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April 11, 2024:
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March 1, 2024:
    iHeartMedia released its Q4 financials. Podcast revenue was $132 million, up 17% for the quarter, and up 14% for the whole of 2023. The company claims growing demand for podcast advertising.
February 28, 2024:
February 22, 2024:
    “Any use of this intellectual property for text and data mining or computational analysis including as training material for artificial intelligence systems is strictly prohibited without express written consent from iHeartMedia”, is a new message appearing on the copyright of some of the company’s podcasts.
February 6, 2024:
January 25, 2024:
    Mind The Business: Small Business Success Stories is back for a new season - it's from Intuit QuickBooks and iHeartMedia. Season two will focus on the trials and tribulations of owning a small business by speaking with those who know best - the everyday solopreneurs who live it - in eight thematic episodes that spotlight the nuances on how to navigate small business ownership.
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September 14, 2023:
    Have you heard of an Aperol Spritz? 50% of all consumers haven't: but almost every marketer knows about the Italian wine-based cocktail. It's one example, according to new research from Pushkin Industries and iHeartMedia, of marketers increasingly not understanding the consumers they're trying to reach. The data claims that marketers often chase the ‘shiny and new’ at the expense of reflecting the values and priorities of real consumers.
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July 28, 2023:
    Date My Abuelita, First! is a new game-show style dating podcast, new from iHeartMedia's My Cultura Network. Hosted by Latine/x non-binary/gender fluid actor/activist Vico Ortiz and Abuelita Liliana Montenegro, three single contestants will compete for a date with one lucky guest, but there’s a catch. To get their heart, they have to win over Abuelita Liliana first! Through speed dating rounds, hilarious games, wildly silly and genuinely heartfelt introspections, and grandmotherly love, one contestant will either be a step closer to love or be sent back to the apps.
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May 18, 2023:
    Chris Peterson has co-founded a new podcast venture, DWNLOAD Media. The company will invest in podcast producers, networks with highly engaged and growing audiences, and companies that will "define the future of podcasting". Peterson was former EVP of Podcasting at iHeartMedia. The company is already in active discussions with companies in the US and abroad.
May 15, 2023:
    iHeartMedia announced Ruby, a branded podcast unit that's already working with Quickbooks and IBM. Lst week SMI said that US spending on branded podcasts was up 51% year-on-year in Q1.
May 3, 2023:
May 2, 2023:
    Daily Dad Jokes, an AI-powered podcast from Klassic Studios, has joined the iHeartPodcast Network. All jokes are sourced from the Dad Jokes subreddit and are curated and produced into a daily show. The show was started in late 2020, and claims to be the first AI-powered podcast.
April 12, 2023:
April 5, 2023:
    The 27th Annual Webby Awards nominees have been announced. Voting for the People's Voice Awards kick off today. A new award, Webby Podcast Company of the Year, will recognize the company with the most nominations and wins across the podcast categories. Organisations in contention include Audible (13), Wondery (8), WaitWhat (7) and iHeartMedia (5).
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February 28, 2023:
February 23, 2023:
    Ray Harkins is now Director of Podcast Sales at Sonoro Global Media Corp. He was with iHeartMedia. He'll be at Podcast Movement Evolutions.
February 10, 2023:
February 3, 2023:
    False Profits: Hillsong is new today from Storyglass and iHeartPodcasts, looking at Hillsong, the global megachurch favoured by the former Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, among many others. The podcast focuses on the rise and fall of the church's founder, the many scandals of the church, and stories of submission, exploitation, and discrimination.
February 2, 2023:
    Ray Harkins, who works in Podcast Strategy at iHeartMedia on the West Coast, leaves the company on Friday. He's "taking a moment to check out what else is happening in the podcast space".
January 24, 2023:
    Adelita: Changing the Key is new today from iHeartMedia's My Cultura podcast network and Sonoro, and features actor Diane Guerrero and chronicles the culturally rich coming-of-age story of an audacious Tejana singer (played and sung by Guerrero) who seeks to cross over to pop stardom in the U.S. and in doing so, leaves her Tejano music roots behind.
