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BBC Expresses Plans to Expand in the U.S. at IAB NewsFront

The U.S. already ranks as the third-largest market for BBC News, behind India.

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At the Interactive Advertising Bureau NewFronts event, Tara Maitra, the BBC Chief Commercial Officer for Global Distribution, expressed that the network is currently undergoing a significant transformation aimed at expanding its reach to more U.S. audiences.

This move is part of the company’s efforts to become a global media company with a digital-first approach. The U.S. already ranks as the third-largest market for BBC News, behind India. Maitra stated that American audiences are seeking out more trusted sources of news and information, and the BBC aims to meet that need.

The BBC has already doubled the size of its U.S. digital team and is now producing more original reporting, analysis, and localized journalism from its newsrooms in North America. This shift is part of the company’s broader strategy to offer a reimagined content experience that includes a new BBC app and website.

“We have the new experience, which is going to stay with viewers from morning to night and throughout the day across their devices, whether they’re checking the news on their phone, listening to a podcast on their commute, checking for news updates during the day in the office, or watching a documentary from the BBC,” Maitra said. “And what that’s going to do, is drive habitual use and deep engagement.”

Up next is the IAB Podcast Upfront, scheduled for May 11, which will feature presentations by over a dozen podcast companies to potential buyers. Among those set to take the stage are major players such as iHeartPodcasts, NPR, and Wondery, as well as newcomers like TransUnion, Acast, and Zibby.

Other presenters include The Wall Street Journal, Sony Music Entertainment, YAP Media, Cumulus Podcast Network, Soundrise, and WNYC Studios. The event serves as an opportunity for podcast companies to showcase their content and reach a wider audience through advertising and sponsorships.

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Curtis LeGeyt: NAB ‘Depend on AM’ Radio Campaign ‘Played Crucial Role’ in Support for Congressional Bill

“We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

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The AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act continues to wait to be voted on by both houses of Congress. NAB President/CEO Curtis LeGeyt believes an initiative from the organization played a paramount role in garnering support for the legislation.

In a story authored by the executive for Radio Ink, he made the case that the “Depend on AM” campaign released by the organization was pivotal for Congressional support for the industry.

“The NAB’s Depend on AM campaign has played a crucial role in rallying this support. We’ve emphasized the importance of AM radio not just as a cultural, news and sports hub, but also as the resilient lifeline during emergencies, offering unmatched reach and reliability,” LeGeyt wrote. “This legislation ensures that AM radio remains accessible to all Americans, especially during public safety crises. We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

Curtis LeGeyt claimed more than 250 members of the House of Representatives and 62 Senators have backed the bill that would require automakers to include AM radios in new and electric vehicle models or require manufacturers to inform customers the new model was not equipped with the band.

The NAB has been a vocal proponent of the bill’s passage, with LeGeyt testifying in front of Congress in support of the legislation.

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Local News Becoming Less Prevalent on Radio, New RTDNA Study Shows

68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

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Local news has been a focal point for radio stations for decades. But that may be fading away, a new RTDNA study shows.

65% of commercial stations still air local news in 2024, down slightly from 66.2% in 2023. Non-commercial stations have dropped 12% points in the past two years, down to just 60.7% airing local news.

However, the disconnect appears to come from locally owned stations versus non-locally owned. 68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

Not only are there drops in the number of stations broadcasting local news, but the airtime those updates occupy has also shrunk, according to the RTDNA study.

“The biggest drop in average minutes came in large markets, suggesting that fewer all news or news/talk stations there filled out the Survey this year,” the study states. “Medium markets are down a bit; small markets dropped an average of over 20 minutes per weekday.”

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YouTube Largest Podcast Discovery Platform By Wide Margin, Westwood One Study Shows

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

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In the span of three years, YouTube has gone from the third most popular podcast discovery platform to the top spot, a Westwood One study suggests.

In a study of more than 600 weekly podcast listeners, 31% say YouTube is the most utilized podcast listening platform. 21% say they use Spotify most frequently, while 12% claimed Apple Podcasts was their go-to destination.

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

YouTube’s podcast listening profile is slightly more male-dominated and also younger than the typical Apple Podcasts audience, according to the results from Westwood One Audio Active Group.

Naturally, the majority of Apple and Spotify users utilize smartphones to access their favorite podcasts, while 38% of YouTube’s audience uses computers and televisions for their favorite shows.

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