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@CNNbrk Cracks 20 Million Followers

CNNBrkRemember back in Apirl of 2009, when Ashton Kutcher and CNN were in a heated race to see who could reach 1,000,000 Twitter followers first?

At 2:13am on April 17, 2009 Kutcher hit that mark. @CNNbrk, the breaking news account of CNN, hit 1,000,000 more than 6 hours later, at 8:55am.

Three years and 9 months later @CNNbrk to hit 10,000,000 followers, hitting that milestone on January 15, 2013.

And now, one year and nine months after that, @CNNbrk has hit 20,000,000 followers.

“This is rare territory,” says CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. “No other news organization comes close. The only other brands of any type with more followers are YouTube and Twitter itself.” And, for what it’s worth, @CNNbrk has flown past Kutcher, who now has 16.5 million followers. Katy Perry still leads the Twitterverse with 58.7 million.

With 14.5 followers, @CNN is not far behind @CNNbrk. In fact, CNN’s main feed is the second-most followed news account on Twitter.

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@CNNbrk Hits 10,000,000 Followers

Remember a few years ago when the race was on to see who would be the first to get to 1,000,000 followers on Twitter?

At the time, the two biggest accounts were @CNNbrk the breaking news feed of CNN and @aplusk the Twitter handle of actor Ashton Kutcher.

The race to 1,000,000 culminated in April 2009. Chronicled here on TVNewser, just after 2amET on the morning of April 17, 2009 Kutcher was first to cross the million mark.

Fast forward almost four years, and both of those accounts have passed 10 million followers. In fact, Kutcher’s @aplusk has more than 13 million followers while @CNNbrk hit 10 million in the last week. So today, the digital newsroom in Atlanta celebrated.

“To me, the milestone is a signal that our approach is working,” says Lila King, CNN’s senior director for Social News. “Over the past few months we’ve worked hard to fine-tune our voice on Twitter and strike a balance between being authoritative and collaborative, and I’d like to think that 10 million would say it’s right on.”

While Kutcher was the first to 1,000,000 he’s only No. 22 on the list of top Twitter accounts today. Lady Gaga holds the lead with 33,073,438; Justin Bieber is next with 32,974,609 and Katy Perry is third with 32,201,464.

CNBC Looks at the Future of TV

As the TV networks, and increasingly online video networks, prepare to pitch their new shows to advertisers at the annual upfronts, CNBC is looking at the future of the industry. Monday night, CNBC’s Media and Entertainment reporter Julia Boorstin takes viewers inside the companies competing to shape the new connected-TV reality. MTV founder Tom Freston, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, CBS CEO Les Moonves, Disney CEO Robert Iger, even actor Ashton Kutcher all weigh in on the future of television.

“Stay Tuned…The Future of TV,” premieres Monday at 9pmET/PT on CNBC.

NFL Media Sales Looking Good for 2010-2011 Season

Good news for the networks that televise NFL games: it looks like the 2010-2011 season will be a major step up from last season in terms of revenue.

At a press conference earlier this week, CBS news & sports president Sean McManus and CBS executive VP of sports sales John Bogusz said that the market for this season is strong.

“Like all television networks we went through a pretty tough time when the economy had its problems a year and a half ago, but I am pleased to say that the sports business right now, the NFL, college football, golf, tennis and college basketball are all really strong,” McManus said. “I feel good about where we are from a business standpoint and I couldn’t be prouder of the job that we did last year with the NFL.”

Bogusz said that many advertisers that have cut back since the economy soured are beginning to return, particularly in automotive, which is a key category for sports programming.

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The Long Weekend: Final Notes From WHCD

capts_5-11.JPGAll the photos from Bloomberg’s ultra-exclusive party are available to the public, courtesy of Bloomberg/Vanity Fair After Party.

Check out the Jersey boys (Gov. Jon Corzine and Jon Bon Jovi), the Tweeters (Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore) and this pairing on the left — the heroes of the night (Capts. Richard Phillips and Chesley Sullenberger).

martin_5-11.jpgThe Daily Beast’s Rachel Sklar (who writes today why this whole thing matters) shares her pics on Flickr, with some more interesting pairs, including the guys to the right — RNC Chairman Michael Steele and CNN’s Roland Martin.

