PSM Weekly | 100 Years of PSM Special

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world

12 – 18 October 2022

“The BBC’s centenary marks the birth of public service broadcasting. It set in motion the establishment of the notion that access to quality information, entertainment, and education was a public right, and those who provided it were doing a public service. The notion caught on, and the BBC set a precedent for public service media around the world.”
Kristian Porter, CEO, Public Media Alliance

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BBC 100: Sir Lenny Henry on Una Marson’s forgotten legacy

BBC: When Una Marson became the BBC’s first black radio producer and presenter in the 1940s, she brought Caribbean voices and culture to a global audience, but her name is now little known. 

BBC 100 on TV, iPlayer, Radio and Sounds: Your ultimate guide to centenary programming across the BBC

BBC: Audiences can look forward to a mix of exciting new commissions alongside some of our best-loved shows, as they mark a century of broadcasting in their own unique way.

BBC at 100: the future for global news and challenges facing the World Service

The Conversation: The BBC celebrates its 100th birthday on October 18 2022. It comes as the institution faces increasing competition for audiences from global entertainment providers, anxieties about the sustainability of its funding and a highly competitive global news market.

BBC at 100: the next decade that could determine fate of broadcaster

The Guardian: Today is the BBC’s 100th birthday. But after a century on air, its next few years are likely to determine whether the BBC survives in a recognisable form by the end of the decade.

BBC Chairman and Director-General mark the BBC’s centenary

BBC: BBC Chairman Richard Sharp and Director-General Tim Davie mark 100 years of the BBC.

BBC marks 100 years facing questions about its future

France 24: On November 14, 1922, the clipped tones of the BBC’s director of programmes, Arthur Burrows, crackled across the airwaves.

Happy 100th birthday BBC (Blog – Swedish)

Swedish Radio: On the occasion of the BBC:s 100th birthday celebrations Swedish Radios CEO Cilla Benkö writes about the importance of the BBC and cooperation among public service companies across the world.

Politics and public broadcasting: 1950s friction between government and the BBC

History Extra: The 1956 Suez Crisis caused long-simmering tensions between the BBC and the government to boil over – and, as David Hendy explores in part nine of our 13-part series on the history of the BBC, marked the start of a shift in the relationship between politicians and the public.

The BBC at 100: A century of informing, educating, entertaining — and trying to keep politicians honest

Nieman Lab: “A reaction to the nihilistic slaughter of the First World War…Theirs was a vision for a new public space, using the technological boundlessness of broadcasting — that was in itself ignorant of hierarchies and conventional barriers — for good purposes.”

The BBC at one hundred

CJR: YESTERDAY MORNING, I consulted a BBC News article for an item in this newsletter about the murder of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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ALGERIA: Algerian journalist Nadir Kerri briefly detained and placed under judiciary control

CPJ: ​​On October 11, 2022 Algerian authorities arrested journalist Nadir Kerri, editor-in-chief of local independent news website Autojazair, specializing in automotive news in Algiers, after he responded to a summons for questioning, according to news reports, and a local journalist and press freedom advocate familiar with the case, Zaki Hannache, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app. 

LIBYA: Government must repeal new media rules

Article 19: The undersigned organisations, associations and media institutions call on the Government of National Unity to repeal its dangerous decision regarding audiovisual media because of the grave risks it poses to the diversity and plurality of the media landscape in Libya, as well as its threat to the integrity of any upcoming electoral process.

NIGERIA: BON, NBC Fault ‘Illegal’ Closure Of Broadcast Stations In Zamfara

Channels TV: The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) have faulted the Zamfara State government’s shutting down of broadcast houses.

NIGERIA: Need to rework the structure of Nigeria’s broadcast regulatory body

The Cable: It is taken for granted that the independence of the media, print and electronic, cannot exist without some form of governmental interference or even control in the overall interest of stakeholders in particular and society at large. 

SEYCHELLES: “India is booming”: Seychelles and Sri Lanka journalists enlightened on India’s progress

Seychelles News Agency: Twenty-five journalists from Seychelles and Sri Lanka have learned more about India and the progress the country has made in various areas following a seven-day visit organised by the Indian government.

