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Leaked Tucker Carlson Videos Lead to DOJ Criminal Investigation

Tucker Carlson has not provided a comment on the matter, and the FBI declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has initiated a criminal investigation into the leak of behind-the-scenes footage featuring former Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

In a letter obtained by CNN, US Attorney Roger Handberg and Assistant US Attorney Jay Trezevant informed Fox News of the probe, stating that the Justice Department currently considers Fox Corporation as a potential victim-witness in the alleged criminal activity.

The letter, dated Thursday, outlined the various potential criminal violations being investigated, including unauthorized access of a computer, interception, and disclosure of communication, conspiracy, and other federal criminal statutes. The DOJ specifically linked the investigation to the leaked videos published by progressive watchdog Media Matters, which exposed Carlson making controversial remarks and mocking the Fox Nation streaming service.

After Carlson’s termination from Fox News in April, Media Matters released the footage, prompting a cease-and-desist letter from Fox in May, accusing the organization of unlawfully obtaining the unpublished material.

Media Matters defended its actions, asserting that it was reporting on newsworthy leaked content, which it considers a fundamental aspect of journalism. Despite the demand from Fox News, Media Matters continued to release additional leaked footage of Carlson.

The Justice Department’s letter to Fox News explicitly tied the ongoing criminal investigation to the leaked videos published by Media Matters. It also mentioned leaked footage from Carlson’s interview with Kanye West, which was published by Vice News. Media Matters reiterated its position on reporting newsworthy material, while Vice News declined to comment.

The DOJ’s letter emphasized that it was not making any allegations or suggestions of wrongdoing against the publishers of the leaked videos. The Tampa Bay Times reported that the FBI executed a search warrant at the residence of former Deadspin video editor Timothy Burke.

While the DOJ letter did not mention Burke, Mark Rasch, an attorney representing Burke, confirmed that a search warrant had been executed at his client’s home. Rasch stated that Burke denies any criminal misconduct and had not yet seen the affidavit supporting the search warrant.

As of now, Tucker Carlson has not provided a comment on the matter, and the FBI declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

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Curtis LeGeyt: NAB ‘Depend on AM’ Radio Campaign ‘Played Crucial Role’ in Support for Congressional Bill

“We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

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The AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act continues to wait to be voted on by both houses of Congress. NAB President/CEO Curtis LeGeyt believes an initiative from the organization played a paramount role in garnering support for the legislation.

In a story authored by the executive for Radio Ink, he made the case that the “Depend on AM” campaign released by the organization was pivotal for Congressional support for the industry.

“The NAB’s Depend on AM campaign has played a crucial role in rallying this support. We’ve emphasized the importance of AM radio not just as a cultural, news and sports hub, but also as the resilient lifeline during emergencies, offering unmatched reach and reliability,” LeGeyt wrote. “This legislation ensures that AM radio remains accessible to all Americans, especially during public safety crises. We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

Curtis LeGeyt claimed more than 250 members of the House of Representatives and 62 Senators have backed the bill that would require automakers to include AM radios in new and electric vehicle models or require manufacturers to inform customers the new model was not equipped with the band.

The NAB has been a vocal proponent of the bill’s passage, with LeGeyt testifying in front of Congress in support of the legislation.

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Local News Becoming Less Prevalent on Radio, New RTDNA Study Shows

68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

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Local news has been a focal point for radio stations for decades. But that may be fading away, a new RTDNA study shows.

65% of commercial stations still air local news in 2024, down slightly from 66.2% in 2023. Non-commercial stations have dropped 12% points in the past two years, down to just 60.7% airing local news.

However, the disconnect appears to come from locally owned stations versus non-locally owned. 68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

Not only are there drops in the number of stations broadcasting local news, but the airtime those updates occupy has also shrunk, according to the RTDNA study.

“The biggest drop in average minutes came in large markets, suggesting that fewer all news or news/talk stations there filled out the Survey this year,” the study states. “Medium markets are down a bit; small markets dropped an average of over 20 minutes per weekday.”

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YouTube Largest Podcast Discovery Platform By Wide Margin, Westwood One Study Shows

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

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In the span of three years, YouTube has gone from the third most popular podcast discovery platform to the top spot, a Westwood One study suggests.

In a study of more than 600 weekly podcast listeners, 31% say YouTube is the most utilized podcast listening platform. 21% say they use Spotify most frequently, while 12% claimed Apple Podcasts was their go-to destination.

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

YouTube’s podcast listening profile is slightly more male-dominated and also younger than the typical Apple Podcasts audience, according to the results from Westwood One Audio Active Group.

Naturally, the majority of Apple and Spotify users utilize smartphones to access their favorite podcasts, while 38% of YouTube’s audience uses computers and televisions for their favorite shows.

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