The NZ Podcasting Summit to return for 2023
The New Zealand Podcast Summit has announced its second year’s sessions. An annual hui for Aotearoa’s podcasting community, this year it’s scheduled for Saturday May 13 in Auckland. Speakers will include RNZ’s Tim Watkin, the Head of Funding at NZ On Air, Amie Mills, and The Spinoff’s head of podcasts, Jane Yee. Tickets are available.
Seven audio workers have been laid off by Vox Media, reports Vox Media’s Hot Pod, including the team producing Cover Story. Vox Media declined to give exact figures. Around 130 people were laid off in total, or 7% of the workforce. Spotify is also to cut staff this week, according to Bloomberg.
Data: Prisa Audio made its first Up Front presentation on Friday. The company claims it is the world’s second-largest audio streaming company, and ranks #1 in the Spanish language. The release contains a number of data points; its ad revenue grew 43% over the previous year.
Data: In Germany, the AGMA Podcast ranker for December was released (pdf). Zeit Online’s Was Jetzt (What Now?), a news podcast which published 82 episodes in December, is #1 with 6.8m downloads; comedy show Baywatch Berlin, which released four shows, is at #2 with 5.7m. Participating publishers only.
In the Netherlands, news from Lieven Heeremans about a fund for audio production from the public broadcaster NPO: which was to disappear, and now isn’t, kind of.
Congratulations to African podcasting group Pod Break for reaching your first year anniversary.
On Twitter: “I made a needle felt collage of all my favourite podcasts yesterday and I think they’re pretty smart”
- Janan Ganesh writes for the FT: Podcasts aren’t as smart as you think (paywalled): “But people are starting to conflate [the podcast] with the hard grind of learning. At worst, they substitute it for reading.”
- Vanessa Thorpe writes for The Guardian: Can BBC radio thrive in a new world of podcasts? on a defection of a presenter to a commercial rival (something our Editor has also blogged about)
- Alexi Duggins writes for The Guardian about The rise of the child podcast superstars, featuring four podcasters aged 13 or younger.
- Tyler Aquilina writes in Variety that “podcast exclusivity is quickly becoming an outdated strategy” - “it will be increasingly difficult for any but the most popular podcasts to claim a sizable chunk of the ad dollars available. Creators will therefore need to maximize ad revenue as much as possible, and limiting their potential audience through an exclusive distribution model will be increasingly untenable.”
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- Want your podcast appearing in Fountain’s activity feed? Add a split to your Fountain address in your value block, and then it can see all your boosts, not just those made on Fountain. Change your username in this URL for the details.
- While we did the above, we also added Podcast Index as a 1% split.
- A “high performance” port of OpenAI’s Whisper speech recognition tool for Apple silicon. Also runs on iOS.
- If you do a live podcast, are you LIT? The live item tag will give your podcast listeners a notification when your show is being broadcast live. Here’s a blog post explaining a little more, from the point of view of a radio station.
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Podcast data for Jan 23
- #1 in Apple Podcasts: US: Suspect (Wondery | Campside) CA: Backstage at the Vinyl Cafe (Apostrophe Podcast Network)
- #1 in Spotify: US: The Joe Rogan Experience (Joe Rogan) CA: The Joe Rogan Experience (Joe Rogan)
- Over the last week:
204,471 podcasts published at least one new episode.
That’s up 1.8% weekly; up 3.6% monthly.Data: Podcast Index
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