SOMALIA: Somalia Media fraternity call for the Somali government to drop malicious charges against Abdalle Ahmed Mumin

Modern Ghana

SOUTH AFRICA: Failure to appoint new SABC Board unacceptable and a disgrace: COPE

SABC: The five-year term of the SABC’s outgoing Board comes to an end on Saturday, and the Congress of the People (COPE) says the absence of an incoming Board to take the reins at the SABC presents a crisis for South Africa’s public broadcaster.

SOUTH AFRICA: Ramaphosa: We must stand firm against attempts to intimidate or silence journalists

The Citizen: On Wednesday, South Africa will observe Media Freedom Day, marking the events of 19 October 1977 and what became known as Black Wednesday.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC GCEO Madoda Mxakwe gives update on the latest developments at the public broadcaster (Watch)

SABC: The South African Broadcasting Corporation Board and Executives were expected to brief the National Council of Provinces Select Committee on Public Enterprises and Communications today. 

SOUTH AFRICA: The Board-less SABC faces uncertainty and potential destabilisation.

SOS Coalition: The SOS Coalition is taken aback by the absence of an SABC Board and warns of potential destabilization. 


Fair Planet: Abdelmonim Abu Idris won the election to lead the new syndicate, as the African country is caught in a struggle between a democratic revolution and a military coup.

ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwean journalists assaulted, harassed, and blocked from covering events

CPJ: Zimbabwean authorities and ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) should investigate the assaults and harassment of journalists covering events of public interest in the past week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.

REGIONAL: Agence France-Presse (AFP) To Host Workshop Session For Broadcast Media Journalists At 6th Broadcasters Convention In Kigali, Rwanda

BMA: The organiser of the forthcoming Broadcast And Digital Media Convention – Africa, taking place on the 25th – 27th of October 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda, recently announced the event’s key partners, included amongst them is the Agence France-Presse (AFP).

REGIONAL: IPI pilot study: States are responsible for most press freedom violations in Africa

IPI: State actors are responsible for a majority of press freedom violations in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new pilot study released by IPI this week. 

REGIONAL: Total media self-regulation in Africa still to be achieved

Red Tech: Like lawyers and doctors, media practitioners yearn for self-regulation. The fundamentals are enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. 

AFGHANISTAN: Director of Afghanistan’s TOLOnews leaves Kabul with ‘heavy heart’

The New Arab: The director of leading Afghan news outlet TOLOnews has ‘left Kabul with a heavy heart’ – saying that after years of championing a free press he ‘couldn’t continue’ in the Taliban-ruled country.

AFGHANISTAN: UNESCO and the European Union join forces to support media resilience

UNESCO: UNESCO and the European Union are joining forces to support Afghan media outlets and journalists, through a new 18-month initiative, which will enhance Afghan media resilience and foster their role in providing access to information for Afghan citizens.

CHINA: Reporters Without Borders in Taiwan calls on China to release dissidents

Taiwan News: Hong Kong book publisher Gui Min-hai and radio host Edmund Wan Yiu-sing have allegedly been jailed for being ‘press freedom defenders’. 

HONG KONG: In Hong Kong, ‘No Way Journalists Can Work Freely’

VOA: A prison term handed to a journalist last week shows how Hong Kong is using its laws to “assert more power” over the city’s media, analysts say.

INDIA: ‘When media is independent, efforts are made to misuse it to propagate divisive ideas’: Rajnath Singh

News Laundry: Defence minister Rajnath Singh believes the media should be independent, but warns that “efforts are made to misuse it in the name of freedom of expression to establish and propagate dangerous and divisive ideas”.

JAPAN: NHK to Cut Viewer Fees in October 2023 Japanese public broadcaster NHK, or Japan Broadcasting Corp., said Tuesday it will lower viewer fees by about 10 pct in October next year, the first cut in three years and the largest ever.

KYRGYZSTAN: Kyrgyz Activists, Journalists Rally in Support of Free Media

VOA: Hundreds of rights activists, journalists, and representatives of civil society organizations have rallied in Bishkek in support of independent media following a demonstration threatening free media in front of the RFE/RL office in the Kyrgyz capital.

MYANMAR: Another Sorry Week for Press Freedoms in Myanmar

The Diplomat: Even in the current bad times, the past week has been an especially bad one for what remains of press freedom in Myanmar. 

