Elon Musk loves Twitter Spaces, but much of the team building it is gone

I hope you all had a good weekend. We have a surprisingly newsy week, so let’s get into it: the former Twitter Spaces team looks for a new gig, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s audio producer leaves on a high note, and Wondery’s subscription strategy pays dividends. Former Twitter Spaces team looks for a new […]
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Insider December 2, 2022 — Fun times with ethics

It’s Friday. I’ve got meatballs to make 🤌. Let’s get into it. Ted Cruz’s podcast is a hit, but his deal with iHeart could be in violation of ethics laws Campaign Legal Center, a government watchdog group, has filed an ethics complaint against Sen. Ted Cruz over his podcast deal with audio giant iHeartMedia. Although […]
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Insider December 1, 2022 — I spent 17,284 minutes this year writing Hot Pod

Nearly every other day of the year, I am happy with my choice to be an Apple Music subscriber. (The audio quality is better! I have my priorities.) But Wrapped day really does make constant data collection fun, and I feel left out! Nobody wants to see my Apple Replay, including me.   Today, new podcast […]
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The year of 1 trillion streams

Hello there! I hope you all had a nice break. Thanksgiving food is not my thing, but I did enjoy watching the last third of Saturday Night Fever with my parents and in-laws (shockingly depressing!).  Back to the grind. Today, Spotify Wrapped copycats make their debut and Google and iHeartMedia get a slap on the […]
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Last.fm turns 20 and now has a following on Discord

Thanksgiving is almost here, and I’ve already eaten half a bag of King’s Hawaiian rolls. I’m looking forward to signing off, seeing family, and eating a lot more bread later this week. But for now: podcasts. Or music, actually — most of this week’s news is about streaming music and what we listen to. And mostly, […]
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UK ARIAS 2023 Details Announced

The Radio Academy has released details of the 2023 Audio & Radio Industry Awards – with new categories, an increase to nine nominees in many categories, and the return of hosts Rylan and Fleur East.

Entries for the industry’s most prestigious awards will open on Tuesday 3rd January 2023, and this year will see four new categories and a number of changes to existing categories.

These include a new award for Best Community Radio Station, a split of Best New Radio Show and Best New Podcast, a new Audiobooks category, and a one-off 2022 Special Award to recognize audio coverage of the death of HM The Queen,

The ceremony itself is confirmed for Tuesday 2nd May, and will once again be hosted in London’s West End by BBC Radio 2’s Rylan, with live voiceover from Hits Radio Fleur East. The nominations will be revealed at a nomination party on Thursday 30th March, hosted by NewsUK in The News Building.

In a change to the way the awards are judged, The Academy has announced that in 18 of the 28 categories there will be now have nine nominations instead of six. ARIAS Judging has historically taken place in two pools – allowing for three nominations from the BBC, and three from non-BBC entries. From 2023, there will be an additional pool of three nominees for independent podcasts in the 18 applicable categories.

Chair of Judges, Phil Riley, said: “This is the most significant set of changes to the ARIAS since they launched in 2016. We’re further embracing the independent podcast sector, by giving them three guaranteed nominations in more than half our categories. The changes and additions to the award categories are helping make sure the ARIAS are fit for the ever-changing audio sector – including the new Community Radio Station of the Year. And with the phenomenal job the industry did supporting the nation this September, we’re proud to recognize the role radio and audio played in the coverage of Queen’s death through the 2022 Special Award.”

Radio Academy Chair, Helen Thomas, said: “The industry’s reaction to Rylan and Fleur this year was so positive, I’m delighted we have them back to host the ARIAS next year – they’re such stars!”.

The full list of categories for the ARIAS 2023 are as follows (with * indicating categories with nine nominees):

  • Best New Presenter *
  • Best New Radio Show
  • Best News Coverage *
  • Best Speech Breakfast Show
  • Best Speech Presenter *
  • Best Sports Show *
  • Best Coverage of an Event *
  • The Comedy Award *
  • Best Music Breakfast Show, supported by MusicMaster Scheduling
  • Best Music Entertainment Show
  • Best Specialist Music Show *
  • Best Music Special *
  • Best Factual Single Programme *
  • Best Factual Series *
  • Best New Podcast *, supported by Audible
  • Best Drama *
  • Best Audiobook or Reading *
  • Best Station Sound
  • Best Commercial Partnership *
  • The Creative Innovation Award*, supported by All In Media
  • The Grassroots Award *
  • The Impact Award *
  • The 2022 Special Award (following the death of HM The Queen) *
  • Best Local Show, supported by RCS
  • Community Station of the Year
  • The John Meyers Station of the Year Award
  • UK Station or Network of the Year, supported by Arqiva
  • Radio Times Moment of the Year (voted by the general public)

Each year, the ARIAS are supported by a generous family of companies working across the UK radio and audio sector. This year, they include Arquiva, Audible, All in Media, MusicMaster, RCS and Radio Times. Further sponsorship opportunities are available, via The Radio Academy.

The detailed rubrics and entry requirements for the 2023 ARIAS are available on the Radio Academy website. Entries run from 3 January to 7 February, and the audio eligibility period is the calendar year 2022.

