Acast, one of the most eminent podcast platforms, has renewed its podcast arrangement with the BBC. The deal means that Acast will continue to monetize BBC podcasts through advertising outside of the UK.
Acast and the BBC first started working together in 2018, when the BBC first opened up advertising space in its podcasts internationally. Since then, Acast and the BBC have worked to increase the number of listeners as well as the revenues for the BBC’s impressive podcast portfolio, which covers news, drama, factual and entertainment. During this period, the BBC has launched over 300 new shows and Acast has helped to position the BBC as one of the world’s leading podcast producers.
The new three-year agreement covers all BBC podcasts available outside of the UK and will see Acast support the broadcaster to further grow its podcast audience and revenue in key markets, including the US.
Jonathan Wall, Controller of BBC Sounds, said: “We know how much people enjoy listening to the BBC’s trusted news, brilliant entertainment podcasts and radio programmes around the world. It’s also vital that we bring revenue back to the BBC on behalf of the license fee payer so we can invest in more valued content for our audience, so its great to be continuing to work with Acast to achieve that.”
“The BBC began producing podcasts in 2004, long before Acast even existed – it truly is the original podcasting powerhouse. It’s been a very strong three years for its podcast business, and for Acast, and we’ve both been at the heart of an industry that has grown exponentially during that time, To renew our partnership for another term is a real endorsement of Acast’s people, our technology and our vision, and we look forward to supporting the BBC as a global podcasting player for many years to come,” said Acast CEO, Ross Adams.