Section: The UK

Section: The UK
Hot Pod Insider

Going Global

The BBC’s World Service, having found some momentum in podcasts, hoping to build on these successes with their next big launch: Parentland, a “global parenting podcast.”

February 22, 2019
Hot Pod

The Funding Gap: A Primer on the UK’s New Audio Content Fund

A new Audio Content Fund has been announced for the UK, which takes the form of a non-profit backed by a three-year £3m government grant from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It’s apparently designed to primarily fund public service material from production companies — especially independent ones — that would likely […]

February 21, 2019
Hot Pod

The Anfield Wrap does it themselves

Hot Pod readers probably know that I’m based in the UK by now, but I’m not sure that it’s entirely clear that I don’t live in London. I moved away in the summer of 2017 after nearly a decade in the English capital, and nowadays I’m based in north west England, near Liverpool. That decision […]

February 12, 2019
Hot Pod

PodUK: Podcast Fans Unite

At the top of February, I headed off to Birmingham to attend the first PodUK convention. There have been a few different podcast events debuting in the UK in the last few months, with new festivals in Brighton and Manchester and workshops in London, and I consider the viability of these things as a good […]

February 12, 2019
Hot Pod Insider

Spotify-Gimlet: A View From Across the Pond

The acquisition by Gimlet and Anchor by Spotify really threw me for a loop, I must admit. And I don’t just mean because it’s a big story that happened to coincide with a busy period at Hot Pod when we had plans to cover other things. I have conflicting and unresolved opinions about the arrival of such a huge deal in the podcasting world that I’m still working out, so now you get to read me processing over the next few hundred words….

February 7, 2019
Hot Pod Insider

The MIDAS touch

Earlier this week, RAJAR, the official body for measuring radio audiences in the UK, released the results of their MIDAS survey for 2018 Q4. From a podcast perspective, the Q4 MIDAS results have a few key takeaways worth unpacking.

January 25, 2019
Hot Pod Insider

Governments have podcasts, too

It’s been quite a week for the British government. The prime minister lost a major vote with serious constitutional implications by a historically large margin, and it’s still very unclear whether anyone will be able to figure out what Brexit really entails by the March deadline. And while all of that was going on, the Department for International Trade (DIT) dropped its very own podcast, Local to Global

January 19, 2019
Hot Pod

Five Tests for UK Podcasting in 2019

It’s a shiny new year, and I spent some of the festive break trying to think myself out of the somewhat glum state in which I ended 2018. As I’ve been chronicling in this newsletter over the last few months, there have been a lot of developments in the UK podcasting scene that hint of […]

January 8, 2019
Hot Pod

What I Learned in 2018

Back in January, I started writing my own little newsletter about audio. It was the follow-on from a column I’d had previously on a British magazine’s website, which was discontinued but that I still wanted to write. The mainstream UK media had gotten as far as reviewing podcasts as they would radio shows or rounding […]

December 18, 2018
Hot Pod Insider

Topping the Charts (of another sort)

Like “Band Aid,” but podcasts. Kinda? Sorta? It’s very British.

December 14, 2018