Streaming giant, Spotify, has been looking to podcasts to help it draw a broader audience and to differentiate itself from other music streaming platforms. The newest voice to be added to their podcast roster is ESPN veteran Jemele Hill, who is bringing her signature honest analysis of American life back to the public.
Hill said in a statement, “Spotify and I are very like-minded. We both believe in being bold and authentic. I am thrilled to get the opportunity to stretch myself in a much different way, with a support system that I believe will bring out the best in me. I look forward to sharing my perspective and experience with Spotify’s many listeners across the world.”
Hill had been avidly vocal about issues relating to race and politics during her tenure at ESPN and in 2017, she made headlines for calling Donald Trump a white supremacist on Twitter and resulted in criticism from the White House. Later, ESPN suspended her for two weeks following critical tweets about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Unbothered will release new episodes twice a week and will include Hill, her co-hosts and a rotating cast of high-profile guests discussing the news of the week ranging from sports, politics, music to identity and culture.
Spotify Studios Head Courtney Holt said, “Jemele is an important voice in sports, race, culture and politics, and their intersection in media. She will bring her unique point of view to our platform with ‘Unbothered,’ which is sure to be a favorite of listeners with diverse interests and viewpoints.”