NPR and other public media companies acquire Pocket Casts app

A consortium of public media outfits have acquired popular podcatcher app Pocket Casts.

NPR, WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago and This American Life, whose programs garner more than 170 million downloads per month, have also incorporated all five members of the app’s Australian developing firm, Shifty Jelly. Moving forward, Pocket Casts will be perceived as a joint venture.

The companies will install a board to oversee development of the app and have assigned Owen Grover, former iHeartRadio and Clear Channel executive, as CEO. Shifty Jelly founders Philip Simpson and Russell Ivanovic will have “leadership roles.”

The app will not change immediately and will not shift its focus to podcasts coming only from the ownership — the existing NPR One app plays podcasts from competing providers such as Gimlet and Panoply. It will still $3.99 on the platforms it serves, including Android, iOS and macOS and Windows.

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.
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