Podcasting workshop to be held in Jamaica, and new Spotify hirings
September 9, 2019 · 3.1 minutes to read
In Jamaica, Heneka Watkis-Porter, host of The Entrepreneurial You, and the Jamaica Stock Exchange are hosting a Beginnner’s Podcasting Workshop on October 31st. She reports “a brand new wave of podcasters on the shores of the tropical isle of Jamaica”.
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Variety have announced their highlighted storytellers and podcasters for the first 10 Storytellers to Watch event in New York City on Sep 19. They’ll also will be profiled in the Sep 17 edition of the magazine. Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie from Limetown, and Anna Priestland, the producer of Letters of Love in WW2, are among those honoured.
NPR has a new CEO. John Lansing currently looks after Voice of America and other US-funded broadcasters, where he increased weekly audience by 25%.
Magna predicts slower growth for US podcast advertising revenue, predicting that it’ll hit $1bn in 2022. Their report uses data from the IAB, who in June predicted it’ll hit $1bn a year earlier. US radio ad revenue for 2018 was $13.4bn, but Magna says that radio revenue will drop by 5% every year from hereon in.
Google may be adding a personalised podcast recommendation tool to Android phones. The Google Podcasts app is also getting a slight redesign, which will highlight cover art a little more. Auto-downloading, a feature of almost all podcast apps, is still being worked on, according to the article.
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