Theroux signs exclusive deal with Spotify
Broadcaster Louis Theroux has signed an exclusive deal with Spotify. The show is the latest high-profile defection from the BBC: his podcast Grounded was the most popular podcast on BBC Sounds in Q2/20.
- Michelle Obama is also doing an exclusive: but an Audible Original, and exclusive to that platform. The Light Podcast starts in early March. The Obama-owned production company Higher Ground signed the deal with Audible in June.
Last month, Buzzsprout saw a market share growth of almost a percentage point, according to John Spurlock’s LiveWire. RSS·com overtook iVoox to become the #9 biggest podcast hosting company, as measured by total new episodes published; Megaphone overtook Soundcloud to reach #7.
Libsyn’s AdvertiseCast reports a significant drop in average podcast CPM rates for January. At $22.28, the average rate in its marketplace is down 12% year-on-year, and is the lowest figure for 23 months.
Podnews’s Editor, James Cridland, is confirmed to be speaking at Podcast Movement Evolutions this year - he’ll be sharing the results of the Podnews Report Card. It’s your yearly opportunity to have your say about podcast platforms and apps - take part today, it should only take a few minutes.
43% of Black Americans said they had listened to a podcast in the last month - five points higher than the total population, according to new data from SXM Media, Mindshare and Edison Research. The data was released in The Black Podcast Listener Report.
Amplifi Media’s Steven Goldstein says that podcasting is doing fine, thank you
Twitter has announced that all free access to the Twitter API will end on Feb 9, without announcing pricing or usage detail. This is likely to break many cross-posting tools and services. You can follow Podnews by searching for firstname.lastname@example.org in Mastodon and other compatible platforms, where we’ll continue to keep you updated.
Moves and hires
Robbie Ashcroft has been announced as Managing Partner at Free Turn Entertainment. He joins from Denstu’s The Story Lab, which funded new shows.
Javier Huertas has been hired as Country Director, and Madelón Lánchez as Partner Manager, for new Spanish offices for Libsyn’s Julep Media. Steffen Hopf has been made Head of International at Libsyn; and Maik Lenze is now Country Director for DACH.
Soundstack has hired Scott Klass as Chief Marketing Officer, Bill Feichtmann as VP of Finance, and Tony Licon as Head of Product. “Putting the right, experienced people into place is always step number one”, said CEO Jon Stephenson.
Ray Harkins, who works in Podcast Strategy at iHeartMedia on the West Coast, leaves the company on Friday. He’s “taking a moment to check out what else is happening in the podcast space”.
Radiotopia from PRXPaid content
Radiotopia from PRX, the award-winning podcast network for independent creators, recently unveiled an updated visual identity for the network. Coupled with this refreshed branding, the new tagline “audio with vision” will serve as an expression of the network’s purpose and mission as a creator-centered home for innovative programming. The refreshed branding convey’s the network’s distinct identity in an evolving podcast landscape, inviting listeners to:
“Immerse yourself in stories and conversations of all kinds—intellectual and emotional, real and imagined, entertaining and thought-provoking. Be part of a community that values bold authenticity and boundless creativity. Discover award-winning audio with vision at Radiotopia·fm.”
Elements within the brand refresh will reflect the network’s brand attributes including creativity, authenticity, and well-craftedness.
Radiotopia will also continue to uphold a producer-centered framework, as creators across the network retain their intellectual property while leading editorial decision-making and production.
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Podcast data for Feb 2
- #1 in Apple Podcasts: US: New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce (Wave Sports + Entertainment) CA: Huberman Lab (Scicomm Media)
- #1 in Spotify: US: The Joe Rogan Experience (Joe Rogan) CA: The Joe Rogan Experience (Joe Rogan)
- Over the last week:
215,190 podcasts published at least one new episode.
That’s up 2.6% weekly; up 21.8% monthly.Data: Podcast Index
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