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BBC Sounds achieved an all-time record for podcast listeners last year

News and current podcasts dominated in popularity, according to Q4 2022 report

AdLarge expands podcast network portfolio with new true-crime podcast partnership

Crime Analyst podcast will connect to new advertisers within ad-sales portfolio

Libsyn expands Julep Media subsidiary by launching presence in Spain

Team expands with appointment of two new audio and sales experts

Louis Theroux announces new Spotify exclusive podcast

Iconic broadcaster becomes the latest tentpole audio deal for embattled streaming giant

Spotify blames £200 million loss on heavy podcast investments

CEO Daniel Ek says he doesn’t regret investments and “would do it again”

Nielsen to incorporate Edison Research into its audio and podcast portfolio

Advertisers will be able to benefit from Edison’s Share of Ear and Podcast Metrics

Bauer audio boss to step down after 35 years

Dee Ford leaving role as group managing director to spend time with family

History Hit’s Dan Snow says: “I've never been happier professionally”

Brand amasses success with one million website visits and podcast listens per week

Nearly 60% of marketers don’t understand programmatic ad-buying, according to Acast

Yet programmatic ad spend in podcasting is expected to triple in the next five years

Podimo appoints former Twitter and Meta executives to product and growth team

Johann Querné joins as VP of Growth and Malvina Goldfeld joins as Chief Product Officer

Libsyn declares data integration partnership with YouTube

Advertisers will now be able to gain valuable insight on video podcast campaigns

She Podcasts announces first annual Sonic Bloom awards celebrating underrepresented voices

Event promises to “shine a light” on cis and trans women and non-binary creators

CBC’s hit live-radio show Q With Tom Power relaunches in podcast format

Show will now appear on-demand first every weekday before being broadcast on radio

Somethin’ Else launches new TV psychology podcast hosted by ‘Doc Brown’

New show analysing fictional characters’ behaviour will debut 31 January

Libsyn launches remote recording tool at PodFest Expo 2023

Features include multi-track recording, automatic syncing, a built-in chat box, and mobile-friendly usage

Goodstuff head of audio says podcasts “need to be included” in your media mix

Execs from Bauer Media, St Luke’s and Goodstuff talk digital audio at PodPod and Campaign summit

Listeners are tuning into news podcasts for more than just information, says Global exec

“News is losing its seriousness”, says Global commercial group strategist Rich Smith

British Podcast Awards announces return in September 2023, in partnership with PodPod

Applications now open on the website with addition of new categories

Introducing PodPod’s first annual Faces To Watch list

New initiative celebrates the best emerging talent within the podcast industry

Spotify to run live shows of its hit sports podcasts at Pod Live Sport event in new partnership

The Rugby Pod, Fozcast, Wrighty’s House, Stadio, and Counter Pressed podcasts join line-up

City University launches first-ever Podcasting MA in London, starting September 2023

Former Bauer media executive Brett Spencer will run Centre of Podcasting Excellence alongside MA course

Acast CEO says US market is “incredibly immature” in terms of digital podcast advertising

UK podcast ad creative is also ahead of US market, says Ross Adams

This year’s Ambies will be hosted by comedian Larry Wilmore

Ceremony will be taking place in March, both in-person and live-streamed

We Are Black Journos founder launches true-crime podcast with BBC and CBC

Hannah Ajala hunts down the real Janessa Brazil, the face behind an online catfish scam

Spotify is laying off 6% of its staff

Workforce reductions and executive moves follow poor revenue growth

BBC podcast reveals new details on Northern Ireland environmental scandal

Podcast investigation reveals officials may have broken the law in dumping case

HistoryExtra podcast hits 200 million downloads

Since launching in 2007, the podcast now has an average of five million downloads per month

Triton Digital’s US podcast ranker reveals top shows for December

Stitcher Media remains as the number one sales network

Audioboom expands its creator network with new slate of podcast partnerships

Three premium creators also announce extended multi-year partnerships with Audioboom

Kate Nash hosts new Arctic Monkeys podcast series from the BBC

Arctic Monkeys: Believe The Hype features first-hand accounts from the band’s mentors, friends, and super fans

