Evergreen Podcasts Takes Ownership Position in Five Minute News, LLC

CLEVELAND, December 8, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Evergreen Podcasts welcomes Five Minute News as the newest podcast to join the network. Five Minute News is a podcast production covering essential politics, health and climate – while delivering independent, unbiased and essential world news daily. The podcast will be the core show for Evergreen’s strategy to build a global podcast news network. Evergreen has agreed to invest capital into the Five Minute News brand over the next two years. Evergreen will also host, distribute and support all marketing programs for the podcast. 

Anthony Davis, Founder of Five Minute News, is a British broadcaster, journalist and announcer. For over 20 years, Davis hosted numerous news programs for various international media channels. He was a popular radio personality for the BBC, LBC and Smooth Radio in the United Kingdom. In 2017, he relocated to Los Angeles with his family to pursue work in Hollywood as an announcer, landing the major campaign ‘You can’t stop us’ for Nike. Anthony’s passion for current affairs was ignited by a seeming lack of non-partisan and world news coverage in the U.S., leading him to create an original fact-based format for the U.S. market, during arguably the most turbulent news cycle in history. Five Minute News instantly found an audience.

Anthony Davis said “Five Minute News is thrilled to be partnering with Evergreen Podcasts and joining their growing platform of quality podcast content. Evergreen has recognized the potential in our unbiased world news service, and we look forward to growing the network together.”

“When the opportunity presented itself to financially partner with Five Minutes News,” noted Michael DeAloia – Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen Podcasts, “We felt this was the perfect opportunity for Evergreen to grow one of the best news properties in the podcast industry. We have grand expectations for the show.”

Where to Listen:

Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Pandora

About Evergreen Podcasts
Evergreen features a growing catalog of entertaining and informative podcasts, rooted in high creative values and production quality. We are a community where people think big, capturing the color and diversity of modern thinkers. From entrepreneurs and musicians to philosophers and artists, Evergreen is in the business of uniting audiences with boots-on-the-ground storytellers. Evergreen’s talented creative team works with top brands and thought leaders to publish inspiring stories through branded content, original shows, and partner podcasts. 

Evergreen Podcasts was founded by Joan Andrews in January of 2017. During its first year of operation, Evergreen launched 4 podcasts with nearly 18,000 podcast downloads. The company now has 64 podcast programs and is on pace to deliver more than 4 million podcast downloads in 2020. 



FIVE MINUTE NEWS with Anthony Davis

I’ve been away from the newsroom for a while and have been thinking about how I can contribute to the news cycle conversation. I don’t have enough spare time to make long form programmes right now, so I worked out how much time I do have and experimented with the kind of podcast I could create, in my home studio, with limited resources. Speech radio is labour intensive and expensive to produce, so I’d be relying on my wits, technical skills and knowledge of the podcast genre. What I came up with was a five minute daily bulletin for people who don’t have time for mainstream news. I choose the three daily news stories that I feel are of most importance. They are the stories that interest me. I verify every story with multiple sources to guarantee that my news is factual. The result is The Daily Newscast That Matters.

Click here to listen to FIVE MINUTE NEWS

Five Minute News is an independent production, covering essential politics, inequality, health and climate – delivering verified, honest and truthful world news daily. You can subscribe with your favourite podcast app or ask your Smart speaker to play “FIVE MINUTE NEWS” or enable the Amazon Alexa Flash Briefing skill.


The official podcast for LONDON

Building on the success of Underground London Radio, in August 2016 I started a new podcast, in partnership with Visit London, the official London tourist board, funded by the Mayor of London.

Visit London Talks gives visitors to the world’s greatest city access to the some of London’s best kept secrets, including my own top tips on navigating the city. You’ll also find exclusive interviews with Beverley Knight, Derren Brown and even the Mayor himself, Sadiq Khan.


A podcast, finally.

For several years I’ve toyed with the idea of recording a podcast. But as a commercial voice over artist and radio presenter, I spend enough time in studios with headphones on, ruining my beautiful hair.

