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British Podcast Awards Announced 2021 Winners



British Podcast Awards announced the 2021 winners. The winners were chosen by over 100 international and UK judges working in the sectors.

The 2021 Winners Are:

Podcast Of The Year supported by Sony Music: Vent Documentaries (Vice UK)

BBC Sounds Listeners’ Choice: Redhanded (BBC) – Suruthi & Hannah

Spotify Podcast Champion 2021: Happy Place – Fearne Cotton

The Gold Award: Answer Me This! – Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann

Acast Moment of the Year: Where Is George Gibney? (BBC Sounds) – Mark Hogan

Best Wellbeing Podcast: Discovering Dementia – Penny Ball

Best Branded Podcast supported by Acast Creative: Gardening with the RHS (Pixiu Production)

Bullseye Award Supported by Global: Some Families – Lotte Jeffs & Stu Oakley

Best Arts & Culture Podcast Supported by Create Podcasts: Real Dictators – Paul McGann (Noiser)

Best Comedy Podcast supported by Stitcher: The Kurt FM Podcast (Audible Original)

Best Current Affairs Podcast: Your Broccoli Weekly – Journalist Diyora Shadijanova

Best Entertainment supported by Amazon Music: Stars In Your Ears – Jess Robinson

Creativity Award supported by Audible UK: Interconnected Voices

Best Family Podcast: Maddie’s Sound Explorers (Sony Music)

Best Fiction: This Thing of Darkness (BBC Radio 4)

Best Interview supported by Pod Bible: Dead Honest – Georgie Vestey

Best New Podcast supported by Audible: Field Recordings

Spotlight Award supported by Global: Grounded with Louis Theroux (BBC Radio 4)

Best Sex & Relationships Podcast: Tough Talks (Hits Radio)

Best Daily Podcast supported by Spotify: The Intelligence (The Economist)

Best Business Podcast supported by Wondery: D I F T K The Podcast – Frankie Tortora and Steve Folland (Penfold)

Best Radio Podcast supported by DTS AutoStage: The Skewer – Jon Holmes (BBC Radio 4)

Best Lockdown Podcast supported by Amazon Music: Stolen Goodbyes – Karen Rice

Find out more about additional winners of the British Podcast Awards 2021 on their website.


Bring Your Podcast to Samsung Devices



Samsung Podcasts wants you to bring your podcast to Samsung Podcasts. To do so, you must sign in on the Samsung Podcast Platform. If you don’t already have a Samsung account, you can create one.

Are you a podcaster and want to grow your listening audience? Register for a free publisher account today and bring your podcast to Samsung devices. All you need is an RSS feed to get started!

With the launch of the new Samsung Podcasts listening platform, podcasters are able to reach a vastly growing audience. Available exclusively on Samsung devices, Samsung podcasts enable creators to reach engaged listeners.

Samsung provides a Download Guide, which podcasters must download. Follow the steps to add your podcast to the Samsung podcast platform.

There is also a Download CSV Template. This is for podcasters with various shows. Download Samsungs CSV template and submit multiple podcasts at one time.

In addition, Samsung has RSS Guidelines. This, too, is something podcasters must download in order to view. The information in it can help you customize your RSS specs for optimal exposure of your RSS feeds on Samsung Podcasts.

PodNews reported back in March of 2021 that Samsung launched Samsung Podcasts within the Samsung Free app in the U.S. It offers “thousands of podcasts” from publishers like American Public Media, CNN Audio, Conde Nast, iHeartMedia, Kast Media, Motley Fool, NPR, PodcastOne, PRX, This American Life, Vox Media Network, and Barstool Sports.

In addition, both Blubrry Podcasting and Libsyn have a launch partnership in which podcasters can add their podcasts to the service.


Live Kanvas Studios Provides One-Stop-Shop for Podcasting



Live Kanvas Studios is pleased to serve podcasters in the greater Atlanta area in search of professional-grade podcasting facilities and services. A one-stop shop for podcasting, the impressive suites and experienced staff work to help make podcasts look and sound optimal. Whether leaching a brand new podcast series or looking to improve upon an already established one, Live Kanvas Studios features a variety of services and facilities designed specifically for podcasts and podcasters.