Ex-BBC Sounds assistant commissioner joins Mags Creative team in management role

James Norman-Fyfe starts new role as head of production unit

Acast continues global expansion with new partnership in the Netherlands

Podcast company Tonny Media joins Meer Van Dit in signing with Acast

Octave becomes first digital audio business to achieve IAB’s Gold Standard 2.1 certification

The Bauer and News UK subsidiary also earns brand safety seal certification

Libsyn signs ad partnership with Lore podcast

Multi-year deal will give AdvertiseCast exclusive monetisation rights to hit show

SandStone Global hires BBC veteran to lead audio expansion

Dixi Stewart joins production company as MD

EXCLUSIVE: Children’s podcast network Fun Kids launches subscription service

Apple Podcasts and Fun Kids website subscribers can access ad-free and bonus content

Global’s The Shelina Show premieres with Dan Snow as first guest

Shelina Janmohamed promises new podcast will deliver “different voices and different platforms”

Empire Film Podcast editor says he’s “doing two full-time jobs”

“We fit it in with a side order of a nervous breakdown,” says Chris Hewitt

Wondery and Novel partner to launch new true crime podcast

Stolen Hearts follows previously successful collaboration on Harsh Reality

The Rest Is Politics team launches new interview podcast

Leading features conversations with key figures from the worlds of sport, politics, religion and more

BBC Sounds renews Audio Labs accelerator to champion new generation of podcasters

Successful candidates will gain new title as Assistant Producer and full-time salary for eight months

Heat magazine editor-in-chief starts senior podcasting role at Bauer Media

Heat 7 podcast host assumes new title as chief creative officer of podcasts and commercial content

Applications now open for The Podcast Academy’s Spring Mentorship Program 2023

Program marks first-ever partnership with BIPOC Podcast Creators organisation

Signal Hill Insights appoints podcast veteran Paul Riismandel

With over eight of experience in podcasting, Riismandel starts new role as Chief Insights Officer

Warner Music Group announces audio licensing deal with hip-hop podcast Drink Champs

Podcast co-hosts become part of WMG’s in-house network Interval Presents

Spotify’s Stream On live event is back in-person this spring

Livestream will be available on the day so creators and fans can connect worldwide

72% of publishers plan to invest more in podcasting this year

Podcasts said to play a part in building deeper audience connection and brand loyalty

Entries open for Podcast Movement Evolutions 2023 scholarship

New podcasters eligible to apply for free podcaster pass

Comedy was most-listened to US podcast genre in Q3 2022

Society & Culture genre climbed to second place, however, according to Edison Research

History Hit podcast network hires first commercial director

Jennifer Bennett will be tasked with accelerating events and partnership growth

Tenderfoot TV extends podcast partnership with Cadence13 for two more years

Hit podcasts Up and Vanished, To Live and Die in LA, Culpable, and Radio Rental picked up for new seasons

You, Me, and the Big C co-hosts prepare fans for a “long goodbye” after death of founders

The BBC award-winning series to come to an end after five years

Acast partners with MoJ for new podcast looking at life behind bars

Narrated by Ben Bailey Smith, also known as ‘Doc Brown’, the show gives the perspective of prison support staff

Podcasters can now publish Apple Podcast subscriber content through third-party platforms

Blubrry, Libsyn, Omny Studio, and RSS.com first to support Delegated Delivery beta

Jess Robinson says that her podcast became “a bit of a chore” due to lack of financial support

Stars in Your Ears host opens up about struggles of maintaining a big production in the latest PodPod episode

HBO’s The Last of Us adaptation to get companion podcast alongside series

Show will be hosted by the video games’ original voice actor Troy Baker

Tortoise Media launches new podcast investigating the role of money in British politics

Findings taken from interactive database created in partnership with Sky News

Spotify appoints former Amazon executive as UK agency development lead

Jade Behr joins Spotify’s team to expand global strategic partnerships

13% of brits expect their podcast consumption to increase this year, according to survey

YouGov Global Media Outlook report shows popularity growth in sustainable advertising

Fresh Air appoints in-house audio engineer and marketing manager as part of team expansion

