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July 01 2011


AllThingsD Expanding Reviews Section: Kara Swisher Wants "Little Walt Mossbergs Everywhere"

All Things Digital, the fast-growing events and publishing unit of Dow Jones, headed by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, will substantially expand its reviews section soon, says Swisher in this video interview with Beet.TV

We caught up with her yesterday in New York for this interview.  She says she wants to hire "Little Walt Mossbergs everywhere," referring to Mossberg who is one of the tech industry's most influential product reviewers.

While ATD has a reviews section, it is mostly written by Mossberg and his associate Katie Boehret.

Getting Ready for Hong Kong and Los Angeles

On the events side, Swisher speaks about plans for the upcoming AsiaD conference in Hong Kong in October, the first in Asia. 

In another expansion of the franchise, she says that AllThingsD will have its first media and advertising conference next February in Los Angeles.  This event will be run by Peter Kafka, who pens the ATD MediaMemo blog.

This is the second in a series of three interviews with Kara Swisher.  We published our first yesterday.

Andy Plesser




May 06 2011


YouTube is Managing Graphic, Violent Videos from the Middle East with Community Help

SAN BRUNO, CA -- YouTube has been an essential platform for videos of street violence in the Middle East, mostly camera phone uploads of events not covered by the news media. 

The footage is raw and often contain graphic violence which may not be suitable for the giant sharing site. 

While explicit violent videos are not permitted on YouTube, the video sharing site has made an exception for news aroud the uprising in the Middle East,says Olivia Ma, Manager of News.

Last month, Beet.TV visited the YouTube headquarters where we spoke with Ma about operations at YouTube News.  In this segment, she explains how YT members help identify violent content and how the YT staff engages and decides what actions to take.

Andy Plesser


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January 19 2011


Bloomberg Expanding Online Dominance of Business Television News with New Apps

Bloomberg News is the only news organization to provide a free, live version of its linear television programming in the U.S. online. It will soon expand its live streaming via Apps on iOS devices, according to Kevin Krim, Global Head of Web Properties for Bloomberg News, in this interview with Beet.TV.

Krim says that Bloomberg is "not restricted in its business model" from streaming its programming. He explains that the company is not concerned about "offending" cable operators or other carriers who might find digital delivery as something which could be seen as "competitive."

Most broadcasters in the United States keep their live programming offline, restricting it to cable, telco and satellite where they derive substantial carriage fees

CNBC provides live, linear programming on a subscription basis in the U.S.  While CNN, MSNBC and Fox News provide live streaming of special events online and on Apps, they don't stream their hosted programming.

In addition to streaming the live programming, Bloomberg Television producers edit 100 highlight segments per day from the linear show and publish them online.  Bloomberg is also creating documentaries, educational videos and other original content for the Web.

Much more about Bloomberg Television will be discussed at the Beet.TV Online Video Summit on February at the Washington Post, which will include Bloomberg TV international editor Moshe Oinounou as a panelist.

Keeping on the Cable Box

While Bloomberg is making ambitious moves into video streaming, it is being careful to keep its place on the cable dial and has lobbied hard around the terms of the Comcast/NBC merger deal, as Brian Stelter reports today in The New York Times.

This is the first of two interviews with Krim.  We interviewed him at Bloomberg headquarters in Manhattan last week.

Andy Plesser

January 10 2011


Foodspotting, Crowd-Sourced Food "Journalism" Enterprise Raise $3 Million Venture Round, Report

Foodspotting, the San Francisco-based social media site for sharing photos of food dishes, has raised its first venture round of $3 million, according to Liz Gannes at All Things Digital.

Last month, we interviewed co-founder Soraya Darabi.  In this second of two segments, she frames Foodspotting a new form of crowd-sourced food journalism.

Andy Plesser

October 08 2010


Megan McCarthy: "The Cyborg of News, the Borg Queen of the Blogosphere"

In a profile of Mediagazer editor Megan McCarthy just out in the American Journalism Review, VentureBeat executive edtor and former boss Owen Thomas calls her "the cyborborg of news, the borg queen of the blogosphere."

He explains her value in changing journalism ecosystem: "Megan is not a storyteller. She's a natural story collector. Increasingly, that's a role that has value."

