Section: Public Radio

Section: Public Radio
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More on BBC Sounds’ Changes at the Top

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 […]

June 4, 2019
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Algorithms For The People

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.

May 17, 2019
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NPR’s Feed Jumble, and its Implications

On 30 April, NPR made a change to their web server caching configuration that caused the same RSS to be served for all of their feed urls. The end result of this, as they described in a statement they published on the matter, was a distribution sequence that “caused podcast apps to act as if […]

May 7, 2019
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Notes on the Snap Nation Intergalactic Star Command

Snap Judgment has come a long way since winning PRX’s Public Radio Talent Quest in 2007. A creature of both analog and digital these days, the show currently hits over 1.4 million people on its weekly broadcast and brings in over 2 million podcast downloads every month. It is a staple of public radio station […]

April 18, 2019
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Full Q&A with NHPR’s Bear Brook team

For more detail on the Direct Donation Experiment.

April 4, 2019
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Public Radio Podcasts as Direct Donation Vehicle: A Cast Study

Last October, New Hampshire Public Radio released Bear Brook, a six-part investigative podcast that amounted to a big swing for the station. The project had local flavor; the case looked into a series of unidentified bodies found years earlier in the eponymous state park, But the podcast had broad potential appeal: Bear Brook, after all, […]

April 2, 2019
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In The Dark and APM Updates

In The Dark recently won a George Polk Award in journalism. It’s the first podcast to nab one. Also honored: Bill Siemering, an influential founding member of National Public Radio and the author of its original mission statement. I’m told that In the Dark, led by reporter Madeleine Baran and senior producer Samara Freemark, recently […]

February 26, 2019
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WNYC Has A New Chief Content Officer

He’s 34.

February 7, 2019
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Teach Me How To Live

Let me begin by showing my cards here: I’m a sucker for stuff broadly known as “self-help” or “personal betterment,” along with many of its associated sub-genres that carry the prefix “personal” (e.g. personal finance, personal fitness) or the suffix “hacks” (e.g. life hacks, travel hacks). Which is to say, I’m the kind of guy […]

January 22, 2019
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WNYC CEO to step down next year

In a memo circulated within the organization yesterday afternoon, Laura Walker, the President and CEO of New York Public Radio, announced that she will be stepping down from her position as head of the influential public radio station next summer. She leaves behind a mixed legacy.

December 20, 2018