MYANMAR: Journalists go into hiding after threats by Myanmar’s military junta

Radio Free Asia: Local reporters from two media outlets in Myanmar went into hiding after the country’s ruling military junta threatened to sue the news agencies for reporting that regime troops killed three civilians and wounded 19 others near a Buddhist pagoda in Mon state last week.

MYANMAR: Senior Myanmar Junta Figures Behind Legal Action Against Irrawaddy, BBC

Irrawaddy: The Myanmar regime’s No. 2 man, along with an adviser, a minister and pro-regime media were behind the junta’s decision to take legal action against The Irrawaddy and the BBC Burmese Service for their reporting on last week’s fatal shooting at the base of Kyaik Htee Yoe Pagoda in Mon State.

MYANMAR: Young, Underground Reporters ‘Fight a Gun With a Pen’ in Myanmar

The New York Times: The Southeast Asian nation has seen a relentless crackdown on free expression, with a small literary magazine emerging as one of the few remaining independent media outlets.

NEPAL: Biased media reporting undermines election integrity

The Himalayan Times: Underscoring that biased media reporting can undermine the integrity of elections, acclaimed media advocate and researcher Laxman Datt Pant called on media persons to produce accurate, unbiased and credible news stories and to adhere to the journalistic code of conduct during the upcoming federal and provincial elections.

PHILIPPINES: How Philippine ‘press freedom’ has been abandoned under ‘Bongbong’ Marcos

Asia Pacific Report: Upon assuming the Philippines presidency on 30 June 2022, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr — the only son and namesake of the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos — delivered an inaugural address that did not mention press freedom.

THAILAND: Thai nursery: CNN journalists apologise for entering site of deadly attack

BBC: Two journalists from US news outlet CNN have apologised for their coverage of last week’s attack on a childcare centre in Thailand that left 37 people, including 23 children, dead.

THAILAND: Thai PBS welcomes students from Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University and visits public media (Thai)

Thai PBS: Today (12 Oct. 65) students from the Faculty of Communication Arts Chulalongkorn University have come to study at The Public Broadcasting Authority of Thailand (Thai PBS) will also visit the audio media department which oversees the Thai PBS Podcast and the Thai PBS World team.

AUSTRALIA: ABC calls for mandate to ensure it hosts federal election debate

The Guardian: The ABC has called for legislation to ensure it hosts and broadcasts at least one leaders’ debate during a federal election campaign.


ABC Media Watch: We look at the relationship between the ABC and ACON, which runs the Workplace Equality Index Awards — a national benchmark on LGBTQ inclusion. Can the ABC remain impartial when it partners with a lobby group and gets ranked in a competitive index?

AUSTRALIA: Pacific Break is back! (Press release) 

ABC: The Pacific’s biggest music competition returns to ABC Radio Australia in 2022 with the winner to perform at the WOMADelaide Festival in March 2023.

AUSTRALIA: SBS lights up Diwali with distinctive content line-up including extensive coverage across SBS Radio and an expanded subtitled collection of programs on SBS On Demand (Press release) 

SBS: SBS is encouraging all Australians to celebrate Diwali, Deepavali, Bandi Chhor Diwas and Tihar with a distinctive content line-up to mark the Indian sub-continental Festivals of Lights, celebrated by over a billion people around the world – including more than a million Australians.

AUSTRALIA & MARSHALL ISLANDS: Visit to Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Nauru (Press release) 

Ministry for Foreign Affairs: I will also be putting to air the first Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio programme on the Republic of the Marshall Island’s national broadcaster in six years.

NEW ZEALAND: Government expects to spend $6m on contractors working for public media mega-merger

RNZ: The government is expecting to spend $6 million on contractors working for the public media mega-merger.

NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand’s first radio station celebrates 100 years on air (4 October) 

1 News: Radio Dunedin, formerly known as 4XD, claims to be the first radio station in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the longest standing in the world.

NEW ZEALAND: Stuff proposes cutbacks in regional newsrooms

RNZ: Stuff is proposing changes to its regional and local newsrooms which could result in significant job cuts for journalists.

NEW ZEALAND: The media and low local election turnout

RNZ: Once again the local elections were plagued by low voter turnout and a lack of engagement. Is the media coverage, or lack thereof, contributing to the problem – and what can it do to help?​

TIMOR-LESTE: Asia’s newest country Timor-Leste bets on good old press freedom amid disinfo

ABS-CBN: At a time when disinformation is being linked to the rise of authoritarian regimes, one of the world’s youngest states is betting on free press as a pillar of democracy. 

