New York Times unveils 1st TV series called ‘The Weekly’

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The New York Times is launching a new TV show called “The Weekly” that will include reporting from 1,600 journalists from 160 countries, according to the 167-year-old publication. 
The paper of record says the show “will be its first major foray into TV news” and will launch Sunday, June 2, on FX. 
“The Weekly” will also be available via streaming on Hulu the following day. 
“Each half-hour episode features a Times journalist investigating one of the most pressing issues of the day,” per the Times, which also released a new series trailer on Tuesday. 
“With more than 1,550 journalists reporting from 160 countries each year, The Times publishes 250 stories a day – investigative reports, political scoops, cultural dispatches,” the description of the show continues. “And each week, ‘The Weekly’ chooses to tell one of these stories in a visual and unforgettable way.”
“The Weekly” is produced by The New York Times and Left/Right, a New York-based production company.

“More than ever, we need to stand up for journalism,” said Sam Dolnick, assistant managing editor at the Times and a leader of “The Weekly.”
“The best way to do that is to be transparent. On TV, you see the lengths we go to get the story and to get it right,” he added. 
The series announcement comes one week after the Times reported strong first quarter earnings, showing notable increases in digital advertising and subscriptions that eclipsed its continued decline in revenue in print.

The Times’s total number of paid subscriptions surpassed 4.5 million, an all-time high for the company, with 3.5 million of the 4.5 million coming from digital subscriptions. 

Revenues from online advertising were $55 million, a 19 percent increase. 

The Times also saw its podcast business grow, most notably because of the “The Daily,” which is hosted by Times journalist Michael Barbaro.
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