CBS News Sets Division-Wide Earth Day Initiative

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.

NBC News Tackles ‘Climate Challenge’

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.

Local News Moves To The Inbox

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.

Finding The Sweet Spot In Local News Streaming

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 Setting Up $35 Monthly Paywall

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.

NBC News Digital Adds Graham Lee Brewer As Okla. Regional Reporter

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TVN Newsroom Innovators | NBC News ‘Nails The Voice’ On TikTok

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.

Morgan Radford Joins Live-Streaming NBC News Now As Anchor

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Reveal First Netflix Docuseries

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 […]

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Market Share | KNTV Tackles Bay Area Housing Crisis From ‘Moms’ Perspective

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.

Hulu To Produce, Release ‘1619 Project’ Documentary Series

WNBC To Debut ‘News 4 Now’ OTT Digicast

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.

Streaming Wars Send TV News Outlets Searching For New Screens

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.

Derek Chauvin Trial Is The Biggest Courtroom Case Of The Streaming TV Age

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TVN Executive Session | Tegna’s Verify Gets National Boost

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.

WCCO To Carry Derek Chauvin Trial Live On CBSN Minnesota OTT Platform

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 […]

‘Tucker Carlson Today’ Will Launch Next Week On Fox Nation

HuffPost Names Danielle Belton Top Editor

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.

Medium Offers Buyouts To Editorial Employees

Local Media Consortium Launches NewsNext, NewsPassID

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.

CNN Product Chief Agarwal To Leave

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, Last.fm 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.

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WBAL Baltimore To Stream Special On Race And Equity

Facebook Agrees To Pay For Rupert Murdoch’s Australia News Content

The deal with News Corp follows a standoff over legislation passed by the Australian government to compensate publishers.

‘Today’ Adds Two New Digital Execs

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.

Facebook, Google Fight Bill To Help News Industry

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.

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Gawq App Presents News Without An Agenda

Sinclair National Job Cuts Hit WKRC Cincinnati

Epoch Media Casts Wider Net To Spread Its Message Online

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 Cuts 47 HuffPost Jobs After Acquisition

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.

NBC News Now Adds Two-Hour Weekday Live Block

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.

Former VP Mike Pence Narrating Docuseries About Rush Limbaugh For Fox Nation

Global Digital News Changes At NBC News

NBC News announced Thursday that Catherine Kim has been upped to SVP, global digital news, where she will continue to oversee all digital newsroom activities for NBC News and an expanded digital effort at MSNBC. David Firestone will now run the daily coverage as executive editor, NBC News digital. He will report to Kim.

Wired Names Gideon Lichfield Its New Top Editor

One Year Into COVID-19: The Challenges Journalists Are Still Facing

Fox News Audio Expands Podcast Lineup

Fox News Audio has added five new podcasts to its programming catalogue, with one slated to debut each week beginning Monday, March 8. The exclusive series will feature Fox News Media’s reporting, commentary and analysis available to stream for free via FoxNewsPodcasts.com.   Beginning on Monday, March 8, The Ben Domenech Podcast will feature Fox News Media […]

TV News Makes The Move To Streaming

Once the last pay TV bastions, along with sports, is fast becoming a free, add-supported services programming staple.

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CNN, Vice Among George Polk Award Winners

CNN Beijing-based reporter David Culver, CNN International producer Yong Xiong and photojournalist Natalie Thomas earned the Polk award for Foreign Reporting. Their win marks the first time in the 73-year history of the Polk Awards that the award for Foreign Reporting went to a television report. All previous TV awards were in the Television category. the award for Television Reporting went to Vice News Tonight correspondent Roberto Ferdman and his crew for breakthrough coverage of the shooting death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in a “no-knock” police raid in Louisville and the investigations that followed.

Al Jazeera Targets Fox News With New Conservative Platform In U.S.

Al Jazeera, the media company funded by Qatar, is launching a news platform targeted to American conservatives. The company — which shuttered its unsuccessful left-leaning cable channel Al Jazeera America five years ago — says that the new digital platform, dubbed Rightly, is not aimed at the far right, but at “center-right folks who feel left out of mainstream media.”