Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Gimlet to produce a daily news podcast with the Wall Street Journal

I’ve just learned that Gimlet Media is stepping into the daily news podcast space, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal. The move was announced internally earlier today, and as it stands, the two companies are currently seeking an executive producer and a host to staff the production. Specific details are still scants, but the hope, […]

December 7, 2018

End of Year Lists, but for Platforms

Sifting through Apple, Spotify, and Podtrac’s “Most Listened” lists for meaning

December 7, 2018

NPR CEO Jarl Mohn stepping down next summer

He leaves the organization with a significant legacy — overseeing strong Post-Trump broadcast ratings and an enviable podcast operation — that will also likely be marred by the Michael Oreskes sexual harassment crisis.

December 6, 2018

Song Exploder switching hosts

After five years, Hrishikesh Hirway is stepping away from the mic.

December 6, 2018

Panoply announces a slew of new partners

Some you know, some you don’t.

December 6, 2018

Report: Liberty Media angling to take control of iHeartMedia

The New York Post reports that Liberty Media is aiming to take control of iHeartMedia as soon as the financially-struggling radio giant (which recently acquired Stuff Media for $55 million) crawls out of bankruptcy early next year. Here’s the report. iHeartMedia had been struggling with a $20 billion debt burden over the years due to […]

December 6, 2018

Apple Analytics: One Year Later

Seventeen months ago, at its annual developer conference WWDC, Apple announced that it would finally be launching something that many in the podcast industry have desired for a long time: better podcast analytics. Or, more accurately, better audience analytics from the historically impartial steward of the podcast ecosystem that’s still believed to facilitate the majority […]

December 4, 2018

BBC Podcasting in 2018

I think of the BBC as a huge, old-fashioned ocean liner. The analogy works a few ways. The ship is beautifully made and it makes going somewhere really worthwhile, but the journey itself can get a bit rough sometimes. Across the sprawling structure, there are so many different teams on different decks doing different things, […]

December 4, 2018

Tracking: December 4, 2018

Serial‘s third season is its biggest ever. The season surpassed 50 million downloads after just two months to become the show’s biggest to date—and all three seasons have brought in 420 million downloads collectively. I dig into the numbers for Vulture. Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg’s Pushkin Industries have signed an exclusive representation partnership with […]

December 4, 2018

Podcast app Castro has been acquired

By Tiny, a fascinating organization that also owns the design platform Dribbble.

November 30, 2018