AUSTRIA: 4.5 percent more for ORF collective agreements in two steps in 2023 and 2024 plus 500 euros one-off payment (German)

Der Standard: The negotiations between the ORF central works council, union and ORF management on the valorization of salaries and fees in 2023 have been completed, the works council announced in an internal disc to ORF employees, which is available to the STANDARD.

AUSTRIA: Media scientist Hochscherf: “Criticism of the level of broadcasting fees in many countries” (German)

Der Standard: Tobias Hochscherf considers the GIS judgment of the Constitutional Court to be understandable. Public broadcasters are more important than ever.

BELGIUM & NETHERLANDS: Dutch and Flemish public broadcasters will work together intensively to boost impact

VRT: The partnership should lead to the creation and exchange of programs, sharing of technology and innovations, but for example also joint production of educational material, sharing of strategic research and the development of techniques to detect (and combat) disinformation.

DENMARK: DR is setting up a talent school for the next generation of series creators (Danish)

Nordvision: With the ‘Serieskolen med DR Ultra’, DR is establishing an intensive development program to recruit young narrators of Danish children’s and youth fiction. This is done in collaboration with external actors.

ESTONIA: ERR and BFM launch the editor-presenter micro degree course (Estonian)

ERR: The Estonian National Broadcasting Company and Tallinn University’s Institute of Baltic Film, Media and Arts will start a micro-degree course in 2023, which offers academic and practical training for the position of editor-presenter in TV and radio.

ESTONIA: The creation of an English-language news page commissioned by the state has been dragging on for almost a year (Estonian)

ERR: The Ministry of the Interior and Culture initiated the creation of an online environment for English-language news concerning Estonia already last autumn, but despite nearly a year of preparations, it has not yet started working in full. 

FRANCE: France Médias Monde launches a training plan for its journalists on climate issues (Press release – French)

France Médias Monde

FRANCE: French journalists undergo safety training on demonstrations coverage

EFJ: Thirteen journalists and representatives from journalists’ unions in France took part in a training workshop on the safe coverage of demonstrations and civil unrest, on 10-11 October 2022 in Paris. 

FRANCE: Radio France is committed to improving the working conditions of its precarious workers (French)

Le Monde: The “planning”, a system that organizes replacements, is denounced by a group of young journalists whose working conditions are deteriorating.

GERMANY: German Public Broadcaster Taps Riedel for Decentralized Routing

TV Technology: A German public broadcaster has deployed a new media distribution and processing system from Riedel Communications to address ongoing needs for decentralized signal routing. 

GREECE: Greek media freedom a growing concern

Balkan Free Media: In recent years, the operating environment for free media has deteriorated sharply in Southeast Europe as harassment and intimidation of journalists has increased against a background of politically driven distortion of the market to favour outlets friendly to governments. 

MALTA: Civil society denounces government’s lack of ambition and transparency in press freedom reforms and renews calls for full justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

ECPMF: Five years ago today, investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia was brutally assassinated in a car bomb attack in Malta. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues. Together with them, we continue to fight for full justice.  

PORTUGAL: Cash-strapped RTP sub-licences FIFA World Cup rights to rivals

Digital TV Europe: Portuguese public broadcaster RTP has sub-licensed a series of FIFA World Cup 2022 rights to rival broadcasters SIC and TVI. RTP secured the rights as part of a FIFA deal with the European Broadcasting Union, signed in 2012.

SLOVENIA: Four out of seven presidential candidates support changes to RTV Slovenija act (Paywall)

STA: All seven presidential candidates agree that public media have an important role in society, but their views on specific solutions differ. 

SLOVENIA: New assault on trade union rights at RTV as 38 striking journalists received pre-layoff notices

EFJ: Thirty-eight journalists working for public broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV SLO) received pre-layoff notices after conducting acts of solidarity with fellow colleagues. 

SPAIN: El País launches a video channel for connected television (Spanish) 

APM: The channel will have more than seven hours of varied content: investigative reports, entertainment programs and interviews with relevant personalities.

SPAIN: The new president of RTVE secures the votes of the Council for the new programming (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: This Thursday officially begins the decision-making of the new stage of Elena Sánchez, the new president of RTVE. 