Bring Your Algorithm to Lunch

We caught up with her yesterday for lunch in Manhattan.  While we dined on hanger steak and cobb salad, the site's powerful algorithm was busy scouring the Web and indexing stories.  Between bites, Megan glanced at her site on her Andrdoid to watch the site being updated, giving the human supervision necessary.

About the technology, she said that the powerful system created by Techmeme founder Gabe Rivera indexes "the entire media system industry."

Recently, Claire Cain Miller of The New York Times reported on the rise of Techmeme, Rivera and the launch of Mediagazer.

Andy Plesser


October 06 2010


News Video on Twitter to Expand as Brightcove Completes Implementation

NEW YORK -- With last month's launch of the new Twitter Web page, selected beta users have been able to embed videos from YouTube and Vimeo. 

Now, Brightcove has been authorized by Twitter to have its videos embedded.

Last week, at an Akamai/Brightcove rooftop event, we spoke with Brightcove's SVP, Marketing Jeff Whatcott about the opportunities for publishers to share video on Twitter.  He explains that what shows up on Twitter is the publisher's custom, branded player with advertising.

Since Brightcove has many big publishers including the New York Times, The Guardian, Time, USA Today, The Financial Times and the Washington Post, we can expect much more news video to surface on Twitter.  Surely more video publishers will follow, including the cable networks.

Here at Beet.TV, we have access to the new Twitter site and have been starting to embed our YouTube videos into Twitter posts.  It's quite simple: we cut and paste the URL of YouTube clip (not a shortened URL) into Twitter and the player is created when published.  Pretty awesome.  

Here is a link to our Twitter post with the Whatcott video from our  YouTube channel.  (See screen grab below.)

It is a bit more complicated for Brightcove customers who generally use their domain's own URL.  Twitter needs to approve these domains.  There are no Brightcove customers active on Twitter yet, we are told.


Andy Plesser

July 16 2010


Emmy News Nominations for LA Times, New York Times, Boston Globe, San Jose Merc and Time.com

Nominations for Emmy Awards for news and documentaries were announced today.  PBS leads with the most nominations followed by CBS and the other television networks.

In a nod to emerging online video news producers, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences nominated several newspapers and Time magazine for their innovative work.

Nominated are the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News, Time and Canada's Globe and Mail.

We've been fortunate to interview several innovators in online journalism and have republished an interview with Ann Derry, who heads video and television for The New York Times.

Below is our chat with Craig Duff, director of multimedia at Time.com

Andy Plesser, Managing Editor

April 08 2010


BBC Newsroom Chief on the Evolution of Web Video Reportage -- The Power of "Show and Tell" Reporting from Krygyzstan

LONDON -- Video news reportage for the Web, different than conventional television news, is quickly evolving and the BBC is innovating in a variety of forms including one which the newsroom calls a "show and tell."

Recently in London, I spoke with Mary Hockaday, Head of the BBC Newsroom, about for video news reporting for the Web. 

She refers to an emerging format for correspondents on the ground to act as a sort of guide, providing an unscripted, personalized tour of the circumstances of a news story on the ground.

This form was dramatically on display in yesterday's historic report from BBC correspondent Rayhan Demytrie, in a dispatch from the main square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, site of the violent anti-government demonstrations.

About the circumstances of the historic report, Hockaday told me via email this morning:

"She is our BBC reporter there, so multimedia, she files regularly for the BBC Kyrgyz service but also for all our outlets when there is a news story of interest to wider audiences, as now.  It's a reflection of the BBC's commitment to foreign newsgathering that we have someone on the ground in places like Kyrgyztan able to provide immediate, informed reportage and analysis."

The New York Times has assembled a report of video dispatches of yesterday's violent unrest from the BBC, YouTube, Reuter and the AP. 

In this interview, Hockaday outlines the elements successful online video journalism including "honest" headline writing, proper thumbnail selection and value of "unmediated" video content.

I interviewed her at the offices of the Guardian newspaper which hosted our Beet.TV event on March 8.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

Below: Screen shot of  BBC correspondent Rayhan Demytrie


March 31 2010


The New York Times Videos Now Sharable via Embed Code

The New York Times, long an innovator in creating unique news video for the Web, is now allowing anyone to copy videos from the site and post onto blogs, social media and Web sites.

