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7am podcast celebrates one year


Schwartz Media’s daily news podcast, 7am, today celebrates its one-year anniversary with a new audience listenership milestone. The podcast now reaches an average of 45,000 listens each day, or almost a quarter of a million listens weekly.

The year-old podcast, hosted by award-winning investigative journalist Ruby Jones, tells the news through in-depth, energetic interviews and sharp analysis, delivered to podcast feeds every weekday morning to help listeners start their day engaged and informed.

The listener milestone and presence in the top five of the podcast ranker proves that, in light of continuing uncertainty, Australians are turning to podcasts for smart and informative news every day.

Rebecca Costello, chief executive of Schwartz Media, said: "Every morning for the past 12 months, 7am has published content that showcases some of the best storytelling and news reporting in Australia. We continue to find new audiences for our journalism – this listener milestone shows the appetite for great news in an audio-on-demand format.”

Guy Scott-Wilson, Content Director at Acast, comments, “It’s a tough time for many in the media industry, but with further fragmentation, there are opportunities. Our data shows a huge and ever-growing appetite for independent news podcasts in Australia. We’re excited to be working with the team to celebrate this milestone and make sure we continue to grow the podcasting audience in Australia year-on-year.”

Episodes of the 7am podcast are released every weekday and are available on Acast, ApplePodcasts or wherever you choose to listen.

About Acast

Acast is the world’s biggest podcast company and the engine powering creators, advertisers and listeners everywhere. Its services are the most sophisticated available and are constantly being updated with innovative new tools and functionality.

Acast hosts more than 10,000 shows worldwide, monetizing and growing global smash hits including My Dad Wrote a Porno, The Earios Network, Julia Gillard’s A Podcast of One’s Own, and Stephen Fry’s 7 Deadly Sins, as well as podcasts from publishers such as the BBC, the Guardian, The Economist, VICE and many more.

Co-founded in Sweden in 2014 by Johan Billgren, Acast’s team of more than 200 audio lovers are creating a sustainable and open podcast ecosystem — ensuring the whole industry continues to grow and flourish. The company has sales teams on the ground in 13 markets around the world, including the UK, US, Mexico, Australia, France and Germany.

About Schwartz Media

Intelligent news and current affairs that breaks the 24 hour news cycle to offer a nuanced examination of Australia and the world. Our audience reads to know, not just to agree. We invest in long-form journalism where the issues demand it, providing writing of a quality that makes difficult topics clear.

Schwartz Media publishes Australia’s most respected writers across The Saturday Paper, The Monthly magazine and the daily podcast 7am, alongside our sister publications, Quarterly Essay and Australian Foreign Affairs.

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