Issue 217,  published July 9, 2019

Tracking: July 9, 2019

  • TJ Raphael, senior producer at Slate, is leaving to join the Sony-Davidson-Mayer venture, which still doesn’t have a name?
  • Bill Irwin, Stitcher’s director of audience growth, is leaving the company to… well, the destination doesn’t appear to be officially disclosed just yet. (Don’t worry; I’ll get it.) I think this is a low-key important development — not a lot of people have held that job at a high level.
  • Some shake-ups at the BBC. From a press release: “Mohit Bakaya has been named as the next Controller of Radio 4, Lorna Clarke will be the first Controller of Pop Music and Jonathan Wall has been appointed as the first Controller of BBC Sounds.” Hell yeah controller of pop music. What a friggin’ job title.
  • Keep an eye on ESPN. Connecticut’s finest appears to be on the move, podcast-wise. Here’s a Jody Avirgan tweet, with curiosity-piquing job postings for an upcoming flagship daily project and editorial lead.
  • Louie Media, the French podcast studio founded by Mélissa Bounoua and Charlotte Pudlowski, has struck an exclusive partnership with Acast. Here’s the report from Pere La Fouine, which is in French.
  • Podfund has announced its second batch of content investments.
  • From NPR: “Podcasts Are Providing A New Way Into Poetry.”
  • From TechCrunch: “Podimo raises €6M to become Europe’s ‘Netflix for podcasts.’”
  • This is peripherally interesting. From The Verge: “Mozilla has started teasing an ad-free news subscription service, which, for $5 per month, would offer ad-free browsing, audio readouts, and cross-platform syncing of news articles from a number of websites.” Emphasis mine.