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In this week's Podnews Weekly Review with Buzzsprout, Sam Sethi interviews Jay LeBoeuf from Descript, after the launch of a new version of the editing software and another funding round.
- Spotify has signed another exclusive: Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain, described as one of the world’s most listened-to podcasts, will be exclusive on Spotify early next year. The deal includes video podcasts. The show was with UTA and Cadence13's Ramble Podcast Network, and is another loss for owner Audacy which is threatened with stock market de-listing.
- The Infinite Dial New Zealand was published by Edison Research. 39% of adults in the country are monthly podcast listeners, placing them (just) above the US. 30% are weekly podcast listeners; and radio continues to do particularly well in the country.
- We've updated our market data slides.
- Dan Misener at Bumper has looked at the new topics that Apple Podcasts is automatically allocating to shows (see our coverage on Nov 15, including our topics viewer). He's produced a number of network maps, designed to show links between different shows; and produced episode topic maps for every category in Apple Podcasts.
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- In the UK, radio and audio industry body AudioUK has called for more government action to put the audio production industry on the same footing as other legacy content industries.
- How's your microphone? Adobe has a free "mic check" tool.
- Triton Digital's US Podcast Ranker for October was released. Stitcher Media remains #1 sales network. A press release tells us that the top 20 publishers did 241.5m average weekly downloads (which is up 3.2% month-on-month).
- Triton Digital's Australian Podcast Ranker for October was released. We had two press releases: ARN tells us that ARN's iHeartPodcast Network is #1, while confusingly, LiSTNR tells us that LiSTNR, also, is #1.
- There are new podcast and video studios in Sydney NSW, Australia, thanks to Tank Stream Labs and Ampel.
- Sylvia Brudeli has been appointed as Chief Product Officer at Nomono, an audio recording tool developer. She joins from Telenor, a Norwegian telco.
- Cameron Moll has joined Buzzsprout as VP of Design. He is a design leader formerly of Meta and Pendo, and also founded short-form audio platform Spoken in 2015.
- Jacob Kensley joined Amazon Music last month as a Podcast Partner Specialist, and is the first dedicated hiring for podcast partnerships at Amazon Music in the EU. He joins from Acast and Apple.
- From CBC Podcasts #8 is: The Secret Life of Canada A podcast about the beautiful, terrible and weird histories of the 'Great White North'. 'The truth behind the boy in the picture' investigates one of the most referenced images connected to Canada's Residential School system. It's an episode worth listening to, no matter where you call home.
- My Spouse Has Dementia is produced by Zita Christian, who started podcasting at 69 and is now 75. The show uses personal stories, occasional interviews, and simple rituals to support dementia caregiving spouses. Here's a separate post-produced short piece, My Alzheimer's Secret, which is worth a listen.
- What do you do when you have audio you don't know what to do with? Launch a new podcast. Podnews Extra is here for extra interviews and audio from across the industry - including an interview that was too long for our normal weekly podcast, with Chris Messina: an inventor of ActivityStreams, which went on to become ActivityPub, powering Mastodon.
- Patagonia and PRX have announced Patagonia Stories, a new podcast series hosted by Archana Ram, a managing editor on Patagonia’s editorial team. Ram will explore the foundational nature of knowledge, and ask the questions that matter about our relationship with each other and the natural world. It launches Dec 1.
- FIFA Insight Live: A Training Centre Podcast is Arsène Wenger's official FIFA World Cup podcast. It dropped its first episode this week and will be publishing new episodes on the whistle after every game in Qatar.
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