Amazon Music launched a podcast service in the US and the UK just after we went to press. We’ll have more details tomorrow.
RadioPublic’s Jake Shapiro joins Apple Podcasts as Head of Creator Partnerships, in a significant hire for the company. Shapiro co-founded PRX in 2002. New leadership for both RadioPublic and Podfund will be “announced shortly”.
SiriusXM announces a new CEO and CFO. James E Meyer will retire at the end of this year to be replaced by Jennifer C Witz, who is currently the President of Sales, Marketing and Operations. Sean S Sullivan is appointed the new CFO; David J Frear is “pursuing other opportunities, effective immediately”. The company owns Pandora, Simplecast and Stitcher.
Apple announces iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, which will both be available today. The Apple Podcasts app, which is updated as part of the OS, gets new features offering personalised suggestions.
In Australia, PodcastOne Australia makes two appointments - Sam Cavanagh will look after “entertainment and news content” for the company, while Jennifer Goggin will focus on specialist content. PodcastOne Australia is owned by broadcaster SCA.
Nick Randall, who co-founded Australian podcasting company Ranieri & Co, joins a partnership automation business. He’ll continue being Chair of the company, which represents Wondery in the country.
70 Million is back for Season 3. For its season premiere, 70 Million takes you inside Chicago’s Cook County Jail during a rapid outbreak of COVID-19. Learn of the unprecedented steps officials took to control the outbreak, and how COVID-19 is directly confronting structures within the criminal justice system. Listen to Episode 1. (ad)
Minimalism and personal development podcast Optimal Living Daily has hit 100 million downloads. The podcast narrates content from personal development experts like Joshua Becker, The Minimalists, and Marc and Angel Chernoff. They sent us a t-shirt or two to celebrate. That’s how easily bought we are.
All Things Covered with Patrick Peterson & Bryant McFadden is a new weekly podcast from CBS Sports featuring a future Hall of Famer and a 2-time Super Bowl champion. Peterson will go from the playing field on Sundays to the podcast studio on Mondays to offer a unique perspective on this unprecedented NFL season. It launches next week. They didn’t send us a t-shirt.