CNN Digital Tops All Competitors, Sets Traffic Records for June 2016
July 20th, 2016
03:18 PM ET

CNN Digital Tops All Competitors, Sets Traffic Records for June 2016

14th Straight Month as #1 in Digital Video

CNN Digital reached a record high number of visitors in June 2016, outpacing all news and information competitors with more multiplatform unique visitors, mobile unique visitors, multiplatform views, video starts and consumption time than any other news outlet. June also marked the network’s 14th straight month as the number one source for digital news video.

#1 IN MULTIPLATFORM UNIQUE VISITORS
CNN welcomed a record-breaking 116 million unique visitors in June, besting every other outlet and maintaining its number one rank. CNN topped second place Yahoo News by 16 million visitors across platforms and third place BuzzFeed.com by 38 million.

CNN: 116 Million Unique Visitors

  • Yahoo News – 100 million uniques
  • BuzzFeed.com – 78 million uniques
  • The New York Times – 75 million uniques
  • HuffingtonPost.com – 74 million uniques
  • WashingtonPost.com – 71 million uniques

Source: comScore MultiPlatform based on CNN Brand entity — June 2016

#1 IN MOBILE UNIQUE VISITORS
CNN saw 88 million unique visitors on mobile devices in June — a record setting month, and a 78% increase from the year prior and 18% more than second place Yahoo News.

CNN: 88 Million Unique Visitors

  • Yahoo News – 75 million uniques
  • BuzzFeed.com – 65 million uniques
  • The New York Times – 59.4 million uniques
  • HuffingtonPost.com – 58.5 million uniques
  • WashingtonPost.com – 56 million uniques

Source: comScore mobile metrix based on CNN Brand entity — June 2016

#1 IN MULTIPLATFORM VIEWS
With nearly a half billion more multiplatform views than its nearest competitor, CNN registered an impressive 1.9 billion views in June 2016.

CNN: 1.9 Billion Views

  • Yahoo News – 1.4 billion views
  • FoxNews.com – 1.1 billion views
  • WashingtonPost.com – 945 million views
  • The New York Times – 905 million views
  • MSN News – 715 million views

Source: comScore MultiPlatform based on CNN Brand entity — June 2016

#1 IN MULTIPLATFORM TIME SPENT
Across desktop and mobile devices, visitors spent more time consuming CNN content than that of any other news organization – 3.8 billion minutes last month.

CNN: 3.8 Billion minutes spent

  • FoxNews.com – 3.3 billion time spent
  • Yahoo News – 2.5 billion time spent
  • BuzzFeed.com – 1.6 billion time spent
  • The New York Times – 1.4 billion time spent
  • BBC News – 1.3 billion time spent

Source: comScore MultiPlatform based on CNN Brand entity — June 2016

#1 IN MOBILE TIME SPENT
CNN mobile users spent a record-breaking 1.4 billion minutes consuming content in June, 13% more than second place BBC News.

CNN: 1.4 Billion Minutes

  • BBC News – 1.2 billion minutes
  • BuzzFeed.com – 1.12 billion minutes
  • Yahoo News – 1.10 billion minutes
  • FoxNews.com – 921 million minutes
  • The New York Times – 869 million minutes

Source: comScore mobile metrix based on CNN Brand entity — June 2016

#1 VIDEO STARTS
The clear and undisputed leader in news video, CNN once again beat all news competitors in video starts with 292 million video starts in June — nearly double that of the nearest competitor Yahoo News.

CNN: 292 Million Starts

  • Yahoo News – 154 million starts
  • FoxNews.com – 152 million starts
  • BuzzFeed.com – 103 million starts
  • MSN News – 69 million starts
  • Dailymail.co.uk – 56 million starts

Source: comScore Video Metrix based on CNN Brand entity — June 2016. Video data is desktop only

#1 VIDEO TIME CONSUMED
Audiences spent an incredible 2 billion minutes consuming CNN video in June, a 40% jump from the year prior.

CNN: 2.0 Billion Minutes

  • FoxNews.com – 1.5 billion minutes
  • Yahoo News – 877 million minutes
  • MSN News – 829 million minutes
  • CBSNews.com – 392 million minutes
  • BuzzFeed.com –256 million minutes

Source: comScore Video Metrix based on CNN Brand entity — June 2016. Video data is desktop only

#1 SOCIAL MEDIA
CNN again ranked as the number one social news outlet in the world, with more mentions, fans and followers than any other competitor.

#1 mentioned news brand across social platforms
#1 news brand on Facebook with 22 million Facebook fans
#1 most followed news brand on Twitter with 66 million across CNN’s main accounts
#1 most followed news brand on Instagram with 2.1 million followers

Sources: Social Mentions: Sysomos, 6/30/2016. Brand comparisons for social mentions include ABC News, Fox News, NBC News, CBS News, msnbc, Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo, NPR and HLN; Social comparisons for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: Shareablee, 6/30/2016. Brands included in comparison are ABC News, BBC World News, Buzzfeed, CBS News, Daily Mail, Fox News, Mashable, MSNBC, NBC, NowThis, NPR, Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo, VICE, and VICE News. CNN Facebook number includes CNN Facebook flagship account only. Twitter for CNN includes @CNN and @CNNBRK. Instagram for CNN includes flagship account only.

