… The union working to organize staff at The Ringer says it is encouraged that management is pledging to do better to diversify the staff and guests at the podcast network and sports media website. It also released a statement in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. “We’re working to make sure management lives up to these values in real ways,” union reps said in a Twitter post. “We’ve heard a lot from management in recent days about potential improvements to our workplace, particularly The Ringer’s approach to diversity, inclusion and equity. We hope they take this opportunity to fulfill those promises.” The union said there are currently no African-American editors at The Ringer Podcast Network. And there are no black writers assigned to the NBA or NFL beats. Union reps also said by its tally, 86% of all speakers on The Ringer Podcast Network during 2019 were white. Union organizers are scheduled to meet with management today (June 10).
… Voxnest says its podcast-hosting platform Spreaker has formed a partnership with South Asia’s largest audio streaming platform, Jiosaavn. The integration will give podcasters on Spreaker the opportunity to get discovered by a new audience and JioSaavn’s base of more than 104 million active monthly listeners will now have access to more podcast content from around the globe. The option for podcasters to distribute their content to JioSaavn from Spreaker’s CMS and on the Spreaker Studio app is now available, and part of the podcast platform’s one-click distribution feature. JioSaavn earlier announced a similar partnership with Acast. The IAB has reported a 58% spike in Indian podcast listeners in 2018. India is also one of the top 10 fastest-growing countries for podcast content creation.
… Xrey, the Spotify podcast about the abdication of Spanish King Juan Carlos I, is heading for television screens. Deadline reports the podcast creator The Story Lab is working with Weekend Studio on the adaptation. The ten-episode Xrey focuses on the 2014 abdication of Spanish King Juan Carlos I and the still-unexplained circumstances around the decision. The podcast has reportedly been among Spotify’s top three podcasts in Spain since it debuted last month. The title of the podcast is a play off the Spanish word “rey,” which means king.