Hosts of popular podcast hosts Afv and AFTN are getting the short end of the stick, with some saying they’re getting a miss on their paychecks and others saying they should consider leaving the business.
“I’m going to give a miss to Afv because I don’t feel it’s worth my time,” host Laura Siegel said in an interview with Business Insider.
“I don’t think they’re worth my money.”
She also said she doesn’t feel the host’s team is working as hard as they could, with the host adding that she and co-host Sarah Koechner are getting paid $50,000 to $60,000 a year.
“My family is paying me for my time, not my product,” she said.
“So, for me to feel good about it is not worth it.”
Other hosts also got a miss from the business’ parent company, Comcast, according to a letter obtained by Business Insider by a company called Afv.
Siegel and Koecher earned $150,000 each in 2018, according the letter.
They are currently scheduled to earn $75,000 per year starting in 2019, according a Comcast spokesperson.
Comcast declined to comment on the letter’s content.
“It’s a real issue that I feel has been overlooked,” Siegel told Business Insider, adding that the hosts have “been treated so badly” by the company.
“We were treated so poorly by the business,” she added.
“And I feel like we have a responsibility to be honest and fair to them.”
Siegel also shared that she believes Afv has made some “really good strides” in recent years, but said it was still hard to justify paying a host more than $100,000.
“You don’t have to go as far as to say, ‘Look, you should be paid like that,'” she said, adding she was still considering whether she wants to keep working with the company, which also hosts a podcast called The Last Word with Matt Drudge.
“But the bottom line is, it’s not worth the time.
The business isn’t worth my life.”AFTN, Afv’s parent company for two years, also received a miss for its business model.
The company said in a statement to Business Insider that it is “deeply disappointed in the recent allegations of sexual misconduct against a number of our hosts and partners, and is deeply saddened that our industry has become a place of sexual harassment, abuse, and mistreatment.”AFTNs decision to stop hosting this podcast and all future shows is based on our core values of openness and trust, and on the continued growth of the Afv family,” it added.
Afv and its parent company also told Business Intern in an email to Business Insiders that they have launched a public information campaign “to educate the public on the prevalence and impact of sexual abuse in the industry, and to encourage the industry to work together to end sexual harassment and assault.”
The hosts and hosts of other popular podcast and podcast hosts have also expressed frustration over the lack of communication and communication about the issue of sexual assault.”
The only way we can truly do something is to talk about it, to do it openly, and hopefully, there are people who are going to listen and care about what we’re going through.”