Soundbites: Week in Audio - 05.05.17


This week saw the inaugural British Podcast Awards. In total, there were 18 separate winners across 15 categories covering the vast expanse of genres available to subscribe and download, as well as 3 special awards: Podcast of Year, Listener’s Choice and Podcast Champion. With over 400 podcasts entered it was a hugely successful first year. Fathers and Sons, was named Podcast of Year. The series explores contemporary masculinity through the eyes of fathers and sons, was produced by Mr Porter and Radio Wolfgang. Adam Buxton picked up the Podcast Champion award, which recognises the person that has done the most to help and develop Podcasts in 2016. Anyone who has listened to “The Adam Buxton Podcast” will know this is a well deserved winner. The evening also saw Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review pick up the Listener’s Choice Award. Other winners included Hip Hop Saved My Life with Romesh Ranganathan, The Beef and Dairy Network Podcast hosted by Benjamin Patridge and How To Be A Girl. There were over 50 independent judges from across the audio and media industry, and presenters on the night included Edith Bowman, Grace Dent and James Cooper from My Dad Wrote a Porno.

You can find a full list of winners and categories here.


In other news, KMFM Parent company KM media group has been sold to Iliffe Media. The company, which operates seven FM radio licences across Kent, all broadcasting as one KMFM. Iliffe is a growing company, involved mainly in newspapers, having purchased 13 titles from Johnston Press in East Anglia and the East Midlands earlier this year.

Read more about the sale here.


And finally, SoundCloud is offering new users access to its premium Go+ service for three full months at just $1. The move marks the second time in less than a year that SoundCloud has slashed the price of its premium service. The move seems to be a last throw of the dice for the ailing platform as co-founder and CEO Alexander Ljung told investors. SoundCloud may run out of cash earlier than December 31, 2017. These matters give rise to a material uncertainty about the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern.

Read more about Soundcloud's new offer here.


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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor