… Spotify says the number of new podcasts added to its platform has increased 240% during the first nine months of 2020. To celebrate International Podcast Day, it also looked back at the past year and says new podcasts created on its Anchor platform has increased by more than 380% during the past year. Comedy has been the top-ranking global podcast category this year to date, it said in a blog post, with Call Her Daddy, The Misfits and Office Ladies dominating on Spotify.
… Libsyn says podcasts it hosts are experiencing difficulties being published on YouTube. “All publishing to YouTube from Libsyn is failing,” it said in an advisory. “This appears to be caused by our per-day API quota with YouTube being set to zero. This is not a change that we made and is likely something done from YouTube’s end.” The company said it is working to get the tool restored. Libsyn hosts more than 60,000 podcasts.
… C-Span has partnered with Spotify to distribute the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates as podcasts on the streaming platform. The debates will be made available at the conclusion of each evening’s events. And while the election may be in the U.S, Spotify said it will make the podcasts available worldwide. C-Span and Spotify previously partnered to make content from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions available as podcasts. Spotify also recently created a playlist of the speeches memorializing the late Congressman John Lewis.
… Westwood One has launched 5-4, a limited-run podcast that will look at the Supreme Court’s role in the upcoming presidential election. The seven-episode podcast is hosted by a trio of progressive legal commentators — Peter, Aywa Rhiannon and Michael — best-known for their social media posts. The podcast will examine topics in election law, including decisions on the Electoral College, gerrymandering and campaign finance. Its first episode focuses on Amy Coney Barrett, the nominee named to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It is the second season for 5-4, which debuted in February.
… Comedian Sarah Silverman is making the move into podcasting. Deadline reports she has signed with Kast Media to produce The Sarah Silverman Podcast. “I decided to start a podcast because I believe it’s important to get in on these things late,” said Silverman. The conversation podcast will focus on whatever catches Silverman’s interest, and will reportedly include uncensored listener voicemails. “This show will bring both a fun and uniquely important perspective to the industry,” Kast CEO Colin Thomson told Deadline. The series debuts Oct. 8.
… PodcastOne has signed The Dr. Gundry Podcast for an exclusive distribution and sales rights deal. The health and wellness podcast hosted by Dr. Steven Gundry reaches more than 22 million people each year, according to the company. On the show Gundry interviews the health experts to glean life-changing insights and offers the most cutting-edge wellness advice with his topical lectures. “Through his entertaining personal style, his one-of-a-kind interviews, and practical advice, his podcast helps people grow and live their best life,” said PodcastOne’s CEO Peter Morris.
… Guggenheim Securities analyst Michael Morris has upgraded his outlook on Spotify saying it and other internet stocks including Netflix and Snap were undervalued compared to the software companies that it tracks. For Spotify that meant upgrading his rating on Spotify shares from a "sell" to "neutral” rating. Morris said there are greater similarities between internet and software companies, including core investment in research & development and engineering resources, and creation of high-utility technology platforms” than Guggenheim’s previous valuation for Spotify and the others implied.