HOLD THAT REMOTE! Forbes Poised to Overtake CNBC in Video Viewership, Declares Top Exec

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Forbes.com has developed a sophisticated and successful
online video platform which produces a considerable amount of original
content. It has a full blown television
studio and production staff. Like CNET,
it has been a pioneer among Web
publishers who have made a strong commitment creating original video – and have

I spoke with Forbes.com CEO Jim Spanfeller who was a
panelist at a fascinating industry roundtable on journalism and convergences organized
by Shoba Purushothaman, CEO of The NewsMarket

Jim tells Beet.TV that the online video viewership is
booming and he predicts that the number of eyeballs for Forbes online TV segments will surpass
those for CNBC. Jim says the Web provides the opportunity for
other publishers to pass established broadcast operations in reach and scope. 

Here’s a partial transcript of Jim Spanfeller’s comments on

  • “That’s one of our bulls eyes out there is the fine people at CNBC. The idea
    is, then again, they have a relatively limited reach. I mean, I think if you
    look at their numbers they might get about 300,000 viewers in a day, so there
    will be a lot more than 300,000 streams because presumably people are watching
    some number of things throughout the day. But nonetheless we think we can get
    to that kind of a level of reach in a year, year and a half, maybe even sooner
    depending how fast video gets adopted online.”

(Coming Clean: The NewsMarket is a former client and CNET Networks is a current client of Plesser
, publisher of Beet.TV)

— Andy Plesser

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