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PBS Launches PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel

PBS Distribution recently launched a new documentary focused Prime Video Channel, called PBS Documentaries.

“PBS is the leader of high-quality, compelling nonfiction entertainment, and the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is a natural addition to our current streaming offering on Prime Video Channels...This channel will not only help bring engaging stories about life in all corners of our country to a new audience, it will provide needed revenues to sustain public broadcasting’s public-private partnership model for the benefit of all stations and the communities they serve,” says Andrea Downing, Co-President of PBS Distribution. READ MORE AT PBS.ORG...

Digital Device Listening Crosses the 50% Threshold During COVID-19 Disruptions

Before the COVID-19 disruptions, 55% of the daily total share of time spent listening by those in the U.S. age 13 and older was done on traditional, more linear devices, and 45% was done on digital devices. During Q2 2020, 53% of the daily total share of time spent listening was on digital devices.  READ MORE AT EDISON RESEARCH...

Analysis Shows How Well Podcast Ads Spur Listeners Into Action

Embedded podcast ads have more than twice the conversion rates of ads that are dynamically inserted. The 1.2 billion ad impressions that money bought revealed how effective podcasts were to get listeners to take an action such as whether they led listeners to buy a product or download an app. READ MORE AT INSIDE RADIO...

Your Next Tech Purchase Should Be a Radio

As the pandemic drags on, it's time to return to a slower, older technology, one that frees you from the unending sameness served up by algorithms.

Radios, more affordable and portable than TVs, used to be household staples and a more intimate part of people’s days—a companion in the bath or during a solitary drive or walk. Now they’re mostly found in go bags and as vehicle infotainment center afterthoughts.

This has had a disastrous effect on public radio listenership and is a cultural loss for us all. Radio offers a chance to stop spinning in our own algorithms. Between suggestions for new podcasts based on your old podcasts and a steady stream of music that sounds like all the other music you listen to, your apps are an echo chamber. They’re all based on an original choice you made that has led to unending sameness. READ MORE AT PC MAG...

WPSU Public Media Station Nominated for Six 2020 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards

WPSU Penn State — central Pennsylvania’s public media station — has been nominated for six 2020 Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards for excellence in the television and media industries from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Regional NATAS chapters in comparable television markets complete Mid-Atlantic Emmy judging across the country. Industry professionals with expertise in that category judge all entries in a given category, and the judges apply personal standards of excellence to evaluate each entry in areas of content, creativity and execution.  READ MORE AT WPSU...