The First Batch of Facebook-Funded News Shows for Watch Is Debuting Monday

Details on more shows were also revealed

Anderson Cooper Full Circle from CNN is one of Facebook Watch's news shows Facebook

Facebook announced last month that it was funding an initiative to create news shows from 10 to 12 U.S. publishers for its Facebook Watch video platform, and the first slate of those shows will begin streaming Monday, July 16.

Head of global news partnerships Campbell Brown and product manager for video Samir Lakhani revealed the first batch of shows in a blog post, saying that they can be found in a new section in Facebook Watch dedicated to news, which will also feature videos from local and national news pages and will be personalized based on publishers people follow and what their friends are viewing.

Facebook-funded news shows for Facebook Watch will begin streaming Monday

Previously announced shows that are part of the initiative include:

  • On Location, a daily news show featuring ABC News journalists from around the world providing “on-the-ground reporting” and discussing the day’s top headlines.
  • Chasing Corruption from Advance Local will bring Alabama Media Group’s weekly series to Facebook Watch. Host Ian Hoppe and the Reckon by team travel across the country to meet “some of America’s toughest watchdog journalists” and discuss the stories they have uncovered, including conspiracy, bribery and fraud.
  • Undivided ATTN: from ATTN is a weekly explainer show that will break down the biggest issues of the week in episodes hosted by a rotating cast of social influencers and lasting three to five minutes.
  • Anderson Cooper Full Circle from CNN is a daily global news brief (evenings Monday through Friday) featuring Cooper and “a roster of guests” and livestreaming from Cooper’s newsroom in New York “in mobile-friendly vertical video.”
  • Fox News Update will feature Fox News Channel chief news anchor Shepard Smith offering his take on the latest news every weekday afternoon, along with Carley Shimkus providing morning updates and updates once every weekend morning from Abby Huntsman.
  • Mic Dispatch is a twice-weekly show from Mic in which correspondents “go beyond the headlines to profile the underrepresented, the problem-solvers and the provocateurs.”
  • Quartz News from Quartz is a weekly show featuring in-depth reporting from around the world. Each episode investigates one story, explaining the often-counterintuitive economic and technological forces shaping world events.
  • Real America With Jorge Ramos from Univision features journalist, anchor and author Ramos traveling around the country to deliver the perspective of “immigrants of diverse backgrounds and situations.” Univision will also cover the day’s top stories each day at noon, in Spanish, on Noticiero Univision Edición Digital.

Brown and Lakhani unveiled the next batch of Facebook-funded news shows for Facebook Watch in their blog post:

  • More in Common from ABC Owned Stations is a weekly series that will showcase the bridges being built between people of various races, religions, genders and backgrounds in cities and towns across America.
  • At What Cost? is a weekly series from Bloomberg that examines the biggest headlines of the week and how they will impact people, their finances and their future.
  • Profile from BuzzFeed News is a weekly interview show hosted by Audie Cornish of NPR’s All Things Considered and featuring a different newsmaker each week.
  • The War Within from McClatchy chronicles the lives of retired veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
  • NowThis Morning is a daily news show from NowThis focused on breaking news and topical stories for young audiences.
  • An Imperfect Union from TEGNA is 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.

Sections for other types of content, such as gaming, will also be added to Facebook Watch, according to Brown and Lakhani. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.