The $300,000 copcast
In Toronto ON, Canada, the police have made 24 Shades of Blue, a podcast giving the Toronto community a behind-the-scenes view of police activities. A CBC investigation has discovered that the interview show, produced by Obie & Ax Inc (“North America’s leading podcast production firm”), has cost more than $330,000 so far in a sole-source contract. That money hasn’t gone on hosting though: Podnews can tell you that the show’s on Spotify’s free podcast host Anchor.
Edison Podcast Metrics has released its latest ranker of the most listened-to podcasts in the US. The data now covers the last six months of listening (instead of a whole year), and includes Americans aged 13+ (it was 18+ before). The top four is unchanged; Joe Rogan is #1 for podcasts.
What is one of the most developed podcast markets in all of East and South East Asia? It’s podcasting in Thailand: where they like learning new things, but also love horror. Our initial look at podcast markets across E/SE Asia is now complete: we’ll start diving deeper into each country in the coming months.
Spotify has a new investor. San Francisco-based ValueAct Capital Management is reported to be an “activist investor” keen to see Spotify cut costs; the level of investment isn’t yet clear.
YouTube’s Head of Podcasting Kai Chuk is to speak at next week’s Hot Pod Summit in Brooklyn NY, USA. Ariel Shapiro “will be doing a short interview with Chuk about how YouTube plans to leverage its position as the top streamer of podcasts”. YouTube took part in a number of large events last year, but didn’t make any announcements; and features in a leaked document shown to publishers last March have yet to materialise.
LiveOne, the owner of PodcastOne, released a quarterly financial report. Ad revenue grew by 3% to $26.1mn in the nine months ending Dec 31; PodcastOne is the bulk of this revenue. The company will spin out PodcastOne before the end of March.
- PodcastOne’s website has added games, hosted by some of its podcast hosts. Listeners can win “exciting rewards”.
The Women in Podcasting Network is celebrating more than 9,000 members across social media. The network has its own podcast, the Women in Podcasting Show, which shares insightful stories and experiences from women podcasters.
AdLarge has added the PodCo Network to its portfolio. The LA-based company produces a number of rewatch shows, hosted by stars from Disney and Nickelodeon.
The Australian Podcast Ranker for January was released. SCA’s LiSTNR claims number one, while ARN’s iHeartPodnews Network Australia also claims number one. SiriusXM (represented by LiSTNR) reached #2 in the publisher list, despite making no shows in the country.
Қазақстан подкасттары is a catalog and aggregator of Kazakh podcasts. It’s run by Yeldar Kudaibergenov, who was interviewed by the Ұлан newspaper in 2020 about podcasting in Kazakhstan.
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- Don’t stay in your podcast studio, says Nick Hilton. At a Radiodays Europe conference more than a decade ago, RAI’s Filippo Solibello made the same point: that studios are a confining space, not ideally suited for the best stories.
Podcast data for Feb 15
- #1 in Apple Podcasts: US: Stolen Hearts (Wondery) IE: Stolen Hearts (Wondery)
- #1 in Spotify: US: The Joe Rogan Experience (Joe Rogan) IE: P1 with Matt and Tommy (Stak)
- Over the last week:
217,038 podcasts published at least one new episode.
That’s up 0.4% weekly; up 7.4% monthly.Data: Podcast Index
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