This week, Hubbard Broadcasting’s Joel Oxley and other news execs painted an alarming picture regarding the fate of local journalism in an affidavit before the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee.
The proposed Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (H.R. 1735) is at issue. The act would give news media outlets, including TV and radio stations and newspapers, an “antitrust exemption” to bargain more suitable financial terms with online distributors such as Google and Facebook.
“Local journalists and the communities we serve face an existential threat whose fate increasingly rests in the hands of a few dominant digital platforms,” said Oxley, the Senior VP/GM of all news giant WTOP-FM Washington, DC.
Oxley clarified that quality journalism is provided via free broadcasting is only feasible by ad revenue.
However, Oxley stated revenues throughout conventional media outlets have been in “free-fall in recent years, due almost exclusively to the rapid, often anticompetitive, expansion of the dominant online platforms who have upended the advertising marketplace.”
Testifying on behalf of the National Association of Broadcasters, Oxley said tech behemoths act as “content gatekeepers” that stifle WTOP’s ability to generate user traffic.
Captured in a “catch-22,” Oxley presented how WTOP must be attainable through the prominent platforms to draw online traffic however isn’t reimbursed by Facebook and Google for its content.
Instead, it has to spend to ensure its content is accessible on Facebook, Google, etc. “The dominant online platforms have flourished, siphoning off huge amounts of advertising revenues that are the lifeblood of free, local journalism,” Oxley testified.
KMOX Makes Changes to Its Weekday Lineup
Beginning May 31, the station will grow its morning show “Total Information AM” to 10:00 a.m. CT, strengthened by co-anchors Carol Daniel, who returns to the newsroom, and Megan Lynch, investigative reporter.
Audacy has announced a revamped weekday lineup for News Radio 1120 AM and 98.7 FM KMOX. Beginning May 31, the station will grow its morning show “Total Information AM” to 10:00 a.m. CT, strengthened by co-anchors Carol Daniel, who returns to the newsroom, and Megan Lynch, investigative reporter.
Joining Daniel and Lynch will be Debbie Monterrey and Tom Ackerman; they will deliver the news, traffic, weather, analysis, in-depth interviews, and open conversation.
“This series of updates underscores our overarching commitment to delivering news and balanced talk shows to the people of St. Louis, while accentuating the strength of our top-level hosts,” Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy St. Louis, said in a statement obtained by Barrett News Media.
“From our award-winning morning show to our unrivaled coverage of the Cardinals, we want to elevate the conversation.”
Also, the station will launch a new midday show after the retirement of longtime on-air host Charlie Brennan. “The Show” will team hosts Amy Marxkors, Kevin Wheeler, and Chris Rongey and air weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CT, effective May 31.
NPR Promotes Edith Chapin, Terence Samuel to New Roles
NPR is announcing a couple of promotions within the company as Edith Chapin and Terence Samuel will be taking over new positions.
NPR is announcing a couple of promotions within the company. Edith Chapin has led the newsgathering teams for the past seven years and will be promoted to VP & Executive Editor at Large.
Chapin will stay entrenched in the newsroom in her new role but will spend a large part of her time working with Chief Development Officer Leora Hanser, as she has for the past several months.
“I am eager to take on this role bridging the gap between the editorial world and fundraising, helping to share the story of NPR with potential donors and encouraging them to support our mission,” Chapin said, per Inside Radio.
The other promotion will see Terence Samuel promoted from Managing Editor to VP & Executive Editor. He will now permanently lead NPR’s newsgathering teams after filling this role for the last three months.
“This is one of the best, most innovative newsrooms that exists anywhere, and I am incredibly proud to have been part of it for the last five years,” said Samuel.
“I am honored beyond words to help lead it into the next phase. NPR News is uniquely positioned to tell the story of a country in the middle of a raucous argument about what it’s going to be next.”
WBZ Newsradio Earns Three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards
This marks the second year in a row that the station won the regional awards for Best Newscast and Continuing Coverage.
iHeartMedia’s WBZ NewsRadio has earned three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for its outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism.
According to a release, the station won the awards for Breaking News Coverage, Continuing Coverage, and Best Newscast. This marks the second year in a row that the station won the regional awards for Best Newscast and Continuing Coverage.
WBZ is now under consideration for three National Murrow Awards in the three respective categories.
The Breaking News Coverage award was for WBZ’s coverage of the January 6th riots at the U.S. Capitol. The Continuing Coverage award was for WBZ’s ongoing coverage of the COVID Pandemic. The Best Newscast award was for the 8 a.m. newscast on Oct. 11, 2021, during the 2021 Boston Marathon.
The Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that upheld the Radio Television Digital News Association Code of Ethics, show off technical skills, and highlight the importance of journalism as a public service.
“Humbled as always to be part of such an incredible team here,” tweeted WBZ evening news anchor and host, Nichole Davis. “From producers to editors, writers to reporters, master control to us anchors…we come in each day to make your life a little bit easier. Thank you, as always, for listening.”