Since leaving LBC last year I’ve been inundated with kind messages from listeners asking where they can hear me doing a speech programme. My Smooth Radio Drivetime show is very much music focussed, and my job is to support but not upstage the relaxing tunes.

To me, music radio and speech radio are just as much fun to work on. In fact, commercial music radio is actually harder to do well, as it’s far more scientific and precise (my former LBC boss was horrified to hear me say this last week). You have a matter of seconds to communicate, inform and entertain. I’m very lucky to be allowed to have a go at it every day.

I recently read that for the first time in six years, National Public Radio, better known as NPR in the States, was on track to break even financially thanks in part to the rising popularity of their podcasts. Hearing that, coupled with Apple’s attempt at ‘reinventing radio’ with an online radio station, was the catalyst that helped me to decide it was time to climb aboard the ‘on demand’ audio ship. Plus, everyone is now connected with a portable device, and monthly data charges are coming down. Traditional broadcasting is evolving.

These days, people have busy lives and when they have a spare thirty minutes they choose to catch up on a favourite tv series or podcast, rather than surf the countless random channels to see what’s on.

My dilemma when creating a podcast, was what to talk about? What subjects to cover? What music to play? I have such varied interests that I could have done a dozen podcasts on range of subjects from politics to show business, technology to aviation.

I made some pilots and consulted with various industry people as to what they might like to hear. My brilliant former LBC producer Victoria Hastings told me my pilots were terrible, when others said they were great – so she was invited to series produce, and thankfully she said yes! A reality check is healthy.

It occurred to me that my specialist subject is London, the city I was born in and have always lived in. I’m very much a West Ender, so by osmosis my topics will tend to focus around what’s on and what’s happening in central London. I like to eat out, see shows and try new places. I’m endlessly complaining and campaigning about the people running the city, especially the Mayor, TfL and our vast transport network.


On the subject of transport, I read a London Assembly report a few years ago entitled ‘Too Close for Comfort’ about how people physically shut down during the morning crush on London Underground. This gave me the idea to aim this programme at those people who might already be wearing headphones and need a distraction for half an hour whilst in a subterranean world, without phone signal. Armed with all of this and thanks to the brilliant people at Audioboom, Underground London Radio was born – see what I did there?




So, we decided to just document my random activities and somehow turn it into a calming 25 minute weekly programme. London News, Arts, Culture, Politics, Transport, Tech, Interviews, Food and Music. The inside track on one man’s life in the capital. Every episode would be the same, but different – depending on what I’m up to and whom I meet. The advantage of online radio is that you can express an opinion without having to provide balance, so it’s a great opportunity to speak out.
I also know first hand how hard it is to break into the business, so we’re ending each episode on a song, by an unsigned London artist. This enables me to curate a playlist of original music, by Londoners, for Londoners, and showcase new talent to a wider audience.
Please feedback to me with thoughts and ideas for future topics or reviews and spread the word. It’s a work in progress and will evolve each week. I’m not trying to change the world, just add to it. You know what they say, “you’re only as good as your last podcast.”

Please have a listen and subscribe for free, either on Audioboom or iTunes.


Also follow the Underground London Radio Twitter account for previews of what’s on.



As an ‘independent’ report is finally published to decide on airport expansion in the south of England, it is likely the new Tory government will conveniently treat it as just a recommendation, rather than the rule. Politics has played a big part in this debate and despite respectable campaigning from the owners of both Heathrow and Gatwick, Sir Howard Davies’s job has probably been made more difficult by the fact that at least five Conservative cabinet ministers represent seats in the area affected by noise and pollution around Heathrow.

Britain is fast being left behind as the Middle East, Russia and China are building international multi runway airports at a rate of knots. Even Ethiopia is planning to open the first of three new planned airports in 2018. So with Heathrow at 98% capacity and Gatwick’s proposals relatively easy to achieve why is Britain taking so long to deliver?

As with all major infrastructure projects decisions are made at the very top as that’s where the money supply comes from. Senior Conservative party members may secretly be driving a decision for a brand-new airport outside of London. Like HS2, this type of construction project is very lucrative for those in associated industries. Even the Mayor of London, now a Tory MP wants one in his name. 

