I hope you all had a great weekend. As you’ll be able to inform, I didn’t get eaten by a shark, although that’s as a result of my husband forgot to register for a seashore move. Subsequent time’s the appeal, Evan!!

On faucet for in the present day: cable information rogues flip to podcasting, pornographic content material on Spotify, and earnings previews (that final one is rather less spicy than the primary two).

Chris Cuomo and Keith Olbermann return from cable information exile with new podcasts

Why attempt to motive with cable information execs when you’ll be able to simply launch your individual podcast? Up to now week, each Keith Olbermann and Chris Cuomo introduced new reveals that may put them again within the limelight (perhaps).

Olbermann, who was fired from MSNBC in 2011 for donating to a couple Democratic campaigns (2010 scandals had been so quaint), is partnering with iHeartMedia for a every day information present. Countdown with Keith Olbermann will cowl sports activities, politics, and whoever the worst individual on the planet is at that given second. Phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed, however Olbermann informed The Wall Avenue Journal that the price range for his present is “extraordinarily big.” That tracks!

Cuomo, in the meantime, goes solo. And he actually desires you to realize it. Cuomo was fired from CNN final yr after serving to his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, navigate the sexual harassment allegations in opposition to him. Now he’s a #FreeAgent and urges listeners of his newly launched present, The Chris Cuomo Venture, to think about themselves in these phrases. “A free agent to me is somebody who just isn’t tied to any celebration, staff, or tribe; you’re not burdened by any affiliation, agenda, or dogma,” he mentioned in his first episode. He doesn’t want CNN anymore, although he would very very like $125 million in money, please.

Olbermann’s present will launch on August 1st. Cuomo’s present launched its first episode final week and is ranked forty second on Apple’s prime podcast chart. It’s, nevertheless, no match for Again to the Seashore with Kristin and Stephen, which has in some way managed to prime even Rogan. Cable by no means died — it simply began a podcast.

Earnings preview: Spotify and SiriusXM

It’s that point once more, when Wall Avenue loses its shit, and I’ve to get up for Spotify’s investor name. I hate waking up early, however I like a 10Q, so it principally evens out.

When Spotify drops tomorrow, traders and analysts are going to be in search of premium subscription numbers and revenue margins. Wells Fargo analyst Steven Cahall wrote in a observe to traders that he expects Spotify so as to add a wholesome 5 million paid subscribers (final quarter, it added 2 million). Cahall barely lowered his estimate for Spotify’s revenue margin from 26.2 % to 25.6 %. Spotify’s margins have lagged behind what analysts would love partially due to its $1 billion price of investments in podcasting tech and expertise. Podcasting just isn’t but worthwhile for Spotify (and positively received’t be in tomorrow’s earnings), however the firm is betting that long run, it should produce higher margins than music. One vivid spot that Cahall mentions, although, is that Spotify is much less more likely to be affected by the cratering digital advert enterprise that despatched Snap and Twitter tumbling final week.

SiriusXM will drop Thursday afternoon, and that could be a bit of rougher. The flagship service may undergo much more subscription losses as a result of the automobile market is so tight (fewer new automobiles bought means fewer new SiriusXM subs). Pandora, Cahall notes, will possible be affected by the weak advert market. I’m personally going to be looking out for a point out of the mounting comic lawsuits in opposition to Pandora. Lewis Black, Andrew Cube Clay, and others are suing for greater than $70 million for copyright infringement.

Fb gives you advert income for placing Submit Malone’s music in your movies

Meta launched a brand new function on Monday that enables creators to monetize Fb movies that function music from main artists like Submit Malone and Tove Lo. By incentivizing creators to remain throughout the authorized bounds of music use on its platforms, Meta could possibly reassure the music trade that it takes copyright infringement severely. I wrote all about it yesterday.

Porn on Spotify

As Spotify ramps up its content material moderation protocol, the corporate has its work minimize out. Motherboard studies that customers have been posting podcasts to the platform with sexually express content material and album artwork. After Motherboard flagged it for Spotify, the corporate took the reveals down and reiterated that content material that breaks the foundations will probably be eliminated.

As a result of Spotify bans sexually express content material, among the porn Motherboard discovered was hiding below nonsense titles composed of durations and commas as an alternative of key phrases in order to not get caught by any of Spotify’s moderation instruments. Motherboard additionally discovered that a lot of the audio porn is from podcasts that had been began and deserted years in the past. Appears like a job for the Spotify Advisory Council!

That’s all I acquired. See you subsequent week!


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