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SBS visualises a changing Australia

Using a new, visually dynamic, multilingual tool, the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) helps Australians visualise how diverse their communities are, while promoting social cohesion.

Drawing on data from the 2021 Census – and using 2011 and 2016 results for comparative purposes – the visually dynamic, interactive tool provides a snapshot of the people that make up Australia. Available in eight different languages for the first time, users can easily navigate the tool by selecting the type of information they wish to explore. The data collected includes statistics on education, work and income; family and relationships; and households.

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Solomon Islands orders national broadcaster SIBC not to report content critical of government

ABC (Australia): The Solomon Islands government has ordered the country’s national broadcaster to self-censor its news and other paid programs and only allow content that portrays the nation’s government in a positive light.

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Willie Jackson on the RNZ-TVNZ merger and his one big regret

The Fold: Freshly-minted media minister Willie Jackson joins Duncan Greive to explain the government’s plans for its merged media platforms – and what that means for NZ on Air. He talks about the Public Interest Journalism Fund and why he believes settlements with Google and Facebook are the right approach to replacing it. In addition, he reminisces on his trailblazing time in the music industry, and reflects on his one big regret.

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ETHIOPIA: Journalists face growing hostility as Ethiopia’s civil war persists

CPJ: Ethiopia’s 21-month-old civil war is accelerating the deterioration of press freedom in the Horn of Africa nation. 

GHANA: GBC marks 87th anniversary

GBC: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GBC is 87 years today. Under the instrumentality of the then governor of the Gold Coast Sir Arnold Hodson, affectionately known as Sunshine governor, GBC commenced operations as a relay station.

GHANA & SENEGAL: Senegal, Ghana losing their shine as press freedom champions

MFWA: In April 2022, Ghana was plunged into shock and lamentation when it fell 30 places in the world and 10 places in Africa in the press freedom ranking established by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).  

KENYA: The role of media in a Kenyan election: what you should know

The Conversation Africa: Traditionally, political debates have been shaped by mainstream media. Kenya’s mainstream media, however, remain strongly wedded to factional ethnic and class interests.

KENYA: We have no plans to shut down Facebook over hate speech – Kenya’s ICT minister says

Business Insider Africa: Kenya’s minister for information, communication and technology, Joe Mucheru, has informed the public that the country has no plans to shut down Facebook over its failure to detect hate speech.

MOROCCO: Behind Morocco’s Throne Day, journalists are being persecuted

RSF: As Morocco quietly marks the 23rd anniversary on 30 July of King Mohammed VI’s accession to the throne, an event called “Throne Day,” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that the situation of Morocco’s media is worse than at any time since he became king in 1999, and calls on the authorities to release imprisoned journalists and abandon all judicial proceedings pending against them.

MOROCCO: ‘Playbook’ to Mask Worsening Repression (Watch)

Human Rights Watch: Moroccan authorities are using indirect and underhanded tactics to silence critical activists and journalists, Human Rights Watch said in a report published today. 

NIGERIA: MultiChoice And BON Delivers On Collaboration To Upskill 200+ Broadcasters

Broadcast Media Africa: In collaboration with the Broadcast Organisation of Nigeria (BON), MultiChoice Nigeria recently organised the second edition of its flagship training programme for broadcast professionals.

SOMALIA: Calls to reverse Somaliland authorities ban on BBC

IFJ: Calls for a ban on the BBC by the Somaliland authorities to be lifted have increased, amid accusations that the silencing of the broadcaster is part of an “information blackout”. 

SOUTH AFRICA: Governing Party In South Africa Calls For Stronger Regulation Of OTT Streaming Services

BMA: South Africa’s governing party (African National Congress) has proposed that the country develop a governance framework that allows domestic broadcasters to compete on fair terms with international players like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+.

SOUTH AFRICA: ICASA holds hearings on FM sound broadcasting frequency optimisation (Paywall)

Telecompaper: The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) says it is holding public hearings on 28 July concerning the optimisation of frequency modulation (FM) sound broadcasting. 

