Tag: podcasts

  • The Infinite Dial 2021 UK

    The Infinite Dial 2021 UK

    41% of the UK population listens to podcasts each month. That’s probably the headline finding from some new research that will be of interest to everyone interested in the UK audio space. Edison Research, the company that has probably lead the field in US audio and podcast research in recent years, has published its first…

  • Top 10 Podcast Trends – Radiodays Europe 2021

    Top 10 Podcast Trends – Radiodays Europe 2021

    I was fortunate enough to present at Radiodays Europe 2021, and for those interested, here’s a copy of my slide deck. I hope it’s useful, and you can download it via LinkedIn.

  • Top 10 Podcast Trends in 10 Minutes

    Top 10 Podcast Trends in 10 Minutes

    I spoke today at Podcast Day 24, a big online podcast event that spread across Australasia, Europe and North America, and as the name suggests, ran for 24 hours! My piece was on Podcast Trends, and is a bit of an update of something that I delivered back in 2019 when the last physical event…

  • Ofcom UK Podcast Survey 2021

    Ofcom UK Podcast Survey 2021

    Thanks to someone on the UK Audionetwork email group for alerting me to this data that Ofcom has recently published in tabular form on its website. Ofcom has just published the data tables for a piece of consumer research on consumer attitudes and awareness of podcasting. I suspect that Ofcom will be publishing their own…

  • Broadening My Listening in 2021

    Broadening My Listening in 2021

    In other words, not listening to any more celebrity podcasts. As podcasting as an industry grows, it feels that each week sees yet another celebrity-driven podcast launching. I confess that I find it all just a bit reductive. I won’t be a hypocrite and say that I don’t listen to any celebrity podcasts – I…

  • Times Radio?

    Times Radio?

    Update 28 January: This is now confirmed as happening, so I’ve added an addendum below. It’s interesting to read the reports suggesting that News Corp is about to launch what has been described as “a new radio station designed to threaten Radio 4” or “a rival to Radio 4” this spring. According to the Telegraph…

  • Is Spotify Really Bigger Than Apple Podcasts?

    Is Spotify Really Bigger Than Apple Podcasts?

    Two data points: A Morgan Stanley note for investors is reported to claim that Spotify is now the #1 podcast platform beating Apple. MIDiA Research publishes a blog based on their regularly published tracking report that says “Spotify AND Apple Lead Podcasts – It’s All Down to How You Measure It.” From these two reports…

  • Eight Seconds

    Eight Seconds

    This year is the 30th anniversary of what in my lifetime has been the greatest Tour de France of all time. In 1989, American Greg LeMond defeated Lauren Fignon by just 8 seconds with everything coming down to a unique final stage time trial. Usually, the end of the Tour is a processional stage followed…

  • Podcast Day 2019

    Podcast Day 2019

    This week I attended the third annual Podcast Day organised by the Radiodays Europe team. I attended the first conference a couple of years ago in Copenhagen, but this year’s event was on an altogether bigger scale. The event in King’s Place, London, was sold out. I presented a pithy session entitled “The State of…

  • Podcast Exclusivity

    As always, these are my personal views, but it’s probably worth reiterating at the outset. I am not a fan of exclusivity, for a number of reasons. Let’s start by looking at the streaming music market. We continue to see fairly significant growth in this sector with companies like Spotify, Apple, Deezer, Google Play Music and Tidal…

  • Trends in Podcasting: Cults and Cult Leaders

    This is a sort-of follow up to yesterday’s piece on daily news podcasts. It may become an occasional series. In March this year, Netflix launched a documentary series called Wild Wild Country. It’s a six part series exploring an Indian guru and his followers in a county in deepest Oregon. There’s no obvious way to…

  • Trends in Podcasting: News Podcasts

    In January last year, The New York Times launched a new podcast called The Daily. Spinning off to an extent from what the paper had been doing during the 2016 Presidential election, The Daily quickly developed a following. With a strong voice – both authorial and audible – in Michael Barbaro, it grew quickly. For…