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The Ringer is launching a podcast around Rachel Lindsay, sources tell Outkick the Coverage. Van Lathan will join Lindsay as a co-host. The show will feature a wide range of topics including current affairs, politics, sports, entertainment, and culture.
The podcast will not be exclusive to Spotify, which acquired The Ringer earlier this year. It debuts this Thursday.
Lindsay will continue to co-star on MTV’s Ghosted: Love Gone Missing. She is still under contract with ESPN, where she has frequently filled in for Molly Qerim on First Take. Previously, Lindsay was the lead on the 13th season of The Bachelorette and a contestant on The Bachelor.
Outkick recently named Lindsay as one of the rising personalities in the industry.
Lathan hosts The Wire: Way Down in the Hole with Jemele Hill. The Hollywood Reporter previously said he’d host an upcoming podcast with Lindsay.
If there’s an odds-on favorite in the looming podcast wars, it’s Spotify. The innovative Swedish media service, as pointed out by Yahoo, has spent more than a half a billion dollars on the podcast industry. Last week, Spotify inked industry-leader Joe Rogan to a $100 million dollar. The paradigm-shifting signing follows acquisitions of Gimlet Media, Anchor, Parcast, and The Ringer.
Sources add The Ringer and Spotify will remain aggressive in both signing and creating new digital shows.
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