SWEDEN: SVT further strengthens preparedness – employees are deployed (Blog)

SVT: The security situation has greatly deteriorated since Russia’s attack on Ukraine. SVT has a special role to come out with credible news and programs in peacetime as well as in crisis and war, and given the situation in the world, preparedness is now further strengthened. 

SWEDEN: The Sami radio celebrates 70 years and opens a newsroom in Jokkmokk (Press release – Swedish)

Swedish Radio: For seventy years, the Sami Radio has contributed to providing a nuanced picture of Sápmi and the Sami and to raising the level of knowledge in general about the Sami and Sami conditions. 

SWEDEN: This is how public service is strengthened (Blog – Swedish)

Swedish Radio: Today it is announced who will be Sweden’s Minister of Culture for the next four years. In a debate article today, Sveriges Radio’s CEO Cilla Benkö points to several important parts for the upcoming public service investigation ahead of the next permit period 2026-2033.

UK: CBeebies airs its first ever Bedtime Story read in braille on World Sight Day

BBC: ParalympicsGB team member Lora Fachie is first celebrity to read a story in braille with audio described illustrations.

UK: MP seeks inquiry over female BBC staff harassed online

BBC: An MP is calling for an independent inquiry into how the BBC treated female staff who were “trolled unmercifully” by radio presenter Alex Belfield. 

UK: Public service broadcasting is facing an existential threat – former ITV chairman

Evening Standard: Sir Peter Bazalgette delivered a speech discussing the future of public service broadcasters.

REGIONAL: Balkan countries rank among the lowest in 2022 Media Literacy Index

Balkan Free Media: Countries in the Balkans and Southeast Europe are the most vulnerable to fake news and disinformation, according to the 2022 Media Literacy Index. 

REGIONAL: Public service media looks for innovative solutions to old problems

Euractiv: Despite the recently-published European Media Freedom Act’s focus on protecting public service media, innovation at the newsroom level is needed to ensure that such outlets can continue to function.

ARGENTINA: “AUNAR” a federal signal to discover us, find us and recognize us (Press release – Spanish) Contents of the provincial and university public channels make up the programming of a new signal, called AUNAR , which is added to the national grid of the TDA from Monday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m. on channel 22.3 and whose objective is to bring together the different local and regional expressions to enrich the view of Argentina.

ARGENTINA: Death Threats to Journalists in Rosario (Spanish) 

DW: The headquarters of a television channel in Rosario (central Argentina ) appeared on Tuesday (10.11.2022) with a poster hanging with threats against the media, which daily denounce the situation of violence that the city is going through.

BOLIVIA: Communicators, journalists and epidemiologists raise the need for Bolivia to develop a national risk communication plan to deal with emergencies (Spanish) 

OPS: Under the concept that risk communication seeks to ensure that every person at risk is capable of making informed decisions to mitigate the effects of a threat in the context of a health emergency and adopt measures to protect themselves. 

BOLIVIA: Union of journalists from Bolivia and La Paz reject verbal aggression against Pablo Fernández (Spanish) 

Eju: In a public note, both institutions consider that what happened in El Alto against the journalist is a clear violation of freedom of expression

BRAZIL: CPJ submits report on Brazil to United Nations Universal Periodic Review

CPJ: Brazil’s human rights record is under review by the United Nations Human Rights Council through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

COLOMBIA: ‘Binding regional dialogues’ and other new spaces of the Institutional Channel (Press release – Spanish) 

RTVC: These are three new audiovisual productions that promote citizen participation in decision-making and in the construction of what President Gustavo Petro calls ‘The Colombia of the possible’.

COLOMBIA: FAPE and IFJ repudiate the murder of Colombian journalist Rafael Emiro Moreno (Spanish) 

APM: He was director of the digital newspaper “Voces de Córdoba” and addressed issues of corruption in the municipalities of this Colombian department.

COLOMBIA: Hitmen Kill Journalist Rafael Moreno (Spanish) 

DW: “It is reported that his protection scheme would have been withdrawn and this accentuates the duty to investigate and punish those responsible,” said Pedro Vaca.

