There’s never enough time to follow the news these days – but there are loads of new media sites out there that aim to help everyone stay informed about what’s happening in the world (or the least of the world we want to hear about). Here are five to discover.
Starting next month, CNN will join the streaming wars with the launch of CNN+, its highly anticipated direct-to-consumer service. The offering will include eight to 12 hours of live programming each day, daily news programs, material from the CNN archives, as well as original series. Recent signings include Fox News’ Chris Wallace, NPR’s Audie Cornish, chef and food writer Alison Roman, actress Eva Longoria and sports podcaster and former basketball player Rex Chapman. A major key in the works, however, is that Jeff Zucker, one of media’s most powerful players who ran CNN+, abruptly left his role as chairman of CNN Worldwide and chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports in early February. after he failed to disclose his relationship with a colleague.
Jon Kelly, the former editor of Vanity Fair’s Hive, last year co-launched Puck News, which has been described as a Vanity Fair for the Substack era, and has the same backers – TPG – that ‘Airmail, run by former Kelly boss Graydon Carter. . Covering Hollywood, Wall Street, Silicon Valley and Washington, subscriptions start at $12.99 per month and $100 for the year. There is also elite access for $250 per year. Among the staff is Matthew Belloni, the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, who joined the digital startup last May as a founding partner, leading Hollywood coverage.
Janice Min, the former co-chair of the then-Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Entertainment Group, recently entered the newsletter world, becoming co-owner and chief executive officer of the new company Ankler Media, in partnership with Richard Rushfield of The Ankler, a popular newsletter. on the sub-stack. In her new role, she hopes to expand The Ankler with entertainment-focused newsletters, podcasts and live events. Rushfield will serve as editorial director while remaining the chief columnist of The Ankler. Min will also become editor-in-chief of all of Ankler’s newsletters.
No, not the iconic band, but the team of Ben Smith, who recently stepped down from his role as New York Times media columnist, and former Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith. The duo is launching a global news startup later this year, whose name has yet to be revealed. In a memo obtained by Axios, Justin Smith positioned the new entity as a “modern, global, public-interest news company…that serves unbiased journalism to a global audience,” while the duo said they aimed 200 million English university graduates. readers looking for such coverage. Assuming they don’t already get it elsewhere, of course.
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