SOUTH AFRICA: Independence of media: no government ought to be without censors (Opinion)

IOL: In a democratic South Africa, one would have thought that such tactics as censorship of the media were in the past but sadly, they are not. 

SUDAN: Steps taken towards a new, independent Sudanese Journalist Syndicate

Radio Dabanga: Sudanese journalists are working on a new, independent Journalists Syndicate. On Saturday they elected the members of the committee that will oversee the elections for the syndicate’s Executive Committee.

TUNISIA: A big step backward for Tunisia’s press


UGANDA: Reliable, quality journalism key for Daily Monitor sustainability (Editorial) 

Monitor: The Daily Monitor has been part of my growth in studying, research and teaching.

REGIONAL: African broadcasters – How to respond to the digital challenge in increasingly tough economic times

Balancing Act: Africa’s broadcasters nearly all took a financial hit during Covid-19 and are now about to face the impact of a global economic downturn. Russell Southwood tries to unpick the business choices that will help broadcasters through this new wave of turbulence.

AFGHANISTAN: ‘Open Fear’: Taliban Cracks Down On Afghan Media By Decree

RFE/RL: When longtime Afghanistan correspondent Lynne O’Donnell returned to Kabul on a reporting trip nearly a year after the Taliban seized power, she knew she was taking a risk.

BANGLADESH: Bangladeshi activists slam ‘indigenous’ ban

UCA News: Bangladesh civil society groups have called for the withdrawal of a government directive not to use the word ‘indigenous’ in TV talk shows on upcoming World Indigenous Day.

CHINA: China is winning the global media war as Beijing quietly builds its presence in the West

iNews: ‘Whoever gets in by bashing China won’t like the ramifications” – Beijing’s sinister media threat to Sunak and Truss as state-controlled media extends its influence.

HONG KONG: Explainer: Hong Kong’s national security crackdown – month 25

HKFP: Chinese state-backed media attacked on one of Hong Kong’s last active pro-democracy parties, a young protester who was shot by police was arrested after two years, and the United Nations called on Hong Kong to repeal the security law.

HONG KONG: Right to Report: Press Freedom in Hong Kong

Al Jazeera: Journalists have been arrested and news organisations forced to close. We investigate the state of press freedom in Hong Kong.

INDIA: India’s War on Free Press Is in High Gear


KASHMIR: Outrage as another Kashmiri journalist stopped from flying abroad

Al Jazeera: Aakash Hassan was on his way to Sri Lanka last week when officials at New Delhi airport barred him from boarding the plane.

MALAYSIA: Radio broadcasting still crucial in Sarawak

The Borneo Post: TECHNOLOGICAL advancements over the past decades have given people unprecedented access to information.

MYANMAR: Regional union body condemns activist executions

IFJ: The South East Asia Journalists Unions (SEAJU) has strongly condemned the Myanmar military junta’s execution of four pro-democracy activists and the continued assault on human rights and press freedom under the regime. 

PAKISTAN: Pakistan women journalists face increased risk of attack, censorship: NCHR

The Print: Pakistan has consistently ranked low on indices rating freedom of expression, and online spaces are no different. Women in particular face the brunt of harassment and abuse.

SINGAPORE: Further details released on safety measures proposed for social media platforms

Baker McKenzie: The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) has released, in its Public Consultation published on 13 July 2022, more information on two proposed complementary codes to protect Singapore-based users against harmful and high-risk online content.

SOUTH KOREA: Dispute over TV license fee

The Korea Herald: A new round of disputes over South Korea’s mandatory TV license fee is set to flare up following a landmark move in France. 

SOUTH KOREA: From this year, KBS recruitment becomes regular, and 118 people are selected in the second half of the year (KBS new employee open recruitment in 2022) (Press release – Korean)

KBS: From this year, KBS Korea Broadcasting System (CEO Kim Eui-cheol) will make regular recruitment of new employees.