GUATEMALA: APG points out to the MP of Consuelo Porras to dismiss journalists’ complaints

La Hora: The Association of Journalists of Guatemala (APG) rejected the withdrawal of complaints by the Public Ministry (MP), which were filed by journalists. In addition, they accused María Consuelo Porras, head of the investigative entity, of criminalizing them.

GUYANA: Education-focused radio station expands to Reg. 9

Newsroom: EdYou FM, Guyana’s education-focused radio station, has expanded to Lethem in Region Nine (Upper Takutu- Upper Essequibo), and will soon be broadcasting to children and adults all across Guyana’s southern region.

HONDURAS: TV journalist is latest fatal victim of anti-media violence in Honduras

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an impartial investigation into this week’s murder of a young TV journalist in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, and urges President Xiomara Castro’s government to stop sabotaging the national mechanism for protecting journalists, whose work is as essential as ever in Honduras.

JAMAICA: Jamaica broadcasting regulator bans music and TV deemed to glorify crime

The Guardian: Jamaica’s broadcasting regulator has banned music and TV broadcasts deemed to glorify or promote criminal activity, violence, drug use, scamming and weapons.

MEXICO & HONDURAS: Mexico and Honduras the most dangerous countries for the journalistic exercise (Spanish) 

Periodistas en español: On Monday, October 10, 2022, the young journalist Edwin Josué Andino and his father were murdered in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, by hitmen who took them from their home and then executed them.

URUGUAY: Gerardo Sotelo on the non-renewed contracts at Radio Uruguay: “These are not jobs that were lost, but rather they are in other places” (Spanish) 

Tele Doce: Channel 5 and the public radio stations are undergoing a restructuring process promoted by Gerardo Sotelo, a journalist who became head of the National Audiovisual Communication Service. 

IRAN: With 41 journalists in prison, Iran is now the world’s 3rd biggest jailer of journalists

RSF: A month into widespread protests and unrest, Iran now ranks third after China and Myanmar with the world’s highest number of journalist prisoners.

QATAR: Qatar World Cup accused of imposing ‘chilling’ restrictions on media

The Guardian: Conditions restrict where international broadcasters, including BBC and ITV, are permitted to film. 

QATAR & NEW ZEALAND: Al Jazeera staff allege harassment and bullying went unchecked

BBC: Kamahl Santamaria, a veteran television journalist, was just 32 days into his job at New Zealand’s top broadcaster TVNZ when he resigned.

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia Eyes Stake in Broadcaster It Banned For Years

Bloomberg: Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is considering an investment in BeIn Media Group, people familiar with the matter said, in what would be a major shift by the kingdom…

SYRIA: A media startup is helping local journalists use VR and AR to cover the war in Syria

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Frontline in Focus is centering the often neglected human side of stories from conflict zones.

TURKEY: Passing of disinformation law a ‘dark day for freedom of expression online’

Amnesty: New law could see people facing three-year jail terms for a retweet. ‘These measures enable [the Government] to further censor and silence critical voices ahead of Turkey’s upcoming elections and beyond’ – Guney Yildiz. 

TURKEY: Turkish Lawmakers Adopt New Disinformation Law

VOA: Turkey’s parliament has adopted a new law that carries prison terms of up to three years for spreading “disinformation” online.

CANADA: Auditor-General’s review underscores CBC/Radio-Canada’s effective management of public funds (Press release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada is very pleased with the results of the audit conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG), which found no significant deficiencies in its systems and practices and noted good practices in many areas. The audit covered the Corporation’s systems and practices from December 1, 2020 to February 4, 2022. 

CANADA: Get the facts: Absent the CBC, would private media in Canada do better?

CBC/Radio-Canada: Last week, an article by Brian Lilley published in the National Post, Toronto Sun and Halifax Chronicle-Herald stated that if CBC did not exist, private media would make more money. What he doesn’t say is that, without CBC/Radio-Canada, every Canadian would get less. Much less. Here are the facts.

CANADA: Google-backed survey criticizing Online News Act gets slammed by Ottawa

News Media Canada: A recent public opinion survey conducted by Abacus Data, and commissioned by Google Canada, on Bill C-18, the Online News Act, has been slammed by policymakers in Ottawa for its efforts to undermine the legislative process and avoid accountability.

CANADA: Radiodays launches in North America

Red Tech: Radiodays Europe has partnered with Canadian Music Week to add another annual event to its calendar.

