Morning Brief: Washington Post launches new Android mobile app; NPR names Gary Knell CEO; Huffington Post announces new sections, hires, and an acquisition
The Washington Post launched a new mobile app into the Android Market this morning, replacing its previously released version from last year.
“As we think about more ways to reach our local and national audiences, we will continue to innovate and develop products that deliver rich user experiences,” said Ken Babby, Chief Revenue Officer and General Manager of Digital at The Washington Post.
The new news app joins The Insider, an app for Washington Redskins fans, in the Android Market. The company also has two other Android apps available: Trove, a news aggregation app, and DC Rider, and DC Rider, for Metro-riding Washingtonians.
The Post has eight apps in Apple’s App Store for the iPhone, and four for the iPad. These include the mobile and tablet apps for Slate.com which show up in the Android Market under the Slate Group name.
NPR named a new CEO over the weekend, Gary Knell, previously president and CEO of Sesame Workshop.
Dave Edwards, chairman of NPR’s board of directors, called Knell “an extraordinary leader with extensive experience in public media, programming and education.” Knell has been the head of Sesame Workshop for 12 years, and prior to that was Managing Director of Manager Media International, a print and multimedia publishing company based in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The Huffington Post alos made some announcements this morning. The AOL owned site is launch four new sections this week: Huff/Post50, with Rita Wilson as Editor-at-Large; HuffPost Gay Voices; HuffPost Weddings; and HuffPost High School. The online site also announced that it has hired Lisa Belkin from the New York Times to come is as Senior Columnist Covering Parenting, Work/Life Balance, and Family. Blekin wrote the Motherlode blog for the NYT.
The HuffPost also announced that it has acquired Localocracy, a, online engagement platform which enables citizens to solve community issues.
What else is new: U.S. stock market futures are down this Monday morning as the trading week has begun in Europe. The German Dax is down another 2.7 percent with other markets down, as well. A few good days of trading, however, have led the markets to bounce off their 52-week lows. The Dax, for instance, hit its 52-week low on September 12th and has been bouncing around since then.