InPublishing Podcasts

The InPublishing Podcast is published weekly, on Wednesday mornings, throughout the year, except during August and the Christmas and Easter fortnights. You can subscribe via your preferred podcast app, or listen to the episodes below.

Episode 13: Matt Kelly

Ciar Byrne talks to Matt Kelly, chief content officer at Archant, about his career break at the Bootle Times, his early years in production journalism, working with Piers Morgan at the Mirror, his current role at Archant and what its recent acquisition by Rcapital Partners means for the business. The conversation touches on the New European, the Project Neon initiative with Google and why he thinks the regional press has suffered from a self-esteem issue in the past, but also why he is so passionate about securing a commercial future for it, and much more…

Episode 12: Ian Murray

Ciar Byrne talks to Ian Murray, Executive Director of the Society of Editors, about why his school teacher thought he would be just right for journalism, what he’s most proud of from his long career in the regional press and the challenge of taking over from Bob Satchwell at the SoE, fake news, the funding challenge, press freedom and why we should all be wary of the law of unintended consequences when it comes to over-hasty legislation, and much more… (This interview was recorded on 31st July.)

Episode 11: Jon Bickley

Ciar Byrne talks to Jon Bickley, CEO of Anthem Publishing, about his early days in circulation, heady times at rapidly expanding Future Publishing, setting up Anthem, how the company has evolved and where next for the Bath-based publisher. He also looks at the wider challenges facing the magazine sector and tells us why forging an ever-closer relationship with the reader is so important, and much more… (Paul Pettengale, one of the founders of Anthem Publishing, sadly passed away after this episode was recorded. RIP, 1971-2020.)

Episode 10: Jo Adams

Ciar Byrne talks to Jo Adams, Marketing Director at New Scientist, about why she chose a career in subs over one in the newstrade, the key drivers of a modern subs strategy and how 'marketing' acts as the voice of the customer in everything New Scientist does, and much more…

Episode 9: Sam Kinchin-Smith

Ciar Byrne talks to Sam Kinchin-Smith, Head of Special Projects at the London Review of Books, about what his ‘special projects’ role entails, what he thinks digital can bring to the publishing mix for a title that is likely to remain print-first, and how the LRB archive is driving exciting new content opportunities during the pandemic, and much more…

Episode 8: John Barnes

Ciar Byrne talks to John Barnes, Chief Digital Officer at William Reed Business Media, about his journey from editor to CDO, what it takes to succeed in digital publishing, how lockdown has sparked a wave of publishing innovation, and what he sees as the main trends and opportunities in content creation and revenue generation, and much more…

Episode 7: Lucy Brazier

Ciar Byrne talks to Lucy Brazier, CEO of Marcham Publishing and publisher of Executive Secretary, about how she transformed the Executive Secretary newsletter into a global events, training and consultancy business, how social media and the close relationship she has built with readers have underpinned the brand’s growth and why she is so passionate about the future potential of the executive assistant role and much more…

Episode 6: Hannah Taylor

Ciar Byrne talks to Hannah Taylor, editor and founder of independent magazine The Delicate Rébellion, about why she launched the magazine and the predominantly female arts community that runs alongside it, her passion for print and why it works for her, the challenges of being a one-woman band publishing out of a top floor flat in Edinburgh and why there's an accent above the 'e' in 'Rébellion' and much more...

Episode 5: Caroline Law

Ciar Byrne talks to Caroline Law, editor-in-chief of The Week, about her first job in publishing (at The Oldie), her early pre-internet days at The Week, how they decide which stories to put in and which to leave out, and, with The Week celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, its enduring appeal, and much more...

Episode 4: Rob Aherne

Ciar Byrne talks to Rob Aherne, MD of Bauer Media's motorcycling portfolio, about his journey from four wheels to two, the thinking behind the launch of their successful 'Bikes Unlimited' app, how the business model for publishing is changing, how his team has responded to the challenges thrown up by the pandemic and much more...