I just downloaded Pocket Casts, Podcast Addict, Player FM, Podcast Go and Podcast Player. I chose Player FM as BP replacement. Also longtime user from days of Windows Mobile. Sorry but the pause problem is on every phone running Oreo or Pie. I just got tired of dealing with it. I even tried going back to 4.2.18 but that wouldn't run at all on my Pixel 2 XL.

Something is very wrong at BeyondPod. If these five Podcasting apps can run without pausing issues (I tried them all and they don't have the issue) BP team should have been able to fix this years ago.