Former CBS News Chief David Rhodes Consulting With Spotify on Podcast Programming

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The music streaming giant has also tapped former Facebook executive Amy Hudson to lead its sports podcasting push.

Spotify has tapped two industry veterans to help build out its roster of original podcast programming. 

Former CBS News chief David Rhodes is consulting with the music streaming giant on news programming and Facebook executive Amy Hudson has joined the staff full-time to build out a slate of sports podcasts, a Spotify spokesman confirmed, declining to comment further. 

Spotify, which built its business as a subscription-based music streaming service, has been moving aggressively into the podcasting space in recent months as it seeks to expand from music to the broader audio market. The company, under the leadership of CEO Daniel Ek and content chief Dawn Ostroff, has made several acquisitions, including studios Gimlet Media and Anchor, and appointed Liz Gateley to lead creative development on original podcasts. 

The company's early slate of originals has focused on entertainment programming, including the in-development I'm Gonna Be Kevin Bacon, the talk show Unbothered with host Jemele Hill and The Joe Budden Podcast. It has also inked an expansive deal with Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions for a slate of original podcasts. 

With Rhodes, Spotify is bringing in a veteran newsman to help it expand its news offerings. (Gimlet already produces the daily show The Journal in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal.) A former Fox News executive, Rhodes joined CBS News in 2011 and left his role as president earlier this year to make way for the leadership of Susan Zirinsky. His tenure at the broadcast network was mixed, and Zirinsky has moved quickly to reshuffle some of the network's flagship shows.

Hudson, for her part, most recently led North American sports media partnerships for Facebook, which as part of its video push live-streams some MLB games for free for its users. She also previously worked at Turner Sports. According to her LinkedIn account, Hudson joined Spotify in July to lead its sports podcasting efforts. 

The Information first reported the news on Rhodes and Hudson.