Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 2 April 2019

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Our Planet (Image Credit: Netflix)

Discovery To Launch Streaming Platform

Discovery is to join Disney and Warner Media in launching its own streaming platform in 2020.

It has signed a content deal with the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Studios, to licence the BBC’s natural history archive (outside of the UK & Ireland and Greater China) such as Blue Planet and Planet Earth.

The BBC and Discovery have also agreed to separate their UKTV joint-venture with BBC Studios taking sole control of channels such as Dave and Watch. Discovery will take sole control of other channels such as Home and Really.

On the subject of natural history programming Sir David Attenborough’s “Our Planet” begins streaming on Netflix from Friday.

The Los Angeles Times Trolls New York

Few are in the mood for April Fools Day stunts at the moment.

However, this Los Angeles Times spoof report on the New York (“a largely culturally bereft island that sits curiously between the Hudson and East Rivers”) food scene is a spot on send up of the New York Times’ notoriously bad reporting of cities outside of New York, Los Angeles and London being cases in point.

Also of note this week:

The BBC sets out its annual plan for 2019/2020 with a particular focus on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds app. The biggest challenge is coming this summer when the BBC announces its plans to absorb the cost of free TV licenses for the over 75s, which were previously funded by Government. (BBC)

The extraordinary story of who hacked Jeff Bezos’ mobile phone. (The Daily Beast)

Facebook has introduced new tools to give greater transparency to its news feed. (Facebook)

Ride-sharing app Lyft has gone public and is now listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. However, its share price has fallen below its initial offer price f $72.00 on its second day of trading. Many other technology companies such as Airbnb, Pinterest, Slack and Uber are expected go public in the coming months.

The Face is to return after a 15 year hiatus. (New York Times)

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