The Verge enters agreement to acquire Hot Pod

Vox Media announced today that it has agreed to purchase Hot Pod. The leading publication covering podcasting, Hot Pod was founded in 2014 by Nicholas Quah. Vox Media will acquire Hot Pod, a podcasting publication that Nicholas Quah founded in 2014. Quah will continue to build on his long-standing relationship with New York City and Vulture, as a full-time critic of podcasts.
Ashley Carman, a senior reporter, will assume the role of lead writer for Hot Pod at The Verge. This will expand Carmans essential coverage of audio and podcasting. The Verge's first paid product is also acquired. Hot Pods Weekly Subscriber-Only Newsletter Hot Pod Insider will still be published. This will set the stage for future paid Verge products.

Nilay Patel, The Verge editor-in-chief, said that Hot Pod is the best home. The podcast industry's story is about technology and culture colliding. Ashley is the ideal reporter to handle it all and bring The Verge the best of both worlds. We are long-time Hot Pod fans and we are excited to continue growing the community Nick has created.

Although it is difficult to leave Hot Pod, I know that The Verge will be a great publication for its readers and the future of the magazine. I'm excited to be joining some of the most respected writers in the world at Vulture. I'll keep up.

Quah will be focusing on podcast industry coverage at Vulture and New York. He will also write more frequent reviews, essays and interviews. Quah will continue to publish his weekly newsletter 1.5x Speed. Quah joins a list of must-read critics at New York and Vulture. This includes Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Saltz, Justin Davidson, and 2021 Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Jenkins. Also, critics Angelica Jade Bastin, Kathryn VanArendonk, and movie critics Alison Willmore, Bilge Ebiri, and TV critics Matt Zoller Seitz, and Jen Chaney.

Neil Janowitz, Vulture editor, said that Nick has been a thoughtful and insightful voice covering an industry that is rapidly growing since he started his coverage. He has had many conversations with creators over the years and shined a light on worthy shows. I am excited to establish a relationship with Nick and look forward publishing more of his writing.

This is Vox Media's sixth merger or acquisition in recent years. It also includes its merger with New York Media, and the 2021 acquisitions by Punch magazine and Preet Bhararas podcast station Cafe.