BBC shares video content with newspaper sites

The BBC has announced that it will share video content with news sites with over 1 million uniques per month (it will be available to everyone in mid-August.) The Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent and Daily Mail are the first on board, with video news content covering UK politics, science, business and health. The content will be geoblocked, and will appear in "a BBC branded player with clear on-screen branding, plus link-backs to BBC Online". There will be no white label option. The player will be available to all site owners from "mid-August 2009". Interested parties should apply ...

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User generated content: is it worth it?

The BBC College of Journalism just published the papers from a conference on the Future of Journalism (pdf). I can't pretend to have read them all, however, I have read Dealing with User-Generated Content: is it Worth it? by Paul Hambleton, the Executive Producer of Television Newsgathering at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (starts p.32 - note to BBC, PDF is not the future of journalism). The piece is frank, Paul's position is that they're still working out how best to do this: "we still struggle to understand the intersection point between our audience, our journalism, and their f...

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Fantastic Scrabble videos

These videos are slightly outwith the purview, ambit or even aegis of this blog, however, I think they're so super-duper I feel the need to share them (and get rid of some of my vowels while doing so). via Crackunit

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meta name=googlebot content=noindex

I've been on my hols for a couple of weeks, and while I have the simmering antipathy between the news media and Google has broken into open warfare with the release of the dramatically entitled Hamburg Declaration. A document in which a broad assortment of European publishers (roughly speaking) argue that Google news and other such aggregators are stealing their intellectual property. Google's response can be summarised as follows: <meta name="googlebot" content="noindex"> (i.e. change your metatags to stop the Googlebot indexing your site - something any site owner can do.) Here...

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Joost headed for the dead pool

It would seem that online video site Joost is heading for the deadpool (in my experience the adoption of a white label strategy is generally an acceptance of defeat.) Michael Arrington's analysis of Joost's failings focusses on the personalities and the technology, and he may well be right, however, I think he misses the main reason why Joost failed - the content simply wasn't good enough. If they had great content,  I'd have held my nose and kept running the client on my machine. As it was, I deleted it after finding that there was almost nothing I wanted to watch. Arrington compares Jo...

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