Former BBC and Listen employees join Fresh Air’s podcast production team

Audio will be an increasing priority for brand media budgets in 2023

Marketing leaders from Cadbury, Pinterest and more indicate higher investments in podcast content

Newscast was the most-listened to podcast on BBC Sounds this festive period, according to report

Top-10 list shows a range of podcast genres from comedy, health, paranormal , and politics

Love Island official podcast to be produced by Listen

Reality stars Indiyah Polak and Sam Thompson announced as newest co-hosts

Live reads are the most common way to make money in podcasting, says Audioboom VP

Mike Newman predicts spot ads will grow in popularity as market grows

Apple to launch new original series on World Trade Center bombing ahead of 30th anniversary

Show comes from the creator of hit true-crime podcast Crimetown, Marc Smerling

The News Agents scoops major Channel 4 privatisation update

Current affairs podcast lands exclusive story ahead of traditional outlets

Somethin’ Else to launch new comedy podcast hosted by Omid Djalili

Djalili and five guest comedians will compete to retell a single story

Project Brazen to launch new podcast and documentary series on Havana Syndrome

Podcast will be hosted by former Guardian reporter Nicky Woolf

Average podcast advertising CPM increased by 2% in 2022, according to Libsyn report

The technology ad category had the highest CPM for December 2022

Letterboxd launches new limited podcast series for cinema awards season

Show will feature interviews with Hollywood industry insiders including cinematographers and costume designers

Peloton, Skylight Frame and Etsy significantly increased podcast advertising spending in November

BetterHelp continues to be the leading podcast advertiser, according to latest Magellan AI report

Podcast Movement Evolutions announces first round of speakers for 2023

Line-up to include presenters from Magellan AI, Edison Research, and Riverside.FM

Saudi culture podcast announces partnership with Harrods

Host of Gems of Arabia to launch eight new episodes recorded directly from Knightsbridge

ARN to become the official podcast and radio partner of the Australian Open 2023

Tournament-related content will be available to stream for free on the iHeart app

Spotify is looking for podcasts with “a loyal audience that follows them”, says top content exec

Company confirms intention to cut underperforming shows in order to reinvest in new content

Podcast brand Auddy appoints creative agency to refresh visual identity

Red Brick Road helps Auddy showcase its audio-first ethos with new 3D assets

Shade’s Lou Mensah calls for greater disability awareness in podcasting

More needs to be done to take into account hidden and physical disabilities, she says

Spotify tests out new branding for all-in-one podcast platform Spotify Creator Studio

Anchor and Spotify for Podcasters may be rebranded under proposed plans

Adobe rolls out free web-based AI podcasting tools in beta

Formerly known as Project Shasta, Adobe Podcast includes audio enhancement and transcription capabilities

Three new executives join the Obamas’ Higher Ground audio production team

Audio team to include new hires from Spotify, Crooked Media, and Pushkin Industries

BBC to release podcast with first-hand account of Shamima Begum’s life story

Investigative journalist Josh Baker recounts conversations with Begum in season 2 of I’m Not A Monster

B2B podcast marketing platform Casted launches new startup programme

New businesses will be able to track to track podcast performance and maximise reach

iHeartPodcast Awards nominees for 2023 announced

Apple Podcasts’ top show of 2022, Crime Junkie, nominated for Podcast of The Year

Spotify pulls back from live audio features

Two-thirds of live shows on the platform appear to be inactive

Liverpool FC launches first official club podcast

We Are Liverpool will be co-hosted by legendary player Robbie Fowler

Law & Order producer hires new audio exec to expand podcast portfolio

Stephen Michael will head development of fiction and true-crime stable

Podcasts help people form connections and understand other cultures, according to new report

However, more than half of listeners do not enjoy debating podcast contents

True crime investigative podcast Proof frees two men after two decades in prison

New evidence uncovered by the podcast used to exonerate Darrell Lee Clark and Cain Joshua Storey in murder case

How Did This Get Made? and Unspooled podcasts sign exclusivity rights to SiriusXM

Podcasts continue relationship with Earwolf comedy podcast studio after 12 years

The Smart 7 team admit expanding to Germany was ‘the wrong way to go’

