BBC pulls podcasts from Google Assistant and Google Podcasts

BBC pulls podcasts from Google Assistant and Google Podcasts

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  • The BBC have blocked access to its podcasts by Google; and BBC podcasts are no longer available on Google Podcasts, Google Assistant, and Google search. Our special report notes that this may herald the beginning of the end of free and open podcasting.

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  • Listening to podcasts on Amazon Alexa isn’t always a great experience. GearBrain writes up better ways to do it on your smart speaker.

  • A new podcast app, Podcrypt, enables you to “automatically or manually donate to verified podcasts based strictly on time listened”: the service uses crypto currency. Podnews is here on this service, and our Ethereum ID is in our main description as requested.

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  • Stitcher have announced a raft of new podcasts. Joining the network is actor and comedian Aasif Mandvi (“The Daily Show”); husband and wife duo Devale and Khadeen Ellis; and Bill Nye, the science guy.

  • TranscribeMeow is an iOS app to help podcasters transcribe their podcasts “right meow”. It’s here.

    This link is no longer available, as at Aug 11 2023
  • Congratulations to Morris Wheeler, who is Hubbard Broadcasting’s new “Manager of Corporate Podcasting Strategy”.

    Aug 11 2023: This broken link now points to the Internet Archive.


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