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Spotify Announces 200 Podcasting Layoffs Amid Profitability Push

Spotify Announces 200 Podcasting Layoffs Amid Profitability Push
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Amid an aggressive push for podcasting profitability, Spotify has introduced yet one more spherical of layoffs – affecting about 200 people working in and round its “international podcast vertical.”

The Stockholm-headquartered platform unveiled the personnel discount right this moment, in direction of the tip of a prolonged “adaptation of an inner replace” penned by podcast exec Sahar Elhabashi. Having dropped billions on unique applications and spoken-word companies lately, Spotify has since 2022 been working to trim bills on the podcasting facet.

Impartial of an across-the-board layoff spherical revealed at 2023’s starting, these podcast-centered cutbacks have so far concerned the shutdown of Spotify Studios, a lot of government departures, and the cancellation of a number of authentic sequence (in addition to a number of live-audio reveals).

Moreover, the newly cost-conscious Spotify has by means of the 12 months’s first 5 or so months axed Heardle (which it solely purchased in 2022), accomplished away with Spotify Dwell, and moved to rent group members together with however not restricted to a duplicate lead who will “assume possession of the Spotify for podcasters model voice.”

It’s in opposition to this backdrop that Spotify has made the initially talked about “roughly 200” layoffs, reaching about two % of its workforce and representing one part of a wider “strategic realignment,” based on Elhabashi, who was named VP, head of podcast enterprise in January.

It’s unclear precisely which positions the layoffs are affecting; Elhabashi indicated that HR had already contacted the impacted professionals, none of whom had printed associated posts on LinkedIn on the time of this writing. Broadly, these individuals’ obligations lengthen to the “international podcast vertical and different features.”

In any occasion, the corporate can also be combining Parcast and Gimlet “right into a renewed Spotify Studios operation” – with the unit (in addition to the still-independent Ringer) poised to “greenlight new reveals with an elevated deal with always-on programming that” attracts an viewers massive sufficient to generate materials promoting income.

On the execs entrance, greater than four-year higher-up Liz Gateley is transitioning from senior artistic government for Spotify Originals to Spotify Studios’ head of growth, with former Parcast MD Liliana Kim now dealing with “present content material” for the revived division. Invoice Simmons is ready to maintain on main The Ringer whereas concurrently working “to reinforce our monetization alternatives throughout all our podcasts.”

Lastly, by way of the shakeup’s specifics, Elhabashi communicated that her employer “will proceed to develop our groups that help creator partnerships underneath” head of content material partnerships Bryan Thoensen, who joined from TikTok in September.

“Our continued success in rising the podcast ecosystem relies on the need that the Spotify Machine is all the time in movement,” Elhabashi relayed in closing. “And with these modifications, we’ll speed up into the subsequent chapter for podcasts on Spotify with sturdy discovery and podcast habits for customers, thriving monetization and viewers development for creators, and a helpful, high-margin enterprise for Spotify.”

In the present day, Spotify’s inventory (a considerable portion of which belongs to ValueAct Capital Administration) cracked one other 52-week excessive, this time by hitting $157.13 per share. Late final month, SoundCloud detailed a layoff spherical of its personal because it appears to attain “profitability by the tip of this 12 months.”

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