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  • Ozy Media has announced it is to shut down, after a number of reports about the company’s business practices. There were question marks over what the company had told investors, advertisers, employees and guests; and the impact could still affect other media companies. Carlos Watson, the co-founder and CEO of Ozy Media, has resigned from the NPR Board. The company had five podcasts, including co-productions with iHeartMedia and the BBC.

  • 71% of younger (25-40 year-old) public radio fans use podcasts, accordings to Jacobs Media’s’ Public Radio Techsurvey 2021. Only three-quarters of public radio fans use a radio at home; and for millennials, that figure drops to 55%. In total, 39% of public radio fans listen to podcasts every week.

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