Reuters Launches Slate of Shows on YouTube Partner Channel

By on 01/19/2012 5:47 PM @beet_tv

Reuters, the global news organization, has created a new slate of video programming which launched this week on YouTube as part of the video portal’s new partner channel initiative.

The YouTube channel is called Reuters TV.

Yesterday in the Reuters newsroom in New York, we spoke with Thomson Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland about the new programming and the opportunities to gain visibility for Reuters video and its journalists on a big global stage – on multiple devices.

She spoke about  some of the shows including Rough Cuts, a video news highlight reel from around the globe; Felix TV with Reuters blogger Felix Salmon, and her two shows – Freeland Files and Fastforward.

In a statement e-mailed to Beet.TV, Olivia Ma, Manager of News for YouTube said:

“News video is a popular and growing category on YouTube, and we’re so pleased to have this innovative new channel from Reuters coming to YouTube, giving viewers a mix of news, commentary and investigation.”

The 10 new shows include the following:

  • Reuters Investigates, featuring investigative journalism and special reports from around the world, in coordination with Reuters award-winning Enterprise unit;
  • The Trail, with Reuters political reporters covering the presidential candidates on the campaign trail;
  • Felix TV, with Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon, named by Time magazine one of the Top 25 financial bloggers;
  • Media Bite, featuring Peter Lauria, editor of technology, media & telecommunications, and his team of reporters covering a media world experiencing massive change;
  • Tech Tonic, with Anthony De Rosa, Reuters Digital’s social media editor, dubbed by The New York Times “the undisputed king of Tumblr”;
  • Freeland File, with Reuters Digital editor Chrystia Freeland interviewing top newsmakers;
  • Fast Forward, hosted by Chrystia Freeland and featuring Reuters’ top commentators and journalists, including David Rohde, Reuters columnist, author and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Rob Cox, US editor of Breakingviews; Bethany McLean, Reuters columnist, Vanity Fair contributor and author; David Cay Johnston, tax expert, author and Pulitzer Prize winner; Geraldine Fabrikant, Reuters columnist, senior writer for The New York Times and winner of the Loeb Award; Steven Brill, Reuters columnist, author and founder of the Yale Journalism Initiative; Ian Bremmer, President of the Eurasia Group; James Ledbetter, Reuters Op-ed editor and author;
  • Money Clip, with Lauren Young, personal finance editor and former editor at BusinessWeek and SmartMoney;
  • Rough Cuts, with Jen Rogers, showcasing the remarkable news video that Reuters video journalists shoot around the world, allowing viewers to see and hear that video in greater depth than most television networks can offer;
  • Decoder, explaining in succinct and surprising ways the key topics in the news, ranging from the debt ceiling to the Strait of Hormuz.

Reuters has published news videos on YouTube since 2008.

News of the channel launch was first reported on Tuesday by TechCrunch.

For an extensive report on YouTube’s channel strategy, see this feature in last week’s New Yorker.

Andy Plesser

Disclosure:  Beet Media LLC has syndication agreement with Thomson Reuters for all its content to be published on the Reuters Insider, a subscription service of Thomson Reuters.

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