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Guardian audio – I can hear the changes

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Restructuring doesn’t just affect paper


I’m a huge fan of time-shifted and downloadable radio. I currently have 12 regular ‘must listens’ on my phone at any one time and they’re brilliant accompaniment for walking to and from train stations as well as drowning out other people’s overly-loud personal music choices once you’re on the train.

But my ‘must listen’ count has just reduced by one. The Guardian has decided to drop its regular business podcast. This is a shame, because at a time when I feel we need more analysis of business, there’s slightly less choice now.

I also feel it’s loss should be noted, as when I looked around last week to see if anyone was noting it at all, I was surprised and saddened to find almost nothing bar the odd mention on Twitter:

This might be for a couple of reasons. The mention that the current episode was the final one came in the final 30 seconds, perhaps people had dipped out before the end and missed it. The second reason might just be that there were few people actually listening at all.

That annoys me because it was genuinely good. But I’m a realist, things change, efforts are put in other places. I don’t read the Guardian’s business pages, so sadly, my contact with that part of their journalism ends here.

It’s worth touching on another change I’ve heard while listening to another Guardian programme, Tech Weekly. Talented long-time producer Scott Cawley left at the end of January.

With the Guardian’s former Head of Audio and presenter of Media Talk, Matt Wells, now in New York, there are clearly changes ongoing to the area he launched and championed.

I’m trying to think what else will be in the pipeline. Media Talk itself has competition now in the form of the Radio 4 Media Show, and I haven’t heard an episode of the US edition of the podcast in years.

Also a loss.

In the meantime, here’s some other business and economics programmes that are worth adding your feeds to replace the Guardian.

BBC In Business/World Business with Peter Day (if you’re not already listening to this, go to the back of the class)

NPR Planet Money – twice a week and addictive

And finally the Economist’s weekly “Money Talks”. Don’t look for it on their site. Due to their hopeless search and out of date RSS feeds (which I’ve mentioned before) you’ll be taken to an episode from October 2011.  This is a shame, because the programme isn’t bad, just hard to find.

iTunes keeps their podcast directory nicely up to date. But if you don’t have an Apple device, here is the actual RSS for it.


Written by Robert

19 February, 2012 at 11:56 pm

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  1. Film Weekly’s gone too. Too much competition to make it worthwhile I suspect. Also I always found it to be the last one I’d choose if had the option of Football Weekly, Tech Weekly and Media Talk available, despite it probably being the subject (behind football) that I’m most interested in. Maybe the interviews were too long and too likely to be someone I didn’t care too much about.

    Steve Gardner

    20 February, 2012 at 4:04 pm

  2. You sure it’s gone too? Most recent edition is 16 Feb.
    Maybe they would consider making it ‘Film Monthly’?


    20 February, 2012 at 4:28 pm

  3. It’s a shame to see the business podcast go, and as you mention the Guardian seems to be cutting back on a lot of others too. The Media Talk one was great when Matt presented it, then they seemed to go through a change of focus with John and the new music. It seems they are trying to return to the old format now, but doubtless listeners have been lost. One of the great advantages of the podcast format is that they don’t need to stick to quite the same rules Steve Hewlett has to in the BBC Media show, yet I have not heard any opinion or statement in recent weeks that could not have been aired on R4 anyway.

    Mark Hillary

    20 February, 2012 at 5:56 pm

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