CNNgo Now Available on Amazon Fire TV
July 5th, 2016
11:26 AM ET

CNNgo Now Available on Amazon Fire TV

CNN announced today an expansion of CNNgo’s availability with the addition of the CNNgo app to the Amazon Fire TV store, making live CNN content and CNN programming available to the millions of Amazon Fire TV’s customers.

As part of the industry-wide TV Everywhere initiative, the CNNgo app includes the live broadcast of CNN U.S, CNNi North America, HLNtv and on-demand feature programs which can be watched by logging in with a valid Pay-TV subscription user name and password. CNNgo on Amazon FireTV also allows for the viewing of video clips from todays news and CNNs vast archives without logging in. 

“CNN is thrilled to add Amazon Fire TV to the list of platforms that allows viewers to watch CNN live and on-demand shows," said Rajin Persaud, VP of Mobile and TV Apps  “We’re committed to delivering live news and and rich on-demand content anytime, anywhere and on any platform. The expansion to Amazon Fire TV is another step in fulfilling that commitment to our viewers."   

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 and now Amazon FireTV.  

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Meet Nitya Chambers, CNN's New VP of Premium Content
June 27th, 2016
02:02 PM ET

Meet Nitya Chambers, CNN's New VP of Premium Content

Meet Nitya Chambers — CNN’s VP of Premium Content.  Nitya joins CNN from Threespot, a full service digital agency based in Washington, D.C., where she served as Director of Content Strategy. In her time at Threespot, she led teams to create powerful digital experiences for clients like the National Park Service, PBS Newshour, Smithsonian, WomenStrong International, and Zero to Three. Prior to that, Nitya worked for ABC News Digital and at “Nightline."

In her new role with CNN, Nitya will work with the executive editors of premium content verticals such as Style, Travel, Arabic, Media & Entertainment, and Health to execute editorial strategy and liaise with the network's sales, product, tech-dev and newsgathering teams. Nitya will report to CNN’s SVP of Premium Content Ed O’Keefe when she starts in late July.

Until then, give her a shout on Twitter @nityavc and check out her Q&A below.

What is premium content and how will you VP it?

Premium content is the story of how we live our lives. Areas like Style, Travel, Health, and Entertainment are reflections of our collective tastes. They speak volumes about who we are right now, and how we're willing to spend our time and money. There's a lot to learn from the successes of CNN Politics and CNNMoney, and I'm excited to be part of the team that applies those lessons to premium content. FULL POST


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital
CNN POLITICS: #1 FOR 15 MONTHS
June 24th, 2016
02:00 AM ET

CNN POLITICS: #1 FOR 15 MONTHS

Sweeps Every Category in May: Visitors, Video, Views & Minutes

May 2016 marked the 15th straight month that CNN Politics was the Web’s most-consumed producer of political news and information.  The network posted triple-digit gains over the previous year and easily topped every competitor in every traffic category.  Up across the board over April 2016, CNN politics posted 31 million unique multiplatform visitors, 79 million video starts, nearly 260 million multiplatform views and 681 million minutes of consumption time.

#1 Multiplatform Unique Visitors
Doubling the traffic of nearly every competitor, CNN Politics attracted an audience of 31 million unique visitors across platforms in May 2016 – up 135% vs. the prior year and +11% over the previous month.

31 mm: CNN Politics

  • 18 mm: HuffPost Politics
  • 16 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 14.2 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 14.1 mm: Politico.com
  • 10 mm: The Hill

Source: comScore Multi-Platform Media Metrix, May 2015 – May 2016. Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

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Meet CNN Digital's New VP of Programming: Mitra Kalita
May 25th, 2016
01:01 PM ET

Meet CNN Digital's New VP of Programming: Mitra Kalita

Meet Mitra Kalita. She’ll be making a big move from the left coast to the right to head up programming for CNN Digital in the coming weeks. Mitra joins CNN from the Los Angeles Times, where she is serving as the publication’s managing editor. Before that, she was the executive editor of Quartz. She’s also worked for the Wall Street Journal, Mint and the Washington Post.

In her new role as VP of Programming, Mitra will lead CNN Digital’s efforts to creatively share its journalism and storytelling across an ever-exploding array of platforms. She will oversee the News & Alerting, Special Projects, and Mobile & Off-Platform teams. Mitra will be based in the Big Apple and report to Editor-in-Chief Meredith Artley.

Since no one really likes press releases, we decided to mix things up with a Q&A. Read on and join us in welcoming Mitra to CNN: @MitraKalita.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Chips. Uber. Bright tights. The Office. The TV show, not the place.

VP of Programming sounds like a TV title.  What does that mean for Digital?   

