Meet Mark

Mark spent much of his teenage years making music, videos, radio plays, websites and apps, when he arguably should’ve been getting into mischief.

In 2004 — just as the term “podcast” was being coined — Mark was building an on-demand audio platform and collaborating on content as part of his BA in Media and Communication.

Mark has helped build the web infrastructures of four community and commercial radio stations in Birmingham and London. He started his first real podcast in 2008 and hasn’t stopped since, uploading in the region of 400 hours of self-produced audio in the last 10 years.

Podiant, Mark’s podcast hosting business, originally began as a side-project, and is now a successful business that has helped nearly 3,000 creators start or grow their podcasts.

In 2018, Mark organised his city’s first podcast festival, and has appeared on BBC Radio and worked with the BBC Academy to deliver podcasting workshops.

He also once played the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool as part of the International Beatle Week festival.

Mark's top five podcasting tips

In 2018, Mark delivered a workshop as part of the BBC Academy’s Digital Cities festival, and was asked to give his top five podcasting tips.

As this video was produced by the BBC, it may only be accessible from within the UK.

Every voice matters

As a self-starter and someone old enough to remember life without the web, Mark holds fast to his principles that podcasting should be an open, democratic medium, not one dominated by a single voice.

Open to all

Podcasting means syndicating audio or video through a feed anyone can subscribe to. If an indie developer can't build her own app to subscribe to and download your show, you're not making a podcast.

For the listener

A podcaster's goal should be to understand how best to serve their audience, not themselves. Great audio is honest, intimate, and involves an exchange of time and attention that's worth every second it takes to make.