It was just last week that The Podcast Academy announced its new board members, podcast industry veteran Daniel J. Lewis was one of them. Over the weekend, The Academy announced Lewis was removed from the board. Here’s why…
A change.org petition was started aimed at putting pressure on The Podcast Academy to remove Lewis from their board. The petition highlighted this tweet from Lewis.
The tweet was then followed by a firestorm of follow-up tweets from people who disagreed with Lewis’ tweet or were offended by it. He eventually deleted it.
The Podcast Academy, shortly after the tweet and the petition, removed Lewis from their board and posted the statement bekow.
There was no official tally of who voted which way on removing Lewis. The board voted to remove Daniel during a ZOOM call. The majority of board members and Lewis were on the call. He was given the opportunity to share his thoughts, then board members also shared their views. The board had additional discussions without Lewis. He was then brought back on the call and presented the option of resigning. If he did not resign, the board would vote on his removal, which they did.
We also reached out to Lewis for a comment. He said he had no comment at this time but would provide one to us at a later date. He also posted to Twitter that he would be taking a break from the social media platform.
There are 18 members of The Podcast Academy Executive Committee….well now there are 17, minus Lewis.