Digital Audio story of the week
Audio in the Digital News Report 2019
There was an urgency to this year’s Digital News Report and a palpable sense that news outlets around the world need to drastically change their approach if they are to bring consumption to their previous high levels. The main issues explored were the difficulty in finding a sustainable economic model for newsrooms, distrust in legitimate news sources due to the spread of disinformation, and the new means people are using to access the news.
Industry News stories
Global to launch ‘Heart Dance’
Heart Dance, a new service from Global, is launching on DAB digital radio across the UK this Friday 21st June.
The Club Classics formatted station will have former Heart presenters Toby Anstis on the breakfast show, and Lucy Horobin on afternoon drive. Lucy will also be presenting a weekend show every Saturday from 10am – 1pm.
Tyler West joining KISS afternoons
There’s a new daytime line-up at KISS from today as mid-morning presenter Neev leaves for maternity.
Alex and Andrea, who have previously teamed up to host ‘Live@KISS’ from 3-7pm on weekdays, will now host their own individual shows.
Spotify launching new playlist called ‘Your Daily Drive’
Spotify’s launching a new playlist called Your Daily Drive that will incorporate news podcasts. Starting today, US users will be able to listen to music they already enjoy, alongside new music recommendations, with some news podcast content sprinkled in. Anyone can access the playlist, regardless of whether they’re driving.
The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Public Radio International will provide the news audio clips. News and music will update throughout the day, unlike the platform’s other popular playlists. For instance, Discover Weekly only updates once a week, and other personalized playlists like Your Daily Mix only update once a day.
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