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Where new listeners start? New YouTube study

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  • YouTube could be great at finding new listeners for your podcast, according to a study into podcast consumption on YouTube from Veritonic. 65% of people who watch a podcast on YouTube are consuming it for the first time, the data says. Also, we learn that 54% of listeners like to consume podcasts on YouTube because they enjoy seeing the hosts and their guests talk, we also learn; and (slightly unnervingly) 2% of people watch YouTube while driving.

  • So - is YouTube Music rolling out podcasts worldwide? A YouTube spokesperson has told us that YouTube Music has begun to roll out podcasts to Canada and Brazil (but, for now, nowhere else). “Podcasts are currently only available to YouTube Music users in certain markets. Stay tuned for updates about when podcasts will launch in YouTube Music in your region.”

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  • The Australian Podcast Ranker was released. The ABC is still absent; the data is otherwise consistent with previous months.

    • As mentioned yesterday, Australia’s podcast insights survey PodPoll 2023 is now available for download. Specifically, the data contains subjects for podcasts that listeners say they want more of - for young people, that includes science and the environment.
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  • PRX and TED are to expand their audio partnership: PRX will continue to serve as podcast distributor for the TED Audio Collective, and with Soundrise, will now serve as official sales partner to all TED podcasts.

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  • Momento, an AI-powered method of creating video shorts from your filmed podcast or other video content, is to announce a free plan today. Creators will get to upload up to two hours of video, and make ten clips, or “moments”, every month. The AI finds key highlights, funny moments, and more.

  • iHeartMedia has extended a first-look deal with Ninth Planet Audio. Meanwhile Boston-based public radio station GBH has signed with Anonymous Content.

  • Amanda Montell of Sounds Like A Cult has sued her co-host Isa Medina for half a million dollars alleging bad behaviour. The show announced it had moved to Exactly Right in November, but the network dropped the show within two weeks.

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