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SABC to launch a 24 hour channel in indigenous languages

SABC: Millions of South Africans depend on the different SABC channels for news in their home languages. Some languages are aired every two days across the Free to Air platforms. In an effort to satisfy the growing audience, the SABC is launching a 24 hour News Channel for African languages on DTT and SABC plus.

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Facing death threats, Indian journalist Rana Ayyub says world must stand up for press freedom 

The Current, CBC Radio: Ayyub says criminal charges against her in India are intended to intimidate her.

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ALGERIA: Daughter of Algerian journalist arrested on Christmas Eve calls for his release

The Guardian: The daughter of the prominent Algerian journalist Ihsane el-Kadi has called for his immediate release from detention in a notorious prison following his arrest at midnight on Christmas Eve.

BURUNDI: Conviction of journalist Floriane Irangabiye: a new attack on human rights and freedom of the press in Burundi (French)

Toute La Culture: Floriane Irangabiye is a Burundian journalist, host and commentator on a talk show. Critic of the power in place in Burundi, she distinguished herself for her political positions within the program “Igicaniro”, from Rwanda. She was sentenced on Tuesday, January 3 to ten years in prison and a fine of 1,000,000 BIF.

ETHIOPIA: Authority warns religious media outlets broadcasting inciting messages (24 December) 

Addis Standard: The Ethiopian Media Authority (EMA) has announced that it will take legal action against religious media outlets that transmit irresponsible messages poisoning the peace and harmony of citizens using the media outlet allowed to them to use for religious purposes.

GHANA: Major boost for press freedom: Court orders Police Chief, Attorney General to apologise to abused journalist

MFWA: Press freedom in Ghana received a major boost on Friday, January 13, 2023, with a court ordering the heads of three major State institutions to apologize to a journalist whose rights were abused.

KENYA: Government pledges to support media

KBC: The Government has assured the media of a conducive environment to undertake its operations. Principal Secretary in the State Department for Broadcasting and Telecommunications at the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Digital Economy Prof Edward Kisiangani says relevant legislation to facilitate this will be put in place.

SENEGAL: Journalist Pape Alé Niang released on bail (French)

RFI: Provisional release was granted on Tuesday evening January 10 to Pape Alé Niang. The journalist, boss of the Dakar Matin site and critic of power, was imprisoned again on December 20, after a first arrest on November 6.

SOMALIA: Harassment of journalists continues amid deteriorating press freedom situation

IPI: The IPI global network is increasingly concerned about the deteriorating press freedom situation in Somalia after seven journalists were assaulted or detained in December 2022 alone. IPI reiterates its call on authorities to stop all attacks on press freedom and respect independent journalism.

SOUTH AFRICA: Turning TV licences into household levy could take up to 5 years, says dept

Eyewitness News: The Department of Communications and Digital Technology (DCDT) says it will take three to five years for TV licences to be transitioned into a household levy.

TANZANIA: Hopes rise for press freedom in Tanzania as number of censured journalists falls

The Guardian: Media council reports progress under progressive stance of President Suluhu following years of repression by former regime.

REGIONAL: Ruptured airwaves, advocating for justice, and efforts to end online violence

IFEX: IFEX’s Regional Editor Reyhana Masters digs into three important stories from 2022 in Africa: an ACHPR Resolution that opens a door to combat online violence against women journalists, strong regional partnerships for freedom of expression, and the disruption of the region’s airwaves.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan Journalists Criticize Restrictions, Lack Of Information: Report

NDTV: While putting up a strong urge to the Taliban regarding basic freedom to the press, they said that access to information is the fundamental right of people and journalists.

BANGLADESH: Attacks on journalists, authoritarian laws stifle press freedom

IPI: Journalists in Bangladesh operate in a hostile and dangerous environment, often facing physical attacks and threats, legal harassment and arrests, as well as censorship and surveillance.

BANGLADESH: Outrage In Bangladesh Over Report Government Purchasing Israeli Spy Technology

Eurasia Review: The Bangladesh government’s latest purchases of advanced surveillance tools from Israel-linked companies, reported by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, is fueling fresh concerns about privacy and freedom of expression in the South Asian country.

BANGLADESH: Radio Silence: Bangladesh Betar’s external service inoperative for three years

The Daily Star: The external service of Bangladesh Betar has remained disconnected from the rest of the world for over three years due to a mechanical fault, depriving a vast diaspora of foreign listeners.

