By: The Washington Post
WASHINGTON—October 4, 2012—The Washington Post today launches “The Fold from The Washington Post,” a nightly newscast designed specifically for Google TV by The Post’s newsroom. The Fold features Post reporters and newsmakers and delivers breaking news, in-depth analysis of complex issues and original journalism about stories and people that shape today’s issues. It is hosted by Brook Silva-Braga, an Emmy-award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker who came to The Post as an on-air journalist.
As a weekday video designed for our Google TV app and future connected-TV experiences, viewers can choose to get a full digest of the news by watching the entire show, which runs roughly 15 minutes, or skipping directly to the stories that matter most to them. The Fold can also be easily shared on Facebook and Twitter through Google TV or online, since it is also available on washingtonpost.com.
“In creating The Fold, we wanted to reimagine the nightly newscast. It’s our answer to being able to watch a summary of the news on your own time—in as much or as little time as you want, in a way that is always lively and engaging,” said Andy Pergam, Director of Video at The Washington Post. “Launching The Fold on Google TV is just one of the ongoing investments we’re making in our video products.”
Viewers can find The Fold on “PostTV,” a Washington Post app for Google TV and Android tablets that presents original video news, analysis and features from Post reporters. With PostTV, users will be able to access The Fold and other videos from The Post’s multimedia team. The PostTV app can be found on Google Play and was developed by WaPo Labs, the digital innovation team at The Washington Post Company.
“The connected TV marketplace is burgeoning. We saw a perfect opening for cross-platform high quality video content that could be seamlessly accessed from TV, tablet, and desktop,” said Vijay Ravindran, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of The Washington Post Company.
Marcus Brauchli, Executive Editor of The Washington Post, said, “In launching The Fold and PostTV, we continue to bring our high standards of journalism and authority on politics, policy and Washington to video viewers. As we approach Election Day and beyond, The Fold will be one of the many insightful, engaging features we launch to help readers stay on top of major issues.”
In addition to The Fold, PostTV will offer the following videos produced by The Post’s award-winning multimedia team:
• “News in 59 Seconds”—a mid-day primer that tells you in under a minute what’s happening in Washington, the nation and the world;
• “Trail Mix”—an ongoing political series featuring analysis from top reporters out on the Campaign 2012 trail;
• Special Reports—short-form documentaries from The Post’s video journalists.
All PostTV videos are available on The Post’s website. In 2012, The Post’s multimedia team has won 3 Edward R. Murrow Awards, including one for the best website among non-TV/radio news organizations, 7 Emmy Awards, and over 30 awards and honorable mentions from The White House News Photographers Association Contest. To learn more about PostTV and The Washington Post’s video coverage, visit www.washingtonpost.com/thefold.