In reality, Heathrow is both the airlines’ and passengers preferred airport, as road and rail links to Central London are fast and efficient. It is already a ‘hub’ airport for connecting onto shorter European flights, or as a waypoint further afield. It is not true that all local residents have campaigned against airport expansion as many work at the airport and want to see it grow for increased employment opportunities.

Noise should really be a non-issue as new aircraft are getting much quieter and are now measured by their noise characteristics with fines levied on airlines that don’t comply. If it takes twenty years to extend or expand these airports, engine noise and air traffic control technology will have moved on significantly, making life easier for residents. The new generation Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ and the Airbus A350 ‘Hushliner’ have quiet, lower emission engines and are already in operation. 


I believe both Heathrow and Gatwick need to be expanded quickly for Britain to keep up with the rest of the world. It should never have been a question of either or, or even a political issue as the longer it takes, the more passengers and our economy will suffer. Heathrow, which is already the size of a small city, is set to be the winner this time around, with a new NW runway built through the village of Harmondsworth and the M25 redirected through a new tunnel beneath it. 

In the meantime, larger aircraft like the A380 Superjumbo, which is likely to be stretched by Airbus to carry 765 passengers, is the only stopgap to increasing passenger numbers without expanding runways.

Anthony Davis is a broadcaster, private pilot and aviation journalist. Available for interview.

Joining Smooth Radio in the New Year

From January 2nd 2014 I’ll be hosting the Smooth Drive Home, weekdays 4-8pm


I’m thrilled to be returning to music radio and taking the reins as host of Smooth’s new national Drive programme. It’s an honour to remain in the Global family, and whilst I’ll miss the late night conversation on LBC 97.3 where I’ve been so comfortable over the past eight years, I look forward to popping up on the LBC schedule from time to time.


I have some news

After almost eight years of mostly working at night on LBC 97.3, I have decided to take a break from my regular show. It’s been such an honour to broadcast to London during its most successful years and to have the opportunity to talk to so many interesting and informed people, whom I’m certain have done more to educate me than I have them. People who work at night will know how the late hours can take their toll on health and personal life, and for that reason alone I have taken the difficult decision to step down from the show. The good news is that I’m not leaving the company, and look forward to cropping up on LBC 97.3 elsewhere in the future. I’d like to extend sincere thanks to every producer, contributor and caller that has made the programme so popular – it has truly been a team effort.

Thank you, Anthony x

I’ll have further news in the coming days. Please follow me on Twitter for updates.

What the World Needs Now is iGlance

Next week Apple will unveil new products that will see its share price return to an all time high. As a self confessed Apple fanboy since 1992, I have watched the company develop, innovate and deliver. I’ve invested in their products and am proud of their achievements. Lets not forget what our mobiles were like before the iPhone. Icons and touchscreen gestures were unheard of. And before iPad, who even knew they needed a tablet computer?

I’ve also learned a lot about business strategy courtesy of their model to put product and quality ahead of price and profit. Believe it or not, Apple’s ethos is not to make money, but to sell the best kit out there. Contrary to critics, it is this rationale that has made them the most profitable company in the world. The economists and analysts are almost always wrong with their predictions as to how the tech giant will evolve and why it’s share price fluctuates. As fully paid up members of the Cult of Mac, us evangelists are far more in tune with Cupertino than UK based journalists who use Microsoft Windows computers and Android mobile phones.

But there is a but. And here is my dilemma.

I am starting to feel that my life was richer in the days before iDevices. I went out more, socialised more, actually communicated more. I used my brain in different ways than I do now. I used to procrastinate, contemplate, evolve a theory. Today, I search my initial thought online from wherever I happen to be, and solve the problem.


On the radio show I’ve been saying for a few years now that traditional education is becoming increasingly irrelevant for young people who have grown up with smartphone technology. Why learn it? Why remember it, if you can search online and have the answer in seconds? Technology like voice activated Google Search (far more accurate and efficient than Siri) coupled with Google Glass (the web connected specs) may further remove the requirement for learning.

