Podcast Show 2023 announces Crime Junkie’s Ashley Flowers as keynote headline speaker

Tech company Veritone joins AudioBoom, BBC Sounds and Global as official partner

Ashley Flowers, host of the number one most popular true-crime podcast Crime Junkie and founder of production company audiochuck, has been announced as the keynote speaker on day one of The Podcast Show 2023

Further new announcements include artificial intelligence company Veritone joining audio and podcast distribution platform AudioBoom, BBC Sounds and Global as an official partner. 

“Veritone is a leader in influencer marketing, programmatic advertising, attribution and synthetic media – all core elements to sustained growth within the podcasting industry,” said Veritone commercial enterprise senior vice president John Murphy. “The Podcast Show is a must for those looking to expand in this area, network with industry leaders, and learn new ways to monetise their content and brand.”

The annual festival celebrates the art and business of podcasting by bringing together industry experts and podcast creators around the world. It will take place from 24 to 25 May at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. An additional week-long live podcast show that will see 30 recordings in total is also running from 22 to 28 May.

Other speakers that have been announced include History Hit’s Dan Snow; Hala Taha, host of entrepreneur podcast Young and Profiting; radio personality and Dish co-host Nick Grimshaw; the face behind business podcast The Jordan Harbinger Show; Big Fish’s Spencer Matthews as well as his wife and fellow podcast host of My Therapist Ghosted Me, Vogue Williams; the sisters and co-hosts of The Sam & Billie Show; and co-hosts of comedy show Help I Sexted My Boss with William Hanson and Jordan North. More speakers will be announced later. 

PodPod is also a media partner for this years’ Podcast Show with Campaign, and will support the Brand Works Theatre on the main show floor presented by Global in association with Fresh Air.

Features from PodPod and Campaign will include two stand-out sessions per day with four individuals in total from leading industry brands, a ‘Faces To Watch’ showcase to nominate relevant ‘new creators’ to participate at the show, two panels for the Rise Up Stage based on the ‘Faces to Watch’, and a live recording session of the PodPod podcast. 

“We're thrilled to be taking part in this year's Podcast Show,” said PodPod editor Adam Shepherd. “It's a fantastic opportunity for the podcast community to come together, and we can't wait to showcase some of our Faces To Watch cohort, shining a spotlight on the innovators driving our medium forward.”

Independent podcast company Acast and Amazon Music subsidiary Wondery have been named as the headline partners for the festival. Acast will present The Creator's Corner, introducing independent creators and marketers to podcast advertising and monetisation, as well as The Studio Stage – all featuring key industry speakers and big talent. Additionally, Amazon will present The Amplify Theatre with IAB UK with exclusive sessions and an Amazon Music and Wondery-branded activation on the main floor. 

There will be more than 130 in-person panels and sessions expected at the Podcast Show, with two new additional developments this year including a pre-show party and preview on 23 May, and networking invitation-only space PodHouse.