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How polarized are cable news networks?



A new study by the University of Pennsylvania collected data which concludes that cable networks like Fox, CNN and MSNBC have shifted to the right or the left of the political spectrum, especially in their primetime programming

In an age of smartphones, it may come as a surprise to you

But most Americans consume their news on TV

With the average household tuning in more than nine hours a week.

The study found that CNN, Fox and MSNBC became more polarized particularly following the 2016 election. With Fox moving to the right and MSNBC and CNN moving to the left. 

One of the methods of measurement in the study, was observing the majority of guests on the channel. For example if a network continually brought in conservative guests, then it was conservative leaning. This is called the ‘visibility bias.’

The researchers watched thousands of hours of interviews broadcasted over ten years

Let’s look at what the report says about Prime-time shows

It says “Anderson Cooper 360” on CNN and “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC leaned more liberal

And Similarly, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox news leans more towards the right- more so than other Fox programming

It’s also important to note another study published recently said that Americans who receive their news form TV are less likely to move away from their political leanings and hence from the tv networks they generally watch – compared to those who consume their news online.

But with a trend of less and less people turning to their televisions, and people’s news consumption habits changing -it remains to be seen whether the polarization between networks will only grow wider. 

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Viola Davis achieves coveted ‘EGOT’ honour



Actress Viola Davis has won her first Grammy Award, for her memoir audiobook, “Finding Me”.

The 57-year-old has now become the 18th person to achieve the coveted EGOT status – which involves winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.

“It has just been such a journey,” Davis said in accepting the award. “I just EGOT!”

Davis is the fourth Black person, alongside Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend and Jennifer Hudson to claim the honour.

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TICKER NEWS will soon land on FETCH TV



Next-gen news streamer TICKER NEWS is about to arrive on Fetch TV, bringing Australian audiences more live news and original programs.

TICKER will be available as a live network as part of the Fetch aggregation platform’s push into Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST).

TICKER CEO Ahron Young says:
“This is an incredible moment for the TICKER team and a great achievement. Since our launch in 2019, we’ve been focused on building a leading FAST news streaming network, and we are tremendously proud to be embraced by the team at FETCH.”

The addition to Fetch comes at an exciting time for the platform, which will soon become the new platform for Telstra TV.

Fetch TV currently has around 670,000 active subscribers, and Telstra TV has 800,000, cementing TICKER”s position as the next-generation news channel for Australians.

Accessible from the TV Guide, TICKER NEWS will be available to Fetch customers on their TV and on the Fetch Mobi App from March 1, 2023.

TICKER NEWS broadcasts globally around the clock, spearheaded by a team of award-winning journalists and international correspondents.

TICKER produces headline news and analysis with newsmakers at the top of each hour, with reports from correspondents Veronica Dudo in New York, Ryan Thompson in Paris and Adam Hancock Singapore.

In time for the launch on FETCH, TICKER NEWS will unveil a series of original programs, including Great Business Leaders and Billionaire Blowups, and a new program hosted by AFL legend Chris Judd.

Through TICKER NEWS Insights, host Mike Loder interviews global entrepreneurs and business leaders – giving them a unique platform to share their story.

TICKER CEO Ahron Young says:
“We are proud to call Australia home. Together with our distribution arrangement with Telstra TV and Flash News, TICKER has cemented its place as a fresh new voice for Australian audiences, who seek more fact-based news and less opinion.”

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Will ABBA win their first Grammy Award?



The 65th Grammy Awards Kick off in Los Angeles shortly

Soon we will know if ABBA will win their first Grammy and whether Adele can continue her winning streak.

Beyoncé leads the nominations, with nine in total, followed by Kendrick Lamar with eight, and Adele following behind with seven.

This year, there are a staggering 91 categories, from Best New Age, Ambient or Chant album.

But the moment we’re all waiting for is the night’s biggest prize, Album of the Year.

Comedian Trevor Noah hosts the ceremony for the third year running, so expect some humour amongst the performances from some of music’s biggest names.

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