Arab News to publish column by CNN’s John Defterios

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Updated 07 March 2017
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Arab News to publish column by CNN’s John Defterios

JEDDAH: Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English-language daily, is to start publishing insightful columns by CNN anchor John Defterios and previewing exclusive reports and interviews from CNN’s “Marketplace Middle East” show.
The announcement comes as part of a drive to bolster Arab News’ business content, at a time of great momentum in Arabian Gulf economies.
Defterios, CNNMoney emerging markets editor and anchor, is the host of “Marketplace Middle East.” The show, on CNN International, covers the economic trends and business developments impacting the region, and features interviews with numerous prominent individuals from the business community.
He welcomed the move for his column to be published in Arab News.
“I’m delighted to be published with Arab News, and that I will be contributing to the newspaper’s business pages,” said Defterios.
“Given the daily’s pan-Arab coverage, and base in Saudi Arabia, it is in a unique position to cover both the Gulf’s pressing economic challenges, and the wealth of opportunities in this part of the world.”
Becky Anderson, managing editor at CNN Abu Dhabi and anchor, added: “CNN is proud to produce ‘Marketplace Middle East’ and ‘Inside the Middle East,’ which are both important programs made for and about the region. We look forward to our journalism — from big-hitting interviews to analysis of regional trends — featuring in Arab News along with John’s regular column. This is another example of CNN’s journalism continuing to resonate across the Middle East.”Faisal J. Abbas, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, said that the contribution will be a valuable addition to the pages of Arab News — both in print and online.“Arab News is pleased to carry John’s column, which will bring new regional business insight, perspective and analysis to our readers,” said Abbas.
“As regional markets and businesses come under ever-closer scrutiny, such coverage becomes all the more important both in the Middle East and internationally.”
The cooperation starts this month, with the articles published in the newspaper and online at http://www.arabnews.com.Established in 1975, Arab News is the leading Middle East English language daily. The newspaper has been embarking on a more global and digital path in recent months. It has added high-caliber writers such as Yasar Yakis, former foreign minister of Turkey, and Frank Kane, the award-winning business journalist based in Dubai.


Nestle, AT&T pull YouTube ads over pedophile concerns

Updated 22 February 2019
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Nestle, AT&T pull YouTube ads over pedophile concerns

  • A video from a popular YouTuber and a report from Wired showed that pedophiles have made unseemly comments on innocuous videos of kids
  • YouTube has faced advertiser boycotts in the past, including a widespread boycott in early 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, US: Several companies, including AT&T and Nestle, are pulling advertisements from YouTube over concerns about inappropriate comments on videos of children.
A video from a popular YouTuber and a report from Wired showed that pedophiles have made unseemly comments on innocuous videos of kids. The comments reportedly included timestamps that showed where kids innocently bared body parts.
YouTube says it disabled comments on tens of millions of videos and deleted offending accounts and channels.
Nestle and Fortnite maker Epic Games say they paused ads on YouTube while the company works on the issue. AT&T says it has removed ads until YouTube can “protect our brand from offensive content of any kind.”
YouTube has faced advertiser boycotts in the past, including a widespread boycott in early 2017. Since then YouTube has made efforts to be more transparent about how it deals with offensive comments and videos on its site.
But the latest flap shows how much of an ongoing problem offensive content continues to be, said eMarketer video analyst Paul Verna.
“When you think about the scope of that platform and what they’re up against, it is really like a game of whack-a-mole to try to prevent these problems from happening,” he said.
Still, because of the powerful advertising reach of YouTube’s parent Google, brands are unlikely to stay away from YouTube for long, he said.
Digital ad spending in the US is expected to grow 19 percent in 2019 to $129.34 billion this year, or 54 percent of estimated total US ad spending, according to eMarketer, with Google and Facebook accounting for nearly 60 percent of that total.
“At the end of the day, there’s a duopoly out there of Google and Facebook,” for digital advertising, he said. “Any brand that doesn’t play the game with either is potentially leaving a big marketing opportunity on the table.”