SRI LANKA: Sri Lankan security forces detain, assault journalists covering political unrest

CPJ: Sri Lankan authorities must thoroughly and swiftly investigate recent attacks on journalists by the country’s security forces, hold the perpetrators to account, and cease harassing the staff of Xposure News, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

THAILAND: Announcement of selection results “Foreign translators (Freelance) to produce subtitles for SUBTITLE” (Press release – Thai) 

Thai PBS: As announced, Content Productivity Development Department, Thai PBS Content Creation Bureau, April 18 – 30, 2022 Subject: Recruitment of freelance translators, namely Chinese, Myanmar, Laos, to provide subtitle services.

VIETNAM: Plan to bring back public loudspeakers annoys residents of Vietnam’s noisy capital

Radio Free Asia: Residents of the Vietnamese capital Hanoi are opposing a controversial plan by the city to resume using public loudspeakers to make pronouncements, which many see as an archaic remnant of the Vietnam War era, sources told RFA.

REGIONAL: Laxman Datt Pant: Free speech in South Asia is under threat

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AUSTRALIA: ABC appoints former Coalition media adviser Fiona Cameron as ombudsman

The Guardian: Public broadcaster says newly-created independent position will help maintain audience trust and confidence.

AUSTRALIA: ABC signs heads of agreement for Parramatta office in western Sydney (Press release)

ABC: The ABC has today announced the signing of a Heads of Agreement for the Lease for a new workplace at Parramatta in western Sydney.

AUSTRALIA: Albanese wants to change the way politics is done. This means the way politics is reported will have to change too

The Conversation: If politics really is to be done differently, as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has promised, then the way politics is reported will need to be done differently too.

FIJI: Rasova on Act amendment: A direct attack on media freedom

The Fiji Times: A Bill for an Act to amend the Media Industry Development Act 2010 is a “direct attack on media freedom” in Fiji, says Simione Rasova.

NEW ZEALAND: Public media legislation takes another step (Listen)

RNZ: Government MPs commended it to the House and opposition figures condemned it, but the Bill setting out the role and obligations of a new public media entity easily passed its first reading this week.

NEW ZEALAND: TVNZ news boss resigns as Santamaria report released (Watch)

RNZ: TVNZ has released its long-awaited report into the hiring of Breakfast presenter Kamahl Santamaria, and its head of news and current affairs Paul Yurisich has resigned.

NEW ZEALAND: Willie Jackson has big plans for the media – and social media, too

The Spinoff: Ten key takeaways from a major interview with the new broadcasting minister.

SOLOMON ISLANDS: Solomon Islands orders national broadcaster SIBC not to report content critical of government (Watch)

ABC (Australia): The Solomon Islands government has ordered the country’s national broadcaster to self-censor its news and other paid programs and only allow content that portrays the nation’s government in a positive light.

AUSTRIA: GIS for mobile phone, tablet, laptop or just a desktop PC? ORF boss Weißmann hopes for a “practicable solution” (German)

Der Standard: A household levy could cost ORF 60 million input tax deductions. The ORF general about no subscription model instead of GIS, worries about the existence of private media and US series on ORF 1.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Bosnia and Herzegovina news website eTrafika threatened with ‘bloodshed’ over reporting

CPJ: Authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina should swiftly and thoroughly investigate death threats sent to journalists at the independent news website eTrafika and ensure their safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.

CZECH REPUBLIC: The SeČTeno news special maps regional challenges for the upcoming elections. Czech Television will offer fourteen more live entries in August (Press release – Czech)

Česká televize: Twenty-eight stops across the country, twenty-eight challenges for the upcoming municipal elections and dozens of experts. The SeČTeno series is entering its second half and will also offer live inputs and reports from all fourteen regions of the republic in August.  

