TuneIn Adds CNN and Bloomberg Media to TuneIn Premium News Line-Up

TuneIn is doubling down on news with expanded partnerships with top-rated broadcasted news networks CNN and Bloomberg Media as they join TuneIn Premium’s commercial-free news lineup that includes CNBC, FOX News Talk and MSNBC.

With a 47% increase in news listening year-over-year, TuneIn, commercial-free news provides listeners with a seamless ad-free experience as partners have the ability to use station specific short-form content and curated clips to replace ad breaks for the networks’ full lineup of on-air programs. TuneIn offers local, national, international, live and on-demand podcast news content with TuneIn’s free service and commercial-free with TuneIn Premium.

“TuneIn first launched a commercial-free news listening experience 18 months ago, and we now see two times the rate of engagement on our commercial-free news stations versus ad-supported stations,” said Kevin Straley, Chief Content Officer, TuneIn. “The data shows us consumers enjoy this seamless experience that is highly retentive, and we are thrilled to add CNN and Bloomberg Media to this coveted news offering. As listening online grows year-over-year and we continue our mission to reinvent radio for a connected world, we are pleased to deliver this unique experience to listeners however and wherever they consume their news.”

CNN commercial-free is now available on TuneIn, with Bloomberg Media joining the commercial-free lineup in late summer. The audio destination for 75 million monthly active users globally, TuneIn continues to dominate the audio news space with the exclusive availability of top news networks. Globally, TuneIn can be accessed in 197 countries and can be found on more than 200 different major platforms and devices. TuneIn partnerships in the voice assistant space include Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby and Cortana, as well as key integrations with Sonos, Bose and Tesla. Go to https://tunein.com/get-tunein/ to learn more.

SoundCloud’s CFO is Now at TuneIn

TuneIn brings together a wide collection of sports, music, news, podcasts, and audiobooks – including live, on-demand and original content. It lets people find what they love while helping them to discover new things. TuneIn announced that they have appointed Holly Lim as their new Chief Financial Officer.

In this new role with TuneIn, Holly Lim will oversee finance, legal, HR, workplace and corporate development. She will be based in San Francisco at TuneIn Headquarters.

“We’re thrilled to add Holly to the executive team,” said John Donham, CEO. “Holly’s experience in consumer subscription services, entertainment, and original content uniquely qualify her to join our team and help drive our business forward.”

“TuneIn has built an impressive team with incredibly high ambitions,” said Lim. “I am joining the company at an exciting time – TuneIn has built a unique position in the audio space through its bold content acquisitions, core growth in listeners & subscribers, and the global reach of its offering.”

In 2006, SoundCloud announced that Holly Lin would join the company as its first Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She was having to split her time between SoundCloud’s headquarters in Berlin, Germany, and SoundCloud’s New York office.

Gimlet Media’s New History Podcast is on TuneIn

TuneIn enables people to discover, follow, and listen to what’s most important to them – from sports, to news, to talk. TuneIn provides listeners access to over 100,000 real radio stations and more than four million podcasts streaming from every continent. Gimlet Media’s new history podcast is on TuneIn.

TuneIn recently launched the TuneIn First Play program. It gives TuneIn listeners early access to episodes from a broad range of podcasts.

We’ve partnered with top content creators like WNYC Studios, Gimlet, HowStuffWorks, Wondery, Feral Audio, and StarTalk to include some of their most popular shows and some brand new ones, too. More than 30 podcasts will take part in First Play and new episodes will drop up to one week early on TuneIn, so our users can hear them for free before they’re available anywhere else.

Gimlet Media has a brand new history podcast called Uncivil. The first episode will premier Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Uncivil is available on TuneIn (and also on Gimlet and iTunes.)

Uncivil is hosted by Chenjerai Kumanyika, who is an author, journalist, and professor of journalism and communications at Rutgers University. The podcast is also hosted by Jack Hitt, a Peabody Award-winning author and radio producer. Uncivil points out “America is divided, and it always has been.”

Uncivil brings you stories that were left out of the official history of the Civil War, ransacks America’s past, and takes on the history you grew up with. The podcast will include untold stories about resistance, covert operations, corruption, mutiny, counterfeiting, antebellum drones, and much more.

Veritone Partners with TuneIn

Veritone and TuneIn have announced a partnership that provides TuneIn with a license to Veritone’s Cognitive Media Platform (CMP). This is Veritone’s first step into audio streaming.

Veritone has developed the proprietary Cognitive Media Platform (CMP) that unlocks the power of AI-based cognitive computing so that unstructured audio and video data can be processed, transformed, and analyzed in a seamless, automated manner to generate actionable intelligence. The cloud-based open platform integrates an ecosystem of a variety of best-of-breed cognitive engines, which can be orchestrated together, to reveal valuable multivariate insights from vast amounts of audio and video data.

TuneIn enables people to discover, follow and listen to what’s most important to them – from sports, to news, to music, to talk. TuneIn provides listeners access to over 100,000 real radio stations and more than four million podcasts streaming from every continent.

RAIN News explains more about what this partnership means for TuneIn (and the radio and podcasts that TuneIn provides:)

Veritone’s CMP is unique in the audio market, using cognitive computing to intelligently preserve audio (and video) content and make it searchable by keyword, all in near-realtime. For radio, this platform can analyze and store every word spoken into a microphone, offering verification of brand mentions, for example, and native advertising spoken content, verifying advertiser agreements that would be otherwise difficult to do, and potentially unlocking new value.

RAIN News continues to note that for radio (and I’m going to assume for podcasting as well), the archiving “opens the door to repurposing on-the-air segments and smartly redistributing them.”

There are many news articles about podcasting in which an advertiser complains because they want more data that would tell them exactly how many listeners actually heard their ad in a particular podcast episode. It appears that Veritone’s CMP can give them that.

In addition, Veritone’s CMP can make audio searchable by keyword in near-realtime – which should soothe those who have expressed concerns that podcasting has as a problem because it is not searchable.