December 16, 2022:
December 14, 2022:
    From iHeartMedia, Table for Two is hosted by celebrity restauranteur Bruce Bozzi. He's joined by some of his customers - Hollywood's biggest stars. The first episode features Scarlett Johansson. It's co-produced by AirMail.
December 7, 2022:
    SXM Media is, once more, #1 for podcasts according to Edison Podcast Metrics data for the 12 months ending Q3/22. Spotify is down to #2, while iHeartMedia is #3. The data was produced by surveying 11,675 listeners from across the US.
December 6, 2022:
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November 4, 2022:
    iHeartMedia reported financial results for Q3/22. Podcast revenue for the quarter was $91m, up 42% year-on-year - representing 9.2% of the company's total revenue. The company made a loss of $310m; it had reported a profit this time last year, but the value of its broadcast licences fell by $302m as a result of increased interest rates.
October 27, 2022:
September 29, 2022:
    Those purchased podcast plays are all OK, it seems. After yesterday's news that iHeartMedia and others have been purchasing podcast plays in game apps, Podtrac tells us: "We decided not to filter these downloads as they are consistent with the latest IAB guidelines. It’s our understanding they appear as browser traffic without a unique user agent (or [unique] IP address). These downloads don’t have a material impact on the publisher rankings including the rank order of the top publishers."
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September 12, 2022:
    Lava for Good Podcasts and iHeartMedia have joined forces to distribute Lava for Good's slate of shows. Bone Valley is the first new podcast under the partnership: an investigative journey through the swamps and courtrooms of central Florida in a search for truth and justice in the wrongful conviction of Leo Schofield. It launches next week.
September 2, 2022:
August 31, 2022:
    StraightioLab, hosted by George Civeris and Sam Taggart, has joined iHeartMedia and Will Ferrell's Big Money Players Network. The first official episode of season three launches today and features comedians and hosts of the podcast “Las Culturistas” Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang.
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June 28, 2022:
    Which Formula 1 driver received death threats and hired a bodyguard at the end of last season all because he crashed into a wall? Choosing Sides: F1 unveils the excitement and thrills of Formula 1 racing in a new podcast from iHeartMedia and Sports Illustrated Studios today.
June 23, 2022:
    iHeartMedia was also at Cannes, "on the iHeart Yacht". Topics covered were diversity and representation, LGBTQ+ visibility and NFTs in media, launching its first NFT-hosted show; while at a party, Sam Smith sang and Paris Hilton did an exclusive DJ set (not that exclusive, though, eh, Podcast Movement Evolutions attendees?)
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May 2, 2022:
    Launched last week from iHeartMedia, Betrayal is a true-crime podcast of the story of TV producer Jenifer Faison whose picture-perfect marriage completely shatters when Faison came home from work one afternoon to find her house searched and her husband arrested for the continued sexual assault of a student. She tries to learn more about convicted sexual predator and two-time Kell High School ‘Teacher of the Year’ Spencer Herron.
April 27, 2022:
    Lyra Smith is now Executive Producer, Comedy at iHeartMedia. She'd been Story Editor at Crooked Media, working on their limited series including Webby Award winner This Land, and had also worked on S-Town and This American Life among others.
April 26, 2022:
    Ghost Church by Jamie Loftus is new from iHeartMedia's Cool Zone Media today - looking at a nationwide religion across the US dedicated to communing with the dead. America Spiritualism takes place in spiritual camps full of clairvoyants across the country. Jamie Loftus, an Emmy-nominated writer, comedian, and creator of podcasts, investigates just what's going on.
April 22, 2022:
    Triton Digital has released the US Podcast Report for March. SXM Media remains #1 for podcasts ahead of NPR who move up to #2. Total US downloads and users for the top five publishers dropped slightly. The ranker measures participating publishers only; iHeartMedia-owned Triton Digital doesn't measure iHeartMedia.
April 15, 2022:
    iHeartMedia plans to triple the amount of branded podcasts it creates. A premium article in AdWeek also gives the rates for a branded podcast with iHeart - between $1 million and $2 million, according to chief marketing officer Gayle Troberman.
April 13, 2022:
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April 1, 2022:
    Lowell Brillante is to become Executive Producer at WebMD, building their podcast slate. He moves from iHeartMedia.
