CNN Launches New Daily News Show for Snapchat: "The Update"
August 21st, 2017
06:00 PM ET

CNN Launches New Daily News Show for Snapchat: "The Update"

CNN, an original Snapchat Discover launch partner, today is unveiling “The Update” – a brand new daily Snapchat Show that provides a rundown of the biggest news from CNN reporters and bureaus around the world. CNN will provide a daily Show that runs at 6:00 pm ET, and produce breaking news segments.

Tapping into the largest global newsgathering operation, reporting from CNN’s own anchors, correspondents and reporters will publish on Snapchat throughout each day and time zone, with rolling updates as news breaks. Each Show will feature five or more stories from CNN’s team around the world, further cementing CNN as a key source of breaking news for Snapchatters.

“We are introducing our brilliant cast of world class anchors and reporters to a young audience in a smart, accessible way with ‘The Update,” said Samantha Barry, CNN’s Executive Producer for Social and Emerging Media. “In today’s news environment, people are hungry for news and they want a quick update of where things are at within one tap of their phone. So, we're serving that up, speaking their language and delivering it in beautiful, vertical, mobile friendly video.”

“Since launching content on Snapchat, we have believed in the importance of giving our community access to accurate and authoritative news coverage, and CNN has played an important part in that from the beginning,” said Sean Mills, Senior Director of Content Programming for Snapchat. “It’s more critical than ever that Snapchatters have access to the best journalism in the world, right when news breaks, and we’re excited to watch CNN deliver that to them through The Update.”

“The Update” will serve as the home of CNN content on Snapchat’s Discover platform. Reporting will be hand curated by editorial and design teams and programmed in the same tappable, swipeable, vertical video format that millions have come to enjoy. Now Snapchatters can get the news from CNN’s most recognizable faces who will report on Snapchat as they do across all of CNN’s connected platforms.

Snapchatters can find “The Update” in the Shows section of their Stories pages and subscribe for easy viewing.

Snapchat launched Shows as its third content format as part of its Discover platform one year ago, and has since been working with leading TV networks and entertainment studios to bring premium mobile-TV like content to Snapchatters. To date, nearly 25 total series and over 200 episodes of those Shows have aired on Snapchat. Over 88 million unique viewers have tuned into these Shows, spending a collective 22 million hours watching. There is currently over a Show a day on Snapchat - by the end of the year, Snap expects to have three Shows a day and are currently expanding into a diverse range of genres.

CNN’s The Update will build on and complement news coverage Snapchat offers its community through all of its content formats on Discover. Discover was built on values of authoritative and credible sources of information: Snapchatters only see content that is produced by approved editorial partners (Publisher Stories) or has undergone a rigorous editorial and fact-checking process through its own editors (Our Stories).

On Discover, Snapchatters can see news from Shows, including Good Luck America and NBC’s Stay Tuned; Publisher Stories produced by The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed, NowThis News, and VICE; and daily Our Stories covering major political and breaking news, produced by Snap’s in-house news team of editors and producers.

Press Contact: Emily Kuhn; emily.kuhn@cnn.com

CNN and Volvo Present the Solar Eclipse in an Unprecedented 360° Virtual Reality Live-Stream
Visit CNN.com/Eclipse on Monday, August 21st at 1pm ET to experience "CNN's Eclipse of the Century" 
August 14th, 2017
11:06 AM ET

CNN and Volvo Present the Solar Eclipse in an Unprecedented 360° Virtual Reality Live-Stream

CNN and Volvo Cars USA will present the solar eclipse from multiple locations, coast to coast, in an immersive two-hour 360° live-stream experience starting at 1PM ET on August 21, 2017.

The astronomical and historic virtual reality event will be available all around the world in 4K resolution at CNN.com/eclipse, CNN’s mobile apps, Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus via Samsung VR, Oculus Rift via Oculus Video and through CNN’s Facebook page via Facebook Live 360.

"CNN's Eclipse of the Century" will allow users to witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States for the first time in nearly 40 years. The live show, hosted by CNN’s Space and Science Correspondent Rachel Crane and former NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly, will harness stunning imagery from specially-designed 4K 360° cameras, optimized for low-light, that will capture seven 'total eclipse' moments – stretching from Oregon to South Carolina.

While only a fraction of the country will be able to witness the total eclipse in-person, CNN's immersive livestream will enable viewers nationwide to "go there" virtually and experience a moment in history, seven times over. The livestream will be enhanced by real-time graphics, close-up views of the sun, and experts from the science community joining along the way to explain the significance of this phenomenon.