Live Kanvas Studios offers two separate podcasting rooms that vary in features and size. Both rooms are sound treated and feature headphones, mics, laptop connections, and screens for branding purposes. Each studio comes with a technical director to assist with the setting up, recording and running of the show, and clients leave with the finished recording on the same day. For people seeking a bit more guidance and involvement in their podcast, Live Kanvas Studios also offer full-service production support for the show.

Podcasting has exploded in popularity over the last few decades, with many taking to the format for its attainable do-it-yourself nature. The accessibility, of inexpensive microphones and recording equipment make basic amateur podcasting relatively simple, but increasing the production quality takes a specialized expertise that the staff at Live Kanvas are eager to provide their clientele with.


We are dedicated to bringing our clients’ vision to life,” said the company. “Our one-stop-shop facility has been thoughtfully designed with producers and filmmakers in mind. With all of your production needs under one roof, Live Kanvas Studio saves you money and time.


None But the Brave Podcast Joins Evergreen Podcasts



Evergreen Podcasts announced its newest edition to the network, None But The Brave, a show that takes a comprehensive look at the music and career of Bruce Springsteen. The show is hosted by film producer Hal Schwartz, and Backstreets Magazine contributor Flynn McLean. Hal Schwartz is the President of Bull Market Entertainment. He is a longtime Springsteen fan who has seen over 200 shows on three continents, and Flynn McLean is a contributor to Backstreets Magazine since 2002 and has seen 100+ shows. By day, he is a web developer on government contracts.

“Flynn and I are overjoyed to have None But the Brave join Evergreen Podcasts. We started the podcast as a labor of love, and we are so gratified by the response it received,” said Hal Schwartz

“Thanks so much to all our loyal and passionate listeners. We deeply appreciate all the feedback we’ve gotten from them. We look forward to growing the podcast with Evergreen’s support. Most of all, we want to express our immense gratitude to the artist whose incredible work is the topic of our show and who inspires us every day. Thanks, Bruce.”

“It’s great to be adding a music lover’s podcast like None But The Brave to our growing music category for Evergreen,” noted Gerardo Orlando, Vice President of Network Development.” Springsteen has one of the largest and most loyal fan bases in the music industry, and Hal and Flynn have created a fantastic podcast that every “Boss” fan can enjoy. We believe None But the Brave will be an important anchor of a dynamic music channel on Evergreen Podcasts.”

The two-part second season finale featuring Backstreets Magazine comes to the Evergreen Network, with part one releasing on July 6, 2021. Backstreets Magazine has been the preeminent source of Bruce Springsteen news for over 40 years. During that time, four people have guided the magazine and been responsible for its content; all four remain active in the ongoing efforts at Backstreets.com. The two-part season finale of None But the Brave represents the first time they have all spoken publicly together. Flynn and Hal are overjoyed to be joined by Charles R. Cross, Erik Flannigan, Jonathan Pont, and Chris Phillips on these episodes for a wide-ranging discussion on the magazine, working with Bruce and his management, their love of the music, shows they all wish they could travel back in time for, and much more.


Castos Picks Up $756K in Funding from Automatic and Yoast SEO



Castos, a WordPress-powered podcast hosting provider announced that they have closed an investment round of $756,000. With investments by Automattic, Yoast CEO, and individual investors, Castos will use this additional capital to fuel its advance into the Private Podcasting market.

Castros’ roots in the open source community through their Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin for WordPress along with investment from Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com) further strengthens the ability for WordPress users to own their content, the platform that it’s built on, and the control they have over how it is distributed. WordPress with Seriously Simple Podcasting and Castos as the hosting engine means that podcasters can own their content and data, and the ability to manage Private Podcasts right from WordPress just enhances that ability.

Castos’ founder and CEO, Craig Hewitt recounted “We have seen a significant increase in interest from customers with online courses, membership sites, and digital communities wanting to provide content for their employees. We see this as an area of the podcasting market that’s at a tipping point, starting to explode in popularity.”

With Casto’s existing Zapier integration, REST API, and direct integrations with tools like Elementor, Descript, MemberSpace, AdBarker, and Alitu, the company will continue to give podcasters the tools and extensibility they need to harness the power of audio to grow their brand… whether that’s externally with customers, or internally with their teams.