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January 21, 2022:
    Sports Illustrated Weekly is new from iHeartRadio and Sports Illustrated. It's hosted by John Gonzalez, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, and former podcast host at The Ringer. - read more
January 14, 2022:
January 12, 2022:
    Hello Sunshine and iHeartMedia launch Time Out: A Fair Play Podcast today. Hosted by New York Times bestselling author of Fair Play Eve Rodsky and physician Dr. Aditi, the show invites listeners to learn how to take back their time, with science-backed solutions, humor, personal insights and practical tips. Their first guest is Matthew Fray, a relationship coach who went viral from writing a New York Times article about getting divorced over dishes.
January 10, 2022:
    We all know the story about Martin Luther King - assassinated by lone gunman James Earl Ray in 1968. The MLK Tapes begs to differ: with rare recordings and never-heard-before testimonies, you might agree with the King family that it isn't quite as cut and dry. Produced by iHeartMedia and Tenderfoot TV, it launches today.
December 21, 2021:
December 10, 2021:
    At iHeartRadio, podcast producers, editors, researchers, writers and hosts are unionising with the Writers Guild of America, East. The iHeart Podcast Union was launched yesterday; the website contains many concerns about working conditions. Saying that they "have been encouraged to embrace the dynamism of start-up culture without any of the associated benefits", the union says "iHeartMedia's overall compensation and benefits standards are wholly insufficient when compared to the greater podcast and scripted audio market". The union has support from around 70% of employees, we're told. The union hopes that iHeart will voluntarily recognise it; it's the latest unionising activity in the podcast space after Gimlet, Parcast, The Ringer, and others.
December 7, 2021:
November 5, 2021:
    iHeartMedia's Q3/21 results say that podcast revenue was $64.1m for the quarter - that almost doubled (184%) year-on-year. It accounts for 6.8% of the company's revenue.
October 6, 2021:
October 4, 2021:
    Ozy Media has announced it is to shut down, after a number of reports about the company's business practices. There were question marks over what the company had told investors, advertisers, employees and guests; and the impact could still affect other media companies. Carlos Watson, the co-founder and CEO of Ozy Media, has resigned from the NPR Board. The company had five podcasts, including co-productions with iHeartMedia and the BBC.
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July 23, 2021:
    iHeartRadio is #1 for podcasts, according to the Media Monitors Podcast Listener Survey for the second half of June. Joe Rogan and The Daily are #1 and #2 shows; comedy is the #1 genre. The research is based on recall; Media Monitors is owned by iHeartMedia.
July 8, 2021:
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June 3, 2021:
    Podcast Day 24, the 24-hour streamed podcasting conference, has announced Jonathan Wall, the Controller of BBC Sounds, joining iHeartMedia's Conal Byrne, NOVA Entertainment's Rachel Corbett and over 100 other speakers for Monday's conference. Tickets are available now; look below for a discount code.
May 18, 2021:
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May 6, 2021:
    In the US, iHeartMedia has launched its own Private Marketplace, allowing advertisers to buy shows across the iHeartPodcast Network. Using Voxnest, it allows geo-targeting and "psychographic" targeting (only want "intrepid" listeners? Or "conquerors"?) We wonder if it can also target people who've had their first COVID-19 vaccination and are feeling a bit sleept.
April 6, 2021:
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March 26, 2021:
    Samsung has launched Samsung Podcasts within the Samsung Free app in the US. The service offers instant access to "thousands of podcasts" from publishers like American Public Media, CNN Audio, Conde Nast, iHeartMedia, Kast Media, Motley Fool, NPR, PodcastOne, PRX, This American Life, Vox Media Podcast Network and Barstool Sports. Both Blubrry Podcasting and Libsyn have announced a launch partnership: both require you to specifically add your podcasts to the service. Samsung has a roughly 25% market share in the US; this is available now on Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy Note 10 devices.
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February 15, 2021:
    More consolidation on the way? The owner of Global, a company that owns radio and poster sites in the UK and the DAX audio ad platform in the UK and North America, has bought 8.8% of iHeartMedia. ("The deal is not connected with Global", though).
February 10, 2021:
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February 5, 2021:
    First reported in Podnews in May 2019, Bill Clinton has finally launched Why Am I Telling You This? with iHeartMedia. The Hollywood Reporter says his first interview is with a jazz player.
