Spotify has launched a new original podcast, ‘We Need To Talk About’. Hosted by filmmaker Jolyon Rubenstein, each week he will be joined by a panel of guests to discuss the week’s news.
Episode one, titled ‘Finding The Funny In The Far Right’, is out now. On it, Rubenstein chats with radio presenter James O’Brien, comedy actor and writer Asim Chaudhry and stand up comedian Bridget Christie.
“Podcasts are increasing in popularity, both with our users, and as a growing category as a whole”, says Spotify’s Head Of Podcasts EMEA, James Cator. “Spotify users have been asking for more podcast content on the service for some time, so it’s great to be able to respond to that demand with great original shows, such as ‘We Need To Talk About’, and with the recent launch of ‘Show & Tell’ with Shaun Keaveny”.
He continues: “Podcasts are definitely a category we are working to expand on at Spotify, particularly in Europe. The hugely popular ‘Fest & Flauschig’ in Germany was our first move into original content, and Spotify is investing in further original podcast content in the UK and across Europe. We’re really excited to bring fresh, original podcasts to Spotify, and the next twelve months are going to see us focus on expanding our original content offering”.
Which is all very exciting, though whenever I log into the Spotify app it always feels like the service is going to considerable lengths to try to ensure that most people don’t know it even has a podcasts section. It does though – it’s definitely there – and there are some very fine podcasts in it. Speaking of which, the CMU Podcast is relaunching on Monday. You can subscribe right now on Spotify here.[from http://ift.tt/2lvivLP]