New Online Video Service Boasts Impressive Pedegree
A new online video news network has announced a roster of heavy-hitting executives, including Eason Jordan, the former CNN chief news executive who resigned after 23 years at the cable news network after what he said were distorted accounts of a speech in which he appeared to accuse U.S. forces of deliberately targeting journalists in Iraq. Also on board the project, titled Now This, are Ed O'Keefe, a former executive producer for ABC News Digital, and Katharine Zaleski, former executive director of digital news for the Washington Post . In a statement, Kenneth Lerer and Eric Hippeau, partners in Lerer Ventures, which is creating the news service with BuzzFeed.com, said, "We're creating NowThis News to meet straight on the inevitable and rapid changes happening in news consumption digital, mobile, social and video - that's what NowThis News is about." Originally called Planet Daily during its development period, which seemed like a variation of the name of the newspaper that Clark Kent and Lois Lane worked for, the new title also seems odd. "Now this" are generally the words broadcast newspersons use to introduce commercials and avoid mentioning the products by name.