Facebook’s first funded news shows debut on July 16 and will be appearing in a new section within Facebook Watch.
Last month, Facebook announced the first of its funded news shows that have been produced exclusively for Facebook and which will be appearing in a new section within Facebook Watch. The shows will be debuting on Monday, July 16 with the first lineup of shows from news publishers like ABC News, Advance Local, ATTN:, CNN, Fox News, Mic, Quartz, and Univision.
Facebook is also announcing further funded shows from news publishers that will be premiering in the next few months and weeks:
- ABC Owned Stations’ “More in Common” – a weekly series that showcasing the bridges being built between people of various races, religions, genders, and backgrounds in cities and towns across America.
- Bloomberg’s “At What Cost?” – a weekly series that takes the week’s biggest headlines and explains how they will impact you, your finances and your future.
- BuzzFeed News’ “Profile” – a new, weekly interview show hosted by Audie Cornish of NPR’s All Thing’s Considered.
- McClatchy’s “The War Within” – a series that chronicles the lives of retired veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, who are helping their brothers and sisters in arms cope with the myriad effects of war.
- NowThis’ “NowThis Morning” – a daily news show which centers on breaking news and topical stories for young audiences.
- TEGNA’s “An Imperfect Union” – a weekly series that will travel across the country and bring two people divided on an issue together to collaborate on a community service project, such as cleaning up a park or volunteering at a food bank.
When any of the above or the previously announced shows, debut, viewers can find them in a new section in Watch that is dedicated to news. The section will feature news videos from news Pages and will be personalised based on publishers viewers are following and what their friends are watching.
At the same time, Facebook is rolling out sections related to Gaming which will help people catch up with the publishers and creators they are interested in. You can find below an overview of the schedule that will begin next week. More shows will launch during the summer.