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Quibi Kicks Off ‘60 in 6,’ a Shortened Version of ‘60 Minutes’

Fern Siegel

“60 Minutes” is ending this season’s run, but Quibi’s “60 in 6” is just beginning. The new streaming show will be promoted in the final minutes of Sunday’s broadcast with a link to the mobile streamer, reports Variety.

CBS News’ Wesley Lowery will kick off “60 in 6” with two segments that examine George Floyd’s killing and the ongoing issue of black people dying in police custody. Lowery, a Pulitzer-Prize winner, also covered the protests against police in Ferguson, Missouri.

Quibi’s “60 on 6” will run six to nine minutes. Ryan Kadro, head of news, daily essentials at Quibi, told the trade magazine the shortened time frame gives interviews a more intimate feel.

For this particular show, Lowery will be joined by CBS News vet Seth Doane, Laurie Segall, who covers tech, and reporter Enrique Acevedo from Univision.

After Lowery’s launch show, Quibi will stream new episodes every Monday.

Quibi, which launched April 6, also airs programs from NBC News, BBC and ESPN. Founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is its president.

The mobile streamer’s debut, which came during the pandemic, has hit snags, which Katzenberg blamed on the coronavirus. To allow users to stream its shows on TV, Quibi recently added support for Google Chromecast for its app for iOS and Android devices. This latest tweak follows the addition of AirPlay support, which lets Quibi users stream shows on screens other than mobile.

The bonus for “60 Minutes” is enhancing its digital reach, bringing “in-depth reporting and investigative journalism to a new audience,” stated Bill Owens, “60 Minutes” executive producer, last October.

‘60 in 6’ Preview

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