Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Stitcher is being sold to SiriusXM

And there you have it: Stitcher will have a new parent company. The Wall Street Journal’s Anna Steele had the scoop last night, reporting that SiriusXM will buy Stitcher from EW Scripps in a deal that’s valued at around $300 million, citing people familiar with the matter. That value would make this the biggest podcast […]

July 7, 2020

Tracking: July 7, 2020

This Week in Spotify. Two stories that are part of the same thread: First, today, Spotify is releasing localized versions of Sandra, Gimlet’s scripted podcast series from 2018, in four non-English speaking markets: Brazil, France, Germany, and Mexico. According to the corporate blog post, the effort involved script alterations, casting choices, and local production teams […]

July 7, 2020

Insider: July 2, 2020

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  • Edison’s Latino Podcast Listener Report
  • Sony Music Entertainment-Marc Smerling
  • Follow-up to IP and Ownership… and that’s about it today
July 2, 2020

Mid-Year Check-In

We were on track to have a very different kind of 2020. That’s an obvious understatement, but it’s a statement worth making nonetheless. Podcast listenership had continued to grow at a steady and dependable pace. According to the latest Infinite Dial report, an estimated 104 million Americans over the age of 12 now identify as […]

June 30, 2020

Tracking: June 30, 2020

ICYMI. Probably the biggest “whoa, if true” story from last week: The Information reports that EW Scripps is shopping Stitcher around for a sale. SiriusXM and Spotify were cited as possible suitors. As a reminder, Scripps paid over $50 million for Midroll Media in 2015 and about $4.5 million for the Stitcher app in 2016, […]

June 30, 2020

Insider: June 25, 2020

– Scripps shopping around Stitcher?

– WarnerMedia-iHeartMedia deal

– Canadian fundraise… and more!

June 25, 2020

The WBUR Cuts: An Interview with CEO Margaret Low

One of the biggest stations in the public radio system, WBUR has long been notable to this newsletter for its alumni network of podcast talents — among them: New York Times Audio executive producer Lisa Tobin as well as Rococo Punch’s Jessica Alpert and John Perrotti, who I should note I work with on my […]

June 23, 2020

Tracking: June 23, 2020

This Week in Spotify. More content deals from the Swedish audio streaming platform: one with Kim Kardashian-West to produce a criminal justice podcast that will distributed under the Parcast banner — which increasingly appears to be the most interesting of all Spotify’s acquisitions thus far — and one with Warner Bros and DC, which opens […]

June 23, 2020

Insider: June 18, 2020

  • Spotify announces two more exclusive content deals
  • Another Round rights
  • Simplecast acquired by SiriusXM… and more!
June 18, 2020

Introducing: Servant of Pod with Nick Quah

Today, we’re launching Servant of Pod, my new weekly podcast about podcasts that I’m making in partnership with LAist Studios. It will be, for the most part, an interview/conversational show, though we’ll see what else we can do with the format as we get our feet under us and start building out some muscle. My […]

June 17, 2020