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NYTimes beta-launches dedicated listening app: New York Times Audio

The New York Times, producer of The Daily, one of the world’s most popular podcasts, is announcing the a beta testing launch of a NYT-specific listening app called New York Times Audio. Doing so stakes a reputational claim as a leading audio producer and podcast network worthy of a dedicated app. Click for more, and a link to volunteer as a tester. Continue Reading

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SiriusXM invests in Audio Up, grabs a board seat, and signs strategic agreement

SiriusXM notified us of a creative and strategic agreement with podcast production house Audio Up to make podcasts and other types of audio. But there is more to this than the typical co-production deal. SiriusXM also laid $12M on Audio Up and joined the board. We asked Sirius whether an acquisition is in the wind. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: The BBC World Service sees more listeners, and Ceefax lives!

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with a richly informative newsletter about radio around the world. In this week’s edition: Discussion of BBC World Service’s new five-year review: listener reach, digital growth, and more. Also, the demolition of a radio tower. And some dinky doo, too. Continue Reading

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Audioboom (re)-launches Audioboom Studios; Brendan Regan to lead it

Audioboom announces the launch of Audioboom Studios as of October 1, reminding us of a previous Audioboom Studios which we reported on in 2018. Whether revived, continued, or reinvented, Brendan Regan will run it — he is formerly Executive Vice President, Global Content & Production, and he picks up a new C-level title: Chief Content Officer.  Continue Reading

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Borrell: 2022 double-digit ad growth for streaming audio; reduction forecast for radio

To promote an upcoming webinar next Tuesday, October 12, Borrell Associates has released projections of advertising recovery across 17 media categories. In it, radio is projected to experience negative growth, while streaming audio is predicted to grow ad revenue positively. Click for an explanatory graphic. Continue Reading