Global: Facebook hits again at traditional media

Global: Facebook hits again at traditional mediaFacebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook is moving further into the area of traditional media with a new feature that would spotlight original shows and other exclusive long-form content on its mobile and TV apps.

The feature, described as a “spotlight module” during its meetings with potential content partners, would be prominently placed inside the video tab on Facebook’s mobile app, Digiday reports.

It would feature about half a dozen or so video series for a period of 24 hours, only to refresh the section with another crop of videos the following day.

This module would contain original series funded by Facebook as well as content financed by media partners that Facebook has exclusively licensed for a certain amount of time, according to the report.

“The idea is that this would bring a lot of traffic and attention and [as a result] a lot of revenue via ad breaks,” one source told Digiday.

Court order after Turkey president criticises headline

One of Turkey’s richest men was ordered to appear in an Istanbul court last week to face charges of fuel-smuggling a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised his company’s flagship newspaper over a headline.

The court hearing with businessman, Aydin Dogan, the 80-year-old honorary chairman of Dogan Holding AS, was part of a case that kicked off last year.

Mr Dogan has had a chequered relationship with Mr Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, but the family’s ties with the government strengthened last year due to the role its media outlets played in bolstering Mr Erdogan during Turkey’s failed summer coup.

From the beginning of the month, the Dogans and their flagship newspaper Hurriyet had been under fire by pro-Erdogan officials for a headline published with an article about the military’s relationship with the government. The spat became a leading national news story for days, leading to the sacking of the newspaper’s editor in chief.

Mr Dogan is one of the most prominent figures in Turkey’s secular establishment. Among its many businesses, Dogan Holding is a financial partner of the Trump Organisation, which licenses the Trump name to Dogan Holding’s Istanbul Trump Towers.

Upfront redesign for New York Times

The New York Times has introduced a new presentation of its A2 and A3 print pages, aimed at giving readers an overview of what The Times is doing both in print and digitally.

It is modelled after the “front of the book” concept of a magazine. Pages A2 and A3 are now a place where readers will find interesting, useful and fun information about what The Times is doing, not only with its core news reports, but throughout the entire organisation. The pages offer stories and content that has not been part of the print paper before.

“The Times has a universe that extends well beyond the print newspaper, and we’re excited to transform pages A2 and A3 into a must-read destination that gives readers a sense of that,” said Dean Baquet, executive editor, The New York Times. “As we continue to invest and innovate in print, this redesign is a step toward creating a print newspaper for a digital era.”

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