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  • Expect more marketing email from Acast, but with changes for compliance. The company has responded to our Tuesday story about their 'spam’ marketing emails. We’re told: “Recent campaigns we sent out erroneously featured incomplete contact information as well as outdated language from past email templates. Some emails mention email marketing providers (like BEE and Mailup Inc.) that Acast is no longer working with. Our staff have identified the source of the issue in our email templates, and have updated any remaining live campaigns so that they feature accurate, up-to-date information on (a) Acast’s physical address and (b) the providers we work with. We regret the errors and regret that our email communications were disbursed before we made the fixes. We will continue to go through checks with our legal team to ensure our external marketing communications are compliant and accurate.”

  • The IAB has unveiled the agenda for the 2022 IAB Podcast Upfront.

  • Is podcasting at a crossroads? Signal Hill Insights asked a number of podcast professionals for the #1 opportunity and #1 threat facing podcasting in the next year.

Moves and hires

  • David Pierce is returning to The Verge to co-host The Vergecast. He was Editorial Director at Protocol, and also spent time at the WSJ and WIRED.
  • Irena Lam, who launched Facebook Podcasts for Creators, is now “Working on Music and build[ing] a music insights product” for Facebook according to her LinkedIn page. (See main story above)
  • Cheryl Devall is to become GM at KRVS, a radio station in Lafayette LA, USA. An audio editor with significant podcast experience, here is some of her work (and a picture of a very young Ira Glass from 1990).

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