NOVA Entertainment has launched the Missing Persons Podcast Network, a platform dedicated to podcasts that tell people’s stories and help families find answers about their loved ones.
The Missing Persons Podcast Network will launch podcasts that allow family and friends to tell the stories behind the people that go missing, and rather than investigating disappearances, aims to spread the word to help loved ones get the answers they desperately need.
In August this year, NOVA Entertainment launched a new true crime podcast series, The Disappearance of Des, coinciding with the 40-year anniversary of one man’s disappearance. The podcast launched during National Missing Persons Week, to support and raise awareness for this yearly event. Family and friends tell Des’ story leading to the discovery of startling new evidence that put the disappearance before a coroner for the first time, 40 years later, and lead the family one step closer to answers.
On 13 November the Missing Persons Podcast Network launched What happened to Zac? on the third anniversary of his disappearance. 18-year-old Zac Barnes went missing in November 2016 and his family are still no closer to finding out what happened to him. Over four compelling episodes, Zac’s mother Karen, and his family tell Zac’s story including the weeks leading up to and after his disappearance in the hope that by spreading the word, they will get answers.
NOVA Entertainment head of podcasting Jay Walkerden said: “We know how powerful audio is to share stories. The Missing Persons Podcast Network provides an opportunity for our audience to listen and share these podcasts with friends and by doing so they are helping as someone may know something.”
With over 2,600 long term missing people, The Missing Persons Podcast Network has released two podcast series, The Disappearance of Des and What Happened to Zac? and will continue to release further podcasts, to allow families to tell their stories in the hope that by listening and sharing, this could help.