CHINA: China forces journalists to take exam to demonstrate loyalty, political correctness

Radio Free Asia: China says it will require its journalists to take a national professional exam that will test their political correctness and allegiance to China’s rulers. Those who don’t toe the party line could have their press credentials revoked, mimicking a crackdown on the country’s lawyers.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong journalist Bao Choy allowed to appeal conviction linked to Yuen Long attack documentary

HKFP: Bao Choy was earlier found guilty of making false statements to access vehicle records while making an RTHK documentary about a July 2019 attack at Yuen Long MTR station.

INDIA: Facing death threats, Indian journalist Rana Ayyub says world must stand up for press freedom

CBC: Journalist Rana Ayyub was boarding a plane to her native India recently, knowing she was returning to a place where her work has led to death threats, harassment and, now, criminal charges. 

JAPAN: NHK submits budget and business plan for fiscal 2023 to government

NHK World: NHK has submitted its fiscal 2023 budget and business plan to Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Matsumoto Takeaki.

JAPAN: Preserve Japan’s community FM stations as disaster information tools (Editorial)

The Mainichi: It has been 28 years since the Great Hanshin Earthquake devastated Kobe and surrounding areas. And after nearly three decades in service, it would be worrisome indeed if an information transmission tool that grew up in the wake of the disaster were to be diminished.

KAZAKHSTAN: Authorities must investigate intimidation of journalist Dinara Yegeubayeva

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI) calls upon authorities in Kazakhstan to thoroughly investigate an apparent arson attack on a car belonging to independent journalist Dinara Yegeubayeva.

MALAYSIA: Mainstream media still crucial in providing accurate news, says Dr Sim

The Borneo Post: Mainstream media still play a pivotal role in disseminating accurate news despite the emergence of social media, said Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

NEPAL: Physical attacks and pressure on journalists continues

IPI: Despite the constitution’s commitment to “full freedom of the press,” journalists in Nepal operate in an uncertain and intimidating environment and regularly face physical attacks and threats, legal harassment, and arrests.

PAKISTAN: Pakistan parliament now ‘no go area’ for social media influencers because…

Hindustan Times: Pakistan’s national assembly secretariat has reportedly banned the entry of YouTubers, TikTokers and other social media influencers in the Parliament House. According to an announcement by the secretariat, the decision has been taken following an incident of “misbehavior with [lawmakers] by some unauthorised YouTubers/social media influencers at Gate No 1 of Parliament House on Dec 23 last year.” 

PAKISTAN: Press freedom remains under strain

IPI: The election of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in April 2022 brought initial hopes for an improved climate for press freedom in Pakistan, however the country’s journalists continue to face physical attacks, harassment, and arrests, according to data collected by IPI on press freedom violations in Pakistan between April and September of 2022.

PHILIPPINES: ‘What is Happening to Us is Coming For You’

The Diplomat: When Rodrigo Duterte took office in June 2016 as the president of the Philippines, he fulfilled an election promise by launching a “war on drugs.” 

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Mediacorp expands its reach

ABU: Singapore’s Mediacorp continues to dominate the airwaves, expanding its reach to capture 3.8 million listeners weekly.

TAIWAN & CANADA: Philippe Leblanc, the first Canadian journalist stationed in Taiwan: I feel the same love and resistance as the Ukrainian people (Chinese) 

Radio-Canada: In early November last year, the Canadian National Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Canada/CBC) issued a rare statement stating that in the past two years, after repeated negotiations, the Radio Canada/CBC reporter Philippe Leblanc stationed in Asia has been unable to obtain a Chinese visa. In desperation, CBC decided to close its 40-year-old press station in Beijing and transfer it to Taiwan.

THAILAND: Announcing the list of candidates selected to be members of the NPA Policy Committee (Press release – Thai)

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THAILAND: Thailand’s new ministerial decree could further suppress free speech online

Global Voices: A ministerial decree issued by the government of Thailand detailing procedures for the “Suppression of Dissemination and Removal of Computer Data from the Computer System B.E. 2565” took effect on December 25, 2022. 

AUSTRALIA: ABC urges ACMA to continuously drive participation in the misinformation code

Mumbrella: The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) should continue to have a role in driving digital platforms’ participation in the Australian misinformation code, according to the ABC.

AUSTRALIA: At Fitzroy Crossing and around Australia, community radio empowers local responses to climate impacts

The Conversation: As rain poured down and rivers rose, the radio buzzed with static where you’d usually find Fitzroy Crossing’s community radio station, Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio.

