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Major Media Publications Publish AI Guidelines

Publishers are apprehensive that these AI programs could potentially undermine their business models.

Maddy Troy

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Leading media publications such as The New York Times and CNBC are currently engaged in preliminary discussions to establish guidelines concerning the fair use of digital content by AI tools. The digital trade organization, Digital Content Next, has introduced a set of seven principles governing the development and governance of Generative AI.

Among the members of Digital Content Next are prominent entities including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Disney, NBCUniversal, and The Wall Street Journal.

The concern driving these conversations is that generative AI programs, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard, “are trained on large amounts of publicly available information from the internet, including journalism and copyrighted art. In some cases, the generated material is actually lifted almost verbatim from these sources,” as highlighted by CNBC, which broke the news about the ongoing discussions.

Publishers are apprehensive that these AI programs could potentially undermine their business models by disseminating repurposed content without proper credit, leading to a proliferation of inaccurate or misleading information online and eroding trust in news sources.

Concurrently, Digital Content Next has drafted a document titled “Principles for Development and Governance of Generative AI,” aiming to establish regulations for content usage.

The group argues that “most of the use of publishers’ original content by AI systems for both training and output purposes would likely be found to go far beyond the scope of fair use as set forth in the Copyright Act and established case law,” as reported by Media Post.

The Principles for Development and Governance of AI document can be found here.

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Broadcasters Foundation of America Set for Annual Giving Day Thursday

More than 1,000 broadcasters have been aided by the organization.

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The Broadcasters Foundation of America is set to hold its annual Giving Day on Thursday, June 13th.

For more than 70 years, the organization has supported broadcast radio and television professionals during challenging financial times. More than $20 million in grants have been funded by the foundation since its inception.

More than 1,000 broadcasters have been aided by the organization.

To donate to the fund, click here.

In addition to its Giving Day, the organization will hold a mixer at the iHeartMedia studios in New York from 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday.

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Beasley Media Group Promotes Paul Blake to Philadelphia Cluster Manager

“I look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence and innovation in the media industry.”

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Beasley Media Group has announced that Paul Blake has been promoted to cluster manager at its Philadelphia group.

After previously serving as the Vice President and Director of Sales for the past 22 years, Blake moves up to lead WMMR-FM, WMGK-FM, WXTU-FM, BEN FM, 97.5 The Fanatic, WWDB 860, and WTMR 800 in Camden, New Jersey.

In his new role, Paul Blake will report directly to Beasley Media Group President Bruce Beasley.

“I am deeply honored and thrilled to take on the role of Cluster Manager for Beasley Media Philadelphia,” said Blake. “I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Beasley family for their unwavering trust and confidence in me. It is an incredible privilege to lead one of America’s premier groups of radio stations and digital content creators, and I look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence and innovation in the media industry.”

“Paul is the perfect person to take our Philly-based radio cluster to the next level,” added Beasley Media Group President Bruce Beasley. “His longstanding dedication, insight and leadership is the perfect fit to lead our team into the future. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”

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AM/FM Radio Most Important In-Car Entertainment Option for Buyers, Xperi Study Shows

“Audio continues to dominate, confirming radio’s importance as vehicle entertainment’s anchor.”

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The future of AM radio in vehicles — especially electric models — has been cloudy at times in recent years. But a new study from Xperi shows terrestrial radio remains a high priority for car buyers.

According to the study, 59% of respondents said AM/FM radio remains the most important entertainment option when considering their car purchase.

Additionally, terrestrial radio remains the most popular audio format for music listening. A nice portion of respondents — 69% — said it’s their top choice. Streaming music was used by 53% of those surveyed, while 30% said they use satellite radio.

Some of the new study focused on the use of video games in cars. 58% said they would like to see rear cabin screens, while 54% said they would welcome front cabin screens. 60% of Gen Z respondents and 49% of millennials said gaming is more prevalent in rear-seat passengers than front-seat passengers, though.

“Consumer perception of the car as a leading ‘third space’ is driving demand for audio, video, and gaming,” said Xperi Senior Vice President and Connected Car GM Jeff Jury. “Audio continues to dominate, confirming radio’s importance as vehicle entertainment’s anchor.

“But, the growing impact of video is clear, not only in its dramatically increased usage but also in consumers’ increased interest in front and rear cabin screens. And the emergence of in-vehicle gaming with younger generations, particularly casual games, is indicative of its growing importance to in-cabin entertainment platforms.”

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