Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

From the Notebook: Hiring and Producers

Okay, so, there’s a question that I’ve been getting a lot more lately. Sometimes, it’s the last thing said in a conversation I’m having with a source. Other times, it comes as a text message sent out of the blue. (This has happened five times now.) Once, it was shoved into the first paragraph of […]

January 14, 2020

Career Spotlight: Irene Noguchi, Politico Audio

As we drag our stiff, tired bodies into the new year and deeper into what will undoubtedly be the most exhausting presidential election cycle of all time — until the next one — one should probably expect some deck-shuffling on the part of news orgs, and in particular their respective audio teams, as they continue […]

January 14, 2020

Insider: January 10, 2020

– Historical Preservation, a la Library of Congress

– One IP thing

– Follow-up on Spotify’s SAI… and more!

January 10, 2020

Spotify Formally Enters Podcast Ad Tech

Well that didn’t take very long. This morning, Spotify is announcing what’s undoubtedly its next major step in the platform’s on-going advance into podcast territory: the launch of its very own proprietary podcast advertising technology. It’s being called “Streaming Ad Insertion” (SAI) — a conspicuous echo of “Dynamic Ad Insertion” — and at the outset, […]

January 8, 2020

Tracking: January 7, 2020

Jody (Troi) Avirgan is leaving his post at ESPN. Also, ESPN is looking for a replacement Jody. Megaphone has hired a new head of sales: David Cohn, formerly Senior Director of National Sales at WarnerMedia. Kaitlin Prest’s The Heart returns to Radiotopia, now as a partnership with Prest’s venture Mermaid Palace. The story of Curtis […]

January 7, 2020

Tech Memo: Triton Digital’s Podcast Reports

Shortly after we published the last newsletter of 2019, Triton Digital — the digital audio technology and services provider now owned by EW Scripps — announced that it will soon be launching public podcast reports in the United States. Powered by the company’s Podcast Metrics measurement service, those reports will provide rankings of participating US […]

January 7, 2020

Insider: January 3, 2020

– AB5 goes into effect

– Spotify and Margins

– Nieman Lab Predictions Round-up… and more!

January 3, 2020

Insider: January 2, 2020

Introductory Note for the Year

January 2, 2020

Insider: December 19, 2019

– Follow-up to the AB 5 story

– Audible names new CEO

– Apple hires new head of Podcast PR… and more!

December 19, 2019

2019 in Review: Brave New World

In the past, writing these year-end columns can be a little tough, as it often requires some effort to string together disparate threads into a coherent master narrative that captures the previous twelve months. But the master story of podcasting in 2019 couldn’t be clearer: there was Spotify, and there were the ripple effects of […]

December 17, 2019