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Why Rabid Fans Are Catching iHeart Media’s Rewatch Podcasts – Forbes

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In recent months, iHeart Media has added nearly a dozen rewatch podcasts where actors watch episodes of shows like Scrubs, Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, Beverly Hills 90210, and The Office with fans and offer them behind-the-scenes tidbits.

According to Conal Byrne, who overseas iHeart’s podcast business, both actors and their fans benefit from the growth in rewatch shows.

“You have talent that are at the top of their game from movies and TV, and they’re looking for a way into podcasting,” Byrne said in an interview. “Maybe they don’t want to just do another loosely defined chat show. And so this is a way for them to reach out to people who are still their friends and set up a format, out of the gate to do their podcast.”

Scrubs stars Zach Braff and Donald Faison are a case in point. 

Their show is called Fake Doctors, Real Friends because they met on the set of the sitcom and describe themselves as best friends.

“They were looking for an excuse to spend a couple of hours per week together,’’ Byrne said. “And this was the format that worked.”

Indeed,  Fake Doctors, Real Friends attracted more than 5 million downloads after it was launched earlier this year.

“The reason that that happens is that we blasted it across all of our channels to get every last superfan we could,” Byrne said. “If we want to use this show to drive subscribers exclusively on our own platform, it would have been a tenth the audience that it had.”

Shows like Gilmore Girls have rabid fan bases that repeatedly watch reruns of the comedy/drama about the travails of single mother Lorelei Gilmore and her teenage daughter Rory that went off the air in 2007.  Netflix

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rebooted Gilmore Girls in 2016 for a limited four-episode run. Fans are clamoring for additional episodes.

Even so, Actor Scott Patterson, who played Lorelei’s love interest Luke Danes, was surprised by the reception his Gilmore-themed podcast I Am All In has gotten.

“I knew that the fan base was global and quite sizable,” said Patterson in an interview. “And I thought we would do okay. I didn’t know that we would do as well as we’re doing. You know, when we debuted at number one and then stayed at number one and in the Anglosphere and then all over Europe and Latin America for the first couple of weeks, I was stunned.”

Like other actors, Patterson doesn’t usually enjoy watching himself act and hadn’t watched Gilmore Girls until he got the podcast.

“I don’t mind it as much now because it’s 21 years after the fact,” Patterson said. “You know, it’s like watching a different person. You know, I’ve changed a great deal since I got that show, and time on by where I feel pretty, pretty comfortable watching myself. I hadn’t watched it before because I was, I was, you know, devoting so many hours a day, making the show, I’ll make the show. I didn’t want to consume when I went home. I didn’t have time to anyway.” 

Though podcast listening surged during the Pandemic, Byrne doesn’t expect it will drop off when the worst public health crisis in more than a century ends.

“Podcasting continued essentially to grow unabated across all quarantine if anything accelerated growth that can go on for four or five years,” he said. “I don’t think that slows down, as people go back to their normal lives. First of all, people going back to their normal lives. It’s still very TBD what that looks like.”

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Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Keith Egli, Chair, Ottawa Board of Health, Steve Kanellakos, City Manager, Anthony Di Monte, General Manager, Emergency and Protective Services, and Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health, will respond to media questions after today’s Council Meeting.

Residents will be able to watch the media availability on the City’s YouTube channel, rogerstv.com or RogersTV Cable 22.

When: Wednesday, September 22

Time: 15 minutes after Council adjourns

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Canada denies Chinese state media report that sailor was stopped in Northwest Passage – Nunatsiaq News

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Zhai Mo is attempting to circumnavigate Arctic Ocean


A view from the sailboat of Zhai Mo, who is trying to sail around the Arctic. Transport Canada recently warned the Chinese sailor that foreign boats are prohibited from travelling through the Northwest Passage for pleasure or recreational purposes, due to COVID-19 concerns. (Screenshot courtesy of China Global Television Network)

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Chinese state media is reporting the Canadian government stopped a Chinese sailor attempting to circumnavigate the Arctic Ocean last week, but Transport Canada says no such thing happened.

“Captain Zhai Mo has not entered Canadian Arctic waters,” Transport Canada stated in an email to Nunatsiaq News on Sept. 17.

Chinese media claim Mo was stopped at Lancaster Sound, in the Northwest Passage.

Mo, along with two crew members, is sailing a 25-metre boat that is fully solar powered and sponsored by Chinese telecom corporation China Mobile.

He is well known in China for his quest to sail non-stop around the Arctic Ocean and his travels are being closely covered by Chinese state media. Mo claims his journey, which he is video-blogging, will be the first of its kind.

Transport Canada told Nunatsiaq News it emailed Mo to relay that foreign boats going through the country’s waters for recreation or pleasure are temporarily prohibited due to COVID-19.

Transport Canada added it had seen reports that Mo now plans to avoid Canadian waters and the department “is monitoring the situation.”

According to Chinese state media, Mo is scheduled to return to China by the end of the year.

