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ABC News Consolidates Digital and Broadcast Coverage for Midterm Elections

abc_news_default_2000x2000_update_16x9t_384You know there are midterm elections coming up, right? Consider this your reminder. ABC News has already announced plans for its coverage of the elections, notably combining their on-air broadcast with the digital coverage. Instead of having an entirely different program for second screen viewers, it will be the same cast of characters, same line-up. Worlds will collide.

Anchor George Stephanopoulos will lead uninterrupted overage from 7 p.m. ET until 2 a.m. ET from ABC News headquarters in Times Square. In addition to other ABC contributors such as Diane Sawyer, Matthew Dowd, Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, and the Washington D.C.’s bureau Cokie Roberts will be on hand for analysis.  The ABC news team will also host FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver, who will live-blog and join Stephanopoulos on air.

It’s really a multi-media election showdown. The broadcast will be available to stream on abcnews.com, ABC News mobile apps and Apple TV. ABC News Digital will introduce personalized alerts for Election Night, updating users with all the results from their local races. 

And, thank the network gods, in the name of an informed democracy, viewers can stream the election coverage from the app or website without a cable subscription.  

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YouTube and the Future of Cable News

ihqcv07ssoxueuepz1gcAnother month, another article about how Jeff Zucker intends to reshape CNN. Oh, and another one.

Linear TV ratings are down across all major news networks, and as Kenneth Estenson, senior vice president and general manager of CNN.com, tells the New York Times, “In many ways, digital is the entry point to the CNN brand now.”

Digital numbers for news networks look much better, and CNN in particular is now “the third most trafficked news and information digital outlet in the United States.” Reaching audiences across platforms – when so many people are turning to sources like Twitter for news consumption – is a large part of why CBS News is available on Roku, and ABC News on Apple TV.

Another way that news organizations are reaching viewers is on YouTube. Tubular Labs – a Silicon Valley-based video intelligence and marketing analytics company that aims to measure all digital video engagement across multiple platforms – analyzed the top ten news organizations on YouTube:

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ABC News: Viewers Are Watching 50% More Live Video on Apple TV App

abc_news_default_2000x2000_update_16x9t_384Lost Remote was on hand in June when ABC News unveiled its dedicated Apple TV app. As we wrote at the time:

A signature aspect of that live content is a 24/7 livestream—which begins as an originally produced, eight-hour mix of live and on-demand clips and constantly updates as news happens—will offer a mixture of content.  Users will see anchored and unanchored live events coming everywhere inside the White House briefing room to live breaking news updates exclusive for digital. At launch, the anchored portions of the livestream will come from ABC News digital anchors like Dan Kloeffler, and will include contributing reports coming from ABC News correspondents like Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl.  Correspondents like these will also create original reports for Apple TV not seen on ABC News broadcast.

So far, local content is one of the most popular features on ABC News on Apple TV. Last month, ABC News on Apple TV launched with nine major market stations and last week announced the addition of three more stations: KOAT in Albuquerque, WCVB in Boston, and KITV in Honolulu.

After its first month live, ABC News has shared data about viewing habits of its Apple TV app users. Some standout numbers:

- Users watch 50% more ABC News live video on Apple TV than on mobile and desktop combined.

- Viewers spend 65% more time per visit on Apple TV than on desktop.

- The most popular “video” is the 24/7 live stream.

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Yahoo-ABC News Network Maintains Position as Leading Online News Source

abc_news_default_2000x2000_update_16x9t_384For over two years, the Yahoo-ABC News Network has quietly maintained its position as the go-to online news source. Yahoo-ABC News has stayed ahead of its broadcast and cable competition by delivering 2.2 billion page views to 74 million unique visitors in April alone (comScore).

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Katie Couric, Yahoo’s new Global News Anchor, had a large presence at the company’s recent NewFront, where she discussed the importance of crowdsourcing, Vines, and GIFs. In her short time at Yahoo, Couric has already been able to snag an exclusive interview with Nigerian finance minister Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on the ongoing Boko Haram crisis, and ABC News’ Gloria Riviera delivered digital video reports from the South Korean ferry disaster.The combined network has demonstrated an understanding that digital is just important as linear, and this, in turn, has resulted in users coming back. Read more

Redesigned ABC News App for iPhone and Android offers personalized experience

SHOWSHEET_ABC-News-Digital-logoLast week, ABC News Digital released a redesigned app for iPhone and Android that seeks to strike the balance between being timely and informative while not being too pushy. Read more

An inside look at NY Med's social TV strategy

Not all reality TV is Kardashians and singing competitions. This summer ABC News launched "NY Med," described as a "medical docuseries" that takes you inside the walls of New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) (airing Tuesdays at 10pm and available on ABC.com). This sobering, informative, and often difficult-to-watch reality show makes you remember how amazing TV can be to tell you stories about real people.

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ABC News and O&O stations debut new iPad apps with dayparts

ABC News and its owned-and-operated stations announced the roll-out of updated iPad apps with some nice touches. All of the apps offer dayparted content in three daily editions, and the local apps -- launching first at KABC with the other stations following -- go deeper with traffic and weather.

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Social TV recap of the ABC News Iowa GOP Debate [Infographic]

Another debate has come and gone, and the Wall Street Journal has admitted that "free media (is) helping to define" the GOP primary. Bluefin Labs, has again speedily provided us with there analysis on the chatter from last night's debate. Audiences made 235,659 social media comments about this debate, the 4th most commented-on debate this season so far (competing with HBO and Showtime on a Sunday night probably wasn't the best move). Audiences commented about Romney the most out of any candidate, followed closely by Gingrich in second place. Perry drew the least amount of comments in social media.

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Yahoo's IntoNow to power ABC News debate polling

First on Lost Remote: ABC News is hosting a GOP debate this Saturday, and the network's new online partner is incorporating a social TV component into the live event. ABC News and Yahoo partnered in October, and Yahoo's IntoNow recently launched an updated app that synchronizes content and interactivity with live TV. During the debate, viewers will be able to offer real-time feedback on the candidates via the IntoNow app.

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ABC News inks partnership with Yahoo News

First on Lost Remote: ABC News is hosting a GOP debate this Saturday, and the network's new online partner is incorporating a social TV component into the live event. ABC News and Yahoo partnered in October, and Yahoo's IntoNow recently launched an updated app that synchronizes content and interactivity with live TV. During the debate, viewers will be able to offer real-time feedback on the candidates via the IntoNow app.

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