The scarcity of podcast networks is something that I hear lamented quite a bit in the UK. With these discussions, I think what’s being meant tends to be in the Radiotopia vein — a collection of disparate shows with some commonalities, gathered together under one recognisable brand name for reasons of collaboration on both the creative […]
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 […]
This one needs a wind-up. Back in June, I interviewed Alan Bennett from the HeadStuff podcast network in Ireland, who had just taken over a historic recording studio in Dublin and was about to reopen it as a podcast studio complex. We were talking about the state of Irish podcasting more generally, speculating as to […]
Acast has received €25 million in financing from the European Investment Bank as part of an unusual “quasi-equity” deal. Wait, what? Also: Ximalaya, plus Spotify-Anchor integration
This news dropped came out last week, but it’s worth unpacking. The two podcast companies have launched a new joint venture called Podfront UK, which holds the express purpose of establishing a sales presence in the region to monetize the considerable UK-based listens experienced by both companies. I’m told that the UK represents the third […]
The “Netflix for Podcasts” Theory and Non-US Markets
First Look Media has shut down two of its digital properties: Topic Magazine and The Nib, and the organization appears to be doing so to allocate more resources to Topic.com’s original video content production. Study Hall’s media newsletter first reported the development. However, I’ve been told that these cuts do not affect the podcast operations […]
A Patreon-like playbook?
The place where I live in the north west of England often feels closer to Ireland than it does to London. My city, Liverpool, has lots of historic, cultural, and family tries that visibly cuts across the Irish Sea. Indeed, it constantly surprises me sometimes with just how connected the two places are. For instance: […]
A win for Australian startups, at the very least.