The difference between 4.00am and 5.00am proved more painful than expected

Free open source podcast analytics service is now available for Podlove, podCloud, and Castopod users

The three hosting solution platforms join Transistor.fm in the Open Podcast Prefix Project

Author behind My Dad Wrote A Porno says you need “supreme confidence” to be successful in final episode

Hit comedy podcast wraps up with first-time interview from Rocky Flintstone

Libsyn Studio all-in-one podcast creation features launched in general availability

Further enhancements include recording reusable chapters and new user interface

Pre-roll ads have the highest conversion rate in podcasts according to Podsights report

Report shows dynamic insertion ads more popular than baked-in

The News Agents hits over 10 million downloads in just three months

Over 20 million views across social media for Global’s hit daily podcast

Snap’s Ed Couchman joins Spotify as ad sales boss for northern Europe

UK is Spotify’s second biggest market with $1bn in annual revenues.

PodX Group becomes majority shareholder in Argentina’s first podcast production company

Posta buyout represents PodX’s first investment in Latin America

Real Housewives producer Alex Baskin to develop tandem TV series and podcast project

Partnership with AYR Media will explore the crimes and cons of American fraudster David Bloom

Award-winning journalist Emma Jane Kirby joins Blanchard House as podcast producer

After 30 years of working at the BBC, she joins a team of 20 acclaimed UK producers

Acast launches new branded podcast on financial well-being in partnership with Self Financial

Podcast will feature interviews with different influencers including a comedian, photographer, actor, TV anchor, and more

Apple Podcasts releases its top shows list for 2022

True crime podcasts Crime Junkie, Morbid, and Dateline NBC most popular

Magellan AI partners with Experian to enhance its Attribution tooling

Collaboration will provide more accurate data and optimised podcast campaigns

“Don’t do a soft launch,” says veteran producer Ed Morrish

NonCensored producer advises putting the talent front and centre to maximise appeal

Spotify partners with Inevitable Foundation for £8,000 grant empowering disabled podcasters

Program includes financial support plus networking and mentorship opportunities

Podcast watchers more likely to be engaged during ads than TV viewers, according to report

20% of video podcast watchers stay focused on the screen for the entire episode

IMDb now lets creators list ‘podcaster’ as their main profession

Update is aimed at improving discoverability for podcasters within the entertainment industry

Women respond better to ads on female-hosted podcasts, study shows

Data also indicates better representation would increase female listenership

Family podcasts claim highest CPM rates in Libsyn marketplace stats

Fiction, TV and news were among the most affordable categories

Speaker launches new programmatic ad tool to boost brand safety

New M.A.G.D.A technology uses machine learning to combat miscategorised ads

Scottish podcast company The Big Light moves into new studio to fuel commercial expansion

New space within creative agency Frame’s Glasgow headquarters will unlock new capabilities

Exclusive podcasts made up half of Spotify’s UK top 10 this year

Joe Rogan Experience topped both UK and global charts

Slate’s Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade becomes Apple Podcasts’ first ever Show of the Year

Apple Podcasts users also have access to six extra episodes sharing more details on the series

Acast introduces new self-serve ad platform

Companies of all sizes will be able to reach any audience in its Marketplace, at 'affordable' budgets

Founder of AiAi studios reveals exclusive insights into podcast industry survey from queer POC respondents

Survey reveals need for more variety in genres from queer POC voices in podcasting

Libsyn appoints ex-SiriusXM executive to drive product development across integrated platform

The metadata specialist will help develop new tools for experienced podcasters

TV stars line up for new season of NatWest Business Show podcast

Future episodes of the new show will feature an Apprentice winner and Dragons' Den investor

Disctopia integrates Bitcoin payments through partnership with Alby

Indie content platform seeks to implement ‘pay what you want’ system to boost creators

Tortoise Media and Podimo kick off new partnership with The News Meeting podcast

The weekly show marks the start of a new collaboration between the two companies’ production teams

Crowd Network signs first star athlete since opening sports division

Welsh rugby star Sam Warburton’s new podcast will explore leadership and performance

Dates and details announced for The Podcast Show, in May 2023

Exclusive events, networking opportunities, and 15 more live shows offered for next year