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Gabby Petito’s Disappearance And Clues Debated On Social Media – Forbes

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On Monday, a body thought to be that of missing Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito was discovered, while authorities are still searching for her fiancé Brian Laundrie. The 22-year-old was reported missing on Sept. 11 after she failed to return from a months-long cross-country trip with Laundrie, who as of Tuesday afternoon – when he was named a person of interest – remains missing.

The case has remained in the spotlight on cable news over the past week while there have been nightly segments on the national evening news. “Gabby Petito” has also been trending on social media this week, but some users have even questioned why her disappearance has garnered so much media scrutiny while other cases fail to gain any attention.

Missing White Woman Syndrome

While Petito’s disappearance and possible death should not be taken lightly, many on the social platforms have noted that the media attention is an example of what has been labeled “Missing White Woman Syndrome.” The term is used by social scientists and media commentators to refer to the alleged disproportionate media coverage, especially on TV, of a missing person case that involves a young, white, upper-middle-class woman compared to the relative lack attention towards missing women who are not white and women of lower social classes, as well as missing men or boys.

Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) of the Huffington Post tweeted, “In the same area that Gabby Petito disappeared, 710 indigenous people— mostly girls—disappeared between the years of 2011 and 2020 but their stories didn’t lead news cycles.” via @MollyJongFast”

Some on social media have also used Gabby Petito’s disappearance to highlight other missing person’s cases. The grass roots organization Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) posted, “BREAKING NEWS: While the media obsesses over the Gabby Petito story, Jelani Day, a Black aspiring doctor and Illinois medical school student is also missing, but his disappearance is barely being covered. His abandoned car was found in the woods. Please RT to make this go viral.”

“I’m very sad and angry. Gabby could have been saved. Some are highlighting the media responses. It doesn’t diminish Gabby’s case. It’s an attempt to make sure we search for them all. Still, so many women missing. Use the same outrage to find them all,” added social media user @tbkeith.

Even with those calls to find every missing woman, this case certainly highlights yet another divide in our nation, and it further puts social media in the spotlight for its ability to get people arguing about nearly everything.

“Social media continues to have that potential to be polarizing,” said Saif Shahin, assistant professor in the school of communication at the American University.

“We see this all the time in the political space between liberals and conservatives, but it is evident on social media in different contexts such as this one,” Shahin added.

It also seems that this case has taken social media by storm unlike others, and that could potentially help break the case.

“When you combine that with America’s fascination with true crime – Serial Podcast, Don’t F**k With Cats and the latest Kristin Smart case – this is a perfect storm for the story to go viral,” said Matt Zuvella, VP of marketing at talent management services company FamePick.

“In the case of Gabby, her social media profiles might actually help solve the case, mainly because her fans became accustomed to her style of posting,” noted Zuvella. “So when there is something off or different, her fans immediately took notice and started asking questions.”

Spread Of Misinformation During Investigations

At issue too is where there is a potential for the spread of misinformation that could impact cases such as this one. How much harm it can do is a matter of debate, but past cases have shown that wild theories can stir up individuals and even put some people in harm’s way.

“Over the last few years, we have seen the dark side of social media with the spread of Covid-19 misinformation and political/election agendas,” added Zuvella. “However, in Gabby’s case we can see social media’s positive impact since her fans and fellow influencers jumped to her ‘aide’ and tried to help in any way they could.”

However, in past cases, social media has caused more harm than good, and amateur sleuths ‘debating’ potential suspects during an ongoing investigation could present serious problems.

“This happened after the Boston bombing,” explained Shahin. “There was the sharing of information on Reddit and Twitter, and other platforms. Users on social media were actively trying to figure out who were the Boston bombers.”

And they did so without the knowledge the police and FBI had access to, and as Shahin added, that was a problem as there was a zealous audience seeking information and sharing details without context. Many didn’t have investigative training either.

“They were pointing fingers everywhere,” said Shahin. “That certainly targeted people of color, and some on social media pointed fingers at a young man from India who had gone missing.”

Sunil Tripathi was wrongly accused of being a Boston Bombing suspect on Reddit, as he had been missing for a month prior to the April 15, 2013 bombing. His family had even turned to social media to assist in their search for Tripathi. That included setting up a Facebook page and sharing a video on YouTube.

Instead of helping find Tripathi, the information posted online resulted in his being misidentified as a suspect by users on social media. Thousands of individuals actually jumped on the bandwagon, and his name and details were even shared on Reddit. A BuzzFeed reporter then named the young man, who was born to Indian immigrants, as being a primary suspect.

“That led to threats against his family, while some mainstream media outlets even picked up on the story,” said Shahin. “The family was already in a lot of pain and it exacerbated it.”

In the end, Tripathi had nothing to do with the bombing, and he had killed himself by drowning.

“There is such a potential for the spread of bad information, and that could even distract the police during an investigation,” warned Shahin. “This isn’t new, but the presence of social media brings in such new dynamics.”

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