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One month of Apple Podcast Analytics: How’s it going?

Apple rolled out the beta version of its hotly-anticipated podcast analytics in December, meaning show producers have had about a month to collect and assess new amounts of data around how their work performs in one of the most important podcast platforms. Wired spoke to several industry leaders about Apple Podcast Analytics, and their early findings support the anecdotal evidence that podcast listeners are indeed deeply engaged with and supportive of their shows. Continue Reading

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PRX announces partnerships with Night Vale Presents and Gen-Z Media

Media company PRX announced new partnerships with two podcasting networks: Gen-Z Media and Night Vale Presents. PRX will provide marketing, ad sales, and technology for the existing and in-development shows at both networks. Gen-Z Media focuses on properties for children, tweens, and families, while Night Vale Presents emphasizes new voices and content that pushes the bounds of the audio format. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Scripps – radio out, podcasting in; and triplej’s Hottest 100 shows radio still big for the young

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: Analyzing Scripps’ move to cut radio and focus on podcasts. Other news from the the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and more. Continue Reading

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Scripps reshapes for the 21st century: cutbacks coming; radio laid off too

The venerable E.W. Scripps Company, a multimedia national player in newspapers, radio, television, and digital media, has announced a tectonic and identity-changing restructure plan. As with many corporate reinventions, headcount will be reduced over 12-18 months, costs will be lowered, technology will be centralized, resources will be optimized across divisions. And radio will be ditched entirely. Continue Reading

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Podtrac releases December 2017 rankings for publishers and podcasts

Podtrac has published its podcast ranking charts for December 2017. Measured listening rose 93% year-on-year for the period, although December did see a slight drop of 7% in total global unique streams and downloads from November. Each of the publishers also posted dips in their audiences for December over November, a common trend in end-of-year listening. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s Future of Radio: How the UK listens; a sad passing; radio with pictures

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: How the UK listens; a sad passing; radio with pictures — and much more from the US, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere. Continue Reading