Castos has been, up to this point, a mostly self-funded company, taking only a small investment when joining the TinySeed startup accelerator in 2019. Today, they are a team of 13 located in 4 continents, serving thousands of passionate podcasters all across the world.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to put this investment to work in furthering our product offering, continuing to build out our team, and provide podcasters with the solutions they need to better connect with their audiences.” Hewitt said. The majority of the funds will be used to build out their sales and marketing teams, and on designers and developers to accelerate work on their suite of products.


Acast Appoints Kate Digby as Group Sales Lead, Australia and New Zealand



Acast announced the hire of Kate Digby as Group Sales Lead, Australia and New Zealand. Digby joins Australia’s most comprehensive insights, strategy and sales unit solely dedicated to podcasting, and will be responsible for guiding the team and offering further insight to brands and agencies looking to include podcasting within their audio marketing strategy.

The appointment comes at a time of tremendous growth for the podcast industry both on a global and local scale, with shows part of the Acast network continuing to exceed 25 million monthly listens in Australia alone.

With more than 15 years’ media experience spanning London and Sydney, and specializing in audio, Digby joins Acast from previous roles as Commercial Director at Sonder and Group Sales Manager at Nova Entertainment. Prior to this, Digby held roles at the former out-of-home company Adshel, and Global Radio London.

Digby will work alongside Liam Daly, Group Sales Lead Australia and New Zealand, and will report directly to Henrik Isaksson, Acast’s Regional Manager Directing for Australia and New Zealand.

Isaksson said: “Having Kate as part of the team represents the next stage of growth for Acast locally as she brings a wealth of experience working with major brands, across multiple platforms, to drive positive business results. Her expertise will be invaluable for any brand wanting to tell their story within podcasting, while maximising the potential of their investment and sales objectives.

“Podcasting is home to some of the most engaged audiences of any advertising channel, and Acast is home to some of the most talented creators and biggest shows in Australia. We continue to go from strength to strength, so there’s never been a bigger opportunity for creators and brands to work together and deliver creative podcast advertising that works.”

Digby added: “I listen to podcasts all the time — whether I’m driving, cooking or walking — so joining such an innovative, global leading podcast business at a time of continued growth feels like the perfect move.

“Smart brands are seeing the possibilities presented by podcast advertising, and I’ll be working with them to help achieve meaningful results through the unique and engaging environment it provides.”


PodcastOne Announced Global Debut of LaunchpadOne



PodcastOne announced the launch of LaunchpadOne, a free innovative podcast hosting, distribution, and monetization platform that provides an end to end podcast solution.

Starting with over 1,000 podcasts, LaunchpadOne offers creators a 360 podcasting ecosystem – a cutting-edge technology hosting platform, customizable design elements, a podcast player, distribution tools to publish on all major listening apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Overcast and Pocket Casts and others, and a deep network of shows.

The platform’s robust technology, promotion, and monetization opportunities will allow podcast creators to leverage unique opportunities from PodcastOne, such as the ability to accumulate new listeners, get discovered, and collaborate with the established podcast network.

Some of the key features now available to creators on LaunchpadOne include:

Ad Revenue: Keep 100% of all advertising revenue that the podcast sells, including embedded live reads and pre-recorded ads.

Custom Hosting Network: Collaborate with LaunchpadOne to develop a branded, white-labeled platform to host your own network of shows, a flexible solution for everyone from upstart podcast producers to enterprise-level companies.

Customizable Players: Customize the embeddable podcast player to match your website or branding through the use of the new custom player tool in the CMS or through CSS Style Sheets.

Podcast Directory: Help a new audience discover your podcast in PodcastOne’s robust Podcast Directory.

Enhanced Reporting: Industry-standard IAB metrics and easy to read visuals. Daily, Weekly, Monthly and custom breakouts to track podcast performances.

Donations: For the first time, LaunchpadOne podcasters will be able to connect a PayPal account and receive donations from listeners through LaunchpadOne. Terms and fees apply.

Apple Reviews: Import your Apple Podcast reviews and ratings directly into your LaunchpadOne dashboard.

Learning Center: Launchpad Learn is a new blog center available to everyone that will host articles and content around podcasting best practices, trends, and helpful instructions. New content will be posted consistently and provide insight from industry experts.

Ongoing Feature Enhancements:
Continued development and platform updates to match the rapid growth of podcasting industry including planned additions to monetization tools, subscription features, automated transcriptions, editing software integration and more.