AUSTRALIA: Journalists angered by new Australian federal court restrictions on reporting of cases

The Guardian: Senior journalists and editors from across the media industry have written to the federal court in “dismay” at its decision to restrict access to crucial documents, saying the shift “contradicts principle of open justice”.

AUSTRALIA: SBS celebrates Lunar New Year 2023 with distinctive stories to connect all Australians (Press release)

SBS: SBS is ringing in the Lunar New Year with a distinctive line-up of programming across the SBS Network from 16 January to 5 February to celebrate diverse cultures, traditions and food, and encourage all Australians to be part of this special time of year observed by over 1.5 billion people around the world. 

AUSTRALIA: The Australian’s youth title the Oz folds less than a year after launch

The Guardian: The Australian’s youth media title, the Oz, has been quietly dismantled less than a year after it launched as a passion project of the former editor-in-chief Christopher Dore who left the Murdoch empire after an alleged drunken incident in California.

FIJI: Ajay is new chairman for FBC board

The Fiji Times: Freelance writer and businessman, Ajay Bhai Amrit is the new chairman for the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) board. His appointment came about after the resignation of all former FBC board members on January 11, 2023.

FIJI: FBC Board members resign to make way for investigation

FBC: The Board members of the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation have decided to resign. Board Chair Sashi Singh confirmed the Board members made the decision on their own.

FRENCH POLYNESIA: French Polynesia plans journalism study grants to combat disinformation

Asia Pacific Report: President Édouard Fritch of French Polynesia says he wants to boost funds to study journalism in French Polynesia in a bid to help strengthen the media industry quality.

NEW ZEALAND: Abuse of journalists shows how ugly our civil discourse has become

Stuff: A year ago I wrote about my sister’s cancer. Given the brutal treatment regime she was undergoing had left her immunocompromised, I wanted to express my frustration that so many people were refusing to adopt Covid measures which would protect not only themselves, but others, like her.

NEW ZEALAND: Google media deals: TVNZ joins the fold

Stuff: TVNZ has joined New Zealand Herald publisher NZME, RNZ and several smaller publishers in reaching a deal to supply curated news content to Google for use in its Google News app.

NEW ZEALAND: No reason New Zealand can’t be part of Eurovision, EU ambassador says

RNZ: New Zealand can be part of an increasingly global Eurovision Song Contest if Kiwis show enough interest, an EU representative says.

BELARUS: Independent News Outlet Staff Go on Trial in Belarus

VOA: Five employees of what used to be authoritarian Belarus’s largest independent news outlet went on trial Monday in Minsk, facing several charges including tax evasion and “inciting enmity”, a rights group said.

BELGIUM: VRT turns up audio acceleration (Press release – Dutch)

VRT: “With the launch of our car apps, we are making all our strong VRT audio content even more easily accessible in the car. In other words, a new service for our listeners.”

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Physical Attacks and Death Threats against Journalists in BiH

Sarajevo Times: Last year, the helpline for journalists reported a total of 79 cases of attacks on journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

DENMARK: DR, DUF and the Rural Community Council establish public service youth councils (Press release – Danish)

DR: Danish Youth Council and Rural District Council give the floor to 12 selected young people from all over Denmark. The Youth Council must come up with recommendations on how DR can ensure the renewal of both the local and national public service.

FRANCE: French government looking to VAT-financed pubcaster option

Digital TV Europe: The French government could continue to finance public broadcasting from VAT as a long-term solution, according to culture minister Rima Abdul Malak, as reported by Le Monde.

FRANCE & LUXEMBOURG: RTL switches off longwave

RedTech: French broadcaster RTL has switched off its giant Beidweiler longwave transmitter in Luxembourg.

FINLAND: How Finland Is Teaching a Generation to Spot Misinformation

The New York Times: A typical lesson that Saara Martikka, a teacher in Hameenlinna, Finland, gives her students goes like this: She presents her eighth graders with news articles. Together, they discuss: What’s the purpose of the article? How and when was it written? What are the author’s central claims?

GERMANY: Does the public broadcasting service in Germany have a future?

DW: The Internet has intensified competition between public broadcasting and other media. Criticism of fee financing and calls for reform of public broadcasting are growing louder. The debate range from reforms to abolition.

GERMANY: How many young people the ARD youth waves actually reach (German)

Deutschlandfunk: ARD has nine youth channels – but do young people listen to them? Radio analyzes show that very few listeners are under 30. But the most recent wave can score points with these.

