George Donikian partners with AI newsreader for new digital radio show

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New digital radio start-up Disrupt Radio has hired SBS World News’ first-ever anchor, George Donikian, and an AI robot to host its morning and afternoon broadcasts.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Donikian, who is a Greek-Armenian Australian, will read half-hourly news updates on the Enterprise Breakfast show on weekday mornings 7am to 9am from Monday, June 26.

The afternoon news broadcast will be read by an AI robot named Debbie Disrupt.

Disrupt’s AI newsreader. Photo:DISRUPT RADIO

“Debbie is definitely the voice of tomorrow,” Donikian told the SMH about his AI partner.

“I’ve heard she’s working extremely hard to build her profile. However, if she makes a play for my job, I’m not going to take it lying down.

“She may be young and fresh (and cheaper!) but I’m not stepping aside.”

In response, Debbie said via ChatGPT: “While the idea of pairing a human news presenter like George Donikian with an AI language model like myself may seem interesting, it’s important to note that I am an AI and do not possess the ability to physically interact or collaborate with individuals such as George.”

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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