Issue 189,  published December 11, 2018

Tracking: December 11, 2018

  • Broke this story last Friday on the site: Gimlet is getting into the daily news podcast space, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal. They’re currently seeking an executive producer and a host to staff the project  More details in the original write-up.
  • ICYMI: NPR CEO Jarl Mohn will step down from the role after his five-year tenure ends next summer. His time at the organization will be marked by substantial gains in audiences and revenues, but will also be marred by a crisis that revolved around sexual harassment allegations against NPR’s former top news editor, Michael Oreskes.
  • And while we’re on the subject of NPR, don’t miss this report from the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi: “At NPR, an army of temps faces a workplace of anxiety and insecurity.” Worth noting: the galling details described in the piece is applicable to both NPR and the wider public radio universe: from big stations, like WNYC, to smaller stations to national-level competitors. A life in public media shouldn’t be a vow of poverty, and this is absolutely something that should be fixed systemically.
  • Scout FM (née Subcast), the company that’s trying to build experiences that bridge smart speakers with podcast publishers, have launched a new feature called “Station Creator,” which lets anybody make custom stations.
  • Pandora has now rolled out its podcast offering, powered by the Podcast Genome Project, to all users. Here’s the corporate blog post.