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This Just In: Get All The Latest News for Free on These YouTube Channels
Cable TV is one of the biggest discretionary expenses a household can have. Now, lots of people are jumping on the trend to cut the cord and rely on streaming services for their TV fix.
But streaming services like Netflix don’t offer daily news shows that cover current events. How can you keep up with what’s happening in the world without cable? Easily.
YouTube has several award-winning news channels that you can watch for free, and each of them covers the news from a different angle. Once you find a news channel that jives with your viewing style, you’ll be able to get all the news you want at no cost.
YouTube’s World News Channel
Who better to curate videos on YouTube than YouTube? YouTube’s World News Channel pulls together videos from major news networks that cover a wide range of topics. You can find top stories from networks like BBC, ABC, Fox and Al Jazeera all in one channel.
The videos on the YouTube World News Channel have no political leanings, and they don’t have flashy intros or host commentaries. That means they don’t waste any time getting straight to the news.
Subscribing to YouTube’s World News Channel will make you feel like an insider. Surprisingly, their channel doesn’t have millions of subscribers, and some of their videos only have a few thousand views.
The Young Turks
The Young Turks is one of the most popular channels on YouTube with over three million subscribers. Hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian cover the hottest topic of the day in a news segment that is part traditional news and part roundtable discussion.
Uygur and Kasparian give you context and background information on the latest headlines. They provide the nuts and bolts on a topic so you have a deeper understanding of whatever they’re discussing. They also show quotes and videos from all sides of a topic.
The hosts aren’t as formal as TV anchors; their casual and personable style makes them feel familiar.
The Vice News YouTube channel is an extension of the HBO Vice series. Episodes air daily, and they have special editions on the weekends.
Vice News doesn’t cover the latest headlines from Washington, D.C. or the biggest viral video of the day; instead, its correspondents dig deep into controversial issues around the world. Their videos focus on war in the Middle East, fighting poverty in the U.S., medical breakthroughs and the environment.
Vice News gives their topics an interesting angle. A lot of times they tell a story from a real person’s point of view, like when they followed a millennial mom who has a lot of tattoos and drives a truck to pay the bills.
No Comment TV
A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Then No Comment TV is worth millions.
No Comment TV is part of euronews, Europe’s leading news network. The channel features engrossing videos from around the world without commentary, judgement or argument.
You can watch astounding videos of raging forest fires in France or flooding in Myanmar. They also have video footage of controversial news stories, like what happens to villagers when ISIS camps are bombed.
Although they provide hard-hitting videos of newsworthy stuff, they also have videos that are just plain entertaining. You can watch a man sharing hugs with a pack of lions or an artist creating an amazing sand castle on a Long Island beach.
Now This provides answers to questions you never knew you wanted to ask. It takes a deep dive into government, culture, policies and other global issues on a minute scale, looking between the lines to give you insight into interesting news topics around the world.
Now This gained popularity with videos on Facebook that tend to get shared a lot because they’re kind of mind-blowing. One of their most popular videos on YouTube, Why Doesn’t Japan Hate the U.S.?, has almost two million views.
The hosts are clearly passionate about their topics. They explain difficult subjects, like the stock market or trade relations, in a way that’s easy to understand.
Reveal produces videos that are the result of hardcore journalism. No wonder, because the YouTube channel is the product of the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Reveal’s videos are a combination of in-person interviews, animation and storytelling. The way they produce videos really makes their subjects hit home.
Two of the videos I watched sucked me in right away. One was a first-person account from the Navy Seal who killed Osama Bin Laden. The other was an animated video about beef production. Both videos gave me “aha!” moments. The Navy Seal video made me uncomfortable because the story was so personal, while the beef production video made me question my own diet.
If you’re looking for relatable, insightful commentary that’s served up with the day’s facts, Philip DeFranco is your man.
DeFranco is a long-time YouTuber who has won several awards. Every day he picks a hot topic to tear into and looks at it from all sides. He uses Tweets and video footage to back up his opinions.
Above all, DeFranco looks for the truth in crazy controversies, especially ones that affect the U.S. In recent videos, he tore apart whether or not Jake Tapper is a member of the alt-right and whether or not cops are planting evidence in a “leaked” video.
You can stay on top of what’s happening around the world for free. Once you find a YouTube news channel that fits your needs, hit the subscribe button. That way its newest videos will show up in your home newsfeed.
Nancy Basile has almost 20 years experience as a freelance writer for the web. She focuses on finding ways to squeeze more entertainment into your day for less. She lives in Amish country with her family.