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Forbes Employees Seek Unionization

The NewsGuild of New York stated “over 80 percent” presented cards

Eduardo Razo

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Last week, news surfaced that Forbes Media was in exclusive talks for a $650 million
sale to Michael Moe, who leads an investment group to purchase the media outlet.

As Forbes is in discussions with the head of merchant bank GSV, their employees hold
their own conversations. The New York Post reports that the Forbes employees are
looking to unionize in what could be the most inconvenient time for the company.

“We call on the company to voluntarily recognize the Forbes Union so that we may
swiftly get to the table and begin bargaining a contract,” Susan DeCarava, president of
the NewsGuild of New York said.

The NewsGuild of New York stated “over 80 percent” of Forbes’ 105 editorial workers
presented cards as they look to be represented by the union.

“We’re organizing to promote greater diversity in our newsroom, to gain more of a voice
in editorial decisions, and advocate for a more supportive work environment where
there are clear pathways for promotion,” Dawn Chmielewski, senior media editor, said.

Since March, Forbes has known about its employees’ intentions to unionize and issued
a memo to its editorial staff.

“Forbes’ owners and our management team made a promise in early 2020 to keep the
team intact. Forbes succeeded, avoiding layoffs, furloughs or salary reductions and
ending the year with 59 new employees. And this year, while many of our peers are
shedding jobs, especially in the newsroom, we’ve added 44 new employees.”

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Benztown to Host Programming Webinar Featuring Dr. Ed Cohen and Mike McVay

“In today’s radio environment where every quarter-hour matters, there are quarter-hours hidden everywhere.”

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Benztown is announcing plans for a webinar featuring Dr. Ed Cohen and Mike McVay centered around utilizing data to increase listening credits in the Nielsen radio ratings.

Unlocking Radio Secrets: Every Minute Matters; Improving Your Ratings will be held on Thursday, June 27th at 1 PM ET. In the webinar, Benztown will showcase its SpotGPS tool for radio programmers.

The software “is a powerful tool … that transforms airplay data into powerful and actionable commercial content analysis in a compelling, visual, and intuitive form that is a game-changer for radio stations,” according to the company, who designed it specifically for PPM markets.

“In today’s radio environment where every quarter-hour matters, there are quarter-hours hidden everywhere. Some radio stations know where they are and how to take advantage of them. Knowing where they are illuminates an otherwise dark room,” the company said of the webinar. “Some radio stations accept the darkness and blame ratings methodology. The smart ones live in the light.”

The upcoming webinar is free to those wishing to attend. To register, click here.

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Remote News Service Adds 3 New Markets

“I’m so pleased that all of our team’s hard work is paying off.”

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Remote News Service has added three new markets to its growing list of affiliates.

The news network will now provide services to WXJB-FM near Tampa, WIRY-FM in Plattsburgh, New York, and to Oklahoma City stations owned by Champling Broadcasting — which includes Freedom 96.9.

“I’m so pleased that all of our team’s hard work is paying off. Happy clients, make us super happy, and really proud,” Remote News Service owner Lesley Lotto said.

“The addition of Remote News Service has been a big boost to our local news,” stated WXJB GM Barbara Manuel. “It has dramatically raised the profile of our talk station. We are already out selling it!” 

“I would highly recommend Remote News Service if you are considering an outside source to cover your local news. Our anchor has been very responsive and professional,” added WIRY co-owner Joey Trombly. “We transitioned to this service and it was seamless. We are getting positive feedback in our marketplace since we made this change”.

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Libsyn Completes Integration With YouTube API Features for Podcast Publishers

“By integrating YouTube directly into our platform, we’re empowering creators to expand their reach and engage with a broader audience while simplifying their workflow.”

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Libsyn has announced it has successfully integrated with YouTube and its new Podcast API features, making publishing to YouTube Music an easier process for its customers.

“Our mission at Libsyn is to be the premier destination for anyone at any stage of their podcasting journey to distribute their podcast, grow their audience, and monetize their content,” said CEO John Gibbons. “We’ve evolved from a singular hosting provider to a suite of services for creators and advertisers through our investments in platform innovations and expanded partnerships.

“By integrating YouTube directly into our platform, we’re empowering creators to expand their reach and engage with a broader audience while simplifying their workflow.”

Podcast publishers with Libsyn can now directly upload their episodes to YouTube Music. The new integration can also convert audio files to MP4 video files.

Streamlining the process to upload to YouTube Music as two studies in 2023 showed YouTube is the most used podcast platform in the United States.

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