Facebook Watch Expands News Slate With Shows From BuzzFeed, Bloomberg, NowThis
The social network had previously announced that it would fund shows from such partners as CNN, Fox News, ATTN: and Mic.
Facebook is adding to its lineup of news shows.
The social network has inked deals with ABC Owned Stations, Bloomberg, BuzzFeed, McClatchy, NowThis and TEGNA for a series of current-events shows that will stream on its Watch video platform. These shows will join a lineup of previously announced projects from CNN, Fox News, ATTN: and Mic.
ABC Owned Stations is working on More in Common, a weekly series that will showcase the bridges being built between people of different backgrounds. Bloomberg will produce weekly series At What Cost? that will explore the financial impact of the biggest headlines in the news. McClatchy's The War Within, which will debut in November, will chronicle the lives of retired veterans. NowThis Morning will be a daily news show that focuses on breaking news. And TEGNA's An Imperfect Union will be a weekly series about bringing two divided people together.
BuzzFeed on Tuesday announced its Facebook show, Profiled, would be a live interview show hosted by NPR's Audie Cornish.
Facebook's first batch of news shows — those announced in June — will begin debuting on the social network during the week of July 16. They will be available for viewing through a dedicated news section under the Watch video tab. In addition to the original, Facebook-funded shows, the news section will also feature videos from national and local news outlets.
Facebook's head of global news partnerships, Campbell Brown, has spearheaded the company's effort to fund a slate of current events-themed projects after media partners expressed frustration over their relationship with Facebook. Earlier this year, the social network said it would deprioritize content from big brands in favor of posts from its users' friends and family.
"We want to make investments in news partners who we know can be consistent over the long term but at the same time are willing to work with us to make whatever changes we need to make to get it right," Brown told The Hollywood Reporter in June.
The news shows are part of a larger mandate at Facebook to encourage more video programming on its platform. The social network has also funded a slate of scripted and unscripted originals like docuseries Ball in the Family and forthcoming Catherine Zeta-Jones dark comedy Queen America.