As part of Volvo’s partnership with CNN, four of the seven live-streams will feature branded content produced by CNN’s brand studio Courageous for Volvo and integrate 2018 Volvo XC60s specially outfitted with advanced 360° cameras. The groundbreaking live 360° content by Volvo will spotlight four influencers in different locations, sharing their unique perspective and excitement for the future as they witness the solar eclipse from helicopters and road tours along the narrow path of totality. For more on Volvo’s partnership with CNN centered on the 2017 total solar eclipse, visit www.RacingTheSun.com.

Additionally, on television, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers will explain the science behind the solar eclipse, its course and timing; and CNN correspondent Alex Marquardt will profile the excitement around the historical event. CNN correspondents will report live from locations across the path of the solar eclipse, with Marquardt in Oregon for the start, Stephanie Elam in Missouri, Martin Savidge in Tennessee, and Kaylee Hartung in South Carolina.

For more information visit CNN.com/eclipse, and tune in to experience the event on August 21, 2017 at 1pm ET.

CNN Digital #1 in June with 105M Unique Multiplatform Visitors
July 26th, 2017
09:32 AM ET

CNN Digital #1 in June with 105M Unique Multiplatform Visitors

#1 IN DIGITAL NEWS VIDEO FOR TWO STRAIGHT YEARS
#1 IN POLITICS FOR 28TH STRAIGHT MONTH

CNN Digital ranked as the number one online news and information outlet for the 13th month running in June 2017 with more multiplatform unique visitors, mobile visitors, millennial visitors, multiplatform video starts and a greater social reach than any other news outlet.  Additionally, CNN Politics ranked as the nation’s #1 source for political news and information for the 28th month in a row.

#1 IN MULTIPLATFORM UNIQUE VISITORS

105 million unique multiplatform visitors turned to CNN Digital in June, marking the 13th month in a row that CNN reached more people across platforms than any other news source. CNN beat its closest competitor by nearly 20 million more unique visitors.

CNN: 105 Million Unique Visitors

  • Yahoo News – 86 million unique visitors
  • The New York Times – 85 million unique visitors
  • FoxNews.com – 79 million unique visitors
  • WashingtonPost.com – 76 million unique visitors
  • BuzzFeed.com – 75 million unique visitors

Source: comScore Multi-Platform Media Metrix, June 2017.  Based on CNN Brand entity compared to a custom list of single brand competitors in the News/Information Category.   FULL POST

Android TV Users Now Enjoy More CNN on CNNgo
July 20th, 2017
12:22 PM ET

Android TV Users Now Enjoy More CNN on CNNgo

Live CNN programming and on-demand content from CNN Original Series and CNN Special Reports is now available to Android TV users through CNNgo.

The CNNgo app for Android TV now includes the live broadcast of CNN, CNN International and HLN, in addition to curated on-demand content, which can be watched by logging in with a valid Pay-TV subscription user name and password. This builds on the hand-curated videos and up-to-the-minute breaking news clips of CNN content currently available on Android TV, after becoming available on the platform in 2016.

The CNNgo app can be found in the Google Play Store. CNNgo is a next-generation product that gives viewers unprecedented control over their TV news experience. It is also available on CNN.com, CNN mobile apps and through Apple TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV.


Topics: CNN Digital • CNNgo
CNNgo Now Available on Samsung Smart TV
July 19th, 2017
12:43 PM ET

CNNgo Now Available on Samsung Smart TV

The availability of CNNgo is once again expanding with its new app for Samsung Smart TV, making live CNN content and CNN programming available to 2016 and 2017 Samsung Smart TV owners.

As part of the industry-wide TV Everywhere initiative, the CNNgo app includes the live broadcast of CNN, CNNi, HLN and curated on-demand content which can be watched by logging in with a valid Pay-TV subscription user name and password. CNNgo on Samsung Smart TV also allows for the viewing of trending news around the world by browsing the Featured Collections without having to log in.

CNNgo is a next-generation product that gives viewers unprecedented control over their TV news experience, and is also available on CNN.com, CNN’s iPad app and on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV and now Samsung Smart TV.


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNNgo
CNN Tech Presents Mostly Human: A conversation about Money, Power, and Sexual Harassment
July 17th, 2017
09:02 AM ET

CNN Tech Presents Mostly Human: A conversation about Money, Power, and Sexual Harassment

Six women’s stories reveal systematic sexual harassment in tech

It's a watershed moment for Silicon Valley. Stories of sexual harassment are pouring in and revealing the dark side of one of the most powerful places on earth.

From an investor who exposed himself, to being groped over work dinners, and propositioned over texts and email, six entrepreneurs share their stories of sexual assault with CNN's Laurie Segall and Sara O’Brien.

In a rare sit down interview, CNN Tech talked to six female founders about tech's systemic problems — and their hopes for the future of the industry.

Learn more at cnntech.com/sexualharassment.


