Award-winning podcast loved by Scottish celebrities moves into Glasgow studio

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Award-winning podcast loved by Scottish celebrities moves into Glasgow studio <i>(Image: The Big Light)</i>
Award-winning podcast loved by Scottish celebrities moves into Glasgow studio (Image: The Big Light)

A major podcast loved by Scottish celebrities is moving into a Glasgow studio.

The Big Light, whose investors include Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr, has taken on a new studio and office space at the Pacific Quay.

With a state-of-the-art recording space, editing suite and production office, co-founders Fiona White and Janice Forsyth will be able to increase their content and open up revenue streams.

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Fiona said: “Podcasting is the fastest growing sector in digital media and having our brand new studio space in the heart of Scotland’s media district will allow us to capitalise on that opportunity.

“Janice and I set up The Big Light in early 2020, so much of our production has – by necessity – been remote.

"Thanks to our incredible network of podcasters, we’ve enjoyed continued growth and now we hope to take it even further.

“It’s fantastic to be up and running in our new space which will allow us to build out our commercial capability."

Fiona also spoke of her excitement to be sharing their office space with the marketing agency Frame.

She added: "Sharing a space with Frame’s team of 70 specialists from PR, advertising, design, content and digital media will also help us to unlock new creative opportunities.”

The award-winning podcast has created content for major streaming services such as Spotify, BBC Sounds and the National Trust.

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It also creates original podcasts for popular weekly shows such as TalkMedia with Stuart Cosgrove and Professor Eamonn O’Neill, Blethered with Sean McDonald, and Talking Derry Girls.

Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr, an investor in The Big Light, said he is a "huge fan" of the growing podcast.

He added: “We believe the opportunity to support The Big Light as it inevitably climbs from one level of success to the next is not to be missed.”

Fellow investor and author Val McDermid added: “In these tough times, it's vital to have independent voices, particularly here in Scotland, and particularly from the arts.

“We all need nourishment for our souls, and it's the promise of that which has made me want to be part of The Big Light journey.”

Author of the popular Rebus novels, Sir Ian Rankin, added: “I don’t suppose John Rebus is much into podcasts - though these days who knows?

"But to me it’s a vibrant can-do medium with a lot to say. (And I should add that both John and I are long-time Janice Forsyth fanboys).

"So three cheers and bunnets hurled high for The Big Light!”