New York, NY - October 24, 2019 - iHeartMedia, the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally, and BuzzFeed News, the leading news publisher of its generation, today announced “Impeachment Today,” a new daily podcast covering the Trump impeachment process. “Impeachment Today” will be co-produced by iHeartMedia and BuzzFeed News and will be distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network beginning today.
Hosted by BuzzFeed News’ Senior Reporter Hayes Brown - a frequent guest on NPR and MSNBC, and host of the show “That Literally Happened” on Facebook Watch - “Impeachment Today” is a digestible, 10- to 15-minute news breakdown of the day’s impeachment process, debuting each morning and helping listeners make sense of the all-consuming political and legal saga that will captivate U.S. politics in the months to come. Hayes Brown will do what he does best: cut through the noise to tell you what actually matters. With a rotating cast of experts, including BuzzFeed News’ reporters covering the story, the show will catch you up on the wildest news of the last 24 hours, tee up what to watch for in the day ahead, and will tackle one character or thread of this very complex story each day.
"Part of what sets BuzzFeed News apart is this newsroom's obsession with understanding what our audience wants. As we approach the one-month anniversary of the impeachment inquiry, it is clear that our audience craves a reliable and accessible way to stay up to date on this complex and fast-moving story, from the serious to the silly. A short daily podcast is an ideal vehicle for that, and we are delighted to have Hayes, with his deep expertise, enthusiasm, and empathy, to anchor it,” said Samantha Henig, Executive Editor of BuzzFeed News.
“The current climate of fast-changing news cycles often makes it difficult to keep up with complex topics like the Trump impeachment proceedings,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “Podcasting is an ideal medium to dissect this news coverage and make it available to listeners in a way that is quick and easy to digest while on the go, and Buzzfeed is the perfect partner to breakdown this crucial information for listeners in an appealing daily podcast format.”
In addition to being available on iHeartRadio and all digital podcast platforms, “Impeachment Today” will also be promoted on iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations, which reach more than a quarter of a billion monthly listeners, as well as via iHeartRadio’s social media channels, exposing the show to millions of podcast listeners across the country.
Started in 2012, BuzzFeed News has grown from a small social news upstart into a world-class, international news organization featuring original reporting and programming. With 200 reporters and editors across 6 continents, BuzzFeed News covers what people care about, breaks big stories that hold major institutions accountable, and reveals injustices that change people’s lives -- from publishing the explosive Trump dossier and unmasking the key players at the center of the Ukraine controversy, to texting with presidential candidates. BuzzFeed News has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in two of the last three years.
iHeartMedia has continued to invest heavily in podcasting, from acquiring HowStuffWorks in 2018 to producing an ongoing slate of new iHeartRadio Original shows like “The Ron Burgundy Podcast,” “Disgraceland,” “Chelsea Handler: Life will be the Death of Me,” “Noble Blood” and “Committed,” as well as fostering over a hundred shows from its on-air talent like the popular “Bobbycast” and “The Breakfast Club” radio show podcasts. These shows are distributed on all major podcast platforms, including the iHeartRadio app, which additionally distributes more than 280,000 shows.
About BuzzFeed News:
Since 2012, BuzzFeed News has grown from a social news upstart into a world-class news organization with original reporting and programming with multiple Pulitzer nominations. BuzzFeed News today has more than 200 reporters, editors, and producers worldwide across New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC., San Francisco, London, Berlin, Toronto, São Paulo, Sydney, Tokyo, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Brussels, Mexico City, Mumbai, Delhi, Dakar, and Nairobi. BuzzFeed News averages roughly 50 million unique visitors a month, and more than 60% of its audience is in the coveted 18 to 34 age demographic.
iHeartMedia is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms including more than 850 live broadcast stations; streaming music, radio and on-demand via its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, TVs and gaming consoles; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher globally. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics and attribution technology for its marketing partners, using data from its massive consumer base. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: IHRT). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.