NPR continues to look for new audiences for its podcasts overseas. The public broadcaster has signed a deal with ARN's iHeartRadio Australia to feature NPR’s slate of podcasts on its app. The shows that have been added to iHeartRadio Australia include the TED Radio Hour, Planet Money, and How I Built This, as well as several news, health and finance titles.
"We're thrilled to share NPR's incredible slate of podcast content to new listeners in Australia and New Zealand," said Christina de Quadros, NPR's Senior Manager of Business Partnerships.
Launched in 2013, iHeartMedia created localized versions of its app in Australia and New Zealand under a joint venture with the Australian Radio Network. In addition to podcasts it includes 1,500 live radio station streams including ARN’s outlets in Australia (including The KIIS Network, The Pure Gold Network and The Edge branded stations); TRN stations in New Zealand (including the Newstalk ZB, Radio Hauraki and ZM brands); and iHeartMedia’s U.S. stations.
"We are excited to add NPR's podcasts to iHeartRadio Australia and New Zealand, as we continue to provide listeners with access to the best local and global content,” said ARN's iHeartRadio Content Director Brett 'Nozz' Nossiter in the announcement. “NPR is a well-respected source of entertaining and educational podcast content that's much loved by Australians,” he said.
NPR announced in June that it had inked a deal with Paris, France-based streamer Deezer to take its podcasts into markets worldwide. NPR earlier announced in December 2020 that the majority of its podcasts were available via Spotify globally. Content is also available internationally via Apple and other apps.