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Beyond Human: Channel 1 Embraces AI for Next-Generation News Anchoring

Written by: Molly-Anna MaQuirl | Posted: 19-02-2024

Beyond Human: Channel 1 Embraces AI for Next-Generation News Anchoring

This is an AI-generated image created with Midjourney by Molly-Anna MaQuirl 

In 2024 will see the launch of Los Angeles-based Channel 1, a national syndicated news station that will use entirely AI-created anchors instead of human presenters.

The news company will use a combination of scans from both humans and digital avatars (that have used real actors and presenters as their basis) to create artificial intelligence-based anchors that look exceptionally close to real life.

Real human anchors, like those we’re used to seeing on the news channels, will only be used for the most important breaking news and sensitive subjects. 

Channel 1’s goal is to spread via the ad-supported streaming apps, including Tubi and Pluto, and may appear early in the year. Their entrepreneurial founder Adam Mosam spoke to the Daily Mail and said that the company’s goal was to “get out in front and create a responsible use of technology.”

They aim to combine the results of these human scans with digitally generated voices to create news anchors like we haven’t seen before. These anchors should have no visible emotion within the broadcasts and will be able to report news in a variety of different languages.

Reporting the Future

During the company's announcement, one of the avatars made a statement: "You can hear us and see our lips, but no one was recorded saying what we're all saying. I'm powered by sophisticated systems behind the scenes."

As well as using freelance journalists and news networks to research and discover news to be reported, the channel will also be able to embrace AI news generator technology, using public records, press releases, and government documents to generate its own stories.

Mosam was keen to explain that there would be no exploitation in this AI usage, and he very much sees this as a positive way to use the technology. He also stated that there will be a disclaimer that the footage is AI-generated, too, to ensure complete transparency.

There are plenty of cynical people in the industry though, as well as those who are worried for the future of journalism. Ruby Media Group’s CEO was particularly critical on X. “If you believe in the concept of ‘fake news,’ you have seen nothing,” she said.

At least your news is presented by humans. When AI news anchors replace human news anchors — the concept of fake news will have a totally different meaning.”

This channel will be the first of its kind in the US, but in China, the state news channels have been using something similar for the best part of a decade. “Ren Xiaorong” is the name of their AI-powered anchor, and she delivers the news around the clock on Chinese television.

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Beyond Human: Channel 1 Embraces AI for Next-Generation News Anchoring

Written by: Molly-Anna MaQuirl | Posted: 19-02-2024

Beyond Human: Channel 1 Embraces AI for Next-Generation News Anchoring

This is an AI-generated image created with Midjourney by Molly-Anna MaQuirl 

In 2024 will see the launch of Los Angeles-based Channel 1, a national syndicated news station that will use entirely AI-created anchors instead of human presenters.

The news company will use a combination of scans from both humans and digital avatars (that have used real actors and presenters as their basis) to create artificial intelligence-based anchors that look exceptionally close to real life.

Real human anchors, like those we’re used to seeing on the news channels, will only be used for the most important breaking news and sensitive subjects. 

Channel 1’s goal is to spread via the ad-supported streaming apps, including Tubi and Pluto, and may appear early in the year. Their entrepreneurial founder Adam Mosam spoke to the Daily Mail and said that the company’s goal was to “get out in front and create a responsible use of technology.”

They aim to combine the results of these human scans with digitally generated voices to create news anchors like we haven’t seen before. These anchors should have no visible emotion within the broadcasts and will be able to report news in a variety of different languages.

Reporting the Future

During the company's announcement, one of the avatars made a statement: "You can hear us and see our lips, but no one was recorded saying what we're all saying. I'm powered by sophisticated systems behind the scenes."

As well as using freelance journalists and news networks to research and discover news to be reported, the channel will also be able to embrace AI news generator technology, using public records, press releases, and government documents to generate its own stories.

Mosam was keen to explain that there would be no exploitation in this AI usage, and he very much sees this as a positive way to use the technology. He also stated that there will be a disclaimer that the footage is AI-generated, too, to ensure complete transparency.

There are plenty of cynical people in the industry though, as well as those who are worried for the future of journalism. Ruby Media Group’s CEO was particularly critical on X. “If you believe in the concept of ‘fake news,’ you have seen nothing,” she said.

At least your news is presented by humans. When AI news anchors replace human news anchors — the concept of fake news will have a totally different meaning.”

This channel will be the first of its kind in the US, but in China, the state news channels have been using something similar for the best part of a decade. “Ren Xiaorong” is the name of their AI-powered anchor, and she delivers the news around the clock on Chinese television.