Monthly Archives: October 2016

‘Government must channel all advertising away from white-owned print media oligopoly’: ANCWL

The four big players in the South African print media collude “with forces of darkness to peddle propaganda against the ANC and its government for the purpose of advancing regime change”.

That’s according to African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) secretary-general Meokgo Matuba‚ who on Friday demanded that “government must ensure that it assists in developing black-owned print media houses of which 50 % of that must be women-owned”.

FCC: Open Internet Order Was Pro-Small Business

Tom Wheeler’s FCC says it has created “unprecedented opportunities for new and diverse media voices to find audiences,” primarily through Open Internet policies like Title II reclassification of ISPs.

That is according to the triennial report to Congress on ways it has limited the barriers to entry into the communications business by entrepreneurs and small businesses.

U of M-Dearborn’s diverse population fosters understanding and unity

DEARBORN — Human nature has a way of dividing people. Differences in skin color, beliefs, cultural backgrounds and pure selfishness can all contribute to dissension, but despite the passionate hate crimes the mainstream media often reports, not everyone has an agenda of harm.

The rise of terrorist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram has caused fear among many Arabs and non-Arabs alike in recent years, which sometimes colors the way people view the Arab community at large. However, students who are part of the diverse population at the University of Michigan-Dearborn are continually reminded that individuals cannot be stereotyped into everything the mass media portrays.

Bernie Sanders Fights AT&T Merger, Says He'll Pressure Clinton

Bernie Sanders Fights AT&T Merger, Says He’ll Pressure Clinton

Senator Bernie Sanders is taking aggressive aim at AT&T’s proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. The Vermont politician warned in a letter (pdf) to the Department of Justice’s antitrust division that the combination could result in a “gross concentration of power” in news media, and suggested that blocking the deal would help “preserve our democratic discourse and open competitive markets for speech and commerce.” 

Merkel says Facebook, Google ‘distort perception,’ demands they ‘reveal algorithms’

Merkel says Facebook, Google ‘distort perception,’ demands they ‘reveal algorithms’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched a broadside at internet media giants, accusing them of “narrowing perspective,” and demanding they disclose their privately-developed algorithms. Merkel previously blamed social media for anti-immigrant sentiment and the rise of the far right.

“The algorithms must be made public, so that one can inform oneself as an interested citizen on questions like: what influences my behavior on the internet and that of others?” said Merkel during a media conference in Berlin on Tuesday.

“These algorithms, when they are not transparent, can lead to a distortion of our perception, they narrow our breadth of information.” 

Japan – GPlus Media acquires Vision Consulting Services

Japan – GPlus Media acquires Vision Consulting Services

GPlus Media Co Ltd, a media company targeting the international community in Japan and abroad and a member of Fuji Media Holdings Inc (FMH), announced on Friday the acquisition of Vision Consulting Services KK, a Japanese recruitment agency specialising in bilingual International talent.

“We believe the combination of GPlus Media’s portfolio of online business and extensive user base with Vision Consulting’s specialised recruiting service will produce a fuller, unique and valuable HR service for the market, resulting in the expansion of both existing businesses,” Tadashi Tokizawa, president of GPlus Media, said.

“Fuji Media Holdings will continue to produce and develop diverse media services and communication solutions targeting the foreign community and visitors to Japan,” Tokizawa said.

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BBC3 comedy Man Like Mobeen Photograph: BBC

BBC to consider producers’ diversity record when commissioning TV shows

Programme-makers who fail to address under-representation of minorities could struggle to get them green-lit under new guidelines

Independent TV producers who fail to make progress on diversity could struggle to get their programmes commissioned by the BBC under new guidelines released by the corporation.

The guidelines ask producers to follow detailed proposals to improve representation of ethnic minorities, the disabled and LGBT people both on screen and behind the camera.

Those making programmes for the broadcaster have also been asked to eliminate unpaid internships and offer paid training to people from a more diverse range of backgrounds.

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Afshan Azad unveils new award at Manchester Hilton

Manchester to mark diverse talent in the media sector at star studded bash

Among the awards being presented on the night are the Sophiya Haque Services to British Television Award, the Media Personality of the Year honour and the Journalist of the Year accolade.

Stars from the world of television, radio and film will be attending the Asian Media Awards in Manchester later this month.

The ceremony, taking place at the Manchester Hilton Deansgate on 27 October, follows a shortlist announcement which was held at ITV, The London Studios in September.

Among the awards being presented on the night are the Sophiya Haque Services to British Television Award, the Media Personality of the Year honour and the Journalist of the Year accolade.

Umbreen Ali, Media Manager at the awards said, “It is wonderful be hosting the event in the North West of England again.

“As well as highlighting ground-breaking work the awards also help celebrate the diverse talent in the media.”   Read more