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BBC Sounds on PS5; signs Kamara

The BBC Sounds app is now available on the PlayStation 5. Listeners with PS5s consoles can now access live and on demand radio from the BBC’s national and local stations, music mixes curated by experts, artists and special guests, and a wide range of podcasts. Pushpa Reddy, director of product management, BBC, commented: “Record numbers […]

May 25, 2022By Nik Roseveare

SiriusXM buys Conan O’Brien’s podcast business

Comedian and late-night TV host Conan O’Brien is selling his podcast business to pay-radio operator SiriusXM in a deal worth reportedly about $150 million (€140m). SiriusXM is buying O’Brien’s hit podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, along with his Team Coco digital-media company and its network of ten podcasts. O’Brien owns the bulk of the […]

May 24, 2022By Chris Forrester

MTV announces RuPaul’s Drag Race Podcast

MTV Entertainment Studios has announced new podcast Squirrel Friends: The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race Podcast, the official companion podcast for all things RuPaul’s Drag Race. Co-produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, iHeartRadio and media company World of Wonder, the podcast will be hosted by comedian, author, and host Loni Love and actor and comedian Alec Mapa […]

May 17, 2022

BBC retains live Premier League audio rights

BBC Radio 5 Live has retained its live audio commentary rights for the next three Premier League seasons (2022/23 to 2024/25). 5 Live has secured four of the seven rights packages available for the three seasons ahead. These packages provide 5 Live with live audio commentary rights to all Premier League matches at the following […]

May 10, 2022

Report: US podcast ad revenue hits $1.4bn in 2021

The explosive revenue growth of podcast advertising reached a new high in 2021, racing well past the $1 billion (€0.95bn) mark to $1.4 billion. Podcast advertising grew 2X faster in 2021 (+72 per cent) than the total internet ad market according to the sixth annual IAB U.S. Podcast Advertising Revenue study, prepared for IAB by […]

May 9, 2022

Gracenote optimises Samsung Podcast experience

Gracenote, a provider of entertainment metadata, content IDs and related offerings, will provide the Gracenote Audio On Demand data solution to Samsung Electronics under a new agreement. Gracenote Audio On Demand will power the Samsung Podcasts offering available through the Samsung Free app on its mobile devices and tablets. This integration enables Samsung to deliver […]

May 4, 2022

Apple Music now on Roku platform

Apple Music is now available in the Roku Channel Store. Subscribers can unlock ad-free access to Apple Music’s  library of more than 90 million songs and 30,000 playlists with fresh tracks dropping daily. Music lovers can create personalised playlists, access expert-curated playlists, or tune-in to Apple Music Radio’s live streaming to hear the newest music […]

May 3, 2022

SiriusXM tops revenue expectations

Us pay-radio operator SiriusXM has reported Q1 revenues of $2.19 billion (€2.07bn), ahead of analyst expectations of $2.15 billion and up 6.2 per cent year-on-year. SiriusXM net income jumped to $309 million from $219 million a year-ago. New North American vehicle penetration is at an all-time high, the company noted. Its hardware was incorporated into […]

April 29, 2022By Chris Forrester

Data: 81% taken action after hearing ads during podcast

Data from Voices, the marketplace for hiring voice over talent, has revealed that in 2021 just over 50 per cent of its business customers are actively using voice overs for online advertising. Voices also revealed that 81 per cent of podcast listeners, if advertised to, will conduct some form of search or engage in a […]

April 11, 2022

BBC launching Doctor Who podcast

The BBC has announced Doctor Who: Redacted, a new spin-off podcast coming to BBC Sounds. The 10-part series will begin alongside the television Easter special on April 17th, giving fans a new podcast of action-packed adventures. Listeners will be introduced to new characters alongside some familiar faces including the current Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Rani Chandra, […]

April 8, 2022