But personal development, character building, conversation, interests and hobbies are critical, and I’m not convinced that technology encourages any of these. Technology just makes us reliant on yet more technology.

I’ve managed so far to avoid signing up to Facebook, but social networking for a younger generation has totally replaced all of the above. It is the ‘interaction replacement therapy’ that prevents them from practicing those vital people skills that by eighteen undoubtedly help us in being successfully selected for a job.

So, back to Apple. On June 10th Apple will unveil the next raft of innovation that will put them back on the map. Yes, I agree they’ve under achieved since Steve Jobs passed away, but in his passing they also made a bold and much under publicised move. They promoted their handsome Vice President of Industrial Design, Essex born Jony Ive to chief of software design. In doing so, Apple will take those clean lined, monochromatic slabs of titanium and turn every iPhone, iPad and personal computer inside out. The software will evolve to new heights, leaving every competitor’s operating system behind. At least I hope they will.

Whilst over 200 Android phones have come to market recently, Apple has stuck to the same formula for both hardware and software since the iPhone changed everything just six years ago. In fact, they have only produced four almost identical phones in that time. After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

But now there is a reason to fix things. Things is broke. You can’t go to a restaurant without seeing iPhones in the hands of every diner, either catching up on Facebook, or photographing their food. On public transport the iDevice has given license for passengers to further ignore each other, and every text, email, instant message and tweet requires an immediate reply (or expect a phone call saying ‘I just messaged you, why haven’t you replied yet?’).

So in addition to a sexy software overhaul, Apple needs to fix the social disfunction they have inadvertidly created with products that we all wanted and didn’t know we needed, but now can’t live without.

Around the turn of the last century, Louis Cartier and Edmond Jaeger invented the first prototype of a men’s wristwatch, for an aviator who wished to time flight performances without taking his hands off the yoke. A momentary glance was all it took to recognise the dials and acknowledge the time. Today, the split second it takes for us to register the display of a digital watch is even more efficient. We have learned to do it whilst out at dinner, without our date noticing that we are ready to cut and run.


In August 2011, Apple filed a patent for a thin flexible strap dubbed the iWatch. A device that seamlessly connects via Bluetooth to the iPhone hidden away in your pocket or handbag. If Apple are smart enough, the watch’s built in display will only allow you to view Push Notifications. Emails, texts, missed calls and social networking replies will momentarily appear on the strap. Just long enough for a momentary glance. For me, the success of this product will hinge on it’s lack of interactivity. If the iWatch allows you to reply or respond, then it will fail to protect users from the curse of portable technology. It must be passive, despite the technology existing to make it interactive. Less will mean more.

If such a wrist strap product makes it to market, I predict Apple’s ‘iGlance’ will win out over ‘Google Glass’ as the product that once again changes everything.

Why it is right to close St Paul’s Cathedral

Last night on LBC 97.3 I discussed the ongoing anti capitalism protest outside St Paul’s Cathedral. As the numbers grow, and the camp spreads to Finsbury Square, the Cathedral has closed it’s doors for the first time since the Second World War.

Having spent Saturday at the protest myself, I witnessed with my own eyes the peaceful, grass roots, organic demo featuring people of all ages and all social backgrounds. Not unwashed hippies, but regular hard working people who have taken time out to highlight an issue that affects us all.

Despite my support of the cause, I do have concerns about a potentially confused message. There are now so many negative effects of capitalism, that the protesters might benefit from a simpler directive. Banning capitalism ain’t possible, we’re too far gone. Instead we need a sustained effort to regulate risky investment banking, curtail tax avoidance and restructure the cuts so that key workers are not paying the ultimate price for something they didn’t cause or don’t even understand. Surely one less pointless war might have diverted enough funds to solve the housing crisis, save public sector pensions and keep local services alive? When the Government speaks of a reserve fund for Libya, what is to stop them announcing a similar secret fund for their own people? Hard working citizens are struggling, as the cost of living rises month by month, yet average wages haven’t gone up in fifty years. It just doesn’t add up.

