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Tracking: January 22, 2019

  • Over the weekend, CBS News aired a general package on podcasts — which contained, among other things, the fact that Gimlet employees now number 120 people (!? that sounds expensive!) — but you should also be aware of this poll they conducted: “According to a new CBS News poll, two-thirds of Americans listen to podcasts at least once in a while, including 23% who do so a few times a week. By comparison, a year ago, a majority of Americans said they never listened to podcasts.”
  • Next week, Maximum Fun will launch a new interview podcast that will feature legendary singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo talking to various creative people about the creative process. As a big Aimee Mann fan, this is totally my jam.
  • Buried in this Boston Globe Ideas column about podcasting is an intriguing factoid: Pushkin Industries, the new podcast company started by Jacob Weisberg and Malcolm Gladwell, is backed by Michael Lynton, former Sony Pictures CEO.
  • Following the death of BBC radio newsreader and podcaster Rachael Bland, the BBC have announced a podcasting award which will see a new show get a pilot series on the BBC Sounds app. However, the terms and conditions reveal that the contest is not open to professionals, ie a “someone who makes more than half their income from the presenting, producing or sharing audio-visual material with the public.”
  • HuffPost: “Quip toothbrushes said it will no longer buy advertising time on conservative commentator Ben Shapiro’s podcast after he recorded an episode at the March for Life Rally on Friday…. Quip told HuffPost the company did not approve of their ad being ‘read in a venue we did not endorse.’”
  • Keep an eye on Anna Faris and Sim Sarna. According to, the actor Topher Grace is headlining a podcast that will be “released under the umbrella of Faris’ Unqualified Media… Grace will host the podcast with Faris’ Unqualified co-host, Sim Sarna.”
  • A group of Canadian producers are putting together a survey to create more transparency around pay rates in Canada. If you operate in the country, check it out.