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New York Times Under Criticism From Wordle Puzzle Fans

Gizmodo shared the sentiments of fans regarding the game under the newspaper. The tech news site stated that The Times is “ruining” the game.

Eduardo Razo

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Fans of the puzzle game Wordle are beginning to express their displeasure with The New York Times, which acquired the game a few weeks ago for a low seven figures. 

The newspaper promised Wordle players that it would stay free (at least at first) and keep records of players’ winning streaks under the new ownership. Nonetheless, fans have recently stated that the game isn’t the same with The Times as the new owners. 

Gizmodo shared the sentiments of fans regarding the game under the newspaper. The tech news site stated that The Times is “ruining” the game.

“It’s been less than a month since the New York Times bought Wordle, but it’s wasting no time in ruining everyone’s favorite word game in all the s—y ways you’d expect from a billion-dollar behemoth,” Gizmodo wrote. 

“And—you guessed it—that means your little daily puzzles are being loaded with ad trackers now, too.”

Furthermore, users have accused The Times of altering the game’s “vibe” by creating the word list harder, which the newspaper categorically rejects. However, the newspaper has cleaned up its permitted five-letter word list and has “removed rude words like “p—y” and “w—e” from possible guesses.”

Wordle’s acceptable words have stayed intact since the day the game launched in October 2021 by its creator, software engineer Josh Wardle.

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Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Baltimore See Largest Political Ad Spends in Recent Weeks

President Joe Biden’s campaign has been the biggest spender, dropping $7.2 million.

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A side profile of the U.S. Capitol.

While much of the focus of political advertising is focused on the 2024 presidential election, there are important Congressional races, too. Metros like Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and Baltimore are the beneficiaries of those races.

According to information from AdImpact, $70.8 million has been spent in the political sector in the past two weeks. $3.7 million was spent in Indianapolis, while the Philadelphia market garnered $3.4 million and Baltimore saw $3.2 million in spending.

President Joe Biden’s campaign has been the biggest spender, dropping $7.2 million, according to Inside Radio. $1.7 million was spent in digital ads, while a PAC supporting Biden spent another $649,000.

Projections on the expected spending have fluctuated in recent months as ad spending has slowed after lackluster primary season saw former President Donald Trump effectively lock up the Republican nomination much earlier in the process than had been previously seen.

AdImpact forecasts $10.2 billion in the election cycle, which would be a new record.

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Broadcasters Foundation of America Honors Six with Leadership Awards

The honors were bestowed at the Foundation’s annual breakfast at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.

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The 2024 NAB Show in Las Vegas has wrapped up, and the Broadcasters Foundation of America honored six industry veterans with their Leadership Award.

At the foundation’s annual breakfast at the NAB Show, it honored several leaders.

Erica Farber — who stepped down as CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau at the beginning of the month — was bestowed with the Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award. The honor is named after Clear Channel founder Lowry Mays, who died in September 2022.

Six other individuals were honored with the Leadership Award. Those included:

  • Mike McVay, President of McVay Media
  • Kathleen Kirby, Partner at Wiley
  • Don Bouloukos, CBS and ABC Radio Executive
  • Frank Comerford, Chief Revenue Officer and President of Commercial Operations for NBCU Local
  • John Rouse, Executive Vice President ABC Affiliate Relations
  • Traug Keller, President of ABC Radio Networks and Senior Vice President of ESPN Radio

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Fox News Digital Marks 3 Straight Years Leading Multiplatform Minutes

On average, the network featured 111 million unique visitors per month to its digital platforms, including 5.8 million unique visitors to its mobile app.

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Fox News Digital finished the first quarter leading news brands in multiplatform minutes, marking the 12th consecutive quarter leading the category.

The network saw double-digit year-over-year growth in the sector with 9.8 billion multiplatform minutes, according to Comscore.

Additionally, Fox News led the first quarter in multiplatform views with 4.9 billion. On average, the network featured 111 million unique visitors per month to its digital platforms, including 5.8 million unique visitors to its mobile app in the first quarter.

Fox Business also saw victories in the business media sector. The YouTube channel for the network garnered 182 million views in the quarter, up 20% compared to the same time frame in 2023.

Also, FoxBusiness.com averaged 28.7 million unique visitors per month in the quarter, up 21% in year-over-year growth.

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