Shepard Smith, who exited Fox News last October, has moved to CNBC, where he will host “The News with Shepard Smith,” a one-hour program running weekdays at 7 p.m. Smith will also serve as CNBC’s chief general news anchor. He had become an increasingly vocal critic of president Trump while at Fox and had criticized fellow Fox host Tucker Carlson. Smith had been with Fox News since it started up in 1996, and served as managing editor of its breaking news division in addition to anchoring “Shepard Smith Reporting,” “The Fox Report” and “Studio B.”
Voice of America CEO Michael Pack has indicated that VOA does not plan to renew the J-1 visas of up to 100 foreign citizens who translate its content into such languages as Swahili or Mandarin, as well as report in those languages, according to reports in the New York Times and on NPR. The U.S. Agency for Global Media, which operates VOA, says the move is part of an effort to “determine that hiring authorities and personnel practices are not misused.” Pack assumed his new position in June, following Senate confirmation, and has since fired the heads of several USAGM news organizations. He also dismissed its board of directors. Among the employees who could lose their visas are Chinese, Cambodian and Thai nationals, and there are concerns that they could face retaliatory measures on returning to their home countries. Before coming to the VOA, Pack ran Manifold Productions, a film and television production company. He also produced, wrote and directed Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, which was broadcast on PBS in May.
Omnicom Media Group is making a big bet on the future of podcasting. According to the Wall Street Journal, OMG is planning to spend $20 million over the second half of 2020 on ads to run in podcasts available on Spotify. Podcast spending still lags far behind that of digital video, with tech site Axios reporting that 2022 ad revenues for podcasts are expected to reach $747 million, versus $127.4 billion for Internet, and $74.9 billion for TV. But it’s podcasting rate of growth that has ad buyers interested, with an expected 102 percent jump from 2018-2022, topping all other media.