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Australia Bans News Sharing on Facebook

Over the last few months, tensions between Facebook and the Australian government have boiled over due to proposed legislation requiring tech platforms to pay news publishers for content.

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Australians are barred from finding and sharing news on Facebook, whether local or international, as the social media giant is in a fight with the government. Nonetheless, Facebook’s stance appears to be the most restrictive move the company has taken against content publishers.

Over the last few months, tensions between Facebook and the Australian government have boiled over due to proposed legislation requiring tech platforms to pay news publishers for content.

“What the proposed law introduced in Australia fails to recognize is the fundamental nature of the relationship between our platform and publishers,” Campbell Brown, Facebook’s vice president of global news partnerships, wrote in a blog post.

“Contrary to what some have suggested, Facebook does not steal news content. Publishers choose to share their stories on Facebook. I hope in the future; we can include news for people in Australia once again.”

The decision to ban news on Facebook in Australia is causing confusion and criticism in the country. Fire and emergency services, domestic violence charities, state health agencies, and other organizations have stated that they’re affected by the restrictions. As a result, the social media network has mentioned its intentions to reverse pages “inadvertently impacted” by its move.

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Nielsen Ends Radio Ratings in 3 More Markets

In total, Nielsen has ended rating services for more than 30 markets since 2016.

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Nielsen has made the decision to end the radio ratings for three diary markets with the spring 2024 ratings period being the final book.

The markets are Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, North Carolina; Sunbury-Selinsgrove-Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and Visalia-Tulare-Hanford, California.

The move is notable because the Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville market is a top 100 market, ranking 99th. It was previously a constantly-measured market, while the other two markets (#215 and #109, respectively) were two-book markets.

Removing three more markets comes after the end of seven markets in 2023, including Abilene, TX; Lake Charles, LA; and Rapid City, SD. The company also left nine markets in 2020.

In total, Nielsen has ended rating services for more than 30 markets since 2016.

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49th Annual Gracie Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the awards will be celebrated at the foundation’s annual gala on Tuesday, May 21st at the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, in Los Angeles.

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The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has released the winners of its 49th annual Gracie Awards, with radio, television, and digital media outlets well represented in the honorees.

“As Women’s History Month draws to a close, we honor the remarkable women storytellers whose courage and resilience continue to inspire us. Their stories, strengths, and influence are actively shaping our present and future,” said Alliance for Women in Media Foundation President Becky Brooks. “The impact of women is undeniable, and we look forward to celebrating these powerful contributions and achievements at the upcoming Gracie Awards.”

In the radio sector, several prominent women took home major awards.

CBS News Radio host Allison Keyes was the winner of the Nationally Syndicated Weekend News host radio award. The network’s Jill on Money took the award for best talk show.

ABC News Radio took home the award for Best National Crisis Coverage/Breaking news for its Foreign Crisis Coverage. Network host Michelle Franzen won the award for Outstanding News Anchor.

NPR took home several awards. It won the Public Affairs category with its “Battle of Bamber Bridge” coverage, alongside its breaking news coverage of the “Historica UAW Strike of 2023”, News Feature in conjunction with WBUR, Nationally Syndicated Non-commercial Reporter/Correspondent (Katia Riddle), best nationally syndicated non-commercial series (“On The Ground in Iran” for All Things Considered), and best interview feature (“One Couple’s Fight to Cure ALS” for All Things Considered).

iHeartMedia won the award for best news feature for its “Black, Autistic, and Safe” story.

In local radio, 77 WABC host Rita Cosby took home the award for best Local Radio Interview Feature for her sitdown with former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Meanwhile, the station’s Cindy Adams won the award for best Local non-morning drive weekend show for the large/major market category.

Seattle’s KIRO Newsradio won the award for local Hard News Feature for its “Facing Fentanyl” story. It also won the award for Soft News Feature for a report on the work being done for students at Kent-Meridian High School.

Lisa Dent of WGN in Chicago took home the honors for best Non-Morning Drive Talk/Personality Host in a Large/Major Market.

WCBS Newsradio 880 producer Lisa Tschernkowitsch took home the Best Local Radio Producer award for her work on Newsline with Brigitte Quinn.

KCBS in San Francisco won the local radio award for Best Crisis Coverage/Breaking News for its reporting on the wildfires in Maui.

The news television sector was well represented in the awards.

CNN won an award for Best National Hard News feature for its coverage of a Hamas attack at an Israeli Morgue. The network’s Jomana Karadsheh took home the ward for National Reporter/Correspondent.

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir Producer Esther Castillejo won for Best Producer of a National Newscast.

Bloomberg took home the honor for Best National Investigative Feature for its “Run For Your Life” segment during Bloomberg Investigates.

There was crossover from the News Television and Radio worlds in the digital sector, as well.

Audacy Podcasts took home the award for Lifestyle Podcast co-host/ensemble for We Can Do Hard Things, hosted by Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, and Amanda Doyle.

Kayla Whitworth of ABC News won the award for best National News Podcast Host for her The King Road Killings podcast.

CNN’s Ladan Anoushfar won the award for best National Online News Producer for the As Equals series.

The winners of the 49th annual Gracie Awards will be celebrated at the foundation’s annual gala on Tuesday, May 21st at the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, in Los Angeles.

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Audacy Podcasts to Debut Series on Cultural Impact of MTV

“MTV is still on the air in 2024, and it’s still profitable, but my nieces and nephews know it as a logo on an Urban Outfitters t-shirt. I wanted to know what happened, and where the spirit of MTV exists now.”

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Audacy Podcasts is set to release a new podcast series called Who Killed the Video Star? The Story of MTV.

The eight-part series will be hosted by former MTV VJ and Esquire Editor-At-Large Dave Holmes. The first two episodes released Wednesday, with new episodes releasing weekly through Wednesday, May 8th.

“In the ‘80s and ‘90s, MTV was a window into an alternate universe, one full of music and art and style and sex, that commanded the attention of my whole generation. At the turn of the millennium, I climbed through that window and worked there, and found myself surrounded with the smartest, hardest-working people on Earth, people who loved music and pop culture the way I did,” said Dave Homles.

“MTV is still on the air in 2024, and it’s still profitable, but my nieces and nephews know it as a logo on an Urban Outfitters t-shirt. I wanted to know what happened, and where the spirit of MTV exists now. As I gathered the story, in real-time, a few other bulletproof media brands– Vice, Pitchfork, Sports Illustrated, MTV News itself– went out of business. The story of MTV is a fascinating one in its own right, but it’s also turned out to be, in microcosm, the story of media in 2024.”

“Dave’s insider perspective makes him the perfect person to dissect the trajectory of the cultural phenomenon that is MTV, “ said Jenna Weiss-Berman, EVP, Podcasts, Audacy. “This series is a treat for listeners across all the generations who made MTV a part of their lives.” 

Guests on the show include former VJs “Downtown” Julie Brown,  Damien Fahey, and Kevin Seal. Additionally, former MTV News reporters like Gideon Yago, Chris Connelly, and Suchin Pak will also be featured.

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