- British Podcast Awards winners announcedVisit https://podnews.net/update/uk-podcasting-winners-2023 for all the links, and to get our newsletter. In London, the winners of the British Podcast Awards were announced. Podnews's Sam Sethi handed the Gold award for Best News & Current Affairs podcast, supported by Campaign, to The Guardian's Today in Focus. Podcast of the Year was awarded to the BBC Radio Wales show A Positive Life: HIV from Terrence Higgins to Today, hosted by singer-songwriter Sam Smith. The Australian Podcast Awards, operated by the same company, will be held in the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour on Nov 21. Daniel Ek guests on the latest episode of Diary of a CEO with Steven Bartlett. In it, he claims that Apple is hurting customers: “So many of the tactics that made [Apple] the rebel kind of thing are now stifling innovation. And it’s really hurting consumers to a great extent." "The truth of the matter is some of it has worked, some of it hasn't," Daniel Ek told the BBC on the subject of Spotify's podcast strategy. In the UK, BBC Sounds is the third biggest platform used most often to listen to podcasts, according to Edison Podcast Metrics UK. Spotify is #1. Speaking on the Podnews Weekly Review, Edison Research's Melissa Kiesche also reveals big differences with Joe Rogan's audiences in the UK and the US. Classifieds - your job or ad hereSwell
- Podchaser's AI works out a podcast's audienceVisit https://podnews.net/update/podchaser-predictive for all the links, and to get our newsletter. OMG, Podchaser is slaying the podcast game by dropping a new feature that's fire: "predictive demographics". It's so low-key cool! It's basically AI that listens to podcasts to suss out the age and gender of the audience from the language used. Girls, they say it's the first time anyone's done this in the industry! It's pretty lit! Disclosure: we had to use AI to help us with the cool kids' jargon, dude. Our industry networking event Podnews Live took place yesterday in London. We heard from Sachin Doshi on Podimo's strategy and growth; Kirsty Hunter on her company's podcasts about feminist history and LGBTQ+ parenting; and many other excellent speakers. More details how you can hear some of them soon. Localisation company Podster is to produce its first show for the Netherlands. With local production company Airborne, it is producing an adaptation of Swedish crime investigation podcast Fallet. Classifieds - your job or ad hereSwell AI: AI writer for networks & agencies 🤖✍ — Manage multiple shows in one account. Create custom show note templates. Write social posts, newsletters, articles & more for clients. Integrates will Google Drive, Dropbox & more. Sign up for free.Join Stabl — we are a white-glove podcast network that can make independent podcasters much more money. Drop us an email and let's have a conversation about how the benefits of our network could work for you.FREE LIVE WORKSHOP - Business & Legal Fundamentals
- Google Podcasts to close in 2024Visit https://podnews.net/update/google-podcasts-to-close for all the links, and to get our newsletter. Google Podcasts is to close, the company has announced. The news confirms Podnews's coverage in August that YouTube Music will allow you to add any RSS feed to the app, so you can continue to listen to your favourite shows in YouTube Music as a replacement. The company is working on a migration tool. They've also communicated the upcoming closure to listeners. Google Podcasts will close "later in 2024"; it launched in June 2018. The player was in all Android phones, but it wasn't always installed as a separate app. The founder, Zack Reneau-Wedeen, left in Sept 2021; the app only achieved a lower than 5% market share in downloads. It was the third attempt by Google at a podcast player; the first, a 20%-time project Google Listen app was based on Google Reader; then there was a US-only launch of podcasts within Google Play Music, which cached audio. Their fourth attempt, YouTube Music, still has yet to add podcasts in many countries. As pre-announced in June, Apple Podcasts has launched a tool to connect third-party app subscriptions to exclusive podcast content. If you're a subscriber to, say, the Lingokids or Calm apps, you'll automatically find exclusive subscriber-only shows in your Apple Podcasts library. British podcast netw
- Spotify uses AI for cloned voice translationVisit https://podnews.net/update/spotify-ai-translation for all the links, and to get our newsletter. Spotify is to use AI to clone the voice of podcast hosts into different languages. The tool will translate a number of podcasters, including Dax Shepard and Steven Bartlett, into different languages, as an initial trial. They're working with OpenAI. This isn't a new technology. Hear our Editor translated into Spanish in the Podnews Daily podcast today - from almost two years ago. Podcast Radio is to launch in the US in Detroit, Tampa, Charlotte and Ft Myers, working with Beasley Media Group and KMG Networks. AdLarge Media will facilitate network ad sales. The stations will be hosted by "podjocks" including former KROQ-FM personality Gene "Bean" Baxter. Podcast Radio has been operating successfully in the UK since February 2020. The first radio station in the US to broadcast 24/7 podcasts was San Francisco's KYCY, on-air as KYOU, in May 2005 (Dave Winer was the first show aired). Adam Curry also started programmed "Adam Curry's PodShow" on Sirius Satellite Radio the same month. iHeart has also a few channels, which haven't had the best reviews. How do you market your podcast? What are your biggest challenges? Capsho is keen to find out in a survey - it'll take less than ten minutes to fill
- The UK gets its first ever podcast rankerVisit https://podnews.net/update/new-uk-podcast-ranker for all the links, and to get our newsletter. The first ever podcast ranker for the UK was published by Edison Podcast Metrics UK, and covered in The Observer. The BBC has just one show in the top 10, though is the largest publisher in the top 25. Writing in The Observer, Miranda Sawyer suggests the chart highlights that specialism is key. In comparison to the US chart, UK listeners appear to listen to less raw entertainment, and more informative, focused shows: science, history and personal finance make an appearance. Matt Deegan writes about it, including details of an earlier prototype UK ranker; and research veteran Adam Bowie compares the data to other published lists. 55% of business leaders in the UK listen to podcasts every day, according to new research from branded content agency Lower Street and media research firm ContentFX. Podcast hosting company Captivate has launched Captivate for Publishers - a way to sell premium podcast subscriptions. The tool can interface with existing subscriber systems, and offers enhanced network-focused analytics.