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LiSTNR Remains Australia’s Number One Podcast Network

LiSTNR has retained its position as Australia’s number one podcast network with more than 6.2 million monthly listeners in the October Triton Podcast Ranker.

LiSTNR has nine of the top 20 podcast titles and three of Australia’s top podcasts in their genres:

  • No. 1 comedy podcast – Hamish & Andy
  • No. 1 news podcast – 7am with Schwartz Media
  • No. 1 sports podcast – The Howie Games

Other LiSTNR podcasts in the top 20 include Crime Junkie, It’s A Lot with Abbie Chatfield, Morbid, On Purpose with Jay Shetty, SmartLess, and Triple M’s Rush Hour with JB & Billy.

LiSTNR also has the most podcasts ranked in the Top 50 Podcasts including My Favorite Murder, The Briefing, Triple M’s The Marty Sheargold Show, 2 Bears 1 Cave with Tom Segura & Bert Kreicher, Just the Gist, Hamish & Andy’s Remembering Project, Last Podcast On The Left, Freakonomics Radio, Conan O’Brian Needs A Friend, KICPOD, and 99% Invisible.

That’s Enough Already with Urzila Carlson jumped 20 places to make its debut in the Top 100 Podcasts, while The Generation Why Podcast with Wondery rose 34 places to also make its Top 100 debut.

Real Crime: Australia Detectives and The Mel Robbins Podcast with Stitcher Media made their debut in the Top 150 Podcasts Ranker in October.

“Remaining the number one podcast network is a great result. As we head into summer and the new year, LiSTNR will continue to publish new episodes across current titles and also with new original podcasts, such as the doc-series, The Children in the Pictures, the Peking Duk Podcast from Australian music sensations of the same name, and Willow Talk for cricket fans,” SCA Executive Head LiSTNR Podcasts, Grant Tothill, said.

“There are more new original podcasts publishing in November and December and early 2023 as we continue to curate and create a diverse, premium library of podcasts to serve our growing audience across entertainment, sport, factual and drama, parenting and kids, and news and information.”

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The Podcast Show 2023 Is Back!

Following the phenomenal success of last year’s inaugural show, The Podcast Show is now truly positioned as THE international event for the business of podcasting.

Last May, we brought together over 9,500 visitors, across the day and night of the festival, from every corner of the world – from the east and west coasts of the US to Mexico, China, South Korea, Australia, and all across Europe. The show delivered some of the most recognizable faces in podcasting including: Louis Theroux and My Dad Wrote A Porno, through to leading players in the business.

We’re back, we’re bigger and more ambitious than before, with more venues, more content, major players and bigger names!

By day the global podcast community will gather under one roof at the Business Design Centre, 24 – 25 May, in the heart of London’s buzzing borough of Islington.

We are delighted to announce our first group of partners for next year. Headliners will be Amazon Music | Wondery and Acast and returning as official partners to the show are Audioboom, BBC Sounds, and Global.

Also joining the show will be an impressive list of partners and exhibitors including Audible, Sony Music Entertainment, Patreon, Trition Digital, BetterHelp, Insanity, Podopolo, Fresh Air, Crowd Network, AdTonos, Ponders, AudioUK, Pod Bible,The Radio Academy, The Podcast Academy, BCMA, Libsyn, Adelicious, Riverside.fm, Shure, Diety Microphones, Black Cat Music, Cloud Mics, POW PR, Podcast Radio, Call Me by Vortex, Stak, TBI Media, Sontronics, Creative, Mackie, PRX, Alitu, and Auddy with many more set to be announced between now and the festival next May.

A massive 500+ brands attended in 2022 to meet the podcast community and this is set to grow in 2023. We’ll be doubling the size of our Brand Works Theatre on the main show floor and delighted to announce this will be presented by Global in association with Campaign Magazine – expect to see some of the biggest brands and media agencies face-to-face with podcast creators.

We’ll also be dialing up content across the show for independent podcast creators, the lifeblood of the podcast industry. The Creator’s Corner, newly partnered with one of our headline partners, Acast, is back giving creators even more chances to meet up & seek advice from key figures in the industry and we’ll be launching a brand new feature called Create & Play… watch this space!

Also new for 2023, is PodHouse, an exclusive area located at the heart of the show-floor that will host back to back networking drinks receptions. These ‘invitation only’ events will be hosted by leading organizations in talent, brands, production and advertising… a place to get deals done!

Expect even more networking opportunities at next year’s show from day time gatherings in our central Hub Bar, end of show day drinks events and all manner of evening parties for attendees…

And finally, we are super excited to bring a major new addition to The Podcast Show 2023. We can announce an exclusive Launch Party & Preview Night on Tuesday 23 May, the eve of the show. With a limited number of tickets on offer, this promises to be the hottest podcasting ticket in town and will include; complementary drinks, very special guest appearances, exclusive industry announcements, DJ sets and a few other surprises! Plus, your 2 day pass to the main day business festival.

And if that’s not enough, by night, we’ll have another week-long live podcast festival.

