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Spotify loses another top podcast exec

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SCOOP: Anchor co-founder Michael Mignano to leave Spotify

Another bites the dust. As I reported yesterday, Spotify’s podcast technology Michael Mignano will leave the company at the end of June, the company has confirmed. He is the general manager of the third-highest podcasting outing over the past month.

In April, Spotify lost two major editorial numbers. She was originally Lydia Polgreen, for a long time New York Times journalist and former editor HuffPostbecame executive director of Gimlet 2020. She announced she would be back Times as the author of the opinion. Then came the announcement that Courtney Holt, Spotify’s head of studio and feature who cut the blockchain deals for Joe Rogan and Obamas that helped streamer true podcasting power when Apple was default, will also leave.

Mignano left a different mark on the company. Following the establishment of the DIY Anchor podcast platform with Nir Zicherman in 2015, Mignano sold the Spotify app for $ 150 million in 2019 and came to lead the technology in podcasts, videos, and everything related to music. Megaphone, a podcast advertising and publishing platform that Spotify bought in 2020, has fallen short of its vision. In 2021, he oversaw the company’s expansion of live audio when he purchased Locker Room last year, which has since been rebranded as Spotify Live.

But Mignano’s original app proved to be its most effective contributor to Spotify, boosting the service library to 4 million podcasts, up from 1 million podcasts by 2020. The company recently revealed that 85 percent of podcasts new cast in Anchor.

It wasn’t that Anchor created it for Joe Rogan or Alex Cooper-esque on Spotify (it didn’t happen). But the unbiased volume of content it produces helped change the perception of the company itself: that it is a platform for creators, not a publisher. It is the argument that the company has used to defend its violent approach to Rogan’s misleading information on COVID, the position pushed by angry customers and stone legends alike.

While Spotify is trying to manage that tension, Mignano is avoiding day-to-day management of creative devices. He is heading to a state-of-the-art capital company, with details said to be close to his departure. Zicherman remains in the company as head of audio books and its contents.

Facebook removes all podcasting content

After less than a year of podcast play, Facebook is out. Starting this week, users will not be able to upload new podcasts, and all shows will be removed from the site from June 3rd, Bloomberg first stated.

The social network announced several audio features last spring, including a central audio center, shared tapes, and Sound Bite, which allows users to create short-form audio videos with TikTok. Navel and Sound Bite will close in the coming weeks, the company has confirmed. The only real feature of Facebook’s audio infrastructure will be the Live Audio Studios, which will be integrated into Facebook Live.

“After one year of learning and rehearsing our previous audio experience, we decided to simplify our Facebook audio equipment segment,” Meta told the spokesperson. Hot dust. “We regularly evaluate the features we offer to focus on the most meaningful experiences.”

Facebook tried to quietly address the closure. She reportedly informed her audio partners of the decision by email. It will not inform users of the change and will leave publishers to inform their audience.

There is still one Zuckerberg who believes in podcasting, however. On Monday, SiriusXM announced that Mark Zuckerberg’s sister Randi, a radio personality, Web3 advocate, and former Facebook spokesperson, will host a new podcast called. Crypto Café with Randi Zuckerberg. Let’s hope she is not tied up like that 1980s revisiting crypto feminism video music.

More hiring news

Because there was not enough news on Monday, both iHeartMedia and Freakonomics Radio Network did a great job.

Radio Freakonomics has hired the head of the NPR podcast Neal Carruth as the new general manager. He will lead a web editing strategy, which expands five regular shows with a special channel on SiriusXM. Carruth spent 23 years at NPR, where he helped create a morning news podcast First of all and oversaw the development of exhibitions such as Planet money and The NPR Politics Podcast.

And iHeartMedia touched on the former Stitcher revenue officer Sarah van Mosel to lead its purchasing service, IHeart Audience Network. It will also contribute to podcast collaboration, sales, and publisher development. Van Mosel worked with Stitcher during its acquisition of SiriusXM, after which it oversaw the company’s podcast revenue strategy.

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