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Houston Public Media Temporarily Suspends Paid Content

Last week, Houston Public Media, the local public television and radio affiliate, notified that it had pulled the Chevron segment amid outcry over its absence of identification as sponsored content.

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Houston Public Media, which operates News 88.7, is acting after it faced criticism following a paid Chevron segment that some viewers said could mistake for independent news reporting.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the media outlet will examine all advertiser-sponsored content on Houston Public Media’s radio and television stations and website.

Last week, Houston Public Media, the local public television and radio affiliate, notified that it had pulled the Chevron segment amid outcry over its absence of identification as sponsored content. In the past, paid content for the company has included features on local health care issues sponsored by nonprofits such as United Way.

Chevron officials praised their company’s commitment to the energy transition to clean energy during the segment. However, this incident led to many journalists and environmentalists calling out Houston Public Media. 

“Chevron sponsored the series but had no editorial oversight of the content,” General Manager Lisa Shumate said in a note to the staff. “We acknowledge that this created confusion.”

Furthermore, Shumate stated that Houston Public Media plans to temporarily suspend similar content as they review it. 

“These are not news programs,” she wrote to staff. “They air in programming breaks and appear on our digital platforms. We are reviewing our production process and are suspending the CounterAct series. We have also paused all other community catalysts projects.”

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NPR Gets $1M Grant to Help Diversify Its Content, Employees

NPR expresses the million-dollar funding will make it possible for the public radio station to continue that work, including the Reflect America and Code Switch Fellowships.

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NPR is receiving a $1-million grant that will assist in the radio station’s efforts to focus on the diversity of content and employees. Furthermore, the company wants to appeal to a diverse audience, which is at the root of improving this aspect.

“This generous gift will help support the four main categories of our DEI work: audience, content, staffing, and workplace diversity,” NPR’s Chief Diversity Officer Keith Woods in the announcement, said, per Inside Radio.

“At NPR, diversity is not a program or initiative. It is an inextricable part of our mission to serve the American public.”

The network has grown to focus on DEI – or diversity, equity, and inclusion. NPR expresses the million-dollar funding will make it possible for the public radio station to continue that work, including the Reflect America and Code Switch Fellowships.

NPR has mainly concentrated on diversifying its audience, including collaborative initiatives conducted with Member Stations. 

The company wants to put a more significant effort into having the audience hear and see themselves and their communities in NPR reporting. Furthermore, the station also intends to display a greater diversity of life experiences and perspectives in its shows.

“I’m extremely proud to support NPR in bringing even greater intention to ensuring a culture that both represents and serves all,” said Foundation Vice Chair Mollie Hale Carter in the announcement. “As a mission-driven organization, inclusion provides the foundation for a strong and healthy future.”

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Larry Elder Joins Epoch Media Group

Elder hosted a nationally syndicated radio show for Salem Media Network for six years before taking a break to join California’s gubernatorial race during last year’s recall election. 

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Conservative talk show host Larry Elder will join Epoch Media Group (EMG) as a television host on Epoch TV. Talkers Magazine first reported the story Wednesday. 

Elder hosted a nationally syndicated radio show for Salem Media Network for six years before taking a break to join California’s gubernatorial race during last year’s recall election. 

EMG is an independent news organization, which includes the newspaper The Epoch Times and the TV network NTD. The Epoch Times is published in 21 languages, in 33 countries. 

Elder will reportedly host a live, streaming show four times a week and a podcast which will originate from Los Angeles. Known as the “the Sage from South Central” and “America’s truth detector” Elder was a legend in Southern California’s radio landscape for two decades on TalkRadio 790 KABC. 

“In a day and age of sensationalist and emotionally charged news coverage, Elder uses the facts – with humor and insight – to break down the nation’s current events and most urgent issues,” EMG CEO John Tang told Talkers

“I’m excited to join The Epoch Times. I’m impressed by the newspaper’s courage and willingness to speak the truth to promote liberty and freedom,” added Elder.

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Dinesh D’Souza’s Documentary “2000 Mules” Grosses $751,755

The controversial movie debuted initially in 270 theaters rented by the film’s producers for one week with one showing per day.

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Salem Media is starting to recoup the $4.5 million investment in Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary “2000 Mules,” the movie that alleges voting fraud during the 2020 presidential election, per The Wrap

The controversial movie debuted initially in 270 theaters rented by the film’s producers for one week with one showing per day. Also, on May 20th, D’Souza’s flick returned for regular theatrical release in 411 movie houses with four showings a day, including at least 169 Cinemark locations.

“With the success of the movie, everyone talking about the movie, a lot of independent theaters began to call us, ‘Hey, why didn’t we have this movie in the theater?’” D’Souza said.

In its opening weekend as a theatrical release, “2000 Mules” grossed $751,755. Furthermore, it’s also available as an on-demand digital movie on the video streaming platform Rumble. 

“It’s too early in the movie release window to properly estimate where Q2 revenue for this film will end up, but we are pleased with the results to date and certainly expect to make a solid profit from Salem’s investment in this movie,” Santrella said.

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