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Amazon enhanced its video offering this week by launching Amazon Channels, the tech giant’s live-TV streaming service, in the U.K. and Germany. The service lets Prime members, who already pay £79 ($103) a year for a subscription that includes access to on-demand shows and movies, subscribe to up to 40 different live TV channels. These each range from £1.49 ($2) to £9.
Facebook has partnered with French news organizations to help Facebook verify posts. While publishers are glad Facebook has started the initiative, they say the process lacks efficiency and transparency. In February, Facebook announced an ongoing partnership between eight French media companies, including Le Monde, Libération and Agence France-Presse, to fact-check and filter ...
Norway has a parliamentary election on Sept. 11, and the country’ media outlets are sharpening their fact-checking tools. In the biggest of the efforts, four of the country’s media organizations have formed what they say is a first-of-its-kind fact-checking collaboration. Faktisk, a non-profit fact-checking organization formed by Norwegian tabloids Verdens Gang and Dagbladet, ...
The U.K.’s general election is coming up June 8, and with the recent U.S. presidential vote outcome that stunned voters and the media alike, HuffPost UK is making sure its reporting goes beyond the London echo chamber. Video is a key part of this effort. HuffPost UK’s 10-person video team is increasing its output to nearly 30 a week, up from roughly 20, and expects to increase ...
Digital video viewing has become mainstream, and mobile is driving the growth, according to recent studies of the U.K.’s video-viewing habits. U.K. adults are watching nearly an hour of digital video each day, more than double what it was five years ago, according to an eMarketer forecast out this month.
Faced with finding new ways to make money, The Sun built its own bookmakers last August, just in time for the start of the football season. Within six months, Sun Bets had amassed hundreds of thousands of customers, bringing in revenue for News UK, although the publisher was unable to provide specific numbers ahead of Sun Bets’ first annual financial results.
Time Out has dabbled in affiliate relations with booking engines for years, but in 2016 it launched more events and rolled out a custom e-commerce platform. The result: Last year, Time Out’s e-commerce revenue reached £4.7 million ($6.1 million), an increase of 45 percent year over year. This came from 300,000 transactions, a year-over-year increase of 21 percent.
There’s more than one way for publishers to build an e-commerce strategy. The Telegraph believes that its habit of creating a substantial amount of travel content and its engaged readership puts it ahead of others. The Telegraph has built out its e-commerce business for the last 18 months as a way of diversifying revenue streams.
When it comes to Facebook Messenger bots, more specific topics lead to more subscribers. Since September, Spanish publisher El País’ Facebook Messenger bot — which has had at least 10,000 subscribers, although some have unsubscribed — has delivered automated news updates to followers each time something is posted to El País’ site.
Like many U.S. publishers with global growth ambitions, The Atlantic has recently pitched up in London to expand international readership and foster closer relationships with advertising clients in Europe and Asia. The London office will have 10 employees, half on the editorial side and the other half on commercial. Another two reporters, based in Paris, will create Europe-focused content.
With such a short lead-up to the U.K.’s snap election on June 8, The Sun is swapping some of its celebrity-heavy Snapchat Discover content for more political coverage to get information to young voters quickly. Since the election was announced on April 18, The Sun has created up to three snaps a week on the election.
Snapchat is expanding its footprint in Germany this weekend with eight custom lenses for the top football clubs competing in Germany’s football league, the Bundesliga. The eight teams — Hamburger SV, Borussia Mönchengladbach, SV Werder Bremen, Hertha BSC, FC Schalke 04, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich — each have their own lens, which features the team ...
In a last-ditch attempt to steer voters away from misinformation ahead of Sunday’s presidential election, French newspaper Libération has launched CheckNews, an election search engine. The tool was released on Wednesday, just days before the vote to decide whether Marine Le Pen or Emmanuel Macron will become president.
After running ad-blocking experiments last July to a select group, the Financial Times has blocked content for all registered users with ad blockers installed. As of this week, registered users — those who have provided their email address in exchange for a number of free articles a month, but haven’t shared any payment details — are hit with a pop-up asking them to whitelist FT.
British politics and culture weekly the New Statesman is launching a separate site this week called June 2017, which will focus on the upcoming snap general election set for June 8. Rather than the publisher’s usual fare of long-essay reads and opinion pieces, all the dozen-plus pieces of content there will be data-led.
BuzzFeed’s Proper Tasty Facebook channel has shifted its editorial focus from food tailored to Western palates to more global recipes. The U.K. team of four people produces between six and 10 videos a week. Previously, these videos featured a lot of gin and tonics, afternoon tea and more Western-influenced food like pizza and Victoria sponge cake.
Programmatic advertising, despite a drum beat of bad news around misplaced ads and fraud, continues to grow and play a larger role in the ad strategies of marketers and publishers. At the Digiday Programmatic Summit Europe in Wicklow, Ireland, this week, over 100 media and marketing executives gathered to share ideas and untangle some of the thorny issues within programmatic advertising.
Header bidding, which lets multiple ad tech companies compete for publishers’ inventory simultaneously, has improved publisher yields, but it also has its limits. The MailOnline has been using Facebook’s recently launched header-bidding solution to access advertisers coming through Facebook’s Audience Network for the past six months, but it is keen to see how Facebook will ext ...
Programmatic advertising has run into its fair share of problems, from bad ad placement to data quality to slow-loading web pages. At Digiday’s Programmatic Summit in Dublin, Ireland, this week, we gathered over 100 programmatic experts from marketing and publishing to discuss and debunk some of the myths around programmatic.
Documentary-maker Barcroft Media is packaging up its video content into 10 different series on YouTube to attract more international TV buyers. The 10-year-old media company has a team of 65 full-time staff across its offices in London, New York and Delhi. The team is pretty lean, considering it operates a linear and digital TV production arm, YouTube channels, news service an ...