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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 deep dive into how coronavirus is affecting the podcast industry. “Some podcasts can survive cuts in direct support. Some can survive losses in advertising revenue. A great many can’t.”
We round up some of the best advice for how audio hosts and producers can adjust to the new social-distancing reality — from public radio stations and big studios to independent shows and freelancers hoping their next check still comes in.
Plus: Sony’s podcast play vis-à-vis Spotify, the coronavirus lurks in revenue projections, and what is a Gimlet show, anyway?
Plus: The BBC bets on Pocket Casts, Hillary Clinton is podcasting (again), and how the humble email listserv still builds community among audio producers.
Plus: A new and more inclusive top-podcasts ranking, new funding for a premium-feed provider, and why album-specific podcasts are the hot new promotional tool for music.
“Patreon has access to all the data about a creator’s earnings history, what they offer as benefits, how much they engage with their patrons…everything needed to forecast their earnings and retention, without a creator even needing to submit an application.”
What does “legitimacy” mean in an open industry? Plus: Is there really still a difference between podcasting and radio? A London station is trying to find out.
Plus: A fair-use fracas, audio rom-coms without a business strategy, and the overwhelming whitemaleness of podcast acquisitions.
Can the streaming audio giant really turn Bill Simmons’ operation into “the next ESPN”? Or is the goal of building “the world’s flagship sports audio network” too ambitious?
Plus: Serial is up for sale, Joe Rogan flexes his political muscle, and the economics of 24/7 lo-fi hip-hop YouTube livestreams.