Section: The UK

Section: The UK
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The UK Needs Better Data

There isn’t yet an Infinite Dial style report that regularly tracks these things, and those numbers that are already out there are frequently quoted but are offer only a partial, and sometimes contradictory picture.

July 11, 2019
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Reality Binds: In the UK, a Commercial TV company finds value in Reality TV Recap Pods

It’s safe to say that major broadcasters in Britain were pretty slow to get involved with podcasting. I’ve written about this a fair bit before, mostly in relation to the BBC, but it’s easily applicable to the UK’s major private media entities, like ITV and Channel 4. The former, though, appears to have broken through […]

July 2, 2019
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For a UK Studio, Long Distance… and Price Competition

Chalk & Blade, a London podcast production company founded by two ex-BBC staffers in early 2016, caught my attention recently when it announced several production partnerships with big outfits in the US, including Puskin Industries and the Rockefeller Foundation. Among their credits: the Malcolm Gladwell-hosted Solvable, Bethany McLean’s Making A Killing, which is on Luminary, […]

June 26, 2019
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(More) Audio to TV

The pod-to-TV adaptation list now includes the BBC

June 13, 2019
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The BBC Scraps Blanket Licenses

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 […]

June 11, 2019
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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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BBC Sounds Launch Director Moves On

Charlotte Lock, launch director of the BBC Sounds app, has stepped down nine months after taking up the role.

May 31, 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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On Pay Scales (in the UK, at least)

The results of a pay survey among UK audio producers has been published. A summary of the findings can be viewed now on the UK Audio Network’s resources page (UKAN, in case you’re not familiar, is the main UK audio email listserv started by Lily Ames to “promote transparency, industry growth and community building” and […]

May 7, 2019
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Making Money: Part III

This week, I’m wrapping up — for now, anyway — my multi-part look into the different ways podcasters make money from their shows with this profile on Muddy Knees, which largely tells the story of how a group of creators who first built an audience at a publication they did not own fared after they […]

May 7, 2019