Lessons from award-winning podcasts: History Extra Podcast’s Dave Musgrove

What's New in Publishing 21 Apr 2020 07:00

The winner of the Specialist category in the 2020 Publisher Podcast Awards was the History Extra Podcast from the BBC History Magazine by Immediate Media. We asked Dave Musgrove, Content Director, Science and History at Immediate Media, to share some of his insights into what has made the History Extra Podcast so successful.

We’ll be releasing audio excerpts in a special Media Voices episode in August, as well as full transcripts from all the winners at a later date. For now, here are the edited highlights…


There was no strategy, I’ll be honest, because it was a long time ago when we launched this podcast, back in June 2007. I was editing BBC History magazine, which was the print brand from which the podcast was launched. I must have heard someone else do a podcast – obviously they weren’t the thing that they are now back then – and I thought, well, that sounds that sounds pretty good.

I knew that I was going to be interviewing a fairly famous historian in the next week or so. I thought, well surely I can just record that and make a podcast, and I didn’t really give it any further thought than that. 

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