iHeartMedia has launched a new true crime podcast series investigating the real culprits behind JFK’s assassination which took place on 22 November 1963, the broadcasting corporation announced.
The 10-part limited series titled Who Killed JFK?is co-hosted by Primetime Emmy award-winning actor and director Rob Reiny and award-winning journalist and broadcaster Soledad O’Brien.
Each episode, Reiny and O’Brien do a deep dive into the former US president’s assassination by interviewing a number of experts including a former Secret Service agent who came forward with new evidence this year as well as CIA officials, medical professionals, Pulitzer-prize winning journalists, and eyewitnesses.
O’Brien also stated in the press release from iHeartMedia that the podcast will look at pivotal moments throughout American history in the 1960s such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War to understand “where the great American divide started” and why it has led to political divisiveness today.
“Sixty years ago President John F. Kennedy was gunned down in broad daylight on the streets of Dallas. To this day, it remains the greatest murder mystery in U.S. history,” said Reiner. “The American people deserve to know the truth of what happened on that fateful day. Who Killed J.F.K.? will take the listener on an evidenced based journey to reveal that truth.”
“We are grateful to be partnering with Rob and Soledad on the release of this series which aims to bring to light new information surrounding a historical mystery that has been dissected for decades,” said iHeartPodcasts president Will Pearson. “Their passion and talent for storytelling drove their dedicated efforts to uncover the truth behind one of the best kept secrets of the last century, and we are looking forward to sharing this important story with a new generation."
Episode one of Who Killed JFK? launched on Wednesday this week, ahead of the assassination’s 60 year anniversary, and is available to listen to through the iHeartRadio app and across all major podcast platforms. The show is distributed by the iHeartPodcastNetwork.
The podcast launch announcement comes in the same week that iHeartMedia released its Q3 2023 financial results. According to the media company, podcast revenue has continued to go up by 13% year on year, now at $103 million (£84 million) compared to the rest of its digital revenue which only went up by 1%.
A statement from senior management also said that “podcasting continues to be a strong growth engine for the Company” and expects continued growth for Q4 in in its Digital Audio and Multiplatform Group business as the advertising market starts to recover.