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Articles by Nicholas Quah

Nicholas Quah is the founder and writer of Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts that appears on Nieman Lab.
Plus: A mid-year podcast check-in.
Plus: Spotify tries in-app podcast ads, SiriusXM acquires Simplecast, and a new Apple Podcasts app is coming to phones.
“Ultimately, we need to be able to monetize audio in all its platforms, in all its forms. As we think about how to move forward, we want our thinking about podcasts to be something that the entire organization is invested in.”
Plus: Axios joins the daily news podcast wars, Slow Burn has a good week, and how do you decide when to stop your pandemic podcast?
Plus: How the Equality in Audio Pact came together, and Apple rolls out an exclusive show.
Plus: More thoughts on Joe Rogan and Spotify, the BBC releases its annual plan, and Spotify is reportedly going after podcasts again.
The terms for the Spotify licensing deal were not disclosed, but I imagine a crap-ton of money was involved in this arrangement.
Plus: The private paid podcast tech stack gets more crowded, and podcast listening apps run up against Google’s COVID-19 rules.
Plus: The challenges of moving a live show from theater to streaming, new shows for cloistered kids, and the podcast industry gets its first big pandemic-era acquisition.
Plus: The first Pulitzer Prize for audio, Ira Glass drops shade, and the rise of the five-minute podcast.