Winners revealed for Audio Production Awards 2023

Highly anticipated Production Company of The Year award goes to Reduced Listening

Listen teams with manager of viral YouTube group Sidemen to launch creator economy podcast

The new weekly video offering will provide insight from the world’s leading content creators

Podcast Radio to feature National Trust podcasts on its network

The content partnership will include a new interview series going behind the scenes of the podcasts

Audio & Radio Industry Awards to embrace nominations from independent podcasters in 2023

Next year’s event will guarantee three nominations for independents in more than half the categories

Podcast producer Dino Sofos says he prefers podcasting because ‘radio OBs are a nightmare’

The creator of The News Agents explains why he loves the freedom to edit

Winners announced for Australian Podcast Awards 2022

History podcast The Last Outlaws is the big winner at this year’s ceremony

AudioUK calls for Government to invest in audio production

Raft of measures demanded includes more money for audio tax relief, funding, and training

Internet personality Emma Chamberlain to move award-winning podcast exclusively to Spotify

The influencer’s agreement with the platform also means fans will get new bonus video content

New slate of original shows helps Glassbox Media to over 7m monthly downloads

Signings include exclusive deal with host of philosophy podcast Practical Stoicism

iHeartMedia celebrates 30 years of AAF Hall of Achievement through podcasts

Co-produced by media agency Known, the series will feature leading figures in advertising exploring their industry

Spotify to compete with YouTube video podcasting through worldwide expansion of publishing tools

More than 180 markets globally will have access to the streaming platform’s features

Ted Lasso star and NBC sports presenter to host World Cup podcast by Apple

Soccer superfans Brendan Hunt and Rebecca Lowe will review the tournament action after every game

Acast launches keyword targeting tool for podcast advertisers

By matching words and phrases in podcast conversations, the new iteration can play a role in brand safety

End of My Dad Wrote A Porno: co-hosts still see themselves as ‘DIY underdogs’

Why eight years on the team are still using the same mics, now on their last legs

Jordan Peele launches his first fictional audio-only horror podcast exclusive on Spotify

The Get Out film-maker says he wants to create “the scariest podcast of all time”

My Dad Wrote A Porno to end, after globally successful six-season run

Three finale episodes of the podcast announced, with ultimate show to feature exclusive interview with author Rocky Flintstone himself

Ticketmaster launches official podcast revealing backstage tour stories

Show will feature band members from Def Leppard, The Mountain Goats, While She Sleeps and more

Apple Podcasts Spotlight to launch in the UK

Selected Spotlight UK creators will benefit from up to 16 hours of free studio recording time

Acast signs podcast production company Meer Van Dit. to launch presence in the Netherlands

Top Dutch shows will now be available globally on all podcast platforms

Crowd Network opens new sports podcast division, with dedicated channel on Apple Podcasts

The new channel features original podcast shows from a professional golfer, boxer and cyclist

Author Miranda Keeling launches new short-form podcast

Fresh Air Production’s first original series expands on themes of Keeling’s popular book

Freemasons organisation launches first official podcast

Hosted by three young members of the organisation, ‘Craftcast’ seeks to reach new audiences of all ages

Ghibliotheque podcast announces ongoing partnership with Prince Charles Cinema

Anime film show will host monthly screenings at iconic London venue from January

New AdLarge Q4 buying guide says that “podcasting checks boxes that other media simply can’t”

Brand suitability, programmatic buying, and host reads should be considered before advertising

Parenting Hell podcast officially becomes a Spotify exclusive after parent company joins Megaphone

Other shows under Keep it Light Media will also join Spotify Audience Network

Paramount hires new vice president of podcast editorial to expand audio operations

Megan Marcus comes from previous role as CNN executive audio producer and journalist

The Guardian recorded up to 20 pilots for its latest launch

Planning phase for Pop Culture with Chanté Joseph included rigorous prototyping before a host was even selected

New astrology podcast uses dynamic insertion to create personalised tarot card readings

Hosted by astrologer and horoscope columnist Natasha Weber

Multilingual investigative podcast reveals first-hand account of a Spanish royal family scandal

Corinna zu-Sayn Wittengenstein recounts relationship with King Juan Carlos I of Spain