FINLAND: From the responsible editor-in-chief: The Yle-laki limits freedom of speech (Editorial – Finnish)

Yle: Tomorrow this text would break the law. I’m not guilty of defamation or passing on baseless information, the content shouldn’t be criminal anyway, but this article violates the new Yle Act. It’s just text. Its content is not related to Yle’s TV, radio or Areena content, nor is it related to moving images or audio. The text does not report a rapidly developing event. It’s hardly culture or learning content either. 

FRANCE: France must drop makeshift approach to public broadcast media funding

RSF: Replacing the licence fee that funds France’s public broadcast media with a levy on VAT is not an adequate solution because it would have to be transitory, says Reporters Without Borders (RSF), calling on the government and parliament to create a funding method appropriate to the role the public broadcast media play in France’s democracy.

FRANCE: French Senate approves TV licence fee axe

Advanced Television: The move follows a July vote in the lower house. The decision to axe the fee follows an election promise by President Emmanuel Macron during his re-election campaign in March.

FRANCE: TF1-M6 merger on verge of collapse as French watchdog highlights serious concerns

Digital TV Europe: The planned merger of France’s two biggest broadcasters could fall apart, with the French competition authority raising concerns.

GERMANY: ZDF is researching allegations against ARD chairmen (German)

Süddeutsche Zeitung: It is by no means usual in public service broadcasting that the two large broadcasters, ARD and ZDF, report critically about each other, as a rule they are on the same side. It is all the more remarkable that ZDF is now breaking with ARD chairwoman Patricia Schlesinger. 

GREECE: Journalists covering protest attacked by Athens riot police

EFJ: The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) condemns the police brutality against several journalists in Athens, Greece, on 28 July, during the demonstration in solidarity with jailed anarchist Yiannis Michailidis. The EFJ calls on the Greek judicial authorities to condemn the perpetrators of such violence.

HUNGARY: How media capture left Hungarian voters vulnerable to disinformation (HVG)

IPI: HVG analyzes recent research showing how media capture in Hungary allowed false claims from the government to spread unhindered.

ITALY: Italian TV revenues up 4.1%

Advanced Television: The Italian TV market in 2021 saw an upswing in revenues (+4.1 per cent) to €7.9 billion, according to the annual report of the National Communications Authority (AgCom).

KOSOVO & SERBIA: Social Media Disinformation Spreads Panic About Kosovo-Serbia ‘War’

Balkan Insight: Social media users are spreading disinformation about a full-scale ‘war’ that has allegedly already broken out between Kosovo and Serbia after Kosovo Serbs barricaded roads to two border crossings.

LITHUANIA & POLAND: TVP expands in Lithuania

Broadcast Television News: The Polish public broadcaster’s channels TVP Wilno, TVP Info, TVP Historia 2, TVP Polonia, TVP World and Bielsat TV can now be received terrestrially throughout the whole of Lithuania.

MALTA: Comprehensive reforms still needed to protect journalists

ARTICLE 19: While we welcome the government’s initiative to address these issues, we remain concerned that these proposals will not be comprehensive enough to address the challenges journalists face when exercising their right to freedom of expression. 

NORTH MACEDONIA: North Macedonia Proposes Jail Terms for Media Freedom Violations

Balkan Insight: North Macedonia’s Justice Ministry is proposing legal changes that could see people who violate journalists’ freedom of expression punished with sentences of up to five years in prison.

RUSSIA: Russian Propaganda Is Targeting Aid Workers

Foreign Policy: In April, I was volunteering with World Central Kitchen along Poland’s border with Ukraine. A barbeque chef from North Carolina stood next to me in the warehouse as we unpacked bread for sandwiches. “I heard the International Red Cross is kidnapping Ukrainians and taking them into Russia,” he said confidently.

RUSSIA: Russian TV Channel RT Loses Court Fight Over EU Ban Following Ukraine Invasion (Paywall)

Bloomberg: RT, the Kremlin-backed broadcaster, lost its bid to overturn a European Union ban following the invasion of Ukraine, prompting the Kremlin to threaten retaliation against “western media.”

