Roundup: “Game On” in Melbourne radio, Prime Video originals cut in SEA, Emmy Awards

Fox 101.9 - Fifi Box, Brendan Fevola and Nick Cody Melbourne radio

AI, YouTube, Elton John’s EGOT, Marty Sheargold returns to airwaves, Gladiators, Workplace shows

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While New York Times litigates over AI, many media companies will liquidate – US Congress warned

Conde Nast chief executive Roger Lynch has warned that “many” media companies could go out of business in the time it would take for litigation against generative AI companies to pass through the courts, reports Press Gazette’s Charlotte Tobitt.

He instead urged US Congress to take “immediate action” by making a simple clarification that publishers should be compensated for the use of their content in the training and output of generative AI tools and that licensing deals must be struck for onward future use.

If legislators decide the “fair use” argument made by OpenAI and others in the generative AI industry is wrong, Lynch suggested they won’t need to do any more as the free market will sort out the situation.

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Amazon shutters Prime Video originals in Southeast Asia

Amazon streamer Prime Video is cutting investment in Southeast Asia and eliminating roles in its Singapore-based originals team to move to a “leaner local operating model,” reports Television Business Internationa’s Mark Layton.

The redundancies come as part of the global cuts announced by Amazon last week, which will see “several hundred” jobs eliminated across MGM Studios and Prime Video.

The layoffs in Southeast Asia were revealed in an internal memo to staff from Gaurav Gandhi, Prime Video’s VP for Asia Pacific, who wrote: “We have made the decision to discontinue some programs and initiatives, and rebalance our international organisation to focus on the countries and regions driving the most growth for our service.”

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YouTube making money off new breed of climate denial, monitoring group says

YouTube is making millions of dollars a year from advertising on channels that make false claims about climate change because content creators are using new tactics that evade the social media platform’s policies to combat misinformation, according to a report published on Tuesday, reports Reuters.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) used artificial intelligence to review transcripts from 12,058 videos from the past six years on 96 of Alphabet Inc’s YouTube channels. The channels promoted content that undermines the scientific consensus on climate change that human behavior is contributing to long-term shifts in temperature and weather patterns, the report said.

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75th Emmy Awards: Everything that happened plus the complete winner’s list

Four months after originally being scheduled, the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards have taken place, honouring outstanding achievements in the television industry, reports Chattr’s Anita Anabel.

Here’s everything that happened.

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Elton John just became the 19th person to reach EGOT status after winning his first-ever Emmy

As if Elton John‘s career could not get any more decorated, the Emmy awards saw the acclaimed singer become the 19th person in history to reach EGOT status, reports the ABC’s Dan Condon.

EGOT is a term used to describe someone who wins an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. Elton completed the full set by winning the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for his show Elton John: Farewell from Dodger Stadium.

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Fox FM host Fifi Box declares it’s ‘game on’ with Kyle and Jackie O in breakfast radio wars

Fifi Box has declared it’s “game on” when rivals Kyle and Jackie O move onto Melbourne airwaves, reports News Corp’s Jackie Epstein.

But the radio personality, who co-hosts popular breakfast program Fifi, Fev and Nick on FOX FM, says she won’t be distracted by the KIIS FM experiment.

“I love that everyone is talking about radio at the moment, obviously the Melbourne landscape is about to change (and everyone is saying) oh how is all this going to play out,’’ Box said.

“I’m just as excited about this as anyone. It’s game on, let’s see what happens.”

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Triple M host Marty Sheargold returns to airwaves after abrupt, months-long absence

Triple M’s Marty Sheargold has returned to the airwaves this morning after abruptly going off air last October, reports News Corp.

The veteran presenter, who broadcasts from Melbourne, addressed his “extended break” during his first show back on Monday, jokingly telling listeners that he’d “survived” before delving into what sparked it.

“I just realised I’d absolutely burned myself out over the last couple of years,” Sheargold told his co-hosts, adding that he’d been inspired by two high-profile AFL coach’s decisions to take time off.

“I was actually inspired by Alistair Clarkson and Damien Hardwick, two men last year who put their hands up and said, ‘I need a break. And I thought, ‘You know, I need a break.’”

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Gladiators star Jett Kenny rushed to doctors mid-show after brutal take-down

Gladiators only returned to screens this week but the show has already faced its first brutal injury, reports News Corp’s Joshua Haigh.

Aussie athlete Jett Kenny made his debut as Viking on Tuesday night’s episode of Channel 10’s rebooted series, but it didn’t take long for it to all end in tears for the hunk.

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Workplace shows help get us through even the most miserable of jobs

Australian workers are having a burnout crisis. The average full-time employee in Australia spends 2080 hours a year at the coalface. And according to the latest Microsoft Work Trend Index, we are suffering from a higher level of burnout than workers from other countries. We’re spending more time working and less time leisuring, and are expected to be constantly available because our CCs and BCCs can follow us wherever our phone does, reports News Corp’s Sinead Stubbins.

And when we’re not working, we’re consumed with thoughts of the office. So why the heck after a long day of work, do we want to relax by watching TV shows about work?

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