GERMANY: Investigation of German media houses: Still few women in management positions (German)

Deutschlandfunk: For more than ten years, the “ProQuote” association has been campaigning for equal rights for women and men at the top of editorial offices. New figures show that things are only slowly changing. The idea of ​​a quota also remains controversial.

IRELAND: RTÉ advertises for next director general as Dee Forbes nears end of seven-year term

The Irish Times: ‘Chief executive and editor-in-chief’ role at Irish public service broadcaster ‘must ensure RTÉ’s place in Irish public life’, job ad states.

ITALY: Rai Radio 2 is also popular on TV (Press release – Italian)

Rai: Rai Radio 2 is also popular on TV. And the numbers prove that the experiment works.

SPAIN: EFE and RTVE will train young journalists to learn how to count the EU (Press release – Spanish)

EFE: The EFE Agency and RTVE, in collaboration with the European Parliament, will train young journalists from all over Spain with the aim of learning to tell the EU “better” to explain to citizens the functioning of the Community institutions and how the policies agreed in Brussels affect them.

SPAIN: Enric Hernández sues RTVE for unfair dismissal (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: He was director of News and Digital Content between 2019 and 2021. There is a hearing scheduled for March where Pérez Tornero attends as a witness.

SWEDEN: Artificial Intelligence gives the audience more (Blog – Swedish)

SVT: Seen from my horizon, a very exciting journey therefore begins now. On January 11, SVT starts tests of automated subtitles during live broadcasts.

SWEDEN: Radioapan celebrates 20 years in the service of children – with record listenership for Children’s Radio! (Press release – Swedish)

SR: With security, mischief and a pantry full of sound cans, Radioapan has now kept Sweden’s Radio’s youngest listeners company for a full 20 years. 

UK: Amol Rajan says BBC’s backroom staff deserve more credit (Paywall)

The Times: In his starter for ten as the host of University Challenge, Amol Rajan has told the BBC’s “impartiality police” to get stuffed. Rajan has left his role as the BBC’s media editor with an “elegiac” tribute to the unsung producers he worked with — and an action plan for his employers. He has called on the corporation to give more credit to its backroom employees, saying it had a duty to explain its workings to the general public.

UK: BBC chief Tim Davie says undermining local news in search ‘would not be acceptable’

Press Gazette: BBC director-general Tim Davie told a Commons select committee on Thursday that it would “not be acceptable” for British democracy if the corporation harmed local news publishers’ online performance.

UK: Reimagining Channel 4’s Future

Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre: Michelle Donelan, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, has formally announced that the government has cancelled its plans to privatise Channel 4 Corporation.

UK: The battle for free speech: What reporters can tell you, and what they can’t reveal

iNews: Restrictions on what information journalists are allowed to publish are growing in UK courts and Parliament, editors and legal experts are warning.

UKRAINE: IFJ calls on the government to revise new media law

IFJ: President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed into law a controversial bill that expands the government’s power to control the media, endangering press freedom and media pluralism in the country. 

REGIONAL: HRW Report: Southeast, Central Europe Backsliding on Human Rights

Balkan Insight: Annual report shows that human rights record of several Southeast and Central European countries deteriorated, with autocratic rulers cracking down on critics, journalists and LGBT groups amid increase in violence against women and high political tensions.

REGIONAL: IOC awards exclusive 2026-2032 Olympic Games rights in Europe to EBU and Warner Bros. Discovery

Eurosport: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that all media rights in Europe for the four Olympic Games in the 2026-2032 period have been awarded to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Warner Bros. Discovery.

ARGENTINA: “The State has an enormous task in the face of threats and false news” (Listen – Spanish)

Radio Nacional: “The advance and the threat to close the public media is no longer underhanded. It is explicit, it is said and it responds to communication plans to put other interests into practice.”

BOLIVIA: Bolivian government promises support to journalists attacked (Spanish)

DW: At least seven journalists and three cameramen suffered attacks in the Santa Cruz protests that were attributed to pro-government “shock groups.”

BRAZIL: At least 40 journalists targeted amid Brazil capital riot and aftermath

CPJ: Brazilian authorities must investigate all attacks on journalists covering the January 8 riots at the country’s capital and their aftermath, and adopt concrete measures to protect members of the press and reduce widespread hostility against the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

BRAZIL: Lula dismisses EBC directors after broadcaster calls vandal a protester (Portuguese) 

Folha de Sao Paolo: President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) dismissed the entire board of the EBC (Empresa Brasileira de Comunicação) on Friday night (13) and appointed journalist Kariane Costa for the presidency, on an interim basis.

