Facebook announced the creation of a dedicated section within Watch for news shows produced exclusively for Facebook by news publishers. Today, the social media company unveiled the first slate of funded news shows for Facebook Watch from broadcast and digital native news publishers.
Univision is among the networks included in the platform, along with ABC, CNN and Fox News, ATTN: and Mic.
Univision will actually have two shows – one in English and one in Spanish within the Facebook Watch news section: “Real America with Jorge Ramos” and “Noticiero Univision Edición Digital.”
Neither show is original. “Real America” was previously broadcast on Fusion and “Edición Digital” has been on the air and live streamed for almost two years.
Here is Facebook’s overview of the first slate of funded news shows for Facebook Watch:
Univision’s “Real America with Jorge Ramos” – Jorge Ramos travels the country to talk to immigrants of diverse backgrounds and situations to deliver a view of today’s America from their perspective. “Noticiero Univision Edición Digital” – covers top stories in Spanish at noon every day on Watch, co-anchored by Carolina Sarassa and Borja Voces.
ABC News’ “On Location” [wt] – daily news show with ABC News journalists from around the globe delivering on-the-ground reporting and the top headlines that are driving the day.
Advance Local’s “Chasing Corruption” – In Alabama Media Group’s Chasing Corruption’s weekly series, host Ian Hoppe and the Reckon by AL.com team travel across the USA to meet some of America’s toughest watchdog journalists — and the stories of conspiracy, bribery, fraud and more they’ve uncovered.
ATTN:’s “Undivided ATTN:” – weekly explainer show that breaks down the biggest issue of the week in 3-5 minute episodes hosted by a rotating cast of social influencers.
CNN’s “Anderson Cooper Full Circle” – daily global brief on the world, M-F evenings featuring Anderson Cooper and a roster of guests. The interactive program will air live from Anderson’s New York City newsroom in mobile-friendly vertical video.
FOX News’ “Fox News Update” – Chief news anchor Shepard Smith will report the latest news each weekday afternoon, with Carley Shimkus updating viewers every morning. Additionally, Abby Huntsman will provide the latest headlines once each morning throughout the weekend.
Mic’s “Mic Dispatch” – Mic correspondents on this new, twice-weekly show go beyond the headlines to profile the underrepresented, the problem-solvers and the provocateurs.
In a Facebook Post, Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of global news partnerships, stated the company “will work closely with our publisher partners to experiment with these different formats to understand what works, and they will have full editorial control of their shows.”
They shows will debut this summer. Additional shows will be announced in the coming weeks.