CNN courts the YouTube generation by partnering with Casey Neistat


CNN is preparing its second major effort to appeal to a younger generation of news consumers. And this time it’s tapping one of YouTube’s biggest stars.

CNN is teaming up with Casey Neistat to launch a new standalone company that will  use smartphones to create video content. 

As part of the move, CNN is buying Neistat’s Beme app, which launched in July 2015. CNN did not disclose the terms of the deal.

The Beme app will be shut down in the coming weeks while the rest of the company will fold into the new venture owned by CNN. Matt Hackett, the chief technology officer of Beme and formerly the head of engineering at Tumblr, will help lead the new company. Read more…

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30 minutes of hardcore porn just aired on CNN, apparently


So much for Parts Unknown. 👀

CNN viewers got an eyeful Thursday night when Anthony Bourdain’s show was reportedly replaced by 30 minutes of hardcore pornography. RCN customers in Boston were apparently the only ones affected, so the mistake was probably on the cable provider’s end — not the news network’s.

Cable provider RCN accidentally broadcast 30 minutes of pornography on a live CNN TV channel in Boston

— Jenna Abrams (@Jenn_Abrams) November 25, 2016

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown typically airs Sunday evenings, but CNN had been showing back-to-back episodes for Thanksgiving. Read more…

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