Things have really hotted up on the BBC beat since I wrote my overview of the public broadcaster’s predicament in last Tuesday’s newsletter. I laid out, in some detail, the ramifications of the different updates in Friday’s Hot Pod Insider, in brief: the BBC is cutting 450 jobs from its news division in order to […]
Just before Christmas, the BBC put out a press release announcing “record listening on BBC Sounds” and hailing “a surge in podcast listening.” There are now three million weekly users for “the BBC’s digital home for all audio,” it said, a major increase on the 1.3 million figure announced in June 2019. For the first […]
The Peabody award winning podcast In The Dark is partnering with the BBC World Service to turn their second season into a ten-part radio series for broadcast on the global network. The first episode hit airwaves on 27 July, and continues weekly unfolding the story of Curtis Flowers and his many trials (including the recent […]
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Earlier this week, the BBC announced a handful of new appointments that have relevance for the wider digital audio industry, so let’s dig into who’s going where.
The pod-to-TV adaptation list now includes the BBC
The BBC has announced that it is scrapping universal free TV licences for the over 75s, in a move that signals a substantial shift in the way the corporation is managing its funding. The TV licence, which currently costs £154.50 a year per household, is the major way in which the BBC receives its public […]
At the end of last week, it was reported that Charlotte Lock, launch director of the BBC’s flagship audio app BBC Sounds, has stepped down. Her departure comes at a time when the corporation is seeking an overall “Controller” for the app (as well as for its digital TV platform, BBC iPlayer), in what is […]
Charlotte Lock, launch director of the BBC Sounds app, has stepped down nine months after taking up the role.
The BBC is developing a “public service algorithm” to deliver users more varied recommendations in its BBC Sounds app, according to a speech given by James Purnell, the corporation’s director of radio and education. Huh.
The BBC seems to be restructuring the way its digital platforms in the internal hierarchy.