COSTA RICA: Rodrigo Chaves: there are journalists who are “political hitmen” in Costa Rica (Spanish)

DW: Since his political campaign, Chaves has launched attacks on the media, especially the newspaper La Nación, the television outlet Canal 7 and the digital outlet CRHoy, in response to publications about sexual harassment complaints filed when he was a World Bank employee, and more recently by notes about decisions and acts of his Government.

MEXICO: Tyrant of the year 2022 named

Index on Censorship: It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the announcement of the annual Tyrant of the Year competition winner. While competition was tough, one leader surged ahead, by a mile in fact…

NICARAGUA: IAPA Concerned About New Propaganda Weapon of the Nicaraguan Regime (Spanish)

IAPA: The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) expressed concern over the new improper, illegal, and unconstitutional use of the presses and facilities stolen from the newspaper La Prensa by the Daniel Ortega regime of Nicaragua. 

PERU: Dozens of journalists harassed, injured amid Peru protests

CPJ: In response to reports that more than 70 journalists have been harassed and attacked amid anti-government protests in Peru, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement calling for authorities to ensure reporters’ safety…

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: UNC: All media houses should be invited to government press conferences

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday: THE Opposition has called on the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to “adhere to the freedom of the press” by not handpicking which media houses can attend press conferences at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s. 

REGIONAL: Impactful investigative journalism stories in Latin America in 2022

LatAm Journalism Review: To honor all Latin American journalists who work every day and take risks to reveal information of public interest, LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) presents four investigations that stood out in 2022. 

REGIONAL: Media Institute of the Caribbean Pioneers Freedom of Information Initiative (Press release)

Media Institute of the Caribbean: A milestone in Freedom of Information (FOI) and Access to Information has been laid in the Pan-Caribbean region with the launch of the MIC Freedom of Information Help Desk and Advocacy tool kit. The Media Institute of the Caribbean (MIC) announced the initiative virtually on Monday, at the second seminar of the four-part workshop series on FOI and ATI.

IRAN: 30 Iran Journalists Still Detained Over Protests, Group Says

VOA: At least 30 Iranian journalists are still imprisoned in connection with protests linked to the death of Mahsa Amini, the Tehran journalists association said Wednesday.

IRAN: Why reporting on Iran comes at a heavy price

BBC News: In Iran, the anti-government protests of 2022 have continued into the new year. Reporting on one of the biggest international stories of the moment is an ongoing challenge for BBC Persian Service journalists, who are not allowed into the country, suffer daily harassment, and whose families back home are persecuted.

ISRAEL: Communications Min: Public broadcasting budget to be massively reduced

The Jerusalem Post: Public broadcasting’s budget will be reduced by hundreds of millions of shekels already in the upcoming budget, Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi announced on Saturday in an interview with N12’s “Meet the Press” with Amit Segal and Ben Caspit.

ISRAEL: Eurovision contestant Noa Kirel says she hopes public broadcaster won’t be shut down

The Times of Israel: Pop star Noa Kirel, who is slated to represent Israel at this year’s Eurovision, says she is opposed to a government proposal to shut down the Kan public broadcaster.

ISRAEL: Plans to scrap Israel’s BBC could see it axed from Eurovision

The Jewish Chronicle: The new Israeli government will reportedly publish plans to scrap its public broadcaster after accusing the network of “left-wing bias”.

TURKEY: ‘Visually approving of terrorism’ among reasons for fines on 3 Turkish TV stations

SCF: Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog has imposed a fine on three TV stations critical of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for reasons that include “visually approving of terrorism,” Turkish Minute reported, citing a member of the watchdog has announced.

CANADA: Canada’s online streaming act could discriminate against American companies: U.S. embassy

Global News: The United States Embassy in Ottawa says it has concerns that the federal Liberals’ controversial online streaming act could discriminate against American companies.

CANADA: “Canada’s ProPublica” is sharing the databases behind its hard-hitting stories

Nieman Lab: “Think of us like ProPublica meets OpenSecrets.” That’s how editor-in-chief Zane Schwartz describes Canada’s newly launched Investigative Journalism Foundation.


CBC: CBC Calgary is expanding its news coverage in southern Alberta with a full-time, permanent bureau based out of Lethbridge. 

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada President and CEO Catherine Tait to speak at Vancouver events on journalism and independent production (Press release) 

CBC/Radio-Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada President and CEO Catherine Tait will join industry experts and leaders at two events at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University on Tuesday, January 17.