Finalists for Australian Podcast Awards 2022 revealed

Ceremony to be hosted by The Night Show’s Mitch Churi

NPR launches bundle subscription for ad-free podcast listening

Limited trial scheme will offer access to nearly a dozen of NPR’s shows starting at $8 per month

IGN publishing narrative prequel podcast for upcoming horror game The Callisto Protocol

Six-part horror fiction podcast stars Gwendoline Christie and Michael Ironside

Acast partners with Amazon to give ad-free listening for Prime members

Over 1,000 ad-free Acast podcasts will be available on the application

Children’s radio station launches interactive podcast involving kids from all over the world

Fun Kids seeks to bring young people’s imaginations and story ideas to life

Marvel Studios previews first-ever MCU podcast

'Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther Podcast' will feature interviews with cast and crew, including Ryan Coogler and Angela Bassett

Programme offers grants of up to £5,000 for independent podcasters

Successful applicants will receive cash plus production support from community organisation Content Is Queen, supported by Audible

Spotify funded an entire team of researchers to work on its Decode podcast

Executive producer espouses benefits of working with a well-resourced platform

Global to launch new podcast starring Spencer Matthews on success stories of business leaders

Ex-Made In Chelsea star will interview fashion designers, CEOs, entertainers, podcasters, and more

Podcast advertising spending increased over 10% in the US last quarter

BetterHelp continues to be the top podcast advertiser according to Magellan AI report

Nominees announced for annual Audio Production Awards

Awards include a new category for publisher or network of the year

Sam Thompson and Pete Wicks’ new show hits No. 3 in UK charts

Staying Relevant features reality TV stars discussing 'embarassing moments'

James Acaster to launch kickstarter for an independent scripted comedy podcast

Exclusive and personalised tiered rewards for those who contribute

Podcasters are doing three different jobs on average according to newest Muck Rack survey

69% of podcasters have to balance all that just as part-time

Podcast popularity at “all-time high” in the US with listeners making up over 60% of the population

Edison’s Spoken Word Audio Report 2022 reveals that podcasts are most popular with Gen Z

Comedy is the number one podcast genre in the US, according to Edison Research

Analyst firm also set to incorporate download tracking into Podcast Metrics tool

Acast announces first-party data targeting solution for advertisers

Acast identity graph will help advertisers prepare for the end of third-party cookies

Spotify's podcast revenue saw “double-digit” growth in Q3

The number of podcasts on the platform grew to 4.7m this quarter

Alastair Campbell says podcasting has given him “a renewed political platform”

The Rest is Politics live show sold out in just seven minutes

Investigative journalist John Sweeney to headline new podcast series for Global

New show follows Hunting Ghislaine and will focus on ‘people in trouble’

Spotify announces “first-of-its-kind” podcast fund for African creators

Africa Podcast Fund will distribute $100,000 to 13 podcasters across Africa

Reach launches in-house podcast discussing diversity & inclusion in the workplace

Candid discussions with athletes, celebrities, and professionals

Newscast tops BBC Sounds’ podcast charts for Q3

Broadcaster’s audio app hit new record with 4.53 million weekly listeners

Pod Save America creators announce new UK-focused podcast

Comedian Nish Kumar to host Pod Save The UK, examining political news across the UK and Europe

YouTube to introduce longer audio ads to target podcast listeners

Expanded offering will also include genre-based targeting

Deborah Meaden warns podcasters to be “very careful” about accepting sponsorship

Dragons’ Den star warns that the wrong partners can counteract a show’s message

US podcast production companies expand into creating multilingual content

Evergreen Podcasts joins iHeartMedia, Vice Media Group, and Tinkercast in localisation push

AudioUK warns of unfair competition over BBC’s commercial podcast plan

Industry body pushes for open commissions amid the network’s internal review

MSNBC launches new political history podcast with Rachel Maddow

Partnership represents first project of multi-year deal

Cheerful Earful’s comedy podcast festival hits the stage in London

Richard Herring, Rosie Holt and Helen Bauer included in four-day programme of live shows

UK theatre charity launches new podcast to support industry workers

New show features award-winning actors in conversation, from David Tennant to Dame Judi Dench