Twitter, Bloomberg team up for 24-hour streaming news channel, aiming to combine digital power and editorial rigour

Channel will include user-generated content from Twitter that will be verified by Bloomberg editors, along with live video reporting from journalists at the news organisation

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 May, 2017, 11:48am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 May, 2017, 5:42pm

Twitter is launching a 24-hour streaming news channel in partnership with the Bloomberg Media, in a major expansion of the social media firm’s video operations, the two firms have announced.

The new streaming channel “will combine the vast global editorial and news gathering capabilities of Bloomberg with the digital power of Twitter”, according to a joint statement.

With this new network, we are setting out to reinvent the digital breaking news experience
Justin Smith

Michael Bloomberg, the founder of the financial news and information service and a former New York mayor, joined Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey at a New York media conference to make the announcement.

The streaming channel, set to launch later this year, will include user-generated content from Twitter that will be verified by Bloomberg editors, along with live video reporting from journalists at the news organisation.

“Today’s global news consumer wants and needs more than what’s currently available,” said Justin Smith, chief executive of Bloomberg Media. “With this new network, we are setting out to reinvent the digital breaking news experience.”

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Smith told The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the tie-up, that the new network would “be focused on the most important news for an intelligent audience around the globe and it’s going to be broader in focus than our existing network”.

Twitter chief operating officer Anthony Noto said: “Twitter’s speed and vast global network of content and commentary combined with the high quality, editorial rigour of Bloomberg is a unique and powerful combination.”

Financial details of the new venture were not disclosed.

The service could help Twitter expand its user base, which has been growing at a slower pace than its social media rivals.

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Twitter has been seeking to broaden its appeal beyond its core user base of celebrities, politicians and journalists, ramping up efforts in video and live sports.

But in its quarterly results released this month, Twitter reported a drop in revenue, despite boosting its monthly user base to 328 million, up 14 per cent from a year ago.

Twitter, which has never reported a profit, said its net loss narrowed to US$62 million from US$80 million a year earlier.

Twitter already offers some live video news through a partnership with the streaming application Cheddar. It had rights last year to stream some National Football League games, but lost that for the upcoming season to Amazon.