The video embed are made available around the videos which are inserted into article pages.  Embed codes are not surfaced yet on the paper's video section. 

Several major U.S. newspapers, including the Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal have provided the sharable code for some time.

We have embed a video about the exotic animals rescued from drug lords in Columbia.  It is part of a report by New York Times correspondent Simon Romero.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer


BBC Online Video News Views Up 25 Percent in Four Months, comScore.....Beet Visits the "Beeb"

LONDON --  The BBC has found a growing audience for online news in the U.K., with some 5 million unique visitors watching 28 million videos in January, up 25 percent over the previous four months, according to the latest numbers from comScore.

Why do visitors watch videos on the BBC and what are the compelling elements which drive consumption, are among the subjects explored in several interviews with the BBC editors conducted by Beet.TV in London earlier this month.

Our first segment is with Mark Barlex, the On Demand Editor for BBC News.  We conducted this interview in the BBC newsroom at Television Centre in West London.

While the BBC is finding traction with viewers , the development of online video news is still in the very early stages, Barlex explains.

Update: BBC Captures Morning Second Bombing in Dagestan on Tape 

Today's second bombing in Dagestan was captured on what appears to be a low res or camera phone and uploaded to the BBC.

Thanks to the Beeb

More to come from Mark as well as from Mary Hockaday, Head of the BBC Newsroom.

Thanks to Mark and Mary and the BBC communications team for helping us with this series.

Andy Plesser, Executive Editor


March 19 2010


The Guardian Finds Video Success with the Contextualization of Content

LONDON -- The Guardian newspaper has been innovating with online video since 2006, has invested heavily in video operations in its new headquarters and is finding traction with its own brand of journalistic video.

These are comments by Stephen Dunn, who is head of technology strategy at the newspaper, in this interview. 

Dunn notes that while video reside in a video section, the paper is finding success with videos embedded across the site, in the context of news stories.

He says that ad sales around online video has been strong with ad impressions constantly "sold out."

The paper has been using Brightcove to manage its video since 2007

The Guardian hosted the Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable on March 8.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

Diclaimer:  Brightcove sponsored the Beet event at the Guardian.

March 18 2010


Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes Announces "Jumo," Site for Charities

Chris Hughes, one of the three founders of Facebook who left the social media giant to manage social media operations for the Obama presidential campaign, is launching "Jumo" a site to help charitable organizations in fundraising and outreach.

The site will launch this fall, the Wall Street Journal reports

We caught up with Chris in Palo Alto,  way back in the summer of 2006 after he graduated from Harvard, for this cool interview about the early days at Facebook.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

January 18 2010


Do Politco and other new Content Syndictators Have an Agenda/Bias?

As newsrooms shrink, newspapers are looking to a new crop of outside reporting organizations  for specialized content. These new outlets might have their own agenda and bias, reports Richard Perez-Pena in today's New York Times. 

He raises issues about potential conflicts with The Fiscal Times, a new provider of financial reporting which appears on the pages of The Washington Post. . 

He writes that some experts have raised questions about ProPublica and Politico.

Politico has created a very successful syndication business which provides content, including text and video,  to many newspapers.  The company became profitable last year, according to co-founder and editor and John Harris in this interview with Beet.TV from last year.

Here at Beet.TV, we expect that the demand for niche, quality content by newspapers and other news organizations will increase and editors need to carefully vet these sources.  As Perez-Pena said, the new demand for vertical, specialized content will rise and it might bubble up on newspaper pages or it will be delivered directly by content creators playing on the level playing field of the Web.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

January 14 2010


CBS News Investigative Unit Lands Real-Time Video of Haiti Earthquake

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CBS News has acquired a surveillance tape showing the Haiti earthquake as it happen.   CBS says it was acquired by its Investigative Unit.

CBS uploaded the video to its YouTube channel.

Yesterday we reported on how Reuters got the first video out of the devastated country after the earthquake. 

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer


Sergey Brin Is Force Behind Google's Showdown with China, Ken Auletta

Google co-founder Sergey Brin, the son of persecuted Russian Jews, has been the driving force in the the company's showdown with China, says Ken Auletta, New Yorker media columnist and author of the best selling book "Googled: The End of the World as We Know It."

