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News Bites: July 3, 2018

Public Radio Watch

  • The BBC doubles its bet on itself. Last week, the UK public broadcaster launches a new app to “counter Spotify and Apple Music.” (Engadget)
  • Los Angeles public radio station KCRW recently debuted a new podcast hosted by Dear White People director Justin Simien, called Don’t @ Me. (KCRW)
  • “KUOW invests in staff compensation study.” Shouts to the P-N-W. (Official Post)

Selected Show Announcements

  • HowStuffWorks announces two new creepy-themed podcasts, one of which comes from its exclusive overall deal with Lore’s Aaron Mahnke. (Vulture)
  • The Vox Media Podcast Network partners with the conservative think tank, American Enterprise Institute, on an “8-week seasonal podcast” hosted by AEI president Arthur Brooks. Hmm. (Press Release)
  • Some readers rightly complained last week that I did not actually link to Tommy Pico’s new pod, Junk, last week. My apologies. (Apple Podcasts)

This Week in Cash Moneys

  • Midroll ran a splashy outdoor advertising campaign in Times Square last Friday, finally attending to the question: do those things ever actually look? The company executed this campaign through parent company EW Scripps’ relationship with Nasdaq, the stock exchange on which it has been listed since 2010. (YouTube)
  • With 3 million downloads, Joe Media expands podcast slate to cover business. (Digiday)

Miscellaneous Bites

  • Fewer women, people of color worked at radio stations in 2017 than 2016, a new survey shows.” (Nieman Lab)
  • “How Smart Speakers Are Changing the Way We Listen to Music.” (Pitchfork)
  • Over at Slate, Inkoo Kang reviews Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness. The Fab Five’s empire continues to grow. (Slate)
  • This is a surreal one: a prank call by the host of a podcast called The Stuttering John was allegedly patched through to the US president on Air Force One. (Axios)
  • “‘I Was Devastated’: Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets.” (Vanity Fair)