SERBIA: Serbia Awards National TV Licences to Pro Govt Stations – Again

Balkan Insight: Amid suspicions of political influence, Serbia’s media regulator again handed national broadcasting licences to four reliably pro-government TV stations.

SPAIN: The Government, Bank of Spain, CNMV and RTVE sign an agreement to promote financial education (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, the Bank of Spain, the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) and the RTVE Corporation will collaborate to promote the financial culture of citizens, promoting education and better knowledge by the population of the economics and finances within the framework of the Financial Education Plan.

UK: BBC progress report on £112m diverse production and talent investment (Press release)

BBC: The BBC is on track to investing the full £112m commitment – £100m for TV and £12m for Radio – by 2023/24.

UK: England’s Women’s Euro 2022 final victory breaks TV viewing record

BBC: It’s the most-watched women’s football game on UK television of all-time and the most-watched programme in 2022 so far.

UK: Six convicted of abusing BBC Newsnight journalist during protest

The Guardian: Five men and a woman guilty of public order offences after Nicholas Watt was accosted in central London last year.

UK: Top BBC radio presenters’ pay could be hidden in bid to retain talent

The Guardian: Bosses may transfer popular podcasters to BBC’s commercial arm after loss of big names including Emily Maitlis and John Sopel.

UKRAINE: CPJ calls for Ukraine to revise draft media law

CPJ: Ukrainian legislators should revise a draft media law that threatens to restrict press freedom in the country and would move it away from European Union standards, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.

REGIONAL: Could Licence Fee Strife In France & The UK Spell The Beginning Of The End For Europe’s $36B Public Broadcasting Sector? (Analysis)

Deadline: The funding model that has been the bedrock of Europe’s €35.5B ($36.3B) public broadcasting sector for decades is under threat, and the industry is gravely concerned.

BRAZIL: Press organizations publish a note in defense of democracy (Portuguese)

Nexo Jornal: Associations of newspapers, TV, radio and magazines defend freedom of opinion and information and claim that the results of the elections are sovereign.

CHILE: Journalists collaborated on a proposal for a new Constitution to guarantee pluralism and development of the media (Spanish)

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CHILE: TVN crisis: Towards the refoundation of a public television? (Spanish)

El Ciudadano: “TVN belongs to Chile, not to the governments, nor to a group of businessmen or an elite group”.

COLOMBIA: How hostility to the press ended up isolating Colombia’s government

Colombia Reports: Colombia’s outgoing President Ivan Duque has divided media between allies and enemies, which contributed to polarization in the country and limited citizens’ access to information, according to press freedom foundation FLIP.

COLOMBIA: RTVC presented results on the implementation of peace stations (Spanish)

Radio Nacional: In less than four years, more than 18,000 hours of proprietary radio content of excellent quality were generated in territories affected by the armed conflict.

ECUADOR: National Union of Journalists of Ecuador along with other unions insist on a total veto of reforms to the Communication Law (Spanish)

El Universo: They consider that the reforms include the same practices that violate and violate freedom of expression and the press as the norm approved in 2013.

EL SALVADOR: APES reports cases of sexual harassment: “There are women journalists who have been threatened through troll accounts” (Spanish)

Elsalvador.com: The president of the APES said that so far this year they report 54 cases of attacks on journalists, among these she referred to attacks that women who exercise the profession have received.

GUATEMALA: Guatemalan authorities raid newspaper offices and detain journalist José Rubén Zamora

CNN: Police in Guatemala City arrested prominent journalist José Rubén Zamora Marroquín on Friday, drawing criticism by human rights and press freedom advocacy groups.

HAITI: Haiti-Presse/Kidnapping: Several media and journalist associations demand the release of journalist Edner Fils Décime (French)

AlterPresse: Several heads of media associations and journalists in Haiti are calling for the release of journalist Edner Fils Décime of AlterPresse, kidnapped since Sunday July 17, 2022, in Delmas ( northeast outskirts of Port-au-Prince) among many people kidnapped in a single day.


