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New News Podcast Launches

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Insider has launched The Refresh from Insider, a new audio news brief podcast that combines live broadcast news with the conversational voice and on-demand convenience of news podcasts.

The Refresh from Insider was created in partnership with Spooler – an audio platform launched today by a team of podcast industry veterans from Apple, Audible, Megaphone and Slate – and Webex by Cisco has signed on as the inaugural sponsor.

The Refresh from Insider offers listeners updated, on-demand news in a podcast format on the Insider app and website.

The Refresh from Insider is hosted by Rebeca Ibarra, former WNYC host and producer, and Dave Smith, a reporter and editor at Insider. Kerry Donahue, an award-winning journalist and experienced showrunner, is executive producer.

The Refresh from Insider debuts a new technology that delivers updated podcast episodes from individually produced audio segments that can be stitched together into a seamless whole with one-click, creating a polished audio experience that keeps listeners up to date in real-time.

The show is available weekday mornings on traditional podcast apps and on properties. The player allows listeners to skip segments, scroll through upcoming stories, and select the ones they want to hear.

The Refresh from Insider is the brainchild of Insider CEO Henry Blodget and jpurnalist Andy Bowers.

Henry Blodget said, “People love audio news, but podcasts quickly become outdated, so they’re not a great way to keep up on what’s happening. That’s why we created The Refresh from Insider. Our new technology and programming brings you the latest news wherever you are and whenever you want it — like radio, but on your schedule."

Bowers added, “Having a strong editorial voice is crucial, which is why we have developed The Refresh from Insider with a story mix, pace, and, most importantly, two terrific hosts who make what we report as exciting as the new technology that powers the show. The new publishing tools from Spooler bring breaking news to the podcast space within seconds, something that’s never been possible until now.”


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