Charged News Environment Powering Intense Consumer Engagement for Marketers, CNN’s Andrew Morse

The last two years have seen heady days – a sometimes-toxic political climate, on the one hand, and a growing trend in advertisers shunning that news, on the other. Some ad buyers buyers even blacklisted news sites, prompting one publisher to accuse them of censorship and others like BBC News, News Corp and The Economist to protest that bad news can […]

 
 

Marketers Need to be in the News Environment: Procter & Gamble’s Pritchard

While Marc Pritchard would like to see more of a balance between positive and negative news coverage, Procter & Gamble maintains a presence on a variety of news programs. It’s also leveraging broader and more in depth news content in the form of deals with CNN’s Great Big Story and Katie Couric Media. “Marketers need […]

 
 

Beyond News Headlines Is A ‘Tremendous Appetite’ For Information: Omnicom’s Sullivan

If advertisers want to be seen alongside news content, they need to employ simple and genuine messaging. But there’s lots of room beyond that type of content in the broader category of “news” to provide useful information that many people are seeking, according to Omnicom’s Catherine Sullivan. “The news environment is a little tricky right […]

 
 

AT&T Chairman Randall Stevenson Gives Full-Throated Support for a Free Press at Xandr Conference, CNN’s Brian Stelter On Why it Matters

SANTA BARBARA, CA –  In a news environment characterized by “information overload,” journalists need to slow things down a bit and in so doing help people become smarter, says CNN’s Senior Media Correspondent, Brian Stelter. “It’s almost as if we need like, a little bit of a slow news movement because everything’s happening so fast […]

 
 

CNN Viewership Soars On OTT Devices Amid Political Turmoil

COLOGNE – In the midst of “one of the biggest stories of our lives, from a news perspective,” many viewers who don’t access CNN in the traditional way are watching CNNgo via connected televisions, with dwell and session times of “more than an hour and a half,” says Chris Berend, SVP, Global Video. “The audiences are coming to […]

 
 

CNN ‘More Relevant Than It’s Ever Been’: Chief Product Officer Alex Wellen

COLOGNE – Can a hurricane top a presidential inauguration for grabbing eyeballs? At CNN the answer is a resounding yes. Breaking news also represents a “balancing test” in being able to monetize those eyeballs most effectively, as CNN Chief Product Officer Alex Wellen explains in this video interview with Beet.TV. “It looks like CNN is […]

 
 

Out-Of-Home Viewing Metric Assigns Value To Overlooked Audiences: Nielsen’s Kelly Abcarian on Turner Deal

Television networks whose programming is seen in such out-of-home venues as airports, restaurants and offices are getting a welcome lift from Nielsen. Lift as in the incremental size of OOH audiences beyond traditional ratings metrics. Time Warner’s CNN and Turner Sports this week signed on for Nielsen’s OOH measurement service, which uses a panel of […]

 
 

Turner’s Johnson Looks Beyond C7 To Dynamic VOD Ad Delivery

Over-the-top viewing of CNN “is blowing up in terms of consumption,” while video on demand is providing a big boost to Turner’s entertainment business. The latter provides a venue for commercial viewing via dynamic ad insertion beyond the C7 ratings window, according to Nick Johnson, SVP of Digital Media Strategy at Turner. As consumers migrate […]

 
 

One-To-One Mobile Engagement Challenges Traditional Ad Models: IAB’s Rothenberg

BARCELONA – Forget mobile first. It’s a mobile-only world providing challenges and opportunities for marketers and publishers as they embrace one-to-one consumer engagement, according to the President & CEO of the Internet Advertising Bureau. “It’s a completely different way of thinking about marketing,” Randall Rothenberg says in this interview with Beet.TV at the Mobile World […]

 
 

Turner’s Martin On Content, Distribution And The Potential Of An AT&T Matchup

BARCELONA – As Turner continues to reinvent itself from the inside out, its Chairman and CEO sees the media giant becoming a “fan engagement company” to better monetize content. In this interview with Beet.TV at the Mobile World Congress, John Martin discusses Turner’s ongoing investments in data-enabling technology, partnerships with new distribution players and the […]

 
 

App Audience Is Smaller But Better: CNN’s Wellen

BARCELONA — CNN relaunched its suite of mobile apps last week to cater to an audience that is smaller than the web but significantly more engaged, the man responsible explains. The organisation has rebooted its app line-up across phones, tablets and smartwatches, now including live and CNN Go on-demand video plus HLN streams for US users, as […]

 
 

Cheddar Expands Presence In TV Bundles, Steinberg explains

HOLLYWOOD, Florida – Anyone over the age of 60 probably hasn’t heard of Cheddar TV. Which is entirely the point, according to its Founder & CEO, former BuzzFeed executive Jon Steinberg, whose plans include activation within two more popular TV bundles in the coming months. “I saw nobody recreating the MSNBC, CNN, CNBC for people under […]

 
 

Turner Grows Content Marketing Platform “Ignite” with Social Distribution of Brand Partnerships

Having just announced the launch of in-house sports marketing agency Turner Ignite Sports, the Turner Ignite unit has taken another step well beyond its traditional linear television clientele in content creation and distribution. And it’s not only the biggest advertisers that have come to embrace content creation and are seeking distribution beyond their own means, […]

 
 

CNN, TBS And TNT Following Viewers To Emerging Distribution Outlets: Turner’s Johnson

MIAMI – While CNN mines new and younger-skewing distribution outlets to future proof itself, TBS and TNT want to re-aggregate audiences at some of the very same nascent channels. To Turner’s Nick Johnson, it pays to view the media landscape on a continuum. “We have sort of these mature off channel distribution points that scale […]

 
 

CNNgo By The Numbers: 9.5 Million Hours Views In March

LAS VEGAS — Over the years, CNN’s online video strategy has ranged from the free to the paid, the locked-down to the open-access, to the in-between. The latest strategy sits in the latter camp, after CNN launched CNNgo – with access to its live stream plus on-demand shows – back in 2014. So how is CNNgo […]

 
 

Publishers’ Pangea Alliance Taps Rubicon To Pool Programmatic Inventory

LONDON — News publishers traditionally like to keep hold of their own ad sales operations, selling advertisers on their own unique contextual properties. But now we are seeing some of them warm not only to programmatic mechanisms but also to collaborative working. The Guardian, CNN International, the Financial Times and Reuters are together forming the […]

 
 

CNNx Frees Viewers From Broadcast’s Grip: CNN’s Persaud

LOS ANGELES — CNN is seeking advertisers to buy slots in its recently-announced next-generation news platform, CNNx. The news broadcaster announced the product in April, including live-updating contextual information around real-time shows and scroll-back access to previously-aired stories. “You’re no longer at the mercy of the broadcast,” says Rajin Persaud, VP of next-gen business at the […]

 
 

Time Inc. Readies Spin-off as Video Moves Front and Center

NEW YORK — Once editor-in-chief of Time Inc, Bloomberg chief content officer Norm Pearlstine is returning to the magazine publisher, which is being spun out of owner Time Warner. Time Inc is saying goodbye to current editor-in-chief Martha Nelson and installing Pearlstine, in the new position of EVP and chief of content, reports New York Times. Time […]