Wrapping up the FishbowlDC coverage:

Photos from Friday night’s Poliwood screening
• Newseum’s Friday night comedy panel
• Capitol File party coverage

BayNewser Launches: Interview with @CNNBrk Creator

baynewser_5-11.gifThe blog family just got a little bigger — launched today, covering San Francisco and the rest of Bay Area media.

Co-editor E.B. Boyd interviewed James Cox, the creator of the CNN breaking news Twitter feed that raced to one million followers with Ashton Kutcher. (CNN acquired the account some time ago.)

“I ended up re-purposing the feed and taking the CNN email alerts, which at the time were the most, and still are, editorially driven, and putting them into a form I could consume as I traveled,” he said. “CNN’s feed also had the right level of noise.”

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Menu: PRNewser’s Chupick on Domino’s, YouTube and More

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the Morning Media Menu we’re joined by PRNewser editor Jason Chupick.

We talk about the big PR story from the week — the Domino’s Pizza YouTube video controversy, and response.

We also discuss YouTube’s new premium section, cost-cutting at the Times and Ashton Kutcher‘s CNN defeat. As always on Fridays, there’s What We Learned This Week.

“Everybody is searching for some kind of reputation meter, reputation dashboard, where they can roll into work early and basically get the temperature of what’s going on with a campaign or a brand,” said Chupick of changes in the PR world. “Twitter is so easily searchable and anyone can see topics trending on Twitter at any given time, and it’s endlessly fascinating for marketers.”

You can listen to all the past podcasts at and call in at 646-929-0321.

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Ted Turner To Get “Ding Dong Ditched”: Ashton Beats CNN To 1 Million

kutcher_4-17.jpgWell Ashton Kutcher did it: he beat CNN to one million Twitter followers early this morning. WebNewser has the video of Kutcher’s live-stream and the full back story.

And CNN was gracious in defeat — or something.

American Morning had three segments on the story this morning, and Kutcher will be on Larry King Live tonight. You can even buy a t-shirt to commemorate the occasion.

The victory means a major charity donation and a “ding dong ditch” for CNN founder Ted Turner, who Kutcher effusively praised during the live-stream.

WebNewser: Kutcher’s victory video on Ustream (featuring appearances by Diddy, Demi Moore and more).

CNN Does Not Want to Lose to Ashton Kutcher

CNNBrk_4.16.jpgTonight on AC360, Erica Hill implored CNN viewers to begin following @CNNbrk, the breaking news Twitter account. “Ashton Kutcher is gaining on us,” she said. (Actually, he’d passed them an hour earlier at 9:38pmET.) “And frankly,” said Hill, “even the bosses here are not happy about it.”

They are in a race with the actor to see who can make it to 1 million followers first. Of course, many of those viewers probably aren’t on, or don’t know what Twitter is. But it may have worked. At 10:47pmET, just before the segment, Kutcher was ahead by 1,400 followers. By 11:38, Kutcher’s lead was down to 90. Follow the race here.

And this is all going to benefit charity. If he wins, Kutcher will donate 10,000 mosquito nets for world malaria day. CNN will match the donation.

And, just before Hill’s segment, she began following us @TVNewser. Thanks, Erica. Back at ya. Follow Hill @ehillcnn

Earlier: Ashton Kutcher on Larry King Live Friday

> Update: At 11:50pm, @CNNbrk went back into the lead. By 12:12am it was ahead by 200 followers.

> Update: At 12:25am, @AplusK regained the lead. He’s ahead by 850 followers as of 12:52am.

> Update: Kutcher never looked back. At approximately 2:13am, he cracked the 1,000,000 mark first. As of 8:55am he has 1,026,651 followers to @CNNbrk’s 1,010,155.

Race to One Million: Ashton Kutcher on Larry King

Ashton Kutcher will be a guest tomorrow night on Larry King Live. Why? WebNewser has the full backstory


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