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BBC launches new radio and podcast app

October 31, 2018

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This original acolyte of on-demand audio is increasingly frustrated by its creaky mechanics, content clutter, mixed ad experience and sometimes borderline-hegemonic style. ... Podcasting simply is not about a bunch of like-minded buds talking and talking and talking and talking, with contextually irrelevant commercial breaks. To evolve as a form and a business, podcasting needs to think harder.

The unique structure of the podcast ecosystem in the United States and legacy pricing model will make it difficult for podcasts to monetize in any significant fashion without the complete overhaul of the Apple podcast app, which drives 55% of all podcast listens.


As part of the BBC Sounds launch, the BBC launched Beyond Today, a daily news podcast. "News built to last from the BBC. Tina Daheley and Matthew Price ask one big question of one big story every weekday. A space to figure out what’s going on." It's a spin-off from Radio 4's Today Programme.
Lineker and Baker: Behind Closed Doors is a new football/soccer podcast, presented by comedy writer Danny Baker and English football player turned crisp salesman and broadcaster Gary Lineker. It launches Nov 7. (Goalhanger Films / Acast)
A Scottish Podcast returns for a second season. It's an audio drama about a washed-up DJ who launches a paranormal investigation podcast. (Jester's Baffies Productions / Libsyn)
Dissect, a podcast "about the albums you love", has launched a Spotify-exclusive miniseries about The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. (Cole Cuchna/Spotify/Anchor)
The CBC have announced season two of Other People's Problems. "Normally, therapy sessions are totally confidential — but this podcast opens the doors. Hillary McBride and her clients want to help demystify mental health. No actors. No auditions. No artifice. These are real-life therapy sessions. This is what people really sound like when they talk about traumatic births, turbulent divorces and tough childhoods."
Daniel Ruiz Tizon, a UK comedian, presents daily missives from the South Lambeth Portuguese café he has holed himself up in since the summer of 2001, in The Café Chronicles. It's a ten-part series, first aired on London's Resonance FM.

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