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Variety Editor-In-Chief Takes Temporary Medical Leave

Eller expressed her appreciation to the staff for their concern and support after she suffered a minor stroke earlier this month.

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The editor-in-chief of Variety, Claudia Eller, is taking a temporary medical leave of absence from her role, the media outlet announced. Eller expressed her appreciation to the staff for their concern and support after she suffered a minor stroke earlier this month.

“Two weeks ago, I felt unsteady on my feet and wobbly and ended up in the E.R., where I was diagnosed as having had a minor hemorrhagic stroke,” Eller said in a memo to staff.

“The great news that there was no cognitive damage, and I am now in a rehabilitation facility in Los Angeles to regain my physical strength. I’m in great hands and am expected to make a full recovery. I look forward to seeing you all in the near future. Be well and stay safe. Love, Claudia.”

Eller has led Variety since 2013 and is readying to transition out of the editor-in-chief position at the end of July. Earlier this year, the outlet announced that it would elevate Ramin Setoodeh to co-editor-in-chief and work alongside journalist Cynthia Littleton. 

The two will lead the editorial operations of the entertainment business news brand once Eller’s contract runs out late next month. 

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Saga Communications CEO Chris Forgy Elected to Broadcasters Foundation of Americas Board of Directors

“His input will be valuable as we continue to deliver aid to our colleagues who are in desperate need.”

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The Broadcasters Foundation of America has announced Saga Communications CEO and President Chris Forgy has been elected to its Board of Directors.

“I have always believed in giving back to the industry that has allowed me to be of service to local communities,” stated Forgy. “Colleagues who have fallen on extremely difficult circumstances need and deserve our support. I am honored to serve on the Board and contribute to the Foundation’s charitable mission.”

“Chris is a well-respected leader in the broadcast industry, and I’m delighted to welcome him to our Board,” added Broadcasters Foundation Board Chair Scott Herman. “His input will be valuable as we continue to deliver aid to our colleagues who are in desperate need.”

In addition to his work with the Broadcasters Foundation, Chris Forgy also serves on the NAB Radio and Television Board of Directors for District 6, which is comprised of North and South Carolina.

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Advertisers Would Pay Premium for Corresponding In-Dash Visuals, New Study Shows

In total, 80% of advertisers claimed they were interested in in-dash visual ads.

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A new study from Advertiser Perceptions shows that radio advertisers and agencies would pay a premium to see their commercials synced with in-dash visuals on car radios.

In 2021, media agencies and marketers said they were “very familiar” with in-car radio display technologies. In 2024, that figure has risen to 33%, with another 33% saying they were “somewhat familiar.”

In total, 80% of advertisers claimed they were interested in in-dash visual ads. In 2021, only 64% of respondents answered similarly.

When asked “How much on top of a typical AM/FM radio buy would you be willing to invest in this new in-car visual display capability?” the average advertiser claimed they would be willing to increase their budget by 16% in the latest version of the study.

That figure was 14% in both 2022 and 2023, and was 12% in 2021.

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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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