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.

How a podcast held up a murder trial

The Teacher’s Pet, a wildly popular true crime podcast published by The Australian newspaper in 2018, has made legal history in Australia after being cited by a judge as part of the reason that a murder trial cannot take place this year. The sixteen episode series was hosted by investigative journalist Hedley Thomas and re-examined […]

October 6, 2020

The Problem with the Inconsequential Quest

Nobody likes to feel like they’re missing out and I’m no exception. In one very podcast specific way, though, I’ve been sitting with this feeling since early March, when Reply All released their now-famous episode “The Case of the Missing Hit.” It was quickly acclaimed by outlets like the Guardian and Rolling Stone as maybe […]

October 6, 2020

Insider: October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020

BBC Sounds under scrutiny

Ofcom, the UK’s broadcasting regulator, has announced that it will conduct a public review into BBC Sounds, the platform launched by the corporation in late 2018 to house all of its audio content. In the regulator’s letter notifying the BBC of this development, it says that “a number of incremental changes to BBC Sounds” as […]

September 29, 2020

Acast expands into Canada

Acast has this week opened a new operation in Canada, with Heather Gordon coming over from the CBC to lead it as Managing Director. This is the tenth territory that the Swedish podcast company is now covering in this way, following moves into Ireland in December 2019 and Mexico in February 2020, and a continuation […]

September 22, 2020

Insider: September 18, 2020

  • Spotify Employees vs. Joe Rogan
  • New Sony Venture
  • Thirst Aid Kit ends… and more
September 20, 2020

When Archives Cause Regrets

On September 1, 2020, the Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations podcast released a curious episode that contained an interview with Rihanna. After the pre-roll ads and a generic introduction to the show, the very first piece of audio that a listener hears is Oprah saying, “I just recently came back from Barbados with Rihanna…” What follows […]

September 8, 2020

Insider: September 4, 2020

September 4, 2020

Can you build a podcast business in the UK independent of the BBC?

In some respects, the UK podcast industry has grown pretty fast in a relatively short span of time. Five years ago, you wouldn’t be wrong in characterizing the place as a mosaic of rehashed radio programmes, legacy media brand offerings, a handful of successful indie shows often (though not always) hosted by comedians, and the […]

September 1, 2020

Insider: August 28, 2020

  • NBA picks Audible
  • Spotify-Influencers
  • Apple expands search… and more!
August 28, 2020