Welcome back to HeadStuff’s Podcast News Roundup, your go-to place for podcast news and recommendations. This week’s roundup looks at The British Podcast Awards 2022, the new Curiosity Audio Network and updates for podcast creators on Spotify.
The British Podcast Awards 2022 is almost here
The British Podcast Awards will take place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd of July, with awards being announced on Saturday from 2pm.
Nominees were recently announced for the 2022 awards, with judges looking at a variety of podcasts across 30 categories, including: Best Arts & Culture, Best Interview, Best Branded Podcast, Best Daily Podcast, Best Family Podcast and much more.
You can check out the list of independent judges here.
All events take place in Kennginton Park in the UK and tickets are available now.
Curiosity Audio Network Launch by Curiosity and iHeartMedia
Earlier this week, iHeartMedia announced their partnership with Curiosity Inc, the leading global factual media and entertainment company, to launch the Curiosity Audio Network.
This brand new network will produce and release several podcast projects, including original shows and podcasts which aim to complement Curiosity’s existing library of documentary films, shows and series.
The iHeartPodcast Network will distribute the podcast series as part of the partnership.
“We couldn’t be more excited to make our move into audio in partnership the #1 podcast publisher in the world,” said Devin Emery, Chief Strategy Officer for Curiosity via iHeartMedia. “Audio is exploding as a go-to medium for connecting with audiences, and we believe Curiosity and iHeart’s shared passion for creating curiosity-catalyzing content is going to make for highly compelling storytelling.”
“We are thrilled to join forces with Curiosity Inc. to develop premium podcasts for an audience who loves to learn. The Curiosity team has built such an incredible library of knowledge for curious minds and are adding to it all the time, and we can’t wait to bring it to our millions of listeners across the globe.” added Will Pearson, Chief Operating Officer for iHeartPodcast Network.
Spotify makes Video Podcasting available in six new countries
Spotify previously expanded into video podcasting within the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, offering content creators to publish video alongside their podcast series after testing the new feature through Anchor.
This week, Spotify has introduced video podcasting to six new countries; Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil and Mexico.
In a blog post, Spotify said “Video podcasts are a perfect opportunity to forge these connections, and our continued investment in the format will result in a better experience for both creators and fans.
Today, we’re expanding our video podcasting capabilities to creators in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, and Mexico. These are markets with especially strong podcast creator communities that have shown a healthy appetite for new ways to create and experience podcasts. Video-native podcasters will now have access to Spotify’s audience around the world, while audio-native podcasters will be able to start experimenting with video and deliver content that their listeners can engage with more deeply.”
As well as expanding their video podcasting capabilities, Spotify have begun testing new tools within its app for creators, allowing podcasters to record, edit and publish podcasts directly on the Spotify app.
“At Spotify, we are always looking for ways to enhance our users’ experience on our platform, and we regularly test features that we believe will bring value to listeners and creators. We are currently running a limited test of in-app audio creation, but have no further details to share at this time,” the company said in a statement via TechCrunch.
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