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Code Switch, the NPR podcast that focuses on the intersection of race, identity and culture, has been selected by Apple Podcast as its “show of the year” in the U.S. It marks the first time that Apple Podcasts has recognized a single podcast with that recognition.
Libsyn is facing a legal headache that stretches across two continents. The podcast hosting platform recently filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver asking a federal judge to cancel the stock held by a group of Chinese shareholders – that Libsyn alleges schemed to steal millions of dollars from its former parent company FAB Universal.
Spotify has finalized its biggest podcast purchase to date with the $235 million acquisition of Megaphone. Seller Graham Holdings still has a hand in the podcast business through its ownership of podcast producer Slate and the children’s subscription podcast company Pinna.
Google Podcasts is finally getting a feature that’s already standard across most listening apps: private RSS feed support. The head of product for Google Podcasts, Zack Reneau-Wedeen, made the announcement on Twitter.
Podcast Radio will be adding its own podcasts by UK creators alongside its existing content. The original library from Podcast Radio will feature three new shows.
iHeartMedia announced the return of the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards set for Thursday, January 21. Since nominees will be unable to attend due to the pandemic, the virtual event will be recorded from multiple locations.
Audible has launched the Audible Podcast Development Program, which is designed to create new original podcasts from emerging and undiscovered storytellers around the world. The goal of the program is to identify, develop and enable opportunities for the next generation of audio-driven storytellers.