ABC News is the first major news broadcaster to launch on the Apple TV, which will include free live hourly updates with no pay-TV subscription required. Live content will come from some of the network’s big players like Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20 along with streams of breaking news, the daily White House press briefing and nine local news affiliates. Variety reports ABC News is skipping the authenticated step in order to reach a larger audience. “The idea of this is to put users in control of their news,” said Joe Ruffolo, SVP of ABC News Digital. Apple TV also updated to include apps from AOL On, PBS Kids, Flickr and Willow TV.
Longtime 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager is stepping down as chairman of CBS News. Fager will return to the newsmagazine, with a contract through 2019. “When Leslie Moonves asked me to take the job of chairman, we agreed that when the time was right I would be able to return to 60 Minutes full-time,” said [...]
Unruly named this year’s Top 20 Global Social Video Ads Chart, with one-fifth listed coming from World Cup sponsors or created with the theme of the event. The top 20 countdown include: 20. KLM: Lost And Found Service – 670,401 shares 19. P&G: Pick Them Back Up – 688,364 shares 18. BBC: God Only Knows [...]
Longmire, cancelled by A&E in August, will live again on Netflix. Season four of the Warner Horizon Television production is set to stream in 2015. The crime thriller averaged 5.6 million viewers for season three, but skewed older – not a problem for subscription-based Netflix.
Despite previous reports, Facebook is not listed as a presenter on the preliminary schedule for the 2015 Digital Content NewFronts this year. The IAB released the program for the NewFronts yesterday, a showcase similar to the annual TV Upfronts, to take place between April 27 and May 6, 2015. Newcomers include Discovery Digital Networks and [...]
ESPN laid out plans for its eighth consecutive year Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research, which will launch on Wednesday, Dec. 3, across all domestic ESPN platforms to drive awareness of and donations to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Last year, Jimmy V Week raised a record $1.8 million, bringing the seven-year total of [...]