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.
Since taking over as chief of NBCUniversal News Group last year, Cesar Conde has made it clear he wants the division to place a bigger bet on streaming. He has begun to put his stamp on the organization — which includes MSNBC, CNBC and NBC News — as he manages the news division during one of the busiest and most unpredictable periods for news in years. In addition to the streaming push, Conde has emphasized fiscal discipline, centralizing oversight of the news networks and cutting executive positions that each channel has had up to now, people familiar with the personnel changes say.
New episodes of Dale Play will be posted weekdays at 4 p.m. and will be available only on Roku, Apple TV, TelemundoLasVegas.com and the station’s app.
Hearst Television’s national digital team “amplifies” stories from across the group to share across its markets. Digital News VP Ernesto Mourelo says it’s an opportunity to give those stories “attention that they deserve, which a lot of national media isn’t very good at.” Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.
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.
CBS is throwing the full weight of its news division behind the topic of climate change with the launch of its new initiative Eye on Earth: Our Planet in Peril ahead of Earth Day. The division-wide initiative debuts on Monday and will be featured on all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, CBS Television Stations and CBS News Digital.
Heading into Earth Day on April 22, NBC News will feature week-long coverage on the state of the climate crisis across platforms including Today, NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, MSNBC, NBCNews.com and NBC News Now.
A slew of new companies are launching platforms for local newsletters, a shift that could help finally bring the local news industry into the digital era.
NBC flagship WNBC New York just launched a daily 10-minute(ish) newscast designed primarily for streaming consumption — specifically Roku and Apple TV. It relaunched it actually, the original News 4 Now was a two-minute news summary that fell victim to COVID. With pandemic pressures easing, WNBC made bringing back the “digicast” a priority, for a simple reason that other stations all over the country are starting to address as well. “What has happened since is that OTT has really exploded for us,” says Ben Berkowitz, VP of digital for WNBC and its Telemundo sibling, WNJU. “The growth has been extraordinary.”
Reuters today became the latest news site to put its content behind a paywall. Parent company Thomson Reuters plans to launch a new subscription-based website as “part of a broad initiative to court business professionals.” Reuters “is hoping to attract professional audiences prepared to pay $34.99 per month for a deeper level of coverage and data.” The new site will focus on coverage of legal, health and auto issues, among others.
As one of the few TV news players on TikTok, NBC News pairs professional polish with a “gut feeling” for native voice and trending elements. Meg Ludemann, its de facto anchor there, aims for the persona of “your smart friend who’s telling you what’s going on.” Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first Netflix series will center on the Invictus Games, which gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Archewell Productions announced Tuesday its first series to hit the streaming service. The multi-episode docuseries, titled “Heart of Invictus,” is […]
In The Moms of Magnolia Street, the Bay Area’s KNTV followed three women and their families who illegally moved in and occupied a single-family home that had been vacant for years, beginning a movement addressing government-sanctioned home discrimination, predatory lending and the corporatization of housing.
Beginning April 5, the 10-minute weekday digicast exclusively for Roku, Apple TV and streaming audiences will feature local and national headlines, the latest weather, in-depth reporting and entertainment and lifestyle programming.
Getting into streaming is “pretty critical,” for TV news operations, says Jonathan Dunn, global leader of McKinsey’s consumer, technology and media practice. Revenue from advertising and distribution is in decline, he says, and the mainstream news outlets by and large have launched “nonthreatening, non-cannibalizing incremental products and services — a little bit of extra content to serve the super fans.” Suddenly, a lot of new ideas are coming to the surface.
Verify, a six-year-old reporting project within Tegna that presents stories in direct response to viewer queries, is ramping up dramatically with an expanded national team and multiplatform iterations including younger-demo social platforms like Snapchat and TikTok. Adam Ostrow, Tegna’s chief digital officer, and Jonathan Forsythe, Verify’s managing editor, frame out its ambitions. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.
CBS O&O WCCO Minneapolis will stream the Derek Chauvin trial, live and in its entirety, on the station’s OTT platform: CBSN Minnesota, beginning 9:30 a.m. CT on Monday, March 29. WCCO’s Jason DeRusha will anchor most of the live coverage on CBSN Minnesota each day. He will be joined by Joe Tamburino, a local 30-year criminal […]
She was the first editor in chief of The Root, the Black news and culture website. She has written and edited for publications including theGrio, Essence, The Washington Post and The New York Times. She starts April 12.
After creating a white paper based on working groups, the new LMC moves to offer a scalable, privacy-compliant consumer path to news, increased value for advertisers and enhanced monetization for publishers.
Rohit Agarwal, CNN’s chief product officer, informed staff of his departure via email on Thursday afternoon. A product veteran who previously held roles at HSBC,and AOL, Agarwal joined CNN nearly five years ago to lead the product and design operations for CNN Digital at a time when newsrooms across the country were investing in building out more robust online businesses.
The deal with News Corp follows a standoff over legislation passed by the Australian government to compensate publishers.
Former CNN Great Big Story VP Ashley Codianni is joining NBC as executive editor of Today Digital, and Missy Dunlop Parsons is being promoted to executive producer of Today All Day, the morning show’s 24/7 lifestyle streaming channel. In this new role, Codianni will manage the Today.com editorial and social teams, working in tandem with the Today broadcast team to highlight programming across all our digital platforms.
Lobbyists for Facebook and Google threw their weight against new U.S. legislation that seeks to aid struggling news publishers by allowing them to negotiate collectively against the tech companies over revenue sharing and other deals. Google, which declined comment on the proposal, launched a website on Thursday asserting it is “one of the world’s biggest financial supporters of journalism” by virtue of the ad revenue and content licensing fees it provides to media.
The company’s ties to more than a dozen sites illustrate how conservative media companies are branching out after Facebook and Twitter began stiffer policing of false information.
BuzzFeed slashed 47 positions at HuffPost in Tuesday in one of the company’s first actions since acquiring the rival news site in a deal with Verizon Media just three weeks ago. BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti said Tuesday that the cuts were part of an effort to “fast-track the path to profitability” for the newly acquired property.
Streaming service NBC News Now has added two live hours to its weekday lineup, installing Washington TV veteran Aaron Gilchrist as its anchor. The noon-to-2 p.m. ET block will cover cover national and international news. Gilchrist is a former anchor of News4 Today on NBC’s Washington O&O WRC.