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.

Fremantle launches a new scripted podcast label, Storyglass

TV for your ears, part infinity.

November 16, 2018

The Case for Transcription

One thing about producing audio for the internet that a lot of people I talk to really like is the relative tranquility of the whole experience, especially when contrasted with all other forms of online publishing. There’s no comments section, and audiences generally have to explicitly listen to a whole show to hear what’s actually […]

November 13, 2018

Chapo Court House

The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman began with jury selection on 5 November in Brooklyn, New York. Guzman was extradited to the US in January 2017, having escaped twice from prisons in Mexico, and is now facing charges of drug trafficking and conspiracy. In light of both the length of the […]

November 6, 2018

Rebuttals all the way Down

Like an awful lot of people, I spent a couple of weeks in 2016 completely obsessed with the Netflix true crime documentary Making a Murderer. The story of Steven Avery’s murder conviction, release due to new DNA evidence, and then fresh conviction in a different case was told skillfully by the show, and the overarching themes of ingrained injustice and unreliable law enforcement really suited the serialised streaming format….

November 2, 2018

The BBC Sounds App: Initial Impressions

On Tuesday night, at a glitzy event on London’s South Bank, there was a launch party for the BBC’s biggest product launch in a decade. The app in question, BBC Sounds, is intended to be a single location for all audio output from the corporation — radio, podcasts, music, archive material. Execs have been doing the media rounds all week, talking up the significance of this moment.

November 1, 2018

Curation in the Middle East

“We have a long history of the oral tradition in the region, and maybe more so than other cultures. Of course, storytelling is commonplace across communities, but here in the Middle East there’s always been this tradition of gathering around oral storytellers in the streets,” Hebah Fisher was telling me. “You would sit for hours […]

October 30, 2018

The BBC Shares Podcast Numbers

James Purnell, the BBC’s director of radio and education, published an assessment this week on how the corporation is doing, podcast-wise. “Overall, pretty well,” is his take on how things have been going since the BBC decided to start making more original podcast content a little over a year ago.

October 26, 2018

Shiny, Shiny Awards

iHeartMedia announced this week that they are starting their very own awards ceremony.

October 26, 2018

Career Spotlight: Renay Richardson

This week I got in touch with Renay Richardson, an independent producer in London who worked at some big audio companies before going solo just over a year ago. She has produced the UK hits About Race (with the author Reni Eddo-Lodge) and The Receipts on 1Xtra (more on that here). Here, she talks about […]

October 23, 2018

The Robots are Coming

Notes on Pocket’s New Text-to-Speech Feature.

October 19, 2018