Reuters TV app, website to close, merge with reuters.com
Wednesday 4 December 2019
Reuters is closing its four-year-old Reuters TV app and website and folding them into its text and pictures offerings online.
Thinking about mobile video news has evolved, Simon Hutson, Reuters managing director of consumer, said in an announcement.
“We’ve experimented, iterated and received a great deal of feedback. Video content has become even more important to consumers,” he said.
On 6 January 2020, Reuters direct-to-consumer video, text and pictures will be consolidated in one place - the Reuters News app and website reuters.com.
“As a result, we will no longer have a standalone Reuters TV app or website after this date. However, our Reuters TV content will be available in the Reuters News app for iOS and Android devices, and at reuters.com."
During the transition, users can continue to access Reuters TV through Apple TV, Google Assistant and Amazon flash briefings for both video and audio. Users of the Refinitiv Eikon terminal will also continue to receive Reuters TV.
“Video content is one of Reuters great strengths; we have dedicated video journalists in every corner of the globe and create almost 120,000 video stories every year,” Hutson said. “We want to bring this content to the widest possible audience. We know some users will miss the standalone Reuters TV app and site, but this move will showcase our world-class video news to the biggest audience and create a seamless, unified experience for consumers.”
Reuters TV service to news agency customers will not be affected. ■
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