Christy Tanner, one of CBS News’ top streaming executives, is leaving the company after eight years. Tanner announced her exit Thursday morning. Tanner, who joined CBS News during the advent of the streaming era, is one of the architects of CBSN, the company’s free streaming news channel. In her role as executive vice president and general manager of CBS News Digital, Tanner oversaw CBS News across all digital platforms, including CBSNews.com. Tanner is the latest high-ranking female executive to leave ViacomCBS in the last few months.
Streaming executives from CBS News Digital, Fox Television Stations, Gray Television and KSL Salt Lake City say live and local content, good UX and quality control are key factors in finding and retaining audiences in the highly competitive OTT space.
A panel at TVNewsCheck’s June 9 virtual conference, Streaming News 2021, will explore strategies for OTT audience development with executives from Gray Television, CBS News Digital, Fox Television Stations and KSL Salt Lake City. Register here.
A TVNewsCheck virtual conference on June 9 will explore strategies for building audiences and monetizing on streaming services featuring executives from CBS News Digital, Fox Owned Stations, Gray Television, E.W. Scripps, CBC, Cox Media Group, Disney/ABC and KSL Salt Lake City. Register here.
Christy Tanner, EVP and GM of CBS News Digital, says the OTT landscape has space for plenty of news organizations to connect with viewers. The lack of a common third-party currency is keeping competition’s ferocity away — for now.
CBS Local Digital has continued to spin up new OTT channels despite the coronavirus-prompted remote working shift. Executives say months of close collaboration between CBSN, the network’s streaming arm, and CBS Television Stations’ digital team allowed the group to stay on its charted course.
Panelists from a range of news organizations explain how they decided if they should build or buy the technology necessary to launch their streaming services.
The EVP and GM of CBS News Digital may have found an answer to the aging out of typical TV news viewers. On average, users of its CBSN streaming service are 38 years old. Now the unit is turning its attention to delivering more local news with the rollout of CBSN Local later this month. (Photo: Jack Pagano)