The ex-Spotify and Acast director will enable TuneIn to strengthen regional radio partnerships as the company looks to become the leading distribution channel for live audio within the German market
SAN FRANCISCO — Sept. 15, 2021 — TuneIn, the world’s leading live streaming audio service, today announced that Stefan Zilch has been hired as General Manager for Germany, and has opened the company’s first international office in Berlin, as part of the company’s ongoing global growth initiatives. Zilch has over 20 years of digital media experience and has previously served as Managing Director for both Acast and Spotify. Under Zilch’s leadership, TuneIn will be able to strengthen and form key radio partnerships within Germany, the largest listening market for TuneIn outside the US, enabling the company to leverage and expand its inventory of global content abroad.
“TuneIn is an ally to the industry as we together reinvent radio for the modern listener,” said Richard Stern, CEO of TuneIn. “The German radio market is very vibrant, with over 500 unique radio stations reaching over 65 million listeners. Under Stefan’s leadership, TuneIn will deepen our ability to serve the German radio market and deliver localized value to our broadcast partners and listeners.”
Every month, over 80 million listeners use TuneIn to engage with their favorite sports, music, news & talk, and podcasts. With premiere distribution across 200 platforms and connected devices, TuneIn features content from over 100,000 owned and operated and partner radio stations, and boasts more than 5.7 million podcasts. TuneIn brings together the best of radio – live, local, and on-demand from around the world.
“TuneIn is providing a unique growth opportunity for radio stations around the world, enabling regional broadcasters to reach a global audience without letting go of their traditional distribution models,” said Zilch. “As the radio industry continues to go fully digital, TuneIn is quickly becoming the leading distribution channel for live audio content globally. I’m very excited to be part of the team, and I look forward to helping TuneIn reinvent digital radio in Germany together with the radio industry and elsewhere around the world.”
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