Amazon In Talks To Buy Podcast Publisher Wondery: Report

Internet giant Amazon is in talks to buy podcast publisher Wondery, which serves up hit audio shows “Dr. Death” and “Serial,” the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

West Hollywood-based Wondery boasts being the world’s largest independent podcast publisher, and has reportedly also explored the potential for acquisition with Apple and Sony Music Entertainment.

Industry tracker Podtrac ranked Wondery as being the fourth most listened to podcast publisher in the US in November, with slightly more than 9 million people tuning in to audio programs it hosts.

Podcasts have boomed in popularity, with people tuning in to hear compelling real or scripted stories as well as interviews.

Launched in 2016, Wondery has won audiences for shows such as Dr. Death, Dirty John, Business Wars, The Shrink Next Door, and Gladiator.

Wondery is seeking $300 million or more from a suitor, according to US media reports.

Amazon is reportedly interested in acquiring the podcasting group Wondery to expand its streaming media portfolio Amazon is reportedly interested in

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Publisher ends relationship with Pete Evans after chef posts neo-Nazi symbol on social media

The publisher of Pete Evans’ books has said it is “finalising” its relationship with the celebrity chef after he posted a cartoon on his social media accounts which included a neo-Nazi symbol used by the Christchurch terrorist.

Pete Evans standing in front of a building: Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/AAP

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The former My Kitchen Rules host on Sunday posted a cartoon on Facebook and Instagram to his over 1.5m followers of a caterpillar wearing a Make America Great Again hat talking to a black butterfly with a Black Sun symbol on its wing.

The ancient European symbol, also known as the sonnenrad, has been appropriated by Nazis and is recognised as a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League.

The symbol was also used on the Christchurch terrorist’s manifesto before the massacre last year. According to Gizmodo, the meme was also published this week on a Nordic neo-Nazi website.

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YouTube pulls interview with Alex Jones after banned Infowars publisher makes ‘firing squad’ remark

YouTube yanked a video featuring right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform Friday over a comment the controversial Infowars publisher made about Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

Mr. Jones has been prohibited from uploading his own content to YouTube for more than two years, although he has side-stepped that soft ban in part by appearing on channels operated by other users.

He recently spoke for hours with internet personality Tim Pool, who posted a video of their discussion to his YouTube channel Thursday before it was removed from the platform shortly afterward.

YouTube said the video was found to have violated its rules because of a remark Mr. Jones made about Mr. Gates — a frequent subject of the fringe theories he promotes — and wanting people killed.

Mr. Jones, meanwhile, claimed his comment was misinterpreted and argued Mr. Pool was “stampeded” by YouTube.

The remark occurred during part of

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