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AP Names Daisy Veerasingham as President and CEO

Veerasingham has spent 17 years with the AP, where she worked as the sales director for the AP Television News in London and senior vice president for international revenue. 

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The Associated Press has new leadership as the media outlet named Daisy Veerasingham as their 14th president and CEO. The news wire announced Veerasingham, the executive vice president and chief operating officer, will succeed retiring President and CEO Gary Pruitt in January 2022.

Veerasingham has spent 17 years with the AP, where she worked as the sales director for the AP Television News in London and senior vice president for international revenue. 

“In Daisy Veerasingham, we have chosen a proven leader with a deep understanding of how AP operates and a clear vision for the future,” Steven R. Swartz, the chairman of the AP board of directors and the president and CEO of Hearst, said. 

“She appreciates the crucial role AP plays in providing journalism and services that are indispensable to the news industry.”  

Veerasingham will become the first woman, first international citizen, and the first person of color to lead the AP with her appointment to the position.

“The importance of AP as an unbiased, factual news source cannot be overstated – our journalism reaches more than half the world’s population every day,” Veerasingham said in the news release. 

“I am thrilled to take the helm of this deeply respected news organization and work with colleagues who do extraordinary work every day in support of our mission. Gary has been a true champion of mine along the way, and I sincerely appreciate his support.”

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NY Times Puts Hold on Entire Staff Return to Their Offices

Times prepared to have its entire staff return to the office on June 6th a few days a week, a date which the newspaper had previously moved back as well.

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The New York Times staffers were scheduled to return to their offices on June 6th; however, the rise in Covid-19 cases in New York City have caused the newspaper to pause on a return to their offices. 

“Based on the city’s guidance and the advice of our health experts, we are pausing the start of our Expected Phase of return to office until conditions improve,” wrote Jacqueline Welch, Chief Human Resources Officer, in a memo.

The Times prepared to have its entire staff return to the office on June 6th a few days a week, a date which the newspaper had previously moved back as well.

Furthermore, the company’s notification to their staff coincided with New York City increasing its Covid-19 alert level to “High” on Tuesday as daily cases in the U.S. have grown near 100,000 per day, a boost from 73,000 new cases daily average last week.

Employees who need to be in the building are encouraged to wear masks in public spaces while in its offices, including elevators, meeting rooms, and restrooms.

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FOX Nation to Debut Veteran-Themed Shows Later This Month

FOX Nation will also be extending its “Grateful Nation initiative,” offering all active military members and veterans a free one-year subscription to FOX Nation.

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FOX Nation is set to debut its veteran-themed programming Sunday, May 22nd. In a release, the network said it will air the 38th annual “America’s Top Ranger.” The competition pits some of America’s elite Army Rangers against one another in a grueling 70-mile obstacle course.

On Thursday, May 26th, the network will debut “The Unauthorized History of the Vietnam War” hosted by Bret Baier. The show will document how the Vietnam War left an indelible mark on a generation of Americans and changed the course of human events across the globe.

On Saturday, May 28th, “Heroes Honor Festival” will air from Daytona Beach, Florida. Country star Toby Keith will headline the event along with other musical artists.

On Sunday, May 29th, Bret Baier is back with a look at the most iconic ships of World War II in “Lost Ships of WWII.” The eight-part special will spotlight the director of undersea operations at Vulcan Inc. Rob Kraft and his team aboard the research vessel Petrel.

On Monday, May 30th, “The Story’s” Martha MacCallum dives into a series of stories and heroes you never knew from World War II in “Secret History of WWII.” The special will document America’s “Ghost Army”, Pearl Harbor and Japan’s code

FOX Nation will also be extending its “Grateful Nation initiative,” offering all active military members and veterans a free one-year subscription to FOX Nation.

Fox Nation’s Memorial Day Schedule: 

• America’s Top Ranger – Release Date: May 22nd

• The Unauthorized History of the Vietnam War – Release Date: May 26th

• Heroes Honor Festival – Event Date: May 28th

• Lost Ships of WWII – Release Date: May 29th

• Secret History of WWII –  Release Date: May 30th

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Edison Research Unveils Top 10 Podcast Network’s

Edison adds that their ranker measures reach the weekly podcasting listeners as a percentage.

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Edison Research has unveiled its Top Podcast Network chart for Q1 2022, with SiriusXM topping the Edison list ahead of Spotify and iHeartRadio. 

The Edison list rates the most popular podcast networks based on reach from Edison Podcast Metrics. Edison adds that their ranker measures reach the weekly podcasting listeners as a percentage.

“Edison Podcast Metrics is the only dataset that covers the entire U.S. podcast space,” Edison Research Director of Research Gabriel Soto said, per Radio Ink.  

“By surveying listeners and measuring their actual consumption, the data doesn’t depend on opt-ins from networks and isn’t subject to the various issues with counting downloads. These top networks offer a diverse range of shows that appeal broadly to listeners.”

Here are the top ten networks for the first quarter of 2022 ranked by Edison:

  1. SXM Media
  2. Spotify
  3. iHeartRadio
  4. NPR
  5. The New York Times
  6. Audioboom
  7. Audacy
  8. Cumulus Podcast Network
  9. Wondery
  10. PRX

“Rankings are compiled by measuring the total unduplicated reach of all the shows represented by a given network,” Soto added. 

“Listening is credited to the producer and/or the network that represents the advertising for the show, not the platform or app that the listener uses to access the podcast.”

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