DailyMail’s Steinberg: The Threat to News is the Media Agencies

It’s not porn, it’s not file sharing, yet many media agencies equate news with these unsavory categories – and they are keeping their distance and limiting ad spend. The threat to news is not the lack of journalists, it’s the way news is seen by advertisers, primarily by the agencies who evaluate the medium, declares Jon Steinberg,  CEO […]


Pioneering Documentarian Albert Maysles, Dead at 88, Explains Filmmaking as Observer

The celebrated documentarian Albert Maysles, died on Thursday, the New York Times reported in this obituary. In this  2008 interview with Beet.TV in 2008, he speaks about his approach to documentary filmmaking which he sees himself as an observer.  It’s all about watching the subject unfold, not setting out with an agenda, he explains.  He […]


Britain’s Mail Online, Growing Fast in U.S……and Making Waves

The British tabloid the Daily Mail, known as Mail Online,  has become the biggest English language newspaper destination site in the world.  It is growing quickly in the U.S., with a 30 percent  increase over last year, and monthly unique visitors up to 36,4 million, according to comScore.   That growth has come with a […]


Journalism Now Free From Tyranny Of Robots: Quartz’s Delaney

Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney professes to be “really optimistic about the future of journalism”, now that he’s no longer writing stories for “robots”. “Ten years ago, we were writing headlines for Google’s search index robots,” Delaney tells Beet.TV. But things have changed: “There are a few dynamics at play that push you toward equality content. “Success is […]


Quartz Looks Through ‘Glass’ At Future Of TV

It’s nothing like the Google product of the same name, but online journalism site Quartz’s new Glass site is certainly another lens through which to look at the future. The 20-month-old Atlantic Media spin-off is adding the future of TV and video to its list of “obsessions” covered by beat writers. “The best way to […]


Times’ Clifford Levy: “We are Reimagining the News Experience for the Phone” with New App

Clifford Levy, a two-time Pulitzer Award winning New York Times reporter turned editor, says that this week’s  launch of NYT Now app represents the “reimagining of news” on a mobile phone. Unlike the paper’s longstanding App, an elegant firehose of over over 200 daily news stories, the new one  is organized with far fewer articles, […]


News Service ‘Storyful,’ Acquired by News Corp, is Driving 100 Million Monthly Video Views for Clients

Storyful, the social news verification company that identifies UGC content for many top news organizations,  which was recently acquired by News Corp for  $25 million, is verifying videos for media partners including the New York Times, the BBC and many others which are serving 100 million monthly views cleared by Storyful, says Mark Little, the […]


Nigerian News Consumers Jump Straight To Mobile First

LONDON — From Google’s Loon to Facbeook’s drones, the internet that Silicon Valley’s giants will create in Africa will be quite different to the one back home. With many first-time consumers adopting mobile devices before desktop, Africa may be a vision of the west’s media future. “The rate at which the mobile phone has grown […]


The Washington Post’s Schiffman Proposes Web Video News Consortium

The Washington Post, having made a significant investment in digital video in the past 12 months, with 30 staff hires and an expanded production facility, is seeking to increase views  and revenue through various schemes including the formation a digital video news consortium with other premium publishers, says Steven Schiffman, General Manager for Video at […]


AOL is Expanding TechCrunch’s Global Footprint as CrunchBase Gets Overhall

LAS VEGAS –  The global emergence of entrepreneurship and the start-up sensibility is powering the  global expansion of TechCrunch, explains Ned Desmond, COO of TechCrunch and head of AOL’s tech publishing group, in this interview with Beet.TV at last week at CES. Desmond says that AOL is relaunching CrunchBase, the online resource for companies and […]


Storyful, a Video News Service for UGC Creators, Acquired by News Corp

Storyful, the Dublin-based start-up that verifies and manages UGC news video for many major news organizations, has been sold to News Corp for $25 million, the company announced today.  Earlier this year we spoke with Storyful Executive Editor David Clinch about the business and it’s growing operations.  We are republishing that video today.  


Video News Curator Newsy Sells to E.W. Scripps for $25 Million

Newsy, a  creator of short video segments, pulled from various news sources, which are then voiced, produced and syndicated across the Web, has been purchased by E.W.Scripps for $35 million, the companies announced.    In March of 2011, we interviewed founder and CEO Jim Spencer who explained the platform.  We have republished that interview today.


New York Times to Expand Syndication for Videos as Monthly Views Double to 12 Million

Videos on The New York Times have been watched a record 12 million times by some three million “unique” viewers in October, according to data provided to Beet.TV by comScore, denoting a 12 month rise of nearly 100 percent. Seeking to increase that number, both on the site and off , by scaling production and […]


New York Times Media Reporter Brian Stelter Leaves for CNN, our 2008 interview

In 2008, shortly after Brian Stelter joined the New York Times as a media reporter, we spoke with him about the growth impact of a blog about the cable news business that he launched and ran from his college dorm.   Today, CNN has announced he will join the cable network.   We have republished that interview […]


Twitter’s Vivian Schiller on Platform Strategy: Don’t be Platform Agnostic (Archive Video)

The concept of “platform agnosticism,” the notion that legacy media companies must have their content on all digital outlets is “completely wrong,” says NBC News Chief Digital Officer Vivian Schiller in this session excerpt from the the Beet.TV executive retreat in Vieques, Puerto Rico, in January 2012. Schiller will leave NBC News in January to […]


TouchCast Courts News Publishers With Desktop Video Suite

It’s four months since former TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld debuted TouchCast, an iPad app for injecting interactive and web assets in to linear video destined for publication on sites and devices. This week, Schonfeld tells Beet.TV the startup has clocked over 100,000 app downloads and is making in-roads in to the education market. Next, however, […]


HUGE Day for Web Video as VICE Gets Valued at $1.4 Billion, Report

VICE, the fast-growing edgy news/entertainment/lifestyle video producer and syndicator of Web original video has taken a $70 million investment from 20th Century Fox which puts the valuation of the Brooklyn-based company at a whopping $1.4 billion, according to a report in the Financial Times. The FT expects a deal to be announced today, Monday. In […]


NBC News Announces Partnership with Boston’s Global Post

Seeking to expand the scope of its international news gathering, NBCNews has  with Global Post, the Boston-based organization which covers news around the world with a network of freelance writers, photographers and videographers, both companies announced today.   Global Post syndicates its content to various news organizations and surfaces its reports on its own site. The […]


CNBC Launches Web Video Originals as Views Double in 12 Months

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ –  CNBC’s production and syndication of video clips has been primarily segments of the the network’s live programming.  That is expanding with the introduction of slate of Web only video programs, says Kevin Krim SVP/GM at at CNBC Digital in this interview with Beet.TV Some of the original Web programming is being […]


AP Video Chief: Engagement Time Around Video is Shrinking

LONDON – Usage data gathered by the Associated Press around video news shows that consumption is getting shorter, with most viewers watching content from a minute to 90 seconds,  says Sandy MacIntrye, global chief of video, in this interview with Beet.TV.  This duration is “shorter than any of us journalists would like,” he says.   Viewership […]

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