Creators: what do you think of the big podcast platforms?
Fill in the Podnews Report Card
Subscribe by email, free
Your daily briefing for podcasting and on-demand
An up arrow and a down arrow
Image: Susan Q Yin

The Podnews Ranker Top 30: January 2024

- updated monthly

Who’s in the podcast news? Here’s a list of the people and companies we mentioned most in the three months between November 1 and January 31, and how they’re trending.

We currently have 30,946 subscribers, all across the world. Here’s more about Podnews.

Gender balance

Overall, in this 90-day period, Podnews gave 34 mentions (24%) to women, and 106 mentions to men. In the previous period, the gender split was 29%.

Context: Sounds Profitable’s The Creators says that only 29% of podcast creators are women, in comparison to 51% of the US population. McKinsey report that women form just 24% of senior US executives (2021). The Wrap reports that only 21% of top-charting shows have a female host (2020); Quartz puts the figure at one in three (2019); data produced for AT&T says 27% of top-rated podcasts are hosted by females (2020), a further 12% by a gender-balanced team.

Our aims

Our submissions page highlights our wish to achieve a healthy gender balance, cover news from outside the USA, and amplify the under-represented. This data is one way to keep an eye on our efforts.

Companies

1→ 1Spotify
2→ 2YouTube
3↑ 4Apple Podcasts
4↓ 3Acast
5↑ 6iHeart
6↑ 11Libsyn
7→ 7Buzzsprout
8↑ 9SiriusXM
9↓ 5Wondery
10↓ 8Google Podcasts
11↑ 16Webby Awards
12↑ 17Amazon Music
13→ 13IAB
14→ 14Pocket Casts
15↑ 34Triton Digital
16↑ 22Tenderfoot TV
17↑ 56Podcast Movement
18↓ 15Audacy
19↑ 46Magellan AI
20↑ 21Global
21↑ 55Fountain
22↑ 29Podimo
23↑ 31BBC Sounds
24↓ 20Megaphone
25↑ 38Hindenburg
26↓ 23AdvertiseCast
27↑ 66Simplecast
28↑ 30Podpage
29↑ 43PRX
30↓ 10PodcastOne

People

1↑ 3John Spurlock
2↑ 22Dave Jackson
3↓ 1Joe Rogan
4↑ 16Alberto Betella
5--Jared Easley
6↓ 4Will Page
7↑ 11Arielle Nissenblatt
8↑ 25Ashley Carman
9↑ 29Mia Lobel
10↑ 39Malcolm Gladwell
11↑ 17Joe Lycett
12↓ 6Trevor Noah
13↑ 18Neil Mody
14↓ 7Ariel Shapiro
15↓ 8Skye Pillsbury
16↓ 9Paul Vogel
17↓ 2Adam Bowie
18↑ 79Alex Sanfilippo
19↑ 80Ashley Flowers
20↑ 82Neil Cowling
21↓ 10Elon Musk
22↑ 91Marc Maron
23--Dave Jones
24↓ 23Ross Adams
25↓ 13Sam Sethi
26↑ 98Aaron Mahnke
27↑ 99Adam Carolla
28↓ 14Rob Greenlee
29↓ 26Evo Terra
30↑ 105Justin Jackson

Source: We match names and companies mentioned in Podnews’s main newsletter editorial (stories, tips, tech and podcast news) between November 1 and January 31, and compare these figures with mentions between October 1 and December 31. Jobs, events, press releases or separate articles are not included in the above data. Where two or more people have the same number of mentions, we bias newer entries to our database. Our data does not include racial or sexual diversity.

Get a global view on podcasting and on-demand with our daily news briefing