The success of our journalism rests on two important factors: how good is the story and how good is the distribution. How adaptive are we to different devices and different platforms? How accessible, relatable, intimate, authoritative? Technically, I will oversee the homepage, alerts, projects and planning, mobile news and off-platform partnerships and initiatives. But really, I see this job as one that collaborates across departments, time zones and mediums to maximize the reach of our journalism.

If you weren’t a journalist, what would you be doing?

I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do. 

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Topics: CNN Digital • CNN DIGITAL
CNN DIGITAL OUTPERFORMS ALL COMPETITORS IN APRIL 2016
May 25th, 2016
09:34 AM ET

CNN DIGITAL OUTPERFORMS ALL COMPETITORS IN APRIL 2016

#1 IN VIDEO, VISITORS, VIEWS & SOCIAL

CNN once again outpaced all news and information competitors last month with more multiplatform unique visitors, views, video starts and consumption time than any other news outlet. April also marked the network’s 12th straight month as the number one source for digital news video. 

#1 IN MULTIPLATFORM UNIQUE VISITORS
CNN welcomed 93 million unique visitors in April, besting all other news outlets and maintaining its number one rank. CNN topped second place Yahoo News by 7 million visitors across platforms and third place BuzzFeed.com by 13 million.

CNN: 93 Million Unique Visitors

  • Yahoo News – 86 million uniques
  • BuzzFeed.com – 80 million uniques
  • HuffingtonPost.com – 75 million uniques
  • The New York Times – 73 million uniques
  • WashingtonPost.com – 65 million uniques

Source: comScore MultiPlatform based on CNN Brand entity — April 2016

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CNNMONEY TOPS BLOOMBERG, WALL STREET JOURNAL & CNBC FOR APRIL 2016
May 24th, 2016
09:50 AM ET

CNNMONEY TOPS BLOOMBERG, WALL STREET JOURNAL & CNBC FOR APRIL 2016

CNNMoney posted an impressive lead over some of the web’s finest business and financial news competitors for the month of April 2016. In terms of traffic, CNNMoney outperformed Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and CNBC in multiplatform visits and unique visitors. It topped both Business Insider and Wall Street Journal in video starts and consumption time. The network ranked a solid fourth place among top business and financial properties for the month and registered double digit gains over April 2015 in most measurements.

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CNNVR TIME TRAVELS TO THE EIGHTIES
March 31st, 2016
04:50 PM ET

CNNVR TIME TRAVELS TO THE EIGHTIES

On January 28, 1986 CNN was the only national broadcast network to carry the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger on live TV. Today, CNNVR has brought that viewing experience back through virtual reality.

In partnership with TimeLooper, a location-based time travel app known for its ability to take users back to a specific point in time through virtual reality, CNN embarked on an incredibly ambitious VR reenactment shoot: rebuilding a version of the CNN studios circa 1986 to bring users back to the moment of the Challenger explosion.

Archival footage from inside the CNN studio that day and consultation with current CNN staffers who witnessed the moment as it unfolded helped reconstruct the scene. 

The CNNVR team rented vintage cameras, built a set with 20 pieces, hired 40 actors, hair & makeup, wardrobe and used CGI effects to recreate the moment. 

With an introduction from Anderson Cooper, the project takes you right back to 1986 and that tragic day in history.

The experience can be viewed on CNN’s Facebook page, CNN’s Android App and on the TimeLooper App. 

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About CNNVR

CNNVR is the network's virtual reality newsgathering and storytelling operation. CNN was the first media outlet to live stream a major news event in virtual reality with the trailblazing project of capturing and streaming CNN's Republican and Democratic Debates in the fall of 2015. Praised by critics for "flipping conventional wisdom on its head," CNNVR has produced both domestic and international stories through the technology, including a front row seat to a political rally and memorials in the cities of Brussels and Paris.

CNN Android App Now Features 360 Video Playback
March 31st, 2016
03:38 PM ET

CNN Android App Now Features 360 Video Playback

CNN announced today that its latest update to the CNN App for Android Phones includes the ability to playback 360 video from within the app – not requiring the use of another device or application.

For the first time, users will be able to see 360, virtual reality videos in the core CNN Android app, showcasing the commitment to virtual reality across CNN Digital platforms. A user can view the experience today on Android devices by watching the latest production from the CNNVR team.

The CNN App for Android Phones is available for free on Android Market.  For more information about the CNN App for Android, go to www.cnn.com/android.

Digital Studios Rolls Out 'Future of Adventure’ Series
The 'Exosuit," which allows deep-sea divers to propel through the ocean.
March 14th, 2016
10:49 AM ET

Digital Studios Rolls Out 'Future of Adventure’ Series

CNN Digital Studios has launched six new videos in their Future of Adventure series, which begin rolling out today.  The series focuses on how people are experiencing adventure in new ways because of technological innovation and ingenious designs that allow them to reach new heights in exploration. 

Today’s feature focuses on the man who created a robotic suit that allows deep-sea divers to propel through the ocean using water jets.  Other videos will focus on inventions in space travel, Earth-friendly wetsuits and airbags.   

Available now at CNN.com/adventure, the series will publish in its entirety on CNNgo in April.  Follow CNN’s best video at @CNNVideo.

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