Controversy!

Leo fighting trolls

I know, I know. It’s been a long time. Sorry for the delay between episodes but I am back and ready to go.

So to kick things off for the new season of Podwatch I thought I’d round up a few of the most controversial stories from the podcasting world in the last few months.

So long, 1UP FM

In January Ziff Davis sold its 1UP division to UGO Entertainment, shutting down its print magazine EGM in the process. Popular video game podcast 1UP FM was collateral damage in the fallout. It’s not all bad though because shortly after the dust settled the hosts of 1UP FM formed their own podcast Rebel FM, which is still going strong.

The Screw You Incident

Newly crowned president of the Internet and founder of the TWiT podcasting network Leo Laporte was all over the blogosphere in June in what has become known as The Screw You Incident.

Leo was hosting a live video stream of the podcast The Gillmor Gang on June 6 where he was discussing the new mobile phone the Palm Pre. Anyone who knows Leo will know how important his integrity is to him, so when panelist Mike Arrington of Tech Crunch fame accused him of being swayed by a free review unit of the phone, Leo was understandably upset.

Arrington has since posted an apology on his blog, which Laporte has accepted.

Here’s the video:

Natali Del Conte Responds to Douche bag

Congratulations are in order for CNet’s Buzz Out Loud podcast, reaching its 1000th episode on June 18. Buzz has been through some changes recently, most notable the loss of Molly Wood as a permanent host.

There has been some controversy over her replacement, Natali Del Conte. It was never going to be easy for anyone to follow a personality like Molly Wood, but it didn’t take long after Del Conte’s start on the show before the nasty emails started flooding in, accusing her of being ditzy and only earning her spot because of her looks.

This all came to a head in episode 942 where Natalie confronted one such nasty emailer by reading his email out and responding on air (hear the audio of this in episode 12 of the Podwatch podcast).

This unfortunately seems to be a common issue when it comes to technology blogs and podcasts, but I think by now Natalie has earned her place and proven herself to be more than up to the job.

The Shebang Closes its doors

And finally, Sydney radio show-turned-podcast The Shebang closed its doors and is no longer with us in 2009. When I reviewed it last year I mentioned that it had been steadily declining in quality since Paul Murray joined the team.

So I thought to give them an appropriate send-off by playing an audio snippet from one of the more infamous episodes of the Shebang’s Missed Opportunities Podcast in episode 12 of Podwatch. The Missed Opportunities podcast was a spin-off show where hosts Marty Sheargold and Fifi Box spoke briefly after their main show about whatever was on their mind.

Anyone who listened to the show will know that Marty was not particularly happy with radio management forcing him to record an extra podcast on top of their main show. So in order to get out of the studio as quickly as he could, Marty would try to be as insubordinate as possible until it was time to leave. This is something only Marty Sheargold could get away with.

Hear the audio version of this article in Episode 12 of Podwatch: iTunes | RSS | Direct download

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3 Comments

  1. I.P.Freely
    Posted August 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Just listened to your latest ep – it’s good to have you back AT LAST :-) I have posted a link to your website on my Facebook page, where at the very least our old VMU fans (all 3 of them lol) will see it and subscribe. Keep ’em coming!

  2. Posted September 6, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    OMG call off Search & Rescue, Tom’s back!

    Welcome back to the Podosphere, mate. Marie told me you were podcasting again on Crackbook and it’s good to hear you again!

    • podwatch
      Posted September 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Erk! Yeah I feel bad to have disappeared like that, but it feels good to be back :)


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