Broadcasting Archive

  • Irish journos up sticks to expose themselves

    Irish journos up sticks to expose themselves

    A selfie stick, a smart phone and a bit of practice is all you need to make compelling, broadcast-quality video packages, enthused Aileen O’Meara. Then, with a cheap extendable pole braced to her side she thrust her phone towards audience members quick-firing interview-style questions. Moments later she deployed the same pound-shop technology to demonstrate how […]

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  • Eastern promise – but will Mustard serve up real meat?

    Eastern promise – but will Mustard serve up real meat?

    City tv franchise roll out – comment: by Tim Dawson East Anglian broadcasting has long been the butt of the nation’s jokes.  Ask those unfamiliar with Norfolk and Suffolk, ‘who is Norwich’s most famous son’, and ‘Alan Partridge’ is dependably their reply.  Steve Coogan’s hapless sports jock (BBC 1991 -, Sky) might be even be […]

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  • Video is the crowd puller of the future

    Video is the crowd puller of the future

    Report by: Tim Dawson Staci Perry – a knitting instructor from Austin, Texas – might not sound like the most typical new media entrepreneur.  But she has used her instructional videos on YouTube to attract 10,000 subscribers, who have viewed her content more than three million times.  Not only that, but the videos act as […]

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  • From newsroom to blogosphere – the sexism goes on

    From newsroom to blogosphere – the sexism goes on

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Where are all the women? That was the question behind an NUJ fringe meeting at last week’s TUC women’s conference. A wide range of women gathered from all sections of the media. Shadow media minister Helen Goodman, citing the coalition government’s plans to relieve Ofcom of the duty to promote equal […]

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  • Moving to a new beat – online music tutorials flourish after band bookings bomb

    Moving to a new beat – online music tutorials flourish after band bookings bomb

    Case study by Tim Dawson Two-and-a-half years after fully focusing on producing online bass-guitar tutorials, Paul Wolfe is earning around £70,000 a year from his business.  Approximately 500 subscribers pay $127 annual subscription for his weekly magazine and instructive video, other eBook products sell hundreds of copies at prices generally between $100 and $200.  Indeed, so confident […]

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  • Light-weight content is key factor in podcast’s success

    Light-weight content is key factor in podcast’s success

    Case study by Tim Dawson The Outdoors Station, whose podcasts have been downloaded more than 2 million times, was born out of Bob Cartwright’s frustration with shop assistants.  Searching for specialist equipment for backpacking, he found that retail staff rarely knew the products they were selling and could offer little by way of specialist advice. […]

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  • C4’s Snow appeals for snow news from citizen journos

    C4’s Snow appeals for snow news from citizen journos

    Covering the chaos at Heathrow on this evening’s Channel 4 news, Jon Snow has appealed for passengers inside the airport to send footage and pix to the programme. Accredited journalists have been banned from filming inside the airport, which is owned by private operator BAA. Snow described the decision as a ‘deliberate policy’ to prevent […]

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  • Shott – in the dark

    Shott – in the dark

    Nicholas Shott’s report into the feasibility of new local television services in the UK envisages ten or twelve stations that initially piggyback on terrestrial television services. Until the arrival of universal high-speed broadband, Shott anticipates two hours per night of local content that could be accessed from the programme guide or a ‘yellow button’. It […]

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  • Small-screen western – myCornwall.tv broadcasts hyperlocally

    Small-screen western – myCornwall.tv broadcasts hyperlocally

    The pitch for local, internet television is easy to make.  Regional tv has always addressed vast geographic footprints few of which have any emotional resonance to viewers.  And we are now used to consuming tv and video via the internet.  With many new televisions linking directly to the internet, the viability of local broadband broadcasting is […]

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  • STV rolls out local news sites across Scotland

    STV rolls out local news sites across Scotland

    STV Local is among the UK’s most ambitious attempts yet to create a network of local, internet-based news services.  The independent television franchise holder for Scotland aims to create up to 120 community-based news sites.  Six pilots have been running since September and the company intends to launch six to nine new sites a month, and promises a […]

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