How Spotify's podcast bet went wrong | Semafor

Inside Spotify's turn away from podcasting, which has triggered a harsh winter for the small studios it helped support as they consolidate and lavish narrative productions wane.

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Hasnain says:

Interesting analysis.

“Instead, the company looked to tamp down internal dissent. After one particularly charged Rogan blowup in 2021 (he said of Caitlyn Jenner that “maybe if you live with crazy bitches long enough, they fucking turn you into one,”) Reply All co-host Alex Goldman wrote in an open Spotify Slack channel that he had been contacted by a Vice journalist who was looking to speak anonymously with Spotify staff about how they felt about Rogan’s comments and previous episodes about trans issues. Staff immediately flagged the Slacks to company higher ups, who reprimanded Goldman, and forced him and several other employees to post apologies written by the company in Slack.”

Posted on 2023-02-13T13:47:39+0000