February 3, 2021:
January 18, 2021:
    Last week, speakers from Stitcher, OTHERtone Media, iHeartMedia, Wondery, Cadence13 and Macmillan took part in a session at CES/Digital Hollywood. It's free to watch, and includes discussions on talent, internationalisation, and intellectual property.
November 25, 2020:
November 20, 2020:
    Triton Digital have released their latest US Podcast Report. Combined, the Top 100 Podcasts by Downloads and Top 100 Podcasts by Users are up 3.6% from the previous reporting period. NPR is the #1 publisher, with NPR News Now the #1 podcast. An incomplete ranker, it measures participating publishers only, and doesn't measure iHeartMedia.
November 11, 2020:
November 10, 2020:
    Podcasting is profitable for iHeartMedia - podcast revenue grew 74% year-on-year (downloads are up 71%), and new advertisers are also spending with the company in other places too. (Overall, the company has seen a 22% decline in revenue, and made a $32m loss). Bob Pittman, the CEO, committed that "50% of the new podcasts we launch on the iHeart Podcast Network will be from female and diverse creators".
October 26, 2020:
    iHeartMedia is to acquire Voxnest. Voxnest will provide dynamic ad serving for iHeartRadio's podcasts and analytics. Voxnest also owns Spreaker, the 6th largest podcast host with 61,000 shows, and BlogTalkRadio, with a further 8,300. Terms weren't disclosed.
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August 7, 2020:
    iHeartMedia, the owner of iHeartRadio, says that its podcast revenue grew 103% year-on-year in Q2 - total digital revenue was $93m. Unique podcast listeners grew by 30% year-on-year; downloads grew by 62%. Revenue for the quarter across the company, however, was down by 46.6%: we can blame the pandemic for that.
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May 28, 2020:
    The Podcast Academy have posted an updated Board of Governors. Rob Greenlee from Libsyn has been confirmed as the Chair; governors include Conal Byrne from iHeartMedia, Ben Cave from Apple, Anya Grundmann from NPR and Courtney Holt from Spotify. The Board also includes podcast producers, talent agents, and studios. Google is absent.
May 11, 2020:
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    Unlike competitor Podtrac, it's based on average weekly downloads over a four-week period, rather than a calendar month. Different publishers are in each: Podtrac has iHeartMedia, NYT and PRX, while Triton lists Stitcher/Midroll and Entercom's RADIO·COM.
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February 21, 2020:
    Stuff You Should Know is also going to be a set of books. Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things is the first book we can expect: showing the long lead-time for publishing, it's due on shelves on Sep 29. The AP also notes "The books ... will be available in editions for young people." (iHeartMedia)
February 20, 2020:
    Media Monitors has released a list of the top 25 podcasts as measured by audience recall: with, of course, Joe Rogan at #1 but other, more niche, podcast also appearing. iHeartMedia has the most podcasts in the top 100. (While the research was conducted independently, Media Monitors is owned by iHeartMedia).
February 17, 2020:
February 14, 2020:
    Podcast Movement Evolutions has kicked off in Los Angeles CA, USA. The first of three keynotes featured (on World Radio Day) Bob Pittman, CEO of iHeartMedia, Conal Byrne, President of iHeart Media, and AdWeek's 2019 Producer of the Year, Misha Euceph. There will be a number of announcements during the show: we'll report on many of them in Monday's issue. James Cridland, our Editor, will be moderating a Q&A this morning as part of the opening keynote session; and talking at 10.30am in the Gold Room.
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November 25, 2019:
November 20, 2019:

Welcome to new subscribers in November from companies including Acast, Spotify, the South China Morning Post, Sony Music, Mamamia, Magellan, RedCircle, PRX, Luminary, Megaphone, ART19, Voxnest, the BBC, Entale, and iHeartMedia. If you find us useful, please tell your colleagues! (And, use your unique link at the bottom of our emails and we'll send you nice stuff.)

November 13, 2019:
    The nominees for the iHeartMedia Podcast Awards 2020 are out. "In addition, the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards will present three Icon Awards to pay tribute to the creators, organizations and podcasts that have made groundbreaking contributions to podcasting’s expanding role in today’s popular culture."