TV4 Noticias: In the panel ‘Storytelling as a strategy for the creation of educational and cultural content’, this conclusion was reached regarding the challenges of the media.

PERU: ANP clarifies that it is not the role of the press to communicate the achievements of the president (Spanish)

Infobae: The National Association of Journalists of Peru (ANP) responded to the president’s criticism during his message to the Nation and confirmed that “the role of the press is to maintain a vigilant position against acts of corruption by public officials.”

VENEZUELA: 58th anniversary of Venezolana de Televisión: from its golden age to the red years (Spanish) 

El Diario: Throughout its history, channel 8 went through several stages that marked eras in Venezuelan television. From the final resting place of the Renny Show, to the experiment in democracy to create a broadcast medium that balances culture, entertainment and public service. Now, for many, it has become the propaganda organ of the regime.

ISRAEL: Gideon Sa’ar’s journalist wife resigns over election coverage limitations

The Jerusalem Post: Israeli journalist Geula Even-Sa’ar, wife of Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar, resigned from the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) on Sunday morning, ostensibly over news coverage limitations placed on her by the network for the election period.

PALESTINE & US: Shireen Abu Akleh family meets Blinken in Washington

Al Jazeera: From Washington, DC, slain Al Jazeera journalist’s relatives renew calls for accountability and independent US probe.

SYRIA: SNHR condemns Syrian Democratic Forces’ arrest of at least 16 media workers in Raqqa city on July 30

SNHR: SNHR documented Syrian Democratic Forces’ security patrols’ detention/arrest of at least 16 media professionals, two of them women, in raids on their locations in the city of Raqqa on July 30, 2022. 

TURKEY: Erdogan Seeks to Tighten Grip on Social Media Ahead of Polls (Watch)

VOA News: Social media users in Turkey could face up to three years in jail for postings that authorities consider to be disinformation under proposed legislation. The move has prompted protests, with critics accusing the government of seeking to silence the last platforms that Turkish citizens have for venting their grievances.

TURKEY & CYPRUS: Protest after ‘victimised’ journalist banned from Turkey

Cyprus Mail: Akel MEP Niyazi Kizilyurek said on Thursday that he has raised Ankara’s refusal to deny entry to a Turkish Cypriot journalist with the European Commission.

YEMEN: Open letter to Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on intervention needed to save life of journalist sentenced to death

Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor: Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor has sent an urgent open letter to Hans Grundberg, UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, regarding the deteriorating health of Yemeni journalist Tawfiq al-Mansouri, who has been arbitrarily detained for nearly seven years and sentenced to death by the Houthi group.

CANADA: Register: Building CBC/Radio-Canada’s National Indigenous Strategy – next up, Edmonton on Aug. 3

CBC/Radio-Canada: Beginning in April 2022, CBC/Radio-Canada has been conducting engagement sessions with Indigenous individuals, communities and organizations across Canada – to listen and bring forward their input into how the national public broadcaster can represent and reflect diverse Indigenous cultures, interests and needs. 

CANADA: Sing Tao, Canada’s largest Chinese-language newspaper, to end print edition

CBC: Canada’s largest Chinese-language newspaper will stop publishing its print edition next month after more than four decades in operation.

US: CPB Board of Directors Audit and Finance Committee to Meet Virtually on August 9, 2022 (Press release)

CPB: The Audit and Finance Committee of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Board of Directors will meet telephonically on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, from noon to 1:40 pm Eastern Time.

US: For midterms, America Amplified will use community engagement to answer questions about voting (Paywall)

Current: The project aims to give audiences and communities “information they need to participate in the midterm elections,” says Managing Editor Alisa Barba.

US: Imagining a New Public Sphere: Public Media and a New Resilient Future with Public Broadcasting

Tech Policy Press: Could public broadcasters in the US play a greater role in the new digital public sphere and perhaps even in reimagining social media? 

