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SiriusXM Names Adam Sachs New Podcast SVP

Sachs joined SiriusXM when it acquired Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco last May.

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SiriusXM has named Adam Sachs as Senior Vice President of Entertainment, Comedy, and Podcast Programming. In this newly created position, Sachs will oversee a portfolio of the brand’s original channels and podcasts from Stitcher Studios, Earwolf, Team Coco, and SXM Podcasts.

Sachs joined SiriusXM when it acquired Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco last May. Before his time with Team Coco, Sachs served as CEO of Midroll Media, which SiriusXM also purchased. Adam now reports to SiriusXM’s Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

The company has been in a deliberate management shake-up phase, creating another new role with the appointment of Suzi Watford to the Senior VP and Chief Growth Officer position. As part of her new role, Watford will manage corporate marketing, analytics, and research for SiriusXM and its subsidiary Pandora.

Watford joins SiriusXM from Dow Jones, where she most recently served as the company’s EVP Consumer Division, Chief Marketing & Membership Officer.

Substantial macroeconomic hurdles are facing the entire media landscape, and Sirius seems to be rethinking its priorities and leaning into what is working most effectively.

SiriusXM CEO Jennifer Witz continues to see podcasting as a growing arena for the company, in the midst of a struggling ad market, “Podcasts continue to be a bright spot and we have people that are interested in putting dollars there. So in the context of a difficult market, I think that continues to provide some benefit to us,” she said. 

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New Rules to Limit the Reach of State-Affiliated Media Accounts on TikTok

“The social media giant released a statement Thursday, outlining its new rules.”

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TikTok is taking a stand against state-affiliated media accounts attempting to manipulate global audiences. The social media giant released a statement Thursday, outlining its new rules. They don’t bode well for state-affiliated media accounts.

According to the news rules, reach will be limited, preventing those accounts from appearing on users’ main feeds. TikTok began labeling state-affiliated media accounts two years ago. The new measures build upon that policy, and come in advance of the 2024 U.S. election.

The platform will also no longer allow state-affiliated media accounts to advertise outside of their home country. The decision comes after a study by the Brookings Institution revealed an increase in usage of TikTok by Russian state-affiliated accounts, with a particular focus on spreading messages in English and Spanish.

Other social media platforms have also struggled with foreign propaganda. However, Meta-owned Facebook and Instagram, as well as Elon Musk’s X have faced less scrutiny. TikTok, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, has raised concerns over national security due to its Chinese ownership. The company has continually denied these claims and is currently suing the federal government over a law that would require it to sever ties with its parent company in order to continue operating in the U.S..

In addition to these measures, TikTok announced it will regularly update its efforts to combat covert influence operations on the platform. The company has disrupted fifteen operations during the first four months of the year. Among them, one that targeted audiences in Indonesia during their presidential elections.

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FCC Proposal Would Require Disclosure of AI Use in Political Advertising

“…Consumers have a right to know when AI tools are being used in the political ads they see…”

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The rise of Artificial Intelligence has been a hot-button topic in media circles. Now, the FCC is looking at requiring political advertising to disclose if a commercial utilized the technology.

The proposal from FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel would not prohibit the use of AI-generated content in political advertising. Instead, it would simply require the advertiser to use both on-air and written notification that the content was created by the technology.

Rosenworcel shared her thinking behind the proposal.

“As artificial intelligence tools become more accessible, the Commission wants to make sure consumers are fully informed when the technology is used,” she said. “Today, I’ve shared with my colleagues a proposal that makes clear consumers have a right to know when AI tools are being used in the political ads they see, and I hope they swiftly act on this issue.”

According to results from TechSurvey 2024 from Jacobs Media, 3/4 of respondents said they would support regulations of the technology, with another 39% saying they had major issues with AI-voiced spots.

FCC commissioners will vote on a proposal, and if enacted will allow public comment on any proposed regulations.

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JC Corcoran Celebrating 40 Years in St. Louis

“Even in the old analog days back in the 80s I always archived our best bits and interviews.”

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Longtime St. Louis radio and television personality JC Corcoran is celebrating his 40th anniversary of working in the city by looking back at some of his favorite interviews and bits from his long tenure.

Some of his more memorable segments airing include broadcasts from Moscow and the Abbey Road Studios in London. During his “40 Years in 40 Days” lookback, he’ll also replay interviews he held with the likes of Harrison Ford, Bill Murray, George Clooney, and Julia Roberts, among others.

“Even in the old analog days back in the 80s I always archived our best bits and interviews,” Corcoran said. “I’m glad I did because it’s really been fun digging up segments with people like Tom Hanks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, and David Letterman back when we were all just kids!”

During his time in the Gateway City, Corcoran has worked at KMOX, KSHE, KSD, and KHITS. He also spent time working in his hometown of Chicago working part-time at WGN and WLS.

In addition to his time in St. Louis radio and TV, JC Corcoran has written two books and also had his 1998 Opening Day baseball show included in the archives at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY.

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