CNN+ is launching this spring, and the company’s streaming platform continues to add content. The latest to come aboard is Cari Champion and Jemele Hill, who frequent CNN as a guest, and spent a good portion of their career at ESPN.
In their new show called “Cari & Jemele: Speak.Easy.”, Champion and Hill will co-host a weekly program that will cover sports, culture, entertainment, and politics.
“I’m so thrilled to join CNN+. The beauty and authenticity of my friendship with Jemele has always been at the heart of our creative partnership,” Champion said. “I couldn’t be more excited to be part of the CNN family and share our brand of ‘speakeasy’ with the world.”
“I believe the old adage is that if you work with one of your best friends, then you’ll never work a day in your life,” Hill said. “While I made that up, there’s a certain magic that happens when Cari and I collaborate together. The CNN family is a perfect partner for us because they understand our chemistry and appreciate that our boldness is our strength.”
This isn’t the first time Champion, and Hill have worked together hosting a show as the pair had a show on Vice TV called “Cari and Jemele (Won’t) Stick to Sports.”
NPR Names Whitney Maddox VP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Maddox has led diversity, equity, and inclusion training at more than 250 stations with the network since joining in 2021.
NPR has promoted Whitney Maddox to its Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
“I am excited to be a part of shaping the company’s strategy for DE&I,” said Maddox. “I am fully aware that the reason my career has blossomed at NPR is because of my supervisor Keith Woods. Keith is the reason that I feel confident stepping into this VP role and he is the reason why I will succeed.”
Before joining NPR, Maddox worked at Georgetown University as Assistant Director of Leadership Development and Racial Justice Initiatives. She also was an adjunct professor teaching about value-based leadership.
Maddox has led diversity, equity, and inclusion training at more than 250 stations with the network since joining in 2021. After developing a program called STAR — Stand Together Against Racism — at Georgetown, Maddox implemented the training at NPR for more than 1,000 staffers.
“Since joining us nearly three years ago, Whitney has, in many ways, changed who we are and how we see ourselves as a company,” Chief Diversity Officer Keith Wood said. This promotion recognizes Whitney’s increasing influence across NPR and the larger Network and her emergent influence on the company’s direction and that of our Member stations.”
Rupert Murdoch Stepping Down as Fox Corp. Chairman
Rupert Murdoch has announced he will step down from his role leading Fox Corp. and News Corp. and will hand the reins to his son, Lachlan.
The 92-year-old shared his belief that the time is right to make the transition.
“I have decided to transition to the role of Chairman Emeritus at Fox and News”, Murdoch said, adding that Lachlan Murdoch “will become sole chairman of both companies”.
“The time is right for me to take on different roles, knowing that we have truly talented teams and a passionate, principled leader,” Murdoch said of his son.
“I am truly proud of what we have achieved collectively through the decades, and I owe much to my colleagues whose contributions to our success have sometimes been unseen outside the company but are deeply appreciated by me,” Murdoch continued.
The longtime executive said just because he is relinquishing his title doesn’t mean he will step away from the companies he built completely.
“In my new role, I can guarantee you that I will be involved every day in the contest of ideas. Our companies are communities, and I will be an active member of our community,” Rupert Murdoch wrote of his new role. “I will be watching our broadcasts with a critical eye, reading our newspapers and websites and books with much interest, and reaching out to you with thoughts, ideas, and advice.”
Murdoch’s departure comes after a new book claims he believed Fox News could settle its defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for $50 million. The network ultimately paid a $787.5 million settlement with the voting machine company after it was accused of deliberately airing falsehoods about the validity of the 2020 Presidential election.
Murdoch began his media executive career 70 years ago by taking over The News in Adelaide, Australia after his father’s death. He went on to own hundreds of local, national, and international newspaper and book publishing outlets, and television channels during his career.
The news of Murdoch’s departure was announced during America’s Newsroom on Fox News.
“We’d like to add our gratitude, as well,” anchor Bill Hemmer said. “Rupert Murdoch created all of this and so much more across America and the globe. His life’s work has left an indelible imprint on the global media landscape. His contributions are both innumerable and extraordinary. And we thank him for letting us be a part of it all. Thank you, Rupert. And congratulations.”
Majority of Political Ad Spending Hits Battleground States
An estimated $821 million is forecasted to be spent in Arizona alone.
As the 2024 Presidential election season begins to take shape, political advertising will also ramp up. A new report shows that the majority of the spending will take place in seven battleground states.
Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are slated to see the most political advertising, according to AdImpact. An estimated $821 million is forecasted to be spent in Arizona alone.
AdImpact shares that political advertising is expected to grow by 13% across broadcast, cable, radio, satellite, digital, and connected television in 2024. The forecasted expenditure will quadruple what was spent in the 2016 election.
The organization adds that 3.9% of all campaign advertising will be spent on radio. Meanwhile, BIA claims the industry is expected 5.3% of the media budgets from candidates.