Chinese news agency Xinhua’s first female artificial intelligence (AI) news presenter signals a threat to human news readers.

Other reading:

The Fight to Be a Middle-Aged Female News Anchor: “The average age of the anchors who lost their jobs was 46.8, while their replacements averaged 38.1 years. In one case, the difference was more than two decades,” reporter Steve Cavendish writes in the New York Times.

Older women on US television send subliminal message, Gillian Tett writes in the Financial Times.

Fewer Americans rely on TV news; what type they watch varies by who they are, according to Pew Research Center.

% of U.S. adults who get news on each TV segment

2017 2016
Local TV 37% 46%
Network TV 26% 30%
Cable TV 28% 31%

Source: Pew Research Center

% of U.S. adults who get news often on each platform

2018 2016
TV 49% 57%
News website 33% 28%
Radio 26% 25%
Social media 20% 18%
Print newspapers 16% 20%

Source: Pew Research Center

Pandora Media is rolling out a pilot program for its new podcast service. Read more…

Sirius XM has about 28.5 million self-pay subscribers and Pandora has 6.8 million paying subscribers, compared with 87 million for Spotify and about 45 million for Apple Music.

National Public Radio was the top podcast publisher with 41 active shows and a unique monthly audience of 16.4 million in September, according to researcher Podtrac.