Media Insider: Fox News Offers Fox Nation Membership Benefits, L.A. Times Launches Prime-Time TV Show, Time Mag Staffs Up Under New Ownership

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round-up of media stories from the week.

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DIGIDAY | SAHIL PATEL
Fox News is taking a membership approach to its new subscription service

Fox News announced they will be taking a membership approach to their new subscription video product, Fox Nation, that was launched in November. Fox Nation — which offers daily, weekly, and monthly video programming hosted by conservative personalities — will be adding membership elements to the subscription service priced at $5.99 per month or $64.99 per year. John Fiedler, svp of digital for Fox News, told Digiday that those who subscribe to the service will receive “physical tie-ins such as discounts on merchandise and access to live events and other in-person experiences hosted by the company.” For now, Fox Nation will remain ad-free but will not rule out adding some sort of ad component in the future, Digiday reports.

Related: Netflix, Prime, Blue Apron: How subscription businesses are taking over

L.A. TIMES | RYAN FAUGHNDER
Times to launch prime-time TV show ‘L.A. Times Today’ on Spectrum News 1

The Los Angeles Times plans to launch a prime-time news magazine television series for Spectrum News 1 — a Charter Communications channel. “The one-hour show, ‘L.A. Times Today,’ will air Monday through Thursday starting in February and will take an in-depth look at the day’s top stories with the paper’s reporters, columnists and photographers,” L.A. Times reports. The program will cover news, business, entertainment, sports, and politics and will also feature interviews and stories by Times journalists. Owner of The Times, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, says, “The program also marks another milestone on our journey to revitalizing a great media brand and a new way to share the important work of the largest newsroom west of the Potomac.”

More on Spectrum News Channel 1: Charter Spectrum plans to report local TV news, 24 hours a day, in Los Angeles

THE WRAP | JON LEVINE
Time Magazine Staffs Up Under New Ownership

Time Magazine is looking to hire journalists after being taken over by Salesforce billionaire, Marc Benioff. Of the new positions, 22 of the 25 are in editorial. Some of the new positions include two national political correspondents, two technology reporters, two health reporters, and even a fact-checker. During a time when Time Inc. was preparing its employees for a future of cutbacks, the Benioff purchase was a relief for many staffers at Time Magazine. “The hiring boom at Time follows a similar trajectory of once struggling publications rescued by benevolent billionaires,” the article reports.

Time Magazine announced their first person of the year under new ownership: Time Magazine Names Jamal Khashoggi and ‘The Guardians’ as Person of the Year

DIGIDAY | SAHIL PATEL
CBS News’ streaming video network, CBSN, is going local

CBS News announced its plans to provide more local news coverage. CBS Television Stations and CBS Interactive — the company’s digital arm — launched CBSN New York, a 24-hour streaming video channel that offers local live and on-demand news coverage across different connected streaming devices. According to the article, “This is the first of several local streaming video channels CBS plans to launch in 2019, including one for Los Angeles and a third channel in an unnamed market.” In addition to being led by WCBS and WLNY anchors and reporters, programming for the channel will be overseen by the CBS Local division with a team of journalists exclusively dedicated to the CBSN New York. Christy Tanner, evp and gm of CBS News Digital, told Digiday that “CBS’s decision to create local extensions of CBSN comes from internal research that said that users wanted more local coverage.”

Related: CBS Interactive’s Jim Lanzone on VC-funded digital media: ‘We have a real business’

THE NEW YORK TIMES | ADAM SATARIANO AND ELIAN PELTIER
In France, School Lessons Ask: Which Twitter Post Should You Trust?

In an era where fake news floods our feeds, France is looking to combat online misinformation by coordinating one of the world’s largest national media and internet literacy efforts to teach students how to spot junk information online. The goal of the class is to not only educate students on internet literacy, but to help prevent the spread of misleading posts or distorted videos on social media. “The efforts have taken on new urgency after the most recent American and French presidential elections were targeted by Russian misinformation campaigns,” The N.Y. Times reports. European Union officials is calling on countries in the bloc to take note and consider expanding education programs to help the fight against misinformation and election interference.

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Joanna Giannell is a Senior Customer Content Specialist with PR Newswire. She is also an animal lover and music enthusiast. Tune into her insights as a social curator at @PRNpets.

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