Newsy And The State of News With Blake Sabatinelli – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Episode #690 of Six Pixels of Separation is now live and ready for you to listen to.

I’m on mission to add different types of audio content to this show. Last week, I was asked to moderate at session at the InfoPresse event, Platforms (here in Montreal). I had the chance to speak with Blake Sabatinelli about the state of media, the news and his growing organization, Newsy. Blake is CEO of Newsy. Prior to joining the organization, Blake oversaw video strategy at Newsy’s parent company, The E.W. Scripps Company. Blake has a long history in both news and digital strategy. A native Texan, he started his career as a digital producer at ABC Action News in Tampa, and was later promoted to executive producer, managing a team of producers and overseeing editorial operations. Blake later led the digital strategy and operations at WJLA and News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C. For those who are not familiar, Newsy is quickly becoming the source for concise, unbiased video news and analysis covering the top stories from around the world. With persistent curiosity and no agenda, Newsy strives to fuel meaningful conversations by highlighting multiple sides of every story. Newsy prides itself on delivering the news and perspective you need without the hype and bias common to many news sources. With that, Newsy streams a 24-hour network that is focused on over-the-top environments (OTT). This includes Newsy’s apps for connected TV platforms such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku, as well as distribution deals Newsy has signed with streaming pay-TV services such as Sling TV and YouTube TV. If you look around, many in the media see Newsy as one of the fastest growing news companies in the world. Enjoy the conversation…

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation #690.

2 comments

  1. I applaud Blake’s considering the possibility that consumers will pendulum back to pay television. People as old as I who grew up with TV Guide know the value of being told where and when to find content.
    I’m looking at my smart tv right now and my apps (netflix, Apple TV, prime, crave, youtube) are set up left to right based on how often I select them. In my perfect world I would happily pay a third party app that made it easier to find great content (none of those individual apps do it right for me in their own environment) on all five of those providers in one spot.

    1. He has spoken a lot about the power of a centralized “TV Guide” and discoverability. I agree… this is a huge challenge… and an even bigger oppotunity!

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