Podcast Week: Mamamia win, Adam Shand charts, Jan Fran hosts, Spotify

• Adam Shand surges into Podcast 100 October chart

Mamamia wins international podcast award

Mamamia’s award-winning podcast partnership with Westpac has been awarded again, with The Split winning Australia’s only gold for Best Use Of Podcast at the international Native Advertising Awards 2019 in Berlin.

Hosted by comedian Mandy Nolan, a twice-divorced mother of five, The Split is the latest podcast manifestation of Westpac’s commitment to helping people in the moments that matter.

Mia Freedman, co-founder and chief creative officer at Mamamia, said: “The team at Westpac are experts at enabling the right balance between brand messaging that naturally integrates and content that has genuine utility for our listeners.”

Mamamia’s podcast portfolio has expanded to over 30 series, including the commuter dailies of The Quicky (snackable news), and The Spill (snackable entertainment and pop culture).

The Babble the first in new range of Nova original podcasts

The Babble is a new bi-weekly series hosted by Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Nat Bass) and Matthew Johnson (Matty J).

Nat Bass said, “I am super excited to join Matty J for my very first podcast The Babble. Having firsthand knowledge of reality TV with So You Think You Can Dance, The X Factor and of course I’m a Celebrity and Matty J being my personal favourite Bachelor, we are ready to get down and dirty with all things reality TV – nothing will be off limits.”

Matty J said, “These days I’ve turned into such a sucker for reality TV – it’s almost disgusting! Being able to turn my guilty pleasure into a job is an absolute dream come true and the icing on the cake is that I get to do it with Nat Bass.”

Andrew Brentnall, managing editor of the Nova Network said, “Nova is dedicated to innovating in the digital space by providing the best audio and video content, tailored specifically to our audience’s needs. As a radio brand at heart, audio has always been hugely important for us, and with the uptake of smart audio devices and the demand for podcasts, we’re seeing an audience that is hungry for more original audio content. That’s why we’ll be developing a range of original Nova podcasts with The Babble as our flagship launch.”

See also
Nat Bass joins Matty J on bi-weekly TV & pop culture podcast for Nova

Spotify introduces Daily Podcasts Playlist

Spotify transformed music discovery with playlists like Discover Weekly and Daily Mix. Now they are aiming to do the same in on-demand audio with Your Daily Podcasts – Spotify’s first daily personalised podcast playlist that gives users a way to discover new shows while also keeping up with old favorites. Users who have listened to at least four podcasts in the past 90 days will find the playlist in the “Your Top Podcasts” shelf on the home screen or in the “Made For You” hub on browse.

Free and Premium users in the US, UK, Germany, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can check out their Your Daily Podcasts playlist, now available on Spotify.

Adam Shand surges into Podcast 100 October chart

The second Australian Podcast Ranker chart was released this week for October listening.

The highest new entry on the chart was PodcastOne’s Adam Shand at Large at #53 on the overall 100.

For our original feature see also:
Podcast 100: October chart reveals AFL Trade Radio new #1

Here is the list of the top 10 Original Podcasts as they appear on the October chart.

1.Hamish and Andy
2. Life & Crimes of Andrew Rule
3. The Howie Games
4. The Matty Johns Podcast
5. Fox Footy Podcast
6. Who the Hell is Hamish?
7. Fox Rugby Podcast
8. The Mentor with Mark Bouris
9. Tech News
10. Motley Fool Money Australia

Jan Fran to host ABC’s The Pineapple Project

Former Feed co-host Jan Fran (pictured) will be taking over as the new host of award-winning ABC podcast The Pineapple Project.

Fran takes over from comedian Claire Hooper from season four, which will be released in January 2020.

“I’m super excited to be the new host of The Pineapple Project,” Jan Fran says.

“I can’t wait to start organising everyone’s terrible lives – you’re welcome in advance.

Listeners can hear Fran and Hooper negotiating the terms of their hosting handover deal in a recent episode.

Fran is an Australian Walkley-award losing journalist, TV presenter and internet commentator.

She is the creator, writer and presenter of the online opinion segment, The Frant, which has been viewed more than 20 million times and which earned Jan a 2019 Walkley nomination for Best Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique.

She is best known for hosting The Feed on SBS Viceland, Medicine or Myth on SBS, The Project on Network 10 and the podcasts, Sexism and the City and The Few Who Do.

Listen to The Pineapple Project here.

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