Hot Pod is Joining Vox Media

Nick Quah announced that he is bringing his run at Hot Pod to a close, after working on it for seven years. That said, Hot Pod isn’t going anywhere. Here is part of what Nick Quah had to say about this:

I’m pleased to inform you that I’m entering an agreement to pass Hot Pod onto Vox Media, where it will become part of The Verge. Ashley Carman, with whom I’ve collaborated a bunch in the past and whose work is cited frequently in these pages, will be taking over as lead writer. Those plans were announced in Variety as well as the Vox Media/New York Media press room earlier this morning.

Starting next week, Nick Quah will be joining Vulture as a full-time podcast critic. He will be starting another newsletter called 1.5x Speed. Outside of that, he “is also going to tinker around with a few side projects.” One of them is a Substack.

Here are some other things to know:

Hot Pod will go completely dark for the next few weeks as they set up for the relaunch.

Paid Hot Pod subscribers will get a free three-month subscription to New York Magazine. If you’re already a paid subscriber, expect a promo code to be in your inbox in the coming weeks, where you can sign up. If you are already a subscriber to both Hot Pod and New York Magazine, you’ll be getting a different gift as a token of their appreciation.

Existing subscribers who joined Sidechannel (Discord) that Hot Pod has been a part of, will continue to have access, though the channels specific to Hot Pod will be archived. Nick Quah will be discontinuing Hot Pod’s unique Sidechannel sign-up link.

You should expect continuity when Hot Pod returns in a few weeks.

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor – PCN Show 027

In this episode, Shawn and Jen get into a discussion about ads and podcasting. This is an area that appears to be undergoing a “sea change” of sorts. There are companies that think the “renaissance of podcasting” means now is a good time to put ads into it. At the same time, the mechanisms by which those ads are placed is changing.

Links Mentioned in this episode:

* Amazon Hiring Comedians, Engineers for Growing Audio Service
By Lucas Shaw and Spencer Soper on Bloomberg Business

* Why Podcasts? Website
Created by Jessica Kupferman of She Podcasts

* Podcast Network Panoply Introduces New Ad Platform
By Jeremy Barr on Advertising Age

* 12 habits from a highly effective freelance audio producer
By Veronica Simmonds on CBC Radio

* Nick Quah is Leaving Panoply
By Nicholas Quah on Hot Pod