Things happen fast in the world of celebrity and entertainment news, and People magazine is turning to podcasting to supplement what it is putting on the newsstand each week. The Meredith-owned magazine is teaming with the iHeartPodcast Network to launch People Every Day, a new Monday to Friday podcast that is set to premiere February 1.
The series will be hosted by People Editor Janine Rubenstein. During her nine years at the magazine she has become a fixture of broadcast entertainment and morning shows. Now she will lead the new show that will feature news and interviews spanning celebrity and entertainment, inspiring human-interest features, true crime, style and beauty, and sneak peeks.
"I couldn't be more excited to host the new People Every Day podcast," said Rubenstein in a statement. "As a lifelong news and entertainment enthusiast, I look forward to engaging the brand's vast audience – and welcoming new audiences -- on this exciting platform, where I'll be breaking down the biggest and best stories of the day." With her new audio duties Rubenstein will step into the role of Editor-at-Large, where she will continue to write, report, and oversee select editorial projects for the magazine. Prior to joining People, the San Francisco native reported news and entertainment at Essence, and served as a reporter at the Cape Times newspaper in South Africa.
“People Every Day will be unlike any other daily podcast the audience has heard – fresh, inspiring, enlightening and fun – and we know that Janine's incredible skill as a journalist and commentator along with iHeart's award-winning producers will make this show a truly compelling daily habit for our audiences," said Meredith Senior VP of Digital Will Lee.
There is no word on what time of day the People podcast will publish. But we do know advertiser interest is already strong. The new series launches with Macy’s as its exclusive sponsor.