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BuzzFeed cuts their podcasting team and closes the majority of their podcasts

9/20/2018
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BuzzFeed has cut their podcasting team to focus on video, the Wall Street Journal reports. "As a result of the changes, most of BuzzFeed’s podcasts would be shutting down." The cuts only affect a handful of BuzzFeed employees. Last week, Panoply shut its content division; earlier, Audible did similar. "The Mooch", is making his way into podcasting. Deidre and Anthony Scaramucci are producing a podcast, "Mooch and the Mrs", which will be exclusively available on Entercom's radio·com...

Duration:00:01:59

Apple helps with podcast marketing; Anchor adds smart background music

9/19/2018
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Apple have published "Podcast Marketing Best Practices" - how to help get the word out: a glossy website with hints and tips. Podcast app Anchor has added 'smart background music' to their service. You can choose music by style or keyword, and it will be edited into your podcast with auto-dipping. Google Podcasts is adding support for Chromecast, allowing listeners to play a podcast from their phone to connected speakers and televisions. It's still in a limited release. This functionality...

Duration:00:01:36

Google opens News on Google Assistant to all; and questions with Panoply's CEO

9/18/2018
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Google have opened-up their "News on Google Assistant" developer information, which includes details on how to enable appearance on the Google equivalent of the Daily News Briefing. Before this week, you had to send a cheeky email to someone you'd met at a conference, who then sent it to someone else you'd met three years ago at a conference, who then suggested a nice man called Gordon, who then manually approved your Google Account in order to be able to see the documentation. (Which is...

Duration:00:01:59

Next Radio on now; and music licences for podcasts

9/17/2018
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Next Radio, the radio and podcasting conference, is on now in central London. Speakers include Omny Studio, Acast, and a number of independent podcasters. Later in the week we'll link to videos from the event. DAX has been named as distribution and monetisation partner for America 2.0, a new political drama serial to be released on September 19. ADT Security and Geico have signed up as its first advertisers. Podcraft are testing a new Podcraft Produce dashboard, which helps you plan and...

Duration:00:01:30

iHeartMedia buys HowStuffWorks

9/14/2018
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US radio and podcasting company iHeartMedia is to acquire HowStuffWorks, spending US$55m for the company which is behind and . Their headquarters will remain in Atlanta. Endeavor, a talent agency headquartered in the US, is launching a new division, Endeavor Audio. Variety reports "The division will focus on developing, producing and distributing podcasts with a wide range of talent. Among the company’s first projects will be a crime-genre vehicle from Dick Wolf and Magical Elves...

Duration:00:01:57

Panoply suddenly closes its podcast content division

9/12/2018
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Panoply has announced that it is letting go of its entire editorial staff, and is no longer developing new podcasts or handling direct sales. It is focusing on Megaphone, its podcast hosting platform, which powers 8% of the US top 400 podcasts, and which the company calls "the clear leader in podcasting technology and advertising services". Jacob Weisberg, Chair and Editor-in-Chief of Panoply's owner, Slate Group, is also leaving the company. He's announced he's launching a new audio...

Duration:00:01:54

New logo for Stitcher; new daily podcast for The Guardian

9/12/2018
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Stitcher has a new logo. "A bit more modern, a bit bolder. Representative of the continuing evolution of podcasting, yet still harkening back to our roots." Podcasters are asked to update their listen badges: visit the partner portal and then hit "promote this show". Stitcher is also now the parent brand of Midroll and Earwolf. The Guardian is to launch a daily flagship podcast by the end of the year. The host has been announced as Anushka Asthana, who is currently the newspaper's joint...

When life gives you Parkinson's

9/11/2018
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Ten million people have been diagnosed with it - but few people know much about it. launches tomorrow; co-hosted by Larry Gifford (above), a thirty-year broadcast veteran who was diagnosed in August 2017. "My goal is to help people with Parkinson’s realize they aren’t alone", Gifford says in a press release. (CuriousCast / Parkinson Canada / Omny Studio) Podsquad is "designed to help small-independent podcasters build their audiences more efficiently on social media and so we're hoping to...

Duration:00:01:59

Twitter launches Periscope Audio for live audio streaming

9/10/2018
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Twitter has launched Periscope Audio - an audio-only version of Periscope, which allows you to stream to Twitter users anywhere in the world. The feature was dreamt up during a hackweek for the company. Podstand is a new tool, allowing you to share your podcast subscriptions - if you're using a product that allows you to export OPML. The most popular podcast on the service is the , featuring (among others) Overcast's Marco Arment. The podcast industry in Spain is just beginning to form,...

Duration:00:01:59

Audiobooks pitted against movies: which are more emotionally engaging?

9/7/2018
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What is Shortwave, a rumoured new audio app from Google (Aug 13)? We still don't know for sure. But today, we know what it looked like a while ago - a product based on short pieces of snackable audio content. Research: which is more emotionally engaging: audiobooks, or films? Audible Deutschland share a study from University College London (the video's in English, with German subtitles available). Turner Podcast Network shows, including brands like CNN, Cartoon Network, and Bleacher...

Duration:00:01:38

Manipulated: the Top Charts on Apple Podcasts are broken

9/6/2018
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Duration:00:01:51

How is Google Podcasts doing: and what could it do better?

9/5/2018
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Duration:00:01:39

iHeartRadio embed tools, and Apple Podcast Chart manipulators

9/4/2018
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Duration:00:01:20

Dutch podcast network hits a million downloads a month; and Apple Podcasts gets a redesign

9/3/2018
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Duration:00:01:52

My Dad Wrote A... takes over the Apple Podcast chart

8/31/2018
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Duration:00:01:49

Survey: US public radio fans are heavy podcast users

8/30/2018
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Duration:00:01:59

The BBC start commissioning new podcasts

8/29/2018
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Duration:00:01:59

The FCC is podcasting now; and a podcast festival for Vancouver

8/28/2018
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Duration:00:01:56

Should Kim Kardashian listen to your podcast?

8/27/2018
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Duration:00:01:55

How many podcasts are no longer being updated?

8/24/2018
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Duration:00:01:54