‘Serial’ podcast to get second season funded by fan donations

Podcast following a murder investigation has become an online phenomenon since debuting in October

Cult podcast Serial is to return for a second season following a flurry of donations from fans.

Hosted and created by Sarah Koenig, Serial is a spin-off from US radio show This American Life, and follows the investigation into a murder in Baltimore in 1999. New instalments have been released online almost every Thursday since October 3, with three episodes of season one still to come.

Emily Condon, one of the podcast’s producers, confirmed on the Serial blog last night (November 26) that funding for a second season has now been secured.

She wrote: “Last week, we asked people who’ve been listening to Serial to chip in if they wanted a second season. This American Life funded the bulk of Season One, but for Serial to continue, it needs to pay for itself. Today, we have good news: between the money you donated and sponsorship, we’ll be able to make a second season.”

However, Condon also explained that season two is still in its early stages of development, writing: “We don’t know yet what the story will be or exactly when we’ll be airing Season Two, but we’ll be working on it as soon as this season ends. Thanks so much to everyone who gave.”

Serial has become an unexpected online phenomenon since it debuted in October. According to Apple, it is the fastest podcast to reach 5m downloads and streams in iTunes’ history.