The Verge reported some clarification. PodcastOne can insert two ads into any show that hosts on its platform. These ads are sold through PodcastOne’s team, and the company said it retains 100 percent of revenue “in order to keep hosting free”.

For PayPal donations, PodcastOne retains a 4 percent service fee, with 95 percent of donations going to the podcaster. The revenue from any ads the podcaster sells, records, and embeds themselves will be fully kept by the podcaster.


She Podcasts Live 2021 Announced Speakers



She Podcasts LIVE 2021 will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona, on October 14-17. Registration is now open. She Podcasts LIVE is the largest in-person gathering of women podcasters, audio content creators, story tellers, and more.

She Podcast LIVE offers women and non-binary audio creators a chance to learn and experience the podcasting community in an environment created just for them. We focus on the education, the social interaction, and even the aesthetic on these attendees, and it makes a big difference in how She Podcasts LIVE feels from other conferences…

Here is the list of She Podcasts Live Speakers:

Adriene van der Walk
– Speaker – Feminist Hotdog
Alana BaumannShe Well Read
Amber Hawley – Host/Owner/Lifestyle – My Biz Bestie
Amy Fugazi (aka Consiglio)Brilliant Observations
Andrea GageThe Pez Collection
Andrea Klunder – Podcast Producer – The Creative Impostor Studios
Andrea SagerThe Legalpreneur
Arielle NissenblattBetween Two Mics (SquadCast)
Audrey Bell-KearneyGood Morning Gwinnett
Bonnie FrankBusiness Fabulous
Britany FelixPodcasting for Coaches
Carie Caulfield Arick Podcast Editors Mastermind & Just Podcasting
Cate StillmanYogahealer Podcast
Chisa Pennix Brown – Business Coach – Score
Christine AryloFeminine Power Time
Christine Maziarz – Podcast Host & Producer – Your Empty Nest
Clara Harris – Speaker – Yoga with Clara
Cynthia WrightGood Girls Get Rich
Danielle FitzpatrickInfluence Builder
Danielle MeadowsMore than graphics podcast
Dawn FraserBarbershop Stories
Desiree MartinezWomen of YouTube
Dr. Annise MabryBack2Us Show Rebooted
Franciska KosmanThe Franciska Show
Ginger CampbellBrain Science and Graying Rainbows
Holly Katz – Fashion Crimes Podcast
Jackie McDougall – Founder/Host – Forty Thrive
Jaime LegagneurBusiness in the Bedroom
Jen AmosThe Filipino American Woman Project
Jen EddsThe UkuDaily Dispatch
Jeni Wren StrottupGritty Birds
Karen Yankovich – CEO: Digital Marketing Agency & LinkedIn Strategist for Corporate

And more! For a full list of the Speakers visit the She Podcasts LIVE website.


Netflix Hired Their First Head of Podcasts



Netflix hired N’Jeri Eaton to lead podcasting for the streaming giant’s marketing division, Variety reported. Previously, Eaton was the head of content for Apple Podcasts.

“I’m thrilled to join @netflix as the Head of Podcasts. 16 years ago, I watched three DVDs from Netflix a day while working the late night lab shift at a university. My obsession for storytelling has taken me all kinds of places, but this is truly a dream!”, Eaton tweeted on July 8, 2021.

Eaton is joining Netflix as director of podcast programming, according to a spokesperson, Variety reported. She will be part of the company’s editorial and publishing team, which will be headed by Michelle Lee, former editor in chief of Allure who is joining the company this month. Lee reports to Netflix CMO Bozoma Saint John, the marketing veteran whose past stints include Apple Music, Endeavor, and Uber hired by Netflix a year ago.

Netflix has produced podcasts that are promo companions for its original TV series and movies. Netflix produced podcasts for Martin Scorsese’s film “The Irishman”, TV shows including “The Crown,” “The Witcher,” “Shadow and Bone,” and “Stranger Things,” as well as “Netflix Is a Daily Joke,” a short-form podcast that is literally a joke (or comedy bit) each day.

Prior to Apple, Eaton worked at NPR for four years, most recently as senior manager of program acquisitions. At NPR, she sourced new talent, partnerships, and content including “Believed” (a Peabody Award winner), “White Lies,” (a Pulitzer Prize finalist), and “No Compromise,” an investigative podcast about gun rights activists (which won the 2021 Pulitzer for audio reporting.)