In the wake of revelations that thousands of Russian-backed 2016 political ads were taken out on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged that the platform will strengthen its review process. He said that Facebook will also increase transparency for the political ads its receives in the wake. “Not only will you have to disclose which page paid for an ad, but we will also make it so you can visit an advertiser’s page and see the ads they’re currently running to any audience on Facebook,” he wrote.
Facebook’s Journalism Project has been spotlighting the work of local reporters in a series of “News Days” highlighting storytelling best practices on the platform. Recents events have been held in Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, San Diego, Seattle, among other cities, featuring the work of reporters including WBTV’s Kristen Hampton and WFAA’s David Schechter.
CNN Digital has been the focus of much resource allocation for the network, but a budget shortfall is making for tightened expenses and limited travel for its employees. A CNN spokesman says the division will pull in $370 million in revenue for 2017, but the highly-competitive and difficult-to-monetize digital news market has made for navigating rough shoals, woes not felt by its ratings-surging TV business.
The WhatsApp mobile app may be relatively peripheral to U.S. users, but in Latin America it’s essential. That’s why Univision is using it as a tool to send out brief but constant bulletins to Caribbean users being battered in this brutal hurricane season.
Fox and Twitter are pairing on streaming initiatives for a handful of the network’s shows, including a digital pre-show for “Empire” that launches Sept. 20. A marathon of streamed episodes of “The Mick” will also stream, hosted by star Kaitlin Olson, and the new sci-fi comedy “Ghosted” will stream nightly on Twitter from Sept. 21-24 ahead of its Oct. 1 debut.
The move, announced Tuesday, essentially kills “the option to sell the content of individual channels to paying subscribers,” though viewers weren’t much interested in the model and it has been usurped by other monetization channels like the subscription service YouTube Red. The Google-owned platform also said Tuesday that it’s expanding its sponsorship model.
AP’s Andy Carvin, Quartz’s John Keefe, The E.W. Scripps Co.’s Rob McCracken and GateHouse Media’s Penny Riordan will look at how social platforms, bots and voice-enabled technologies are building audience engagement and loyalty among cord-cutting millennials at TVNewsCheck’s sixth annual NewsTECH Forum on Dec. 11-12.
Tegna-owned KVUE is the market’s social media leader in Austin, Tex. according to Shareablee data with nearly 3 million actions in the last six months. Its marketing director says with its cross-generational draw, “Facebook is the best opportunity that any marketer has ever had before.”
The platform is facing questions from lawmakers and others looking to rein in its enormous power, and speculation is high that its top execs, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, could be called to testify before Congress. New regulations could be in the cards for the company.
Comcast’s streaming platform Watchable launched two years ago with original programming from a slate of estimable producers and digital publishers. Now OTT’s crowded elevator has pushed Comcast out of the original content business, and the company is mulling killing off the service altogether given its small viewership.
A new Google survey of over 900 journalists in North America and Europe found 42% of journalists use data to tell stories twice or more per week; 51% of all news organizations now have dedicated data journalists; and 33% of journalists use data for political stories.
Craig Ferguson is at the helm of a new talk show with no commercial breaks, but the entire show is a kind of commercial itself. The six-episode series, “Couple Thinkers,” is sponsored entirely by clothier Gant and will feature Ferguson and his wife interviewing high-minded guests like Neil deGrasse Tyson. It will appear on YouTube and other digital sites.
Entertainment Studios Inc. has unveiled a new, direct-to-consumer global streaming OTT subscription platform, SPORTS.TV. The company projects 50 million subs over the next five years.
Facebook isn’t going to let chief rivals Amazon and Google go unchallenged on the voice interface front. Luke Woods, its head of design, wouldn’t cop to any details at a conference on Monday, but he “came out bullish on the promise of voice commands” and didn’t disavow speculation that Facebook was working on a video chat device and smart speaker.
Public documents including job offers suggest that streaming device maker Roku is accelerating its voice control technology efforts and it may be developing a smart speaker like Amazon’s Echo. The company won’t confirm these ambitions, however.
ESPN Public Editor Jim Brady looks at how anchor Jemele Hill’s tweets about President Trump — and the fallout that followed them — reflect the network’s difficult navigation of sports, politics and culture. “Media companies are simultaneously asking many of their personalities to be active and engaging on social media but not partisan or opinionated,” he writes. “It’s a line that is, at best, blurry and, at worst, nonexistent.”
Uber-producer Shonda Rimes of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” fame has joined with Hearst on a new lifestyle website, Shondaland.com, to expand her brand in the digital space. The site’s content will also have syndication opportunities in Hearst titles like Cosmopolitan and ELLE and will create custom programs for advertisers.
Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld all crashed scenes from Netflix original programming as the streaming service debuted its “Netflix Is A Joke” TV campaign on Emmy night. Each of the comedians has upcoming Netflix specials.
Facebook is now in the weather business, automatically putting current conditions along with severe weather alerts the extended forecast into users’ news feeds. How can local TV stations push back against this encroachment into their crucial territory? Sending plenty of push alerts is a start.