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Sharri Berg, Judy Parnall Receiving TVN’s Women In Technology Leadership Award

Berg and Parnall will receive the award during the NAB Show on Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

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Sharri Berg, Fox Weather president and COO of news and operations at Fox Television Stations, and Judy Parnall, head of standards and industry, BBC will be the recipients of TVNewsCheck’s 12th annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards.

Berg and Parnall will receive the award during the NAB Show on Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

“For 30 years, Sharri has been a remarkable leader at Fox, laying the foundations for its technology and bringing teams together across the station group,” TVNewsCheck Publisher and Co-Founder Kathy Haley of Berg said. 

“That work culminated in last year’s launch of Fox Weather, the embodiment of a 21st-century television channel that redefines what a ‘channel’ itself is — digital in its DNA, streaming and linear in its distribution, deeply granular in how it iterates weather information to the viewer. It could not have been built without Sharri’s driving leadership.”

Furthermore, the two women will also join this year’s other Women in Technology honorees in a webinar on April 13 at 1 p.m. ET discussing the industry’s technology future and the challenges extending out before it.

“The distinguished career Judy built heading media innovation at the BBC’s highly respected R&D unit established her as a technology futurist and leader,” Haley said of Parnall. “Her election to the chairmanship of the EBU Technical Committee, where she is leading development of the work plan and establishing the strategic programs and interest communities driving media technology development, has expanded her influence to 56 countries, more than 1,200 radio and TV stations, and more than 500 digital services.

“Both Sharri and Judy serve as role models to women, all over the world, who aspire to the highest levels of technology management,” Haley said.

This is the list of previous Women in Technology Leadership Award honorees:

  • Marcy Lefkovitz, VP, technology and workflow strategy, The Walt Disney Co.
  • Barbara Lange, former executive director of SMPTE
  • Lisa Pedrogo, VP of engineering and strategic initiatives, WarnerMedia
  • Tish Graham, former VP of broadcast technology at ABC Owned Television Stations
  • Diane Tryneski, now board member and advisor to several digital technology companies
  • Glodina Connan-Lostanlen, now chief sales officer, Imagine Communications
  • Michelle Munson, now founder, Eluvio
  • Renu Thomas, then EVP of media operations, technology, and IT at Disney ABC Television Group
  • Darcy Antonellis, now executive advisor, Amdocs
  • Wendy Aylsworth, now CEO, Walden Pond
  • Cindy Hutter-Cavell, senior engineer and practice manager, Cavell Mertz & Associates
  • Andrea Berry, now EVP operations & technology, Telemundo Enterprises, and LATAM

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Report: More Than a Third of Twitter’s Top 100 Advertisers Have Exited

CNN’s Oliver Darcy shared the reporting done by the Washington Post that more than a third of the top 100 Twitter advertisers have abandoned the platform.

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One of Elon Musk’s most significant challenges, as he now owns Twitter, lies on the financial side as the Tesla CEO attempts to make the social media stay afloat or at least somewhat profitable. 

However, CNN’s Oliver Darcy shared the reporting done by the Washington Post in his “Reliable Sources” newsletter that more than a third of Twitter’s top 100 advertisers have abandoned the platform.

With advertisers exiting, the lack of ad revenue is one of the most significant dangers to Twitter since it accounted for approximately 90 percent of its income last year.

The reporting also reveals that the pausing of ad campaigns is getting under Musk’s skin. The new Twitter owner lashed out at brands again Tuesday for “starving” the company of revenue. 

Musk also strongly suggested he never really created a “content moderation council” due to advertisers who “broke the deal” they allegedly had with him when they began exiting the platform after he “agreed to this condition.”

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Elon Musk: Ownership of Twitter Isn’t ‘Right-Wing Takeover’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke with those who are still with the company, reassuring them that his ownership isn’t a “right-wing takeover.”

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Last week saw Twitter have another mass exodus of staffers and Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke with those who are still with the company, reassuring them that his ownership isn’t a “right-wing takeover.”

Furthermore, Musk stated that he doesn’t plan on moving the platform to Texas despite many suggesting he do so since, for him, it would send a wrong message. 

“If we want to move the headquarters to Texas, I think it would play into the idea that Twitter has gone from being left-wing to right-wing, which is not the case,” Musk said (h/t The Verge). “This is not a right-wing takeover of Twitter. It is a moderate-wing takeover of Twitter.”

However, Musk is open to the idea of having dual headquarters, one in San Francisco and another in Texas, but for now, his objective appears to be stabilizing the company after a rocky transition. 

Musk indicated he might be done with slashing employees, telling employees to refer potential staffers for engineering and sales positions.

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Blaze TV Hosts React To Controversy With Elon Musk, Twitter

Blaze TV hosts are reacting to the ongoing controversy involving Twitter as the company has seen mass layoffs under Elon Musk.

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Blaze TV hosts are reacting to the ongoing controversy involving Twitter. Last week, CBS News said it was halting its activity on the platform amid layoffs and resignations at the company. 

Jeff Fisher joined Pat Gray and Steve Burguiere aka Stu, on the “Glenn Beck Show ” Monday to discuss some of the latest developments involving Twitter including owner Elion Musk banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. 

Burguiere said it’s strange to see how left-leaning pundits have demonized Elon Musk following his acquisition of Twitter. 

“This guy should be a liberal icon,” stated Burguiere. “We lose sight of this because he says things about free speech that I guess is exclusively a right-wing issue.” 

Burguiere said that Musk should be able to do anything that he wants with Twitter considering the amount of money he invested to purchase the company. 

“This whole thing that he’s the icon of free speech, I don’t know if that’s true,” added Burguiere. 

Musk announced recently that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones received a permanent ban on Twitter for his involvement in denying that the Sandy Hook massacre took place.

“He (Musk) has been a hard no on Alex no matter what,” said Fisher. 

“He has apologized for it,” Burguiere said. “He’s also been sued for billions of dollars over it.” 

“The thing about Alex Jones is that some of us don’t like what he said,” Gray remarked. “But, who cares, that’s what you call free speech.”

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