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Tech
CNN Expands Content Offerings on Amazon Alexa
June 28th, 2017
11:56 AM ET

CNN Expands Content Offerings on Amazon Alexa

Building on the CNN Skill made available to Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap and Echo Dot owners in 2016, CNN has expanded its offerings on Amazon platforms to include daily ‘Flash Briefings’ and programming for the new Amazon Echo Show product.

On Amazon’s Echo Show, users can dive straight to the topic they want to hear, and now, watch with the “CNN skill.” With the product’s new video offerings, the skill features video clips from CNN television minutes after air. After enabling the CNN skill, Amazon Alexa users can find the top stories and breaking news topics covered on CNN in near real time. The news is curated throughout the day by CNN’s editorial staff who tracks developments in the top stories, updating Alexa and offering audiences the ability to watch back segments on the news that matters the most to them. To discover CNN on the platform, just say, “Alexa, Open CNN.”

CNN will also update its daily flash briefing to include a morning video Flash Briefing, hosted by CNN’s New Day anchors, Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota. Audio from this content will also be available across all Amazon Echo devices in the CNN Flash Briefing skill, as well as other platforms like Google Home and iTunes. This update to the CNN Flash Briefing will take advantage of the new video capabilities of the Amazon Show, and refine past updates that replaced a text-to-speech experience with a more curated, twice daily audio program. To find the CNN Flash Briefing, enable the “CNN Flash Briefing” skill and move it to the top of your flash briefing list in the Settings section of the Amazon Alexa app.

CNN is also adding a new voice to audio news with CNN Politics Reporter and Editor-at-Large, Chris Cillizza. Cillizza will anchor a new audio politics briefing, delivered in five minutes or less, every weekday starting at 7pm ET. "The Point with Chris Cillizza" will be available everywhere you listen to podcasts and through Amazon Echo Flash Briefings and Google Home news briefings.

CNN was the first publisher to deliver topic-based TV coverage in near-real time on Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, and Echo Dot. With this expansion, CNN’s audio offerings now include a custom CNN skill on Amazon Alexa, CNN action on Google Home, two separate daily news briefings via Amazon Alexa’s Flash Briefing and Google Home’s Narrated News, alongside podcasts available on both platforms through TuneIn.

CNN Politics Launches ‘The Point with Chris Cillizza’
June 28th, 2017
08:30 AM ET

CNN Politics Launches ‘The Point with Chris Cillizza’

CNN Politics announced Wednesday the launch of ‘The Point with Chris Cillizza,’ a multiplatform brand capturing analysis of the day’s news from one of the top political journalists in the US.

‘The Point with Chris Cillizza’ captures multiplatform reporting from CNN Politics reporter and editor-at-large Chris Cillizzaincluding daily columns, on-air analysis, an evening newsletter, podcast, and the launch of trivia night events in Washington, DC.

Cillizza will also anchor a new audio politics briefing, delivered in five minutes or less, every weekday evening. "The Point with Chris Cillizza" will be available everywhere you listen to podcasts and through Amazon Echo Flash Briefings and Google Home news briefings.

You can subscribe now to receive the new nightly newsletter that builds on everything readers loved about CNN Politics’ Nightcap, co-authored by Saba Hamedy. ‘The Point with Chris Cillizza’ newsletter is Washington's new must-read, cutting through the day’s news and getting right to the point every weeknight, starting Wednesday, June 28.

Explore CNN.com/ThePoint, subscribe to the nightly newsletter, and follow Cillizza on Twitter at @CillizzaCNN.


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Politics
CNN Tech's On Camera Exclusive with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
June 22nd, 2017
12:33 PM ET

CNN Tech's On Camera Exclusive with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg says in rare on-camera interview that Facebook is moving on from friendships to community building

Today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sits down with CNN Tech’s Editor-at-Large Laurie Segall for a broadcast exclusive and Zuckerberg’s first interview in several years to announce a complete overhaul of Facebook's core mission and lay out the future.

After a soul searching campaign that took him outside Silicon Valley's bubble, and got him answering a slew of hard questions that come along with being one of the most influential tech companies in the world, Zuckerberg is overhauling Facebook’s core mission. He speaks about Facebook's changing role in society and community, and lays out the future of Facebook.

Interview video clips and highlights available at CNNTech.com.


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Tech
CNN Launches CNN Travel
June 13th, 2017
01:52 PM ET

CNN Launches CNN Travel

CNN Travel, a multimedia digital destination, launched today with a new design as a globally-minded, mobile-first, social product with an emphasis on visual storytelling. With this move CNN is elevating its travel coverage to a standalone business more closely aligned with premium content brands such as CNN Politics, CNNMoney and the brand new CNN Tech which launched last month.

CNN Travel will be led by executive editor Brekke Fletcher, who joined the network from the Wall Street Journal last September. With her growing global team and a network of more than 800 travel contributors and insiders around the globe, CNN Travel will be the leading digital destination for the globally curious traveler.

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