CANADA: Trolls are targeting journalists — and women and racialized reporters bear the brunt of their hate

Capital Current

US: Beekeepers sweeten their deal with Colorado Public Radio (Paywall)

Current: CPR’s partnership with a local startup combines environmental and workplace education.

US: Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board of Directors Elects Laura G. Ross as Chair and Rubydee Calvert as Vice Chair (Press release)

CPB: The Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting, unanimously elected Laura G. Ross as chair and Rubydee Calvert as vice chair. They will serve one-year terms.

US: Got a plan to engage Latino audiences? Test your big ideas against this checklist before moving forward

Current: The costs of bad Latina/o/e/x outreach can be fatal for your organization’s strategy, writes Ernesto Aguilar.

US: If Trump Runs Again, Do Not Cover Him the Same Way: A Journalist’s Manifesto (Opinion – Paywall)

The Washington Post: I believed in traditional reporting, but Trump changed me — and it should change the rest of the media too.

US: New Report Shows Significance of Public Radio in Rural America : NPR

NPR: Data from the report demonstrates how rural public radio remains an essential service for rural Americans across broadcast and digital platforms, and continues to keep rural residents informed. 

US: PBS Announces New Leaders to Serve on PBS Board

PBS: PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger announced the results of the PBS Board elections, in which five individuals were elected as Professional Directors and three individuals were elected to serve as General Directors on the PBS Board. 

US: PBS board approves transfer of $8.1M budget surplus to CEO fund (Paywall)

Current: Spending on content and marketing in fiscal 2022 was $4.5 million under forecast.

US: PBS Frontline’s Local Journalism Initiative honored with the National Press Club’s Sheehan award for investigative journalism

PR Newswire: PBS Frontline, American public television’s flagship public affairs series since 1983, will receive the National Press Club Journalism Institute’s 2022 Neil and Susan Sheehan Award for Investigative Journalism.

US: Radio stations have been gaining financial strength – and there’s room for growth (Paywall) 

Current: A new report, “The Growing Strength of Public Media Local Journalism,” argues that public media stations are well positioned to help rebuild local news in the U.S. 

10 recommendations to narrate the reality of indigenous peoples (Spanish – 19 September)

Fundación Gabo: Edilma Prada, founder of Agenda Propia, and Juan Manuel Jiménez Ocaña, expert in interculturality and indigenous education, share keys to represent with dignity the knowledge, values ​​and ways of existing of indigenous peoples. 

24 lessons for the 2022 elections

American Press Institute: Midterm elections are coming up, and it’s vital for newsrooms to prepare.

Children’s Broadcasting Chiefs Meet At Mip Junior To Discuss Challenges & Seek Alliances As BBC Kids Boss Patricia Hidalgo Backs Commercial Strategy — Mipcom Cannes

Deadline: Children’s TV bosses from all over the world met at Mip Junior last night to discuss major challenges and seek co-production alliances, as the BBC’s Patricia Hidalgo tells Deadline a commercial strategy is the best way to safeguard kids programing.

Countering an Authoritarian Overhaul of the Internet

Freedom House: At home and on the international stage, authoritarians are on a campaign to divide the open internet into a patchwork of repressive enclaves.

Dealing with the Emotional Toll of Investigative Journalism

GIJN: After his contribution to the blockbuster Pandora Papers investigation was published, the investigative journalist John-Allan Namu hastily rented an apartment.

Is 8K Ready for Primetime?

TV Tech: Skepticism remains high for the consumer market

Journalistic Objectivity Is Overrated. What Really Matters Is Transparency, Accuracy, and Fairness (Opinion)

Nieman Reports: How Herschel Walker’s Senate campaign and Nina Totenberg’s memoir helped me clarify my thinking about journalistic ethics

Netflix UK viewing data to be available for first time through Barb monitoring

Screen Daily: Netflix UK viewing data will be widely available for the first time after it forged ties with Barb – with its performance revealed to be sandwiched between Channel 4 and Sky.

Stifling the press is stifling progress. Here’s how policymakers can intervene.

Atlantic Council: The past few years have seen a dramatic shift in the way leaders treat their countries’ press. The result is that 85 percent of the world’s population has experienced a decline in press freedom in their country over the past five years, while trends in the suppression of independent press and media polarization are on the rise.

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