New CBS news­magazine prom­ises im­mer­sive sto­ry­telling

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT / COMMUNITY - BY DAVID BAUDER

CBS pre­mieres a news pro­gram to­day de­signed to show­case the jour­nal­ism on its CBSN stream­ing ser­vice, the sec­ond time this sum­mer one of the broad­cast net­works has tried a fresh twist on the news­magazine for­mat.

“CBSN: On As­sign­ment’’ airs the first of four sum­mer episodes Mon­day at 10 p.m. EDT, a day af­ter NBC’s “Sun­day Night with Megyn Kelly’’ has its last show un­til next spring. The CBS se­ries prom­ises no host, no celebrity in­ter­views and a sto­ry­telling style that will be fa­mil­iar to young fans of Vice and John Oliver.

Its first episode in­cludes sto­ries on for­eign work­ers build­ing Amer­i­can auto plants, the re­cruit­ment of chil­dren as Is­lamic State fight­ers and in­no­va­tive uses of ro­bots in Ja­pan.

The idea is to give broad­cast ex­po­sure to the more im­mer­sive sto­ry­telling used on CBSN, said Mosheh Oi­nounou, the se­ries’ ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer.

“We’re try­ing to take folks there in a way that is a lit­tle less pol­ished, a lit­tle more raw,’’ Oi­nounou said. “At a time when there’s a lot of scru­tiny of jour­nal­ism and news, we’re try­ing to be much more trans­par­ent about how we got the story and how we tell the story.’’

At times that can be dis­tract­ing, like when Char­lie D’Agata tells view­ers about the smell of rot­ting bod­ies as he walks down a street in Iraq, or Vladimir Duthiers on an ear­ly­morn­ing stake­out of an auto plant. But they’re in­ter­est­ing sto­ries off the path of the evening news and given room to breathe.

CBSN’s ex­pe­ri­ence, along with the pop­u­lar­ity of Vice and in-depth seg­ments on Oliver’s HBO show, point to a taste among younger view­ers to take time with worth­while sto­ries, said Nancy Lane, se­nior ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of CBS Dig­i­tal.

The show will be simul­cast on both the net­work and stream­ing ser­vice. While re­porters and tech­niques fa­mil­iar to CBSN view­ers will be on dis­play, the news­magazine’s sto­ries won’t be re­runs of things al­ready shown on CBSN.

“We’re hope­ful it will work both ways,’’ Lane said. “

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.