You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

CNN Is Axing Snapchat Daily News Show ‘The Update’

CNN is ending its daily Snapchat news show, “The Update,” launched just four months ago — after concluding, at least for now, that it couldn’t make money on the initiative from advertising under a revenue-sharing model with Snap.

Snap and CNN have built a great partnership over the years and our teams have enormous admiration for each other,” the companies said in a joint statement. “We plan to keep working together and mutually decided to hit pause as we explore the best opportunities for doing that.”

Even though the daily show will conclude at the end of 2017, CNN will “continue to experiment with Snap and publish to the platform,” a rep for the Turner-owned news unit said.

CNN was among the original launch partners for Snapchat Discover, which debuted in January 2015. Discover lets media companies post collections of text, images and videos — a format that’s different from Snapchat Shows, short-form, TV-like episodes shot in vertical orientation.

“The Update” was launched under CNN’s content-licensing deal with Snap the companies originally cut for the Discover platform, which is expiring at the end of 2017. Snap has been moving away from licensing content to revenue-sharing agreements, and the two parties are in talks about striking a new arrangement, according to a source familiar with the pact.

Other Snapchat news shows that remain on the platform include the Snap-produced “Good Luck America” hosted by Peter Hamby and NBC News’ “Stay Tuned.” Hosted by Savannah Sellers and Gadi Schwartz, “Stay Tuned” drew more than 29 million unique viewers on Snapchat in its first month this summer (from mid-July to mid-August), Snap said.

NBC News says “Stay Tuned” continues to reach “tens of millions” of unique viewers each month, two-thirds of whom are under the age of 25. “We launched this show to reach a new audience. And we’ve been successful in that endeavor,” said Nick Ascheim, SVP of digital at NBC News Group. He added that producing a Snapchat show requires different skill sets (versus other formats) as well as “perseverance and a willingness to adapt.”

Snapchat’s Discover section also includes stories produced by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, NowThis News and Vice.

CNN, when it announced the launch of “The Update” in August, touted it as a rundown of the biggest news from CNN reporters and bureaus around the world. The show has run at 6 p.m. ET daily, with rolling updates for breaking news.

News of CNN’s decision to end “The Update” was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Popular on Variety

More Digital

  • Will Arnett

    Quibi Picks Up Animated Daily Horoscope Series From Will Arnett and ATTN:

    When Quibi launches next spring, it will have a daily adult-animation horoscope show from Will Arnett and digital media company ATTN:, starring 12 colorful animals representing the different signs of the zodiac. “Your Daily Horoscope” is part of the mobile TV service’s Daily Essentials news and lifestyle programming. The show was created by ATTN: and [...]

  • Motiv: Max ConzeFoto: © ProSiebenSat.1/Martin SaumweberDieses

    ProSiebenSat.1 Boss Max Conze Unfazed By the Invasion of the Digital Streaming Giants

    Max Conze, CEO of German broadcast company ProSiebenSat.1 since June last year, appeared relatively relaxed about the prospect of the coming invasion of new subscription streaming players like Disney Plus into his territory when speaking to journalists at TV market and conference Mipcom in Cannes Tuesday. “Disney will not lock away all their content,” he [...]

  • Illustration of the video streaming company

    Netflix Q3 Preview: The Calm Before the Streaming-Wars Storm?

    Wall Street is expecting Netflix to hit or slightly beat subscriber and financial targets when it reports third quarter 2019 results on Wednesday after market close. But then what? Debate among analysts continues to rage about what will happen to Netflix’s market-leading position once it’s facing big new rivals in Disney Plus and Apple TV [...]

  • countdown

    Apple Takes Down Viral 'Countdown' Horror App, STX Brings It to Android Instead

    An app that can predict the date and time of your death may have been too much for Apple to stomach: The iPhone maker removed a viral app inspired by the upcoming horror movie “Countdown” a few days ago, putting an end to its meteoric rise. Before its removal, “Countdown” had surpassed TikTok, YouTube and [...]

  • daydream view

    Google Ships Pixel 4 Without Daydream VR Support, Stops Selling Daydream Viewer

    Google is effectively phasing out its Daydream virtual reality (VR) platform: The company’s latest flagship Pixel 4 flagship phone, which Google unveiled at a press event in New York Tuesday, won’t support Google’s Daydream mobile VR platform anymore, a spokesperson confirmed to Variety. The company will also stop selling the Daydream viewer, but continue to [...]

  • Google Wifi

    The New Google Wifi Ships in Three Colors Because Good-Looking Routers Work Better

    When Google revamped its Wifi router product, it extended the devices reach and doubled their speed, while also adding a full-blown smart speaker with Google Assistant. But the company paid just as much attention to Google Wifi’s design, down to the decision to ship the product in three colors. The surprising reason for this: Google [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content