Audible Debuts 'Channels' Podcast Network, New Original Shows
July 7, 2016 at 12:39 PM (PT)
AUDIBLE has finally unveiled its long-awaited podcast service, "Channels,"a network available for $4.95/month (free for AUDIBLE Premium members) within AUDIBLE's mobile app. The network has been testing and has been released from beta as of this morning.
Among the new shows debuting TODAY or soon to appear are author JON RONSON's "THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT," "PRESIDENTS ARE PEOPLE TOO!" with former DAILY SHOW head writer ELLIOTT KALAN and historian ALEXIS COE (quietly released a few weeks ago), KATHLEEN HORAN's "MORTAL CITY," audio versions of THE ONION, MCSWEENEY'S, SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE, and the HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW, "HOLD ON WITH EUGENE MIRMAN," stand-up anthology "LIMELIGHT," and "HOT MIC WITH DAN SAVAGE," author interview show "AUTHORIZED," and "BREASTS UNBOUND," a history of breast augmentation. Coming up later this month will be "DAMNED SPOT," about places with a violent history.
CEO DANIEL KATZ said, “Channels is a natural extension of that founding premise, and we believe this new shorter-form service and the exciting original productions to come will become as popular and habit-forming as AUDIBLE’s audiobook service. It is a real pleasure to offer AUDIBLE Channels to our current and future Premium members as a free benefit.”
“The AUDIBLE Channels team includes gifted creators who have come together in a way reminiscent of the vaudevillians and stand-up comedians who helped define the creative burst when radio began, and like the novelists who flocked to Hollywood to add elite professional-grade creativity to the birth of a new medium,” added KATZ. “Led by ERIC NUZUM, whose talents and pioneering accomplishments speak for themselves, the team includes the creators of many of the industry’s most-listened-to podcasts, as well as original programming experts ranging across dramatic entertainment, documentaries and comedy of all stripes, along with producers and editors who understand how to deliver the most compelling news and lifestyle-focused programming.”