This year we brought you The Podcast Show LIVE, 15 live shows including; British Scandal, Kermode & Mayo’s Take and The Receipts, to name a few. Get ready for 2023 as the program will double in size with 30 live podcasts from 23-28 May, celebrating world class talent and bringing your favorite voices to life in major venues across Islington, London.

Tickets go on sale early January 2023 as well as a host of new programme announcements.

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ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network Celebrates 30th Consecutive Ranker At #1

ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network has been named Australia’s #1 podcast publisher for the 30th consecutive ranker report, while also achieving record downloads, regaining the top ranked podcast, and holding half of the top 10 shows.

Results from the October ranker show the network delivered a combined total of 5.6 million listeners (up 4%) and 26.6 million monthly downloads (up 7.5%), the highest number of downloads ever achieved.

ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network continues to hold half of the Top 10 most listened to podcasts in the country – more than any other publisher – including Casefile. The popular true crime podcast from Audioboom has regained the #1 overall slot with 993,418 listeners and over 2.9 million downloads, making it the most downloaded podcast in the ranker.

Life Uncut with Brittany Hockey and Laura Byrne moved up to #3 overall (#1 Entertainment), increasing its audience by almost 60,000 listeners to 479,601, with nearly 1.66 million downloads.

Kyle & Jackie O also moved up one place to #5, maintaining its position as the #1 Catch-up podcast, with 390,678 listens and 1.65 million downloads.

Stuff You Should Know moves into #6 overall (#1 Knowledge) with 352,026 listeners and 2.83 million downloads; and The Imperfects continue to move up the ranker, finishing at #8 (#1 Health & Fitness) with 281,722 listeners and 611,402 downloads.

Other standouts include No Such Thing As A Fish (Audioboom) at #17 and She’s On The Money at #25 (and the ranker’s #1 Finance podcast); while the biggest rise on the ranker was from Will & Woody, with the Catch-up podcast jumping 47 places to #93.

ARN’s Head of Digital Audio, Corey Layton, said: “Today marks a significant milestone for the iHeartPodcast Network, holding the #1 Publisher spot for 30 consecutive rankers. Our incredible slate of podcasts continues to engage Australian audiences, leading to our highest ever downloads.”

Overall, ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network represents 45 of Australia’s top 150 most popular podcasts.

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Nomono Appoints Sylvia Brudeli As Chief Product Officer

Nomono, the pioneering developer of audio recording and collaboration tools designed to help podcasts and journalists tell immersive audio stories, announced it has named seasoned technology executive Sylvia Brudeli as Chief Product Officer. The appointment comes on the heels of the company closing at NOK 35-million ($3.6M USD, €3.55M) investment round led by Schibsted Ventures, enabling Nomono to scale the market for its podcasting and spatial audio solutions.

Sylvia will be responsible for overseeing the Nomono product portfolio, which is poised to revolutionize the capture and editing of high-quality, on-the-go, spatial audio for podcast creation. Specific responsibilities include the management of all software and hardware product development; leading the company’s growing product team; and defining and implementing the company’s strategic product roadmap.

“Podcast creation is at an all-time high and predicted only to continue its exponential growth for the foreseeable future; despite seeming market maturity, we still very much appear to be at the dawn of the podcast revolution,” said Jonas Rinde, CEO of Nomono. “Nomono is perfectly-suited to capitalize on this explosive growth, and the appointment of Sylvia as Chief Product Officer only reinforces the strength of our market position. She has a proven track record developing category-defining solutions that scale across markets, and we’re thrilled to have her aboard.”

Sylvia joins Nomono with twenty years of experience in product development, most recently as Product Manager at Telenor Digital, a software company that accelerates the modernization of the telecommunications industry. Throughout her previous roles, Sylvia has developed a strong design thinking mindset and plans to bring that approach to Nomono.

“Creating industry-changing technology is all about solving the most pressing problems for consumers, and that’s exactly what Nomono has done with its Nomono Sound Capsule and the Nomono Cloud,” added Brudeli. “Nomono has developed simple-to-use products that will revolutionize the podcasting market, and I look forward to working with an already stellar product team to continuously create products that push the boundaries of podcast recording and content creation.”

The Nomono Sound Capsule is a cloud-connected, self-contained recording kit for capturing audio recordings in the field and designed specifically for professional podcasters and broadcast journalists.

It includes a Wi-Fi enabled recorder that combines four ultra-compact wireless lavalier mics with a 360-degree spatial audio microphone array and weighs less than 4 pounds.

The Nomono Sound Capsule connects seamlessly to the Nomono Cloud, an online audio collaboration tool where content creators backup their recordings, collaborate with their production team, and apply AI-powered dialogue enhancement processing to ensure their audio sounds the best it can before starting the editorial process.

With unparalleled portability and ease-of-use, Nomono’s combined solutions are revolutionizing how professional-quality audio is created. Unlike current podcasting workflows that depend on separate field recorders, microphones, mixers, and accessories, Nomono offers a portable, all-in-one field recording solution built specifically for podcasters and journalists that automatically uploads recordings to an intuitive cloud-based audio collaboration and preparation tool.

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