iHeart Podcast Awards winners and new UK podcast data
January 20, 2020 · 3.1 minutes to read
The iHeart Podcast Awards winners were announced on Friday. The Dropout won the Podcast of the Year award. Joshua Dudley reports the event was head and shoulders above last year. Libsyn’s Rob Greenlee shared some video from the event on his Twitter feed; it was streamed on iHeart’s LiveXLive platform, visible in the US only.
RAJAR, the audio measurement company in the UK, has released their MIDAS study for Q4 2019. It reports that 17% of all UK adults consume podcasts each week, and breaks podcast consumption down by age. 22% of all 25-34 year-olds listen to podcasts; and podcasts account for 8% of all audio listening for this age-group. There’s plenty more data in the research.
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Audioboom has released a trading update for 2019. Revenues increased 91% to US $22.2m; while eCPM - revenue per thousand listens - has increased: the company now gets US$29.60.
Spotify is potentially buying The Ringer, which creates sports and pop-culture content, says the Wall Street Journal.
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- The #1 podcast, with 364,280 downloads over the week, is NRK’s Friminutt med Herman og Mikkel, a comedy podcast “where we talk about what we experience in everyday life, which we think is fun and interesting”. There are 5m Norwegian speakers in the world: that’s the equivalent of an English podcast doing 109 million downloads per week.
Octopus, the hosting, distribution and monetisation product from French podcast company Saooti, has signed an agreement to enable one-click distribution of podcasts directly to Deezer. It also allows ad agencies of Octopus customers to insert advertisements in podcasts carried on Deezer.
French podcast app Sybel says it now has one million active users. That’s quite some growth: it was only on 100,000 in July.
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