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October 19, 2023:
    The Wedding Scammer is new from The Ringer, and is the Spotify-owned company's first ever true crime podcast. Justin Sayles tracks a mysterious figure who once wronged him. A man with a lot of aliases, a lot of failed businesses, and a trail of victims. Justin follows him through a sham media company, a series of ruined weddings, and beyond, trying to find answers.
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June 6, 2023:
    Spotify is to cut 200 jobs from its podcasting division. The company says that's 2% of Spotify's global workforce; but these are substantial cuts to the podcast division. While Spotify couldn't tell us how many staff work in podcasting overall, various reports suggest Gimlet has around 125 employees, Parcast has about 40, and The Ringer about 120.
April 19, 2023:
    A generally held truth is that none of Spotify's The Ringer shows are exclusive to the platform. That's not quite true: The Ringer MMA Show has been mainly exclusive on Spotify. The show was once produced on Spotify Greenroom; it appears to now be made using Twitter Spaces.
March 24, 2023:
    Hiding in The Ringer NFL Show over the next week is Blackballed, a new four-part narrative podcast hosted by Chelsea Stark-Jones examining the “Forgotten Four” Black players who reintegrated professional football in 1946. It's new from Spotify's The Ringer.
October 14, 2022:
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September 14, 2022:
    Spotify is the top podcast network in the US based on reach, according to new data from Edison Research. The data measures total listeners to shows from each podcast publisher for the 12 months ending June 30 2022. Spotify's numbers include Spotify Originals, as well as shows from The Ringer, Gimlet, Parcast and others. iHeartRadio remains in third place, behind SXM Media.
August 11, 2022:
    It's almost time for the World Cup, and the newest original podcast from Spotify's The Ringer, 22 Goals, has gone live. Hosted by Brian Phillips, it looks at the most famous and iconic goals in the history of the football/soccer tournament, and starts with Maradona's "Hand of God" where he cheated England out of reaching the semifinals in 1986. Too soon, Spotify, too soon.
May 13, 2022:
January 21, 2022:
    Sports Illustrated Weekly is new from iHeartRadio and Sports Illustrated. It's hosted by John Gonzalez, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, and former podcast host at The Ringer. - read more
January 12, 2022:
    Spotify has shut down its original podcasting studio, known internally as Studio 4. 15 people will be either moved to other roles or made redundant. Described as a "junk drawer" by one staffer, the division produced the shows that weren't produced by Gimlet, Parcast or The Ringer (which Spotify purchased later). Shows don't appear to be cancelled.
December 10, 2021:
    At iHeartRadio, podcast producers, editors, researchers, writers and hosts are unionising with the Writers Guild of America, East. The iHeart Podcast Union was launched yesterday; the website contains many concerns about working conditions. Saying that they "have been encouraged to embrace the dynamism of start-up culture without any of the associated benefits", the union says "iHeartMedia's overall compensation and benefits standards are wholly insufficient when compared to the greater podcast and scripted audio market". The union has support from around 70% of employees, we're told. The union hopes that iHeart will voluntarily recognise it; it's the latest unionising activity in the podcast space after Gimlet, Parcast, The Ringer, and others.
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May 14, 2021:
    No Skips with Jinx and Shea is a new show with music from Spotify from The Ringer, looking at thirty rap albums where every track is a winner. Each episode focuses on a single album.
April 9, 2021:
    The writers and producers at Spotify's Gimlet Media and Spotify's The Ringer, two of the first podcast production companies to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), both ratified their first collective bargaining agreements. The agreements mean, among other things, increases for salary minimums and a limit to the use of contractors; and should set a template for others.
March 18, 2021:
    The Rugby Pod, "the most-listened-to rugby podcast in the world", has been acquired by Spotify's The Ringer sports podcast division.
December 15, 2020:
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June 5, 2020:
    Bill Simmons has apologised for comments made in The Bill Simmons Podcast, according to a report in the NY Daily News. "I’m 50 years old, I still barely know what I’m doing, I’m still gonna make mistakes," he said. An apparent commitment to diverse hiring was criticised by the Ringer's staff union on Monday.
February 12, 2020:
February 10, 2020:
    Will Spotify ruin podcasting? argues that Spotify plan to, eventually, "force podcasters to live in its ecosystem." The author, Matt Stoller, also argues that Spotify should be blocked from purchasing The Ringer.
February 6, 2020:
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January 6, 2020:
    $600: In 2019 The Rewatchables celebrated the 30th anniversary of this movie about Charlie Sheen & his Cleveland Indians teammates - A: Major League, since you're wondering, in this episode from Apr 10. (The Ringer / ART19)
January 30, 2019:
    HotPod 193 is out, including a look at how The Ringer works ("is it a model for podcasting success?") and also a look at "a pickle jar of listener malcontent" - the BBC Sounds app.
September 7, 2018:
July 6, 2018:
    Event: The Outlier Podcast Festival, in Los Angeles CA, USA, is on September 29 and 30, including speakers from Stitcher, Earbuds and The Ringer.
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