points this year where I felt like that the broader media narratives around the spread of fake news made itself felt within the podcasting world, particularly the moment over the summer when Alex Jones’s Infowars podcasts were removed from several major platforms. But industry discussions quickly […]

December 11, 2018

An Arrest Down Under

A popular Australian true crime podcast brings us back to an old question: how far does this rabbit hole go?

December 7, 2018