The time bomb of rising inflation and shortage of blue collar jobs are just some of the reasons why the protesters are in it for the long haul. This is potentially the most important protest in recent history. It’s not a march, it’s not a riot, it’s not even a rally. This is a respectable sit in by intelligent like minded people who ‘get it’. Why should big businesses profit to the tune of billions, yet pay proportionately less tax than a nurse on PAYE?

Whilst a mainstream socialist political party is not on offer these days, it is left to the electorate themselves to stand up for their own rights. Where successive Governments have failed to honestly represent us, it falls to the collective power of people to address a capitalist system that is out of control. As the rich get richer, the poor will inevitably become the majority, and the rich should beware… True democracy does allow for the majority to win out in the end.

In conclusion, the protest has hurt the establishment. Not just because the MP’s and bankers have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, but because our greatest Cathedral, a symbol of hope, strength and freedom is forced to close it’s doors courtesy of democracy. The rights of the people and their liberty is the very thing St Paul’s has stood for three hundred years to represent. Its closure is a definitive moment in time and legitimises the cries of millions to whom politicians will be forced to listen.

Hear the full programme on the AUDIO page of my website http://www.anthonydavis.com

Steve Jobs and the cult of Mac

Last night, the 5th of October will be a night I’ll never forget. As a self confessed Apple fanboy, Mac fanatic and director general of the anti-PC brigade (computer not correctness), I never imagined that I’d be the one to announce on LBC 97.3 the death of Steve Jobs.

After battling pancreatic cancer and undergoing a liver transplant he’d taken medical leave from Apple at the start of the year. Steve’s health was of concern to all who never even knew him. The only glimpse of his personal life was the health issues that presented themselves physically in recent years. We cared about him, because through Apple, he cared about us.

The Apple creator, former CEO (until August 29th) and inspirational leader of the cult of Mac, was much more than just an I.T. company boss. Jobs was a revolutionary and a visionary, who knew things had to change and knew how to change things. From the early days of Apple Inc telling us to Think Different via their advertising, to the infamous keynote speeches where Steve would save the best announcement till last with his trademark ‘one more thing’, Apple revolutionised technology, did away with the user manual, made everything intuitive and made computers sexy.

Somehow Apple created a lifestyle brand that customers had an emotional relationship with. You’d never hear a Samsung user say he was popping home to work on his RV511 and make some calls on his Galaxy S2. But the sound of Apple consumers across the world referring to their Mac or iPhone as a living breathing member of the family was nothing short of normal. Normal and brilliant. It is precisely this that has made Apple the largest tech company in the world, with more money in the bank than even the US Federal Reserve.

I would go as far as to say that along with countless others, I’ve idolised Steve Jobs. His ethos, his mantra and his passion for quality. To me, it’s always been his love of delivering products that are not only visually perfect, but also work brilliantly. I felt, maybe naively, that Apple wasn’t interested in profit. I’d stay up late each quarter to watch the delayed stream of Steve Jobs on stage. I’d ride the wave of media speculation, and try and cut through the secrecy to predict the next product annoucement. I was almost always wrong, and I loved being surprised.

Like Willy Wonka, Steve Jobs worked his magic on a generation, changing the way we consume music, video and information. Remember what mobile phones were like before the iPhone? Apple brought us the stuff of science fiction and we lapped it up. His attention to detail was they key to the company’s financial success. I never begrudged paying Apple for anything. I stood in line for four hours to get iPhone 4, with men and women of all ages. We all knew a little something about each other. We all knew a little about Steve Jobs. We all knew why we were there.

When Tim Cook took over as acting CEO recently we didn’t want to admit to ourselves that Steve Jobs was not getting better. Last night, seeing his death, aged just 56, appear on the news wires from the studio of LBC 97.3, and knowing that it was my job to announce it to Londoners was one of the toughest moments of my career. For those of us who cared, it was a Princess Diana moment. We will never forget where we were the night Steve Jobs passed peacefully away.