Watchup, whose iPad app allows users to build their own video playlists around the day’s news, has secured $500,000 in funding.
Investors include Digital News Ventures, The Knight Foundation and former Wall Street Journal publisher Gordon Crovitz, according to TechCrunch.
The app, which is currently in beta, provides a list of 35 news channels from which users can select the segments that interest them, then assemble these into playlists.
Co-founder Adriano Farano told TechCrunch that his goal is to provide the best way for today’s busy audience to watch the news.
“Once upon a time, an entire nation would gather in front of the TV set to get the nightly news and learn what had happened during the day,” he said.
“Today, things have changed. Today, we are getting the news through different sources; we are bombarded by all this information. [The Watchup team thinks] that there’s still a need for a special time for getting only the good news, only the high-quality information from professional news channels that can really inform the audience.”