Reilly is rumoured to be in current discussions with Jason Calcanis in a bid to move him to TPN in the new year.
Just last week one of TPN’s show hosts, Dave Gray, won a battle with Apple in which the term ‘podcast’ became a recognised term that is safe from suit from Apple. Up until recently, there was some conjecture over the term, with rumours that Apple was going intending to impose a tax for use of the term.
However, with any potential litigation out of the way, TPN can pave its way into making generous offers to A-List bloggers to its team.
Recent statistics from Reilly’s network show just how much of a positive impact the news from Apple has been, as evidenced in the graph below, identifying the hit rate on the TPN sites with the news from Apple.
While the rumourmill is abuzz with the offer being made to Calcanis, neither Reilly nor Calcanis have publicly admitted or denied any of the rumours that we can trace.
Inside information to the rumoured deal is unusually difficult to obtain at present. Sources have not been able to confirm any amounts on offer, but some say that Calcanis in an open market would be worth US$1m per annum plus royalties to any network.
“Everyone is so tight lipped when it comes to these sorts of things at the network. I’m not aware of any of the negotiations being made. Even if an offer had been made, we wouldn’t be made aware of it (in the network) because of the privacy of the package being offered. And this is only fair – every new podcaster at the network is entitled to some privacy.” stated Dave Gray.
Only time will tell with this one.