November 11, 2019:
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October 25, 2019:
    Bob Pittman, iHeartRadio's CEO, has been interviewed on CNBC, a US business news network. In the interview, he said that podcasting is "an extension to radio", adding that the company is encouraging everyone to get into podcasting because "we're the leader, we've got the big library and the big shows".
October 16, 2019:
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September 20, 2019:
    InsideRadio reports on the positive effect that joining iHeartRadio had on Disgraceland in terms of downloads. (For noting: InsideRadio is owned by iHeartMedia).
September 12, 2019:
    iHeartMedia and MSNBC have launched Modern Ruhles. The press release promises that Stephanie Ruhles will discuss topics of masculinity, #MeToo, political correctness, privilege and more.
September 5, 2019:
August 22, 2019:
    iHeartMedia's earnings call was last week. Bob Pittman highlighted iHeartRadio's promotional power, noting that "Disgraceland went from 100,000 downloads in the last month it was published on its former platform to two million" once it had moved to iHeart.
August 14, 2019:
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July 19, 2019:
    Matty Staudt, iHeartMedia's VP of Podcast Programming, is leaving the company to become President of Jam Street Media, a new LA based podcast company focused on podcasts for brands, talent coaching, and consulting for businesses entering the podcast space. He'll be working with Jessica Navarro, who joins Jam Street Media from Mark Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas. He'll continue hosting iHM's Access Podcast.
July 10, 2019:
    Breaking: Nielsen has just announced the launch of the Nielsen Podcast Listener Buying Power Service, a service that provides podcasters and brands with compelling insights matching podcast listeners by genre with their buying habits. Charter clients are iHeartMedia, Cadence13, Stitcher, Westwood One and Cabana.
May 7, 2019:
    Math & Magic is a podcast focusing on secrets for success, hosted by none other than iHeartMedia's CEO (and former radio DJ) Bob Pittman. (iHeartMedia)
May 2, 2019:
March 25, 2019:

Welcome to over 300 new subscribers over the last two weeks, including from companies like ABC Australia, Scripps, Gimlet Media, Stitcher, NPR, SRF, Buzzsprout, Acast, Turner, Megaphone, iHeartMedia, Spotify, Deezer, Westwood One, Radioplayer Germany, Entercom, ACE Radio, and the BBC.

February 22, 2019:
    Podtrac have released January 2019 figures for the top 10 US podcast publishers, and top 20 US podcasts, using their service. NPR remains at #1, with a yearly increase in US unique audience from 16.3m to 17.9m. iHeartMedia has seen significant increases year-on-year, but their figures now include the StuffMedia purchases, so aren't comparable.
February 21, 2019:
February 12, 2019:
    Chris Peterson, Exec Vice President for Podcasting at iHeartMedia, is leaving the company this week. AllAccess report he's off to work with Liontree to build out KindredCast a media and technology podcast.
January 29, 2019:

Welcome to the nearly 300 people who've subscribed over the past week, including folks from Acast, Bengo Media, the BBC, Edison Research, Entercom, NPR, Slate, USA Today, Condé Nast, Spotify, iHeartMedia and Himalaya. If you like Podnews, please let others know, and consider supporting us.

January 15, 2019:
    iHeartMedia and Panoply's Megaphone have done a deal for distribution. After an original deal with Stuff Media, which iHeart purchased in September, Megaphone will now be used "to distribute select podcasts across its iHeartPodcast Network." iHeart has been using ART19 for many of them.
November 20, 2018:
November 16, 2018:
    Until this month, a disclaimer that iHeartRadio's figures "do not include shows being distributed on the iHeartRadio player on iHeart·com and affiliated sites" has been part of this release. These shows were excluded from the Podtrac listings after we reported back in January that they were being miscounted. We note that iHeartRadio's 850+ websites are still preloading their podcast audio; but our technical analysis shows that this behaviour is not being measured by Podtrac.
November 2, 2018:
October 23, 2018:
    iHeartRadio announces the "first podcast awards", says the Hollywood Reporter. "The podcast industry is getting its own awards show," says the story, "and will be the first live awards show for podcasting where listeners will decide on the winners." Nominees have been announced on the awards website, and listeners can vote now. (Numerous podcast award ceremonies have previously been held, many with listener-voted winners).