I spoke with Auletts earlier today at the offices of The New Yorker.  He recalls the 2008 shareholder meeting where a motion was presented to demand an end of doing business in China over censorship.  Brin abstained from the vote will Larry Page and Eric Schmidt voted it down.

Jessica Vascellaro writes in the Wall Street Journal about the internal debate about the very pubic confrontation with the Chinese.  She reports that it was Brin who has pushed for getting out of China.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer


Reuters Videographer in Haiti Finds Friendly Embassy with Internet to FTP First Quake Footage

NEW YORK, NY -- Reuters was first with this stunning video of the devastating earthquake in Haiti which haS been seen on CNN, CBS News, on YouTube and many outlets around the globe.

With electricity out throughout the capital, a resourceful stringer brought the video file on a laptop to a "friendly embassy" with an Internet connection and sent the historic footage via FTP to London.

Earlier today in New York, we spoke about the crisis coverage with Sean Maguire, the London-based global editor of politics and world affairs who was here today.

He explained how Reuters prepares by for crisis coverage by training the staff and creating networks of local stringers. 

The stringer network in Haiti was tentative today.  The news service's Haiti text stringer went missing for several hours, as Sean said in the interview, but resurfaced by late afternoon to everyone's relief.

Maguire declares, "this is kind of story that wire services were invented for." 

Not relying just on FTP to get files out of the county, the news service flew a satellite transmission unit to the Port au Prince airport this morning on the first chartered flight from Miami, Maguire told me.

More on television coverage of the Haiti crisis can be found on TVNewser.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

January 13 2010


Reuters Has Dramatic Video Coverage of Haiti Earthquake

Watching CNN this morning, we have seen most of the coverage of the disaster coming from a Reuters feed.  With the country's infrastructure devastating, having quality video image is of enormous value to broadcasters around the world.

Here is one of the first television packages on the disaster from Reuters which is on CNN.com.  We have pasted the video on this page.

In 2008, I interviewed Victor Antoine, Reuters Television Editor for North America about news gathering in Iraq.  He spoke about video filing using satellite phones and ftp.  We expect that these techniques are being employed in Haiti. 

Much more to come today about the Haiti crisis and video news gathering from news organizations and from citizen journalists.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

January 12 2010


Google's Josh Cohen to Publishers: "You Are in Full Control of Your Content"

Google sends nearly four billion clicks per month to news providers, according to Josh Cohen, project manager at Google News.

The company sees this process as a big benefit to publishers.  Whether or not Google unfairly links to content as has been suggested by some news executives, Cohen says that new producers are "in total control of their content."

Recently Google extended the tools need to block or enhance robots from crawling news content. 

The value of Google News will be a topic of discussion of at February 19 paidContent2010 conference in New York where Cohen will be a featured speaker.

Beet.TV is a media sponsor of the event and will be covering.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

December 31 2009


Obama Campaign Video Strategist: User Data is Key for Success

With a rich trove of demographic data and e-mail addresses, the Obama campaign leveraged the power of video by producing and distributing content to its targeted constituents. 

At the Beet.TV Online Video Roundatable on December 1, former campaign video strategist and producer Max Harper explained how the Obama campaign use data to maximize results from its videos.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

December 25 2009


Exclusive: Google News to Share "Fast Flip" Through Open API

Just as Google Maps allows users to put images onto their sites, there will be an open API for Google's "Fast Flip," Google's Josh Cohen tells Beet.TV in this video interview.

Fast Flip, which is still in beta in Google Labs, is a platform which allows news publishers to have their content cached and presented on a Google page. 

Earlier this month, Google announced that 55 new publishers have joined the program.

Whether this will provide revenue or subscriber growth is too early to say.

Martin Nisenholtz, top digital executive at  The New York Times Company told Staci Kramer at paidContent that The Times' participation was not a "strategic" plan mostly a learning opportunity.

The new sharing functionality is planned but not yet available. 

Living Stories -- Washington Post and New York Times are Initial Partners

Also in the inteview, Josh speaks about the newly launced "Living Stories," Google News' aggregated pages around big news stories, including health care reform.  The New York Times and the Washington Post are the two publishers involved at this point.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

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