New show aims to tell 'The Why' behind the news

Newsy to launch program this summer
Posted at 7:25 AM, May 09, 2017

Newsy, the news network for the next generation, announced a live news program, “The Why,” and a slate of other new original programming and advertising offerings at its NewFront event in New York City.

Newsy Vice President of News Christina Hartman unveiled plans for “The Why,” a two-hour nightly news show set to launch this summer. The program is a continuation of Newsy’s commitment to in-depth storytelling and marks the next step in the company’s expansion into longer-form TV programming.

“With ‘The Why,’ we’re going beyond the surface of the day’s major news and connecting the events to deep context,” said Hartman. “The live show will be unlike anything you see on television today: a more insightful newscast that delivers on our audience’s desires for transparency, factual reporting and the why behind the news.”

Chance Seales, a veteran news and political reporter, will host “The Why,” joining a team of dedicated reporters and producers in creating the show from Newsy’s bureaus in Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and Columbia, Missouri.

“The Why” is the next iteration of Newsy’s linear product, Newsy Live, which is available on many of the top streaming video platforms, including Sling TV, as well as cable through a partnership with Cincinnati Bell. Eighty percent of Newsy Live’s viewers are 18-54, a demographic difficult to capture via traditional TV news shows.

View the trailer for “The Why” here

Hartman also announced three new original series coming in summer 2017 (view trailer here):

• “Sold in America” is an investigative series that dives into America’s unseen human trafficking crisis. The series shows viewers how this form of modern-day slavery unfolds on American highways, in its cities and around some of its most famous events.

• “Dirt Rich” explores the front lines of Middle America’s changing climate. Defying stereotypes and stigmas, the series digs into the blue-collar boom in renewable energy, the new fight for clean water and more.

• “Varsity Gamers” takes a look at esports, or competitive video gaming, a fast-growing, half-billion-dollar industry. The series offers a compelling window into the day-to-day lives of gamers under some of the country’s first college esports scholarships.

In addition to content announcements, Newsy presented details about its new Newsy Plus service, which enables advanced targeting for advertisers in the over-the-top video ecosystem. By bringing together data points including demographics, purchase intent, psychographics and device preferences, and layering in Newsy’s own viewership data, Newsy Plus paints a full picture of how its users consume content and allows advertisers to target them in places they’re most engaged.

“Video advertising is ripe for innovation, and Newsy is leading the way by delivering the rich data our partners are seeking,” said Blake Sabatinelli, general manager for Newsy. “Newsy Plus offers marketers an unmatched view into how their content is performing and allows us to refine an experience over time to maximize the value of ad dollars in the over-the-top ecosystem.”

Editor's note: Newsy is a product of The E.W. Scripps Company, which also owns this website. It is one of the most-watched news channels across popular streaming video platforms, with 1.3 billion views in 2016 and average viewing sessions upward of 37 minutes on Newsy Live.