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.

Season 2

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.)

Thank you to Acorn Web Offset for sponsoring this episode. Acorn is a specialist A5 and A4 magazine printer.

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…

Thank you to Acorn Web Offset for sponsoring this episode. Acorn is a specialist A5 and A4 magazine printer.

Season 1

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…

Thank you to Acorn Web Offset for sponsoring this episode. Acorn is a specialist A5 and A4 magazine printer.

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…

Thank you to Acorn Web Offset for sponsoring this episode. Acorn is a specialist A5 and A4 magazine printer.

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…

Thank you to Acorn Web Offset for sponsoring this episode. Acorn is a specialist A5 and A4 magazine printer.

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...

Thank you to Atex for sponsoring this episode. Atex is a software company selling solutions for media-rich industries.

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...

Thank you to Atex for sponsoring this episode. Atex is a software company selling solutions for media-rich industries.

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...

Thank you to Atex for sponsoring this episode. Atex is a software company selling solutions for media-rich industries.

Episode 3: Katie French

Ciar Byrne talks to Katie French, editor of the Basingstoke Gazette and Andover Advertiser newspapers, about how she got into journalism, how 'local' compares to 'national', why she's made her newsroom 'digital first', the impact of Covid-19, her run-ins with the Hampshire Police and local Lib Dems, which investigative journalists she particularly admires and much more.

Thank you to Atex for sponsoring this episode. Atex is a software company selling solutions for media-rich industries.

Episode 2: Rob Attar

Ciar Byrne talks to Rob Attar, editor of BBC History Magazine, about his fascination in history, his career, the 20th anniversary of the magazine and how the brand has evolved over the years into a multi-platform offering, the challenges of publishing during lockdown and much more.

Thank you to Atex for sponsoring this episode. Atex is a software company selling solutions for media-rich industries.