BuzzFeed News And Twitter To Launch New Live Morning Show – AM To DM – This Fall
Wendy’s, Toyota, and Bank of America Commit as Show’s First Sponsors; Show Will Launch on September 25
NEW YORK – August 10, 2017 –- BuzzFeed News and Twitter announced today that a new weekday live morning show, “AM to DM,” will launch on September 25. BuzzFeed will produce and direct the show, which reimagines the traditional morning television show for the way people consume news today: on Twitter. The show concept was originally announced on May 1, at Twitter’s Digital Content NewFronts presentation.
BuzzFeed News reporters, editors, and special guests will take viewers through the day’s top stories, bringing headlines from BuzzFeed News reporters all over the world: everyday Twitter heroes who have blown up on social media, giants of the entertainment industry and what they mean for your can’t-miss TV shows and movies, and what exactly our elected officials are up to in Washington. The conversation will focus on what people are saying on Twitter in real time - not from yesterday or hours before - and will even involve surprise guests who have broken news in the same hour that they appear on the show. Much like our Twitter timelines, BuzzFeed’s new morning show will cover a wide range of news and social commentary. AM to DM will be hosted by BuzzFeed Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald (@IsaacFitzgerald) and BuzzFeed News’ Executive Editor of Culture Saeed Jones (@theferocity), and produced by Cindy Vanegas-Gesuale, a veteran of CNN, FOX, and the Huffington Post.
Wendy's has signed on as a presenting sponsor. Bank of America and Toyota are also initial sponsors, with other major sponsorships expected in the coming weeks. The show will have its own dedicated staff, including an executive producer and bookers, and will be overseen by BuzzFeed News editors. Newsmakers and notables from the world of politics, entertainment, and tech will appear regularly, and segments will draw on trends, personalities, stories, and jokes from the conversation happening in real-time.
"Twitter is the beating heart of news and our newsroom has always embraced its power unabashedly, both for breaking news and for staying on top of it,” said Ben Smith, Buzzfeed Editor in Chief. “The exciting thing about this show is that while much of television news now is basically explaining to you what happened a few hours ago on Twitter, we get to come to an informed and up-to-date audience from right inside the news cycle."
"Twitter is where people turn to see what's happening in the world every morning and BuzzFeed News is a vital source of that information for many of our users," said Anthony Noto, Twitter COO. "We are excited to collaborate with BuzzFeed to bring their fresh approach to a live morning show broadcast alongside the real time conversation on Twitter. AM to DM will be timely, insightful and of course funny for viewers around the world on Twitter."
The live stream will be free and accessible globally to logged-in and logged-out users on Twitter and connected devices. You can find the stream, which will air weekdays from 8-9 am ET, via @BuzzFeedNews.
Tens of millions of people have tuned into BuzzFeed News’ live video productions, from the Inauguration to strikes taking place across the country, to coverage of Georgia's 6th congressional district special election, which was also streamed exclusively on Periscope. Previously, 7.5 million unique viewers tuned into BuzzFeed News and Twitter’s Election Night special, making it the most-viewed U.S. election related live stream on Twitter.
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