Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Illustration: “Why is she like this”

October 13, 2020

Data Conscious Listening

Earlier this year, when I was writing about the BBC World Service’s new podcast slate aimed at listeners in Africa, I was reminded of a factor in the growth of the medium that we don’t talk very much about in relation to the US or Europe anymore: the price of mobile data relative to income. […]

October 13, 2020

Tracking: October 13, 2020

News, broadly… Death, Sex, and Money is staging a four day “Audio We Love” festival this week, which comes as an expansion of a show recommendation feature that the podcast has been running in their newsletters. The fest involves dropping an episode from a different podcast in the DSM feed today, tomorrow, and Thursday, and […]

October 13, 2020

Insider: October 8, 2020

  • SiriusXM said to be close to new Stern deal
  • This Week in Spotify
  • The Thinking Around the Team Coco-Audible deal… and more!
October 8, 2020

Getting Caught in a Shit Storm

As many things tend to do these days, it started with a tweet. The tweet was promoting an episode of “The 5th,” a special miniseries from Switched On Pop, the podcast about pop music by songwriter Charlie Harding and musicologist Nate Sloan that’s currently distributed by the Vox Media Podcast Network. The special came […]

October 6, 2020

Tracking: October 6, 2020

News, broadly… In a somewhat surprising development, Spotify started releasing The Michelle Obama Podcast on other platforms last week. It has tracked as the second spot on the Apple Podcast charts. At the moment, it’s unclear whether this windowed release approach will be applied to future seasons, should the show be renewed. Meanwhile, Joe Rogan […]

October 6, 2020

Insider: October 1, 2020

  • Spotify releases The Michelle Obama Podcast on other platforms
  • The New York Times to re-examine Caliphate podcast
  • Misc news!
October 1, 2020

Wondery explores exit

Aside from being an utter garbage fire of a year, 2020 has also turned out to be the year of consolidation in the podcast business, and it looks like Wondery is assessing whether to go after the bag while the iron is still hot. (Wow, apologies for the many mixed metaphors.) Last Friday, Bloomberg published […]

September 29, 2020

Shakeups at Art19

I’ve learned that Art19 has laid off nine staffers in recent weeks, a development that comes as the company makes a transition from operating as a specialized podcast hosting technology provider towards a more diversified podcast company. That transition was made official earlier this month, when the company announced the launch of a new content […]

September 29, 2020

Fair Trade

This one is wonky as all hell, but I think it’s an important issue, so I’ll try to keep it smooth. Earlier this month, the Association of Independents in Radio — better known as AIR Media — recently updated its “Code of Fair Practices for Working with Independent Audio Professionals” document, which provides guidance on […]

September 29, 2020