PBS: Local Now – Allen Media Group’s leading free streaming service for local news and entertainment in America – announced today its new partnership with PBS to include live streaming of its local stations and the KIDS 24/7 channel.

US: Calvert Appointed to Second Term on Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board

WRR Network: U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) announced that Riverton resident Ruby Calvert has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) board. This will be Ruby’s second term on the board.

US: GBH receives $16 million to support public broadcasting archive (Paywall) 

Current: GBH received a $16 million award, its largest private grant ever, to support the preservation of public radio and television programs, the organization announced Wednesday. 

US: National News Literacy Week 2023 explores declining public trust in news media

PR Newswire Cision: This year’s fourth annual National News Literacy Week, from Jan. 23-27, will encourage news consumers to stop the flood of misinformation and learn how to identify trustworthy news. The week includes events and resources that will explore the complex issues relating to declining trust in national news media and highlight successful efforts to help rebuild credibility.

US: PBS Announces New Phase of Filmmaker Initiative (Press release)

PBS: Today at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, PBS revealed the first wave of content creators who will receive funding support to complete their films through the Open Call for Emerging Filmmakers.

US: PBS Announces Unprecedented Multiyear Commitment to Environmental and Climate Programming (Press release)

PBS: Today at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger announced the launch of an unprecedented environmental and climate programming initiative that explores impacts on the country and planet. 

US: PBS CEO Paula Kerger on How the New Republican-Led House Might Impact Public Broadcasting Funding

Variety: Whenever there’s a change in Congress, public broadcasters know it’s time to make their case again, and PBS president/CEO Paula Kerger tells reporters it’s something she’s once again pondering as a new Republican-led majority takes over the House of Representatives.

US: Rhode Island PBS acquires ‘Future of XYZ’ as part of evolving digital strategy (Paywall) 

Current: A series that started as a pandemic passion project is now on its way to viewers across New England and beyond thanks to a collaboration between Rhode Island PBS and independent producer Lisa Gralnek, host and creator of the series Future of XYZ. 

US: ‘The Divided Dial’ examines how right-wing radio spreads misinformation (Listen)

Wyoming Public Media: Before the attack on the U.S. Capitol in 2021, a talk radio host was on the air. Eric Metaxas interviewed a man who denied the presidential election results and who in turn got a call from Donald Trump.

BBC World Service and CBC Podcasts unveil new True Crime Podcast for 2023 – Love, Janessa

BBC: The BBC World Service and CBC Podcasts today announced the launch of the new original true crime podcast, Love, Janessa premiering 23 January 2023 on BBC Sounds, CBC Listen and on most podcast apps.

Blind news audiences are being left behind in the data visualisation revolution: here’s how we fix that

Reuters Institute: As the use of visual data journalism becomes more embedded in day-to-day newsroom operations, there’s a very real danger that those who can’t decipher visual information in the usual way will be left behind.

Both-sidesing the climate story

CJR: THE RECENT STORMS IN CALIFORNIA HAVE BEEN TRAGIC, killing at least nineteen people and soaking nearly the entire state, including cities, such as Palm Springs, that are more used to drought. 

Good news: Misinformation isn’t as powerful as feared! Bad news: Neither is information.

Nieman Lab: To people who publish facts, it’s appealing to think of them as powerful. But people’s belief systems go a lot deeper than facts.

Killings of journalists up 50% in 2022, half targeted off duty (Press release)

UNESCO: Eighty-six journalists and media workers were killed around the world in 2022 – one every four days, according to UNESCO data, highlighting the grave risks and vulnerabilities that journalists continue to face in the course of their work.

Tech companies, the media and regulators must come together to prevent online harm

World Economic Forum: Recent years have brought about an increase in how individuals, governments and the media view trust and safety. In fact, if Google Trends are any indicator, over the last 10 years, there has been a twenty-five-fold rise in the public’s interest in content moderation — the core function of trust & safety.

What we’re watching in 2023

CJR: IT MAY NO LONGER FEEL LIKE IT, ten and a bit long days in, but 2023 is only just getting started, and the stories that will shape the year ahead are still coming into view.

Why so many humanitarian crises are ‘forgotten’, and 5 ideas to change that

The New Humanitarian: Last year, there were almost 100 times more online news articles about the actor Will Smith slapping comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars ceremony than the humanitarian crisis in Malawi…

Why the golden age of streaming is over

Redshark: That’s it, we’re done. The golden goose that laid the golden age of streaming now looks to be on life support. And while streaming services will always be part of the TV landscape they’re not going to be the fecund playground for crews and viewers they once were.

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