Acast, Radio Ambulante Estudios launch ''El hilo'' Podcast


Acast has partnered with nonprofit media organization Radio Ambulante Estudios for the launch of "El hilo," a narrative Spanish-language podcast covering news from Latin America and the world. Acast will host and distribute the show, and allow for it to support sponsorships.

Published on Fridays, "El hilo" features interviews with journalists and regional sources to present the week's news stories from a Latin American perspective, using narrative storytelling, scoring and archive. The name "El hilo," which translates in English to "the thread" -- a thread of discussion that one may find online and on social media, for example -- connotes the show's aim to provide analysis, context and understanding of news.

Co-host Eliezer Budasoff, who is current editor for special projects at El Pais and former editorial director at The New York Times en Espanol, said: "From our very first episodes, we have sought to cover the essential stories of the region. We spoke with Ecuadorian doctors fighting the new coronavirus in a city overwhelmed by death. We reported on the thousands of migrants whose treacherous northward journeys were made even more complicated by the pandemic. And we explored how this health crisis has affected a social and political uprising in Chile."

"Our launch coincided with a global pandemic, a time when listeners crave insightful and rigorous reporting, especially in their own language," said co-host and executive producer Silvia Vinas. "For us, this is an opportunity to use the audio storytelling techniques we have learned and mastered at Radio Ambulante to inform and engage listeners during this unprecedented and often confusing time."

"El hilo" Editorial Director Daniel Alarcon added, "Radio Ambulante's audience has been asking for a show like El hilo. We know it's challenging to launch a project like this one at a time like this, but we do it because we are convinced of our mission."

"Podcasting thrives through the work of local creators," said Acast Content Director for Mexico Diego Bolanos. "As audio grows in markets around the world, we're committed to supporting creators who are sharing stories from and for different communities. Radio Ambulante Estudios and Acast share a common vision in amplifying stories and voices from around the globe, and with El hilo we're introducing a high quality podcast with a necessary Latin American perspective."

Under the new partnership, Acast will manage the monetization of "El hilo."


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