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Vice Media Reducing Written Content Results In Layoffs

In a memo to its staff, Cory Haik, Vice Media’s chief digital officer, praised their recent video success. However, she would then reveal the layoffs. 

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A month ago, Vice Media stated that they were switching its emphasis to video and reducing the number of text articles it produced on its website by 40 to 50-percent. 

With the cut in written content, The New York Times reports Vice Media laid off more than a dozen workers, most of them writers and text editors. In a memo to its staff, Cory Haik, Vice Media’s chief digital officer, praised their recent video success. However, she would then reveal the layoffs. 

“As part of this continued global alignment,” the email continued, “we’ve unfortunately had to say goodbye to some of our friends and colleagues today. We wish them well and thank them for their dedicated service over the years.”

One former Vice Media employee spoke to The Times on anonymity about the process of learning that they had lost their job.

“She had been given a few minutes’ notice before a Google Meet call with Ms. Haik, during which she was told she had lost her job. Access to email was cut within minutes, the former staff member said.”

Vice Union would comment on the layoffs that the media outlet made as approximately 20 full-time jobs were cut, mainly in the United States. 

“We have worked in this industry long enough to know today’s metrics are tomorrow’s punch lines, and yesterday’s pivot is today’s clumsy tumble,” the union said in a statement.

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Median Age of Podcast Users Nearly 30 Years Younger Than Cable TV

“The ascent of podcasting signals a shift towards on-demand content consumption that aligns with the lifestyles and preferences of younger generations.”

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It is no secret that cable TV has seen the age of its viewers continue to rise. But the entire picture is coming into view when juxtaposed against other mediums like radio and podcast users.

A new report from Amplifi Media shows that the median age of cable news viewers is 70. MSNBC is 70, Fox News is 69, and CNN is 67. That median age means that more than half the viewers are actually older than 70 years old.

Network television isn’t a much brighter picture. In primetime, the median age is 64. FOX has the youngest number at 49.5.

However, the median age of podcast consumers comes in at 34.

Steve Goldstein, Founder and CEO of Amplifi Media, believes the drastically younger demographics of the medium make it an ideal platform for advertisers.

“The ascent of podcasting signals a shift towards on-demand content consumption that aligns with the lifestyles and preferences of younger generations,” wrote Goldstein. “We live in an on-demand world, and while other media are adjusting (think streaming apps and YouTube), podcasting has three not-so-secret ingredients that traditional media struggle to match: intimacy, flexibility, and loyalty, which makes podcasting an ideal platform for engaging storytelling, niche topics, and fresh takes.”

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Majority of Media Advertising Projected to Be AI-Aided By End of Decade

Forecasts show that 69.5% of all advertising revenue will be AI-aided, while that number is expected to grow to over 90% by 2029.

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The rise of artificial intelligence in media has been a focus for several years. But the use of AI in advertising is just getting started, and a new study suggests it will influence the space in the years to come.

GroupM has released its This Year Next Year forecast. In its projections, it believes that AI will be a prominent tool in advertising optimization. By the end of 2024, it forecasts that 69.5% of all advertising revenue will be AI-aided, while that number is expected to grow to over 90% by 2029.

The company also projects that AI-generated content in advertisements will account for 1.6% of all commercials in 2024. GroupM believes that figure is likely to grow to 10.7% by the end of the decade.

While the organization forecasts an increase of $365.9 billion, up 5.8% compared to previous projections, it shows a 1.5% drop in revenue for terrestrial radio, according to RadioInk.

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Broadcasters Foundation of America Set for Annual Giving Day Thursday

More than 1,000 broadcasters have been aided by the organization.

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The Broadcasters Foundation of America is set to hold its annual Giving Day on Thursday, June 13th.

For more than 70 years, the organization has supported broadcast radio and television professionals during challenging financial times. More than $20 million in grants have been funded by the foundation since its inception.

More than 1,000 broadcasters have been aided by the organization.

To donate to the fund, click here.

In addition to its Giving Day, the organization will hold a mixer at the iHeartMedia studios in New York from 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday.

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