US: It’s our job — and yours — to protect the public interest (Commentary)

Iowa Capital Dispatch: Journalists, politicians and educators have a duty to inform, instruct and serve the people — not themselves or special interests.

US: Looming press-freedom threats in post-Roe America

CJR: WHEN THE US SUPREME COURT overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that recognized a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy, it simultaneously created a crazy quilt of laws where abortion is legal in certain states but not others, and it committed the news media to reporting on the vital consequences of its decision.

US: Network of Lawyers Helps US Journalists Fight for Access

VOA News: A legal initiative in five states teams up reporters and news outlets with lawyers to defend public interest journalism.

US: Paula Kerger unveils performance series, highlights LBJ’s vision for public TV as a public-private partnership (Paywall)

Current: PBS President Paula Kerger ushered in the opening day of the Television Critics Association emphasizing that PBS’ mission of educating and being inclusive remains paramount.

US: WETA and subsidiary officially recognize union for ‘PBS NewsHour’ staff (Paywall) 

Current: NewsHour Productions, the nonprofit subsidiary of WETA in Washington, D.C., voluntarily recognized a union for content staffers who work on PBS NewsHour.

US & SAUDI ARABIA: Statement By National Press Club On LIV Golf Event At Trump Course

PR Newswire: “We are revolted by the way the Saudi-funded LIV enterprise has followed the fist bump in the desert by shoving themselves onto golf courses and television screens.” 

US & SOUTH KOREA: Sinclair Announces Agreements with Korean Broadcasters to Further NextGen Broadcasting

Business Wire: Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI), today announced that the company has entered into agreements with two top Korean Broadcast networks, Korean Broadcast System (KBS), and Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to collaborate on the development and implementation of NextGen Broadcast (ATSC 3.0) business models and technology in both Korea and the United States.

Can local news be saved?

Poynter: As newspapers shutter, Axios, City Cast and other organisations attempt to fill a void. Whether they are is in dispute. 

Does Murdoch make the political weather or follow it? Yes.

CJR: “IT’S THE SUN WOT WON IT.” Thirty years ago, The Sun, a Rupert Murdoch–owned tabloid in the UK, plastered those words on its front page—a humblebrag it was not—after John Major, then Britain’s Conservative prime minister, was reelected.

How the BBC’s Ros Atkins became the voice of reason in global news (Listen) 

Judith Neilson Institute: Ros Atkins has perfected the art of the explainer. His team at the BBC consistently produces viral videos using story-driven journalism that starts conversations and, crucially, works just as well on social media as it does on TV.

How will social media platforms respond to election misinformation? It isn’t clear

Poynter: Major social media platforms have policies that prohibit spreading election falsehoods. But enforcement varies and is hard to track.

Imagining a New Public Sphere: Public Media and a New Resilient Future with Public Broadcasting

Tech Policy Press: Every day, there is a new spike of anger, recrimination, or legislation directed at “information disorder,” with concerns that people are steered towards harmful misinformation, radicalized by conspiracies, hived off into polarized media, and worse.

Journo-influencers are good for newsrooms, but they need support

Journalism.co.uk: TikTok can be a place where reporters, newsrooms and consumers can all benefit from influencer-style content. But too few newsrooms embrace the opportunity, finds a report by Polis at LSE.

Online long form TV viewing time increases as linear lags

Rapid TV News: Even though its analysts stressed that traditional linear TV was most certainly not in a death spiral, research firm Omdia has revealed continued growing strength of nonlinear viewing and social media video in the daily viewing habits of TV users across the US, Europe and Australia.

Streaming Video Viewing Will Surpass Cable TV Before The End Of This Year

Forbes: Nielsen’s Gauge report that measures viewing shares across video platforms each month, shows the continued shifting in audience from cable television to streaming video. 

Three tools for journalists to protect themselves against online harassment

Journalism.co.uk: Online harassment puts both individual journalists and independent journalism at risk. These tools help to flag and report threats while limiting your exposure to harmful content. 

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