September 14, 2018:
September 11, 2018:
    At the end of the IAB Podcast Upfront was a chat with Bob Pittman, CEO and Chairman of iHeartMedia, and Jarl Mohn, CEO of National Public Radio. Here it is in print form. Question from the moderator: "How do you ensure that podcasts don't cannibalize terrestrial live radio?"
June 27, 2018:
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Welcome to our new subscribers this week, including excellent new folks from Saycaster, Slate, Patreon, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Europe 1, Westwood One, Adlarge, Audioboom, Global, the Carnegie Corp, iHeartMedia, WNYC, RadioMedia Finland, and AdResults Media.

May 31, 2018:
    US broadcaster iHeartMedia is working on a scripted crime podcast called Lethal Lit. "As soon as I heard the script, it was like, 'Oh my god this is it,'" says Chris Petersen, Senior VP Podcasting. "Something the podcasting space needs help with is diverse content, especially diverse content for different groups of listeners. I don't know that there's a lot of content especially in the scripted space for the target [demo] on this podcast."
May 9, 2018:
    RAIN reports Carrie Lieberman has joined iHeartMedia as VP of Podcast Revenue Strategy.
April 16, 2018:
    Podtrac contacted users of its free podcast measurement service at the end of March, writing that the service's Terms of Service had been updated to specifically prohibit certain behaviours, including "pre-loading of media files in website players". Readers may remember our investigation into iHeartMedia's figures, which uncovered exactly this in January. The company also announced that SoundCloud website plays would no longer be measured.
March 2, 2018:
    Variety and iHeartMedia are collaborating to make Playback, a film-focused podcast. Of note, iHeart will be making "custom vignettes that will air across its digital network and broadcast radio stations, introducing the podcast to its more than a quarter of a billion monthly listeners across the country."
February 26, 2018:
    On Friday I noted the return of iHeartMedia to podtrac's charts after I discovered their stats were wrong; Podtrac tell me that they normally report the podcast list a week after the publisher list.
February 23, 2018:
January 25, 2018:
January 10, 2018:
    HotPod 146 is out, and focuses on smart speakers, in-car podcasts, and in a section called What's going on with Podtrac?, covers our investigation into iHeartMedia's figures. Of Podtrac, Nick Quah writes: "the fact that Podtrac missed what could be charitably phrased as an inadvertent gaming of its system raises questions over its technical acumen, particularly given its core work of verifying downloads in the space."
January 9, 2018:
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January 3, 2018:
    Yesterday, we reported on highly inflated figures from iHeartMedia on Podtrac's charts. Nine hours later, Podtrac silently removed iHeartMedia from all of their ratings charts. The company notes on their revised release: "Preloading podcast content is prohibited under IAB podcast measurement guidelines." The new data and statement was not sent to their report mailing list.
January 2, 2018:
    EXCLUSIVE: Are iHeartMedia really the number one short-form podcaster, as we reported on Dec 26? No, it would appear that they probably aren't. After a lengthy investigation, we can reveal that the Podtrac figures are wrong - possibly thousands of times too large. Read our full investigation to discover what's happening and how you can check your own podcast for the same error.
January 1, 2018:
    Chris Peterson, VP of Podcasting at iHeartMedia is quoted in a re-printed interview in Jacobs Media: "We need to continue to push for even more data and an industrywide standard for podcast listening analytics," he says. Tomorrow, in an explosive article, will publish the results of an investigation into one publisher's analytics that shows significant over-reporting.
December 26, 2017:
December 7, 2017:
    Data from iHeart, the US radio company. They claim 100m registered US users to their app, and "10,000 shows, 525 of which are made in-house". Podcasting has grown 60% since January. "We’re able to sell specific [sponsorships for] bigger shows, because that creates a better revenue opportunity. Local stations monetize [smaller shows with] the people already buying their station and morning show."
November 30, 2017:
    iHeartMedia launches an app on Comcast cable set-top boxes. Content includes live streaming radio stations, music channels, and podcasts. (Listening to audio on the TV accounts for 5% of all radio listening in the UK, so it's an interesting market. In other news, the iOS app has been updated to give access to podcasts while using Apple CarPlay.
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