On this clip some top PR professionals give their two cents on how a succesful PR professional will work in the future. I would add that most of this already applies. And the traditional media as it is today can by no means be a channel which would make it possible to work like that.
YouTube an CBS have reached an agreement on legitimate streaming of CBS content:
CBS wasn’t ready to share its ad revenue with Hulu in March, but the network is alright splitting those dollars with YouTube. Today, CBS began streaming content on Google’ video site. For now the network is showing a random smattering of shows that include “MacGyver,” “Star Trek,” the original “Beverly Hills 90210,” and current episodes of “The Young and the Restless.” Season premieres of Showtime’s “Dexter” and “Californication” will also be available.
While the content does not sound like my pint of beer, it is positive per se that the network is taking steps in a more sensible direction in terms of making their content available in the web. As it turns out, though, I need not bother anyway:
No cookie for me. Did not want one in the first place so I do not mind. I suppose anybody hereabouts who want to watch this sort of shows can continue to do so without any revenue floating to CBS and YouTube. It is technically illegal but I do not think they mind.
Tags: Andrea Ypsilanti, Franz Müntefering, prank
Business is not as usual within Germany’s second largest party SPD. The social democrats have been in crisis since former chancellor Gerhard Schröder resigned after 2005 federal election to get a lucrative job as head of the shareholders’ committee of Nord Stream AG lobbying for the controversial oil pipeline to be planted in the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Party leader Kurt Beck unexpectedly threw in the towel and resigned for a week ago. Beck is the third party chairman to quit within three years.
As if that was not trouble enough, the SPD leader in the state of Hesse, Andrea Ypsilanti, was subjected to a practical joke by voice inpersonator Jochen Krause who, working for Radio ffn, called her office pretending to be Franz Müntefering, a prominent SPD politician. Ypsilanti and the phoney Münterfering spoke party business for seven minutes before Krause exposed himself. The radio station agreed not to broadcast the prank call.
However, parts of the conversation were apparently uploaded in YouTube and later deleted, much to the dismay of some curious web commentators. It has been brought to my attention that an mp3 file (1 minute and 45 seconds) allegedly containing the beginning of the prank call may be downloadable in a secure server.
Tags: obituary, steve jobs
We all die once but not all of us are considered as important enough to deserve an obituary. The more of a celebrity you are, the more likely it is that major media outlets write your obituary well before you are even close to death. Speed is an essential factor at the contemporary news business so it would be inexcusable waste of time to start composing an obituary when a celebrity actually passes off.
Since obituaries are being written about persons well and alive, they also need to be updated occasionally. It would be inexcusable to omit somebody having been awarded the Nobel prize at their late years just because the obituary was out of date. So in course of a routine update, the unthinkable happened at Bloomberg: not only did they update Steve Job’s obituary, they also went ahead and published it. Accidentally, as they say.
This is not, of course, the first occasion of a premature obituary. As Mark Twain is said to have responsed to his obituary: “The news about my death have been grossly exaggerated”.
At Bloomberg, search of the guilty and punishing the innocent is reportedly in progress.
Thanks, Kalle, for bringing this incident to my attention.
Tags: france, nicolas sarkozy
The French president Nicolas Sarkozy proposes new taxes for Internet access and mobile phone use to finance two new government run TV channels. Since the channels would be ad free, 800 million euros in advertising revenue collected by the state television would flow over to private broadcasters.
In other words, Sarkozy plans to steal money from Internet users to support both government and private television regardless of whether the surfer watches TV or not. A government can get away with it but if anybody else tried to do something as shameless it would be called grand larceny.
Tags: bizarre, mervyn silva, rupavahini, sri lanka
Sri Lankan minister of labor Mervyn Silva has had a clash with the local media. The minister apparently entered uninvited the HQ of the state run Rupavahini television to complain that Rupavahini had not covered one of his speeches in the news. The station’s news manager was allegedly assaulted by a member of the minister’s staff which prompted the journalists to demand an apology.
“A henchman of the minister forcefully pulled the news director and all employees are protesting demanding an apology,” Rupavahini’s director-general said.
The journalists then held the minister pending his apology. The government sent special troops to rescue the minister:
An anti-hijacking and hostage rescue squad of army commandos deployed at the Rupavahini state television network to free Labour Minister Mervin Silva who had allegedly stormed the studios with body guards and attacked journalists, officials said.
The action taken by the Rupavahini staff is cheered at least by one blogger:
they have stood up to the state of terror and had hold their ground for the rest of the people of Sri Lanka.Bravo Rupavahini Bravo.
The communist government of Vietnam plans to censor the Vietnamese blogosphere, AFP reports. According to a state media report released today, blogs must be controlled “to prevent the spread of subversive and sexually explicit content”.
Referring to anti-Chinese protests over the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands, Nguyen The Ky, head of the Press Management and Publishing Bureau, said in a statement reported by Than Nien News:
“It’s all right when some bloggers have recently showed their patriotism, posting opinions about the Paracels-Spratly Archipelago on their weblogs.
But some have sparked protests, causing public disorder and affecting the country’s foreign affairs. It’s impossible to control the internet, so I think we should bolster technical security measures in addition to creating regulations.”
Than Nien News also quotes Do Quy Doan, deputy minister for Information and Communications, as saying in a national media conference in Hanoi on Monday:
Controlling weblogs is about developing them in accordance with the law, not forbid-ding them. We should provide guidelines that help people know what type of information they can upload online.
Bloggers will have to be responsible for not only their uploaded information but also information they access. Once we have obvious regulations, I think no one will be able to supervise weblogs better than the bloggers themselves.
It would no doubt be convenient for any government, let alone an authoritarian communist regime, if blogs only posted what is sanctioned by the government. That would of course make blogs as such obsolete. The Vietnamese government already controls what is published in the traditional media. Blogging is about increasing freedom of speech which is not what the Vietnamese government wants.
It would be interesting to learn what the deputy minister had in mind when he said that bloggers should “be responsible for not only their uploaded information but also information they access”. I for one, have access to all the information and indeed dis-information in the Internet but I refuse to take responsibility of anything other than my own posts.
Blogs have been around in Vietnam for a relatively short time. Not only the government is confused about the new method of expressing opinion on line. The bloggers themselves and the main stream media also seem to be in the process of learning how to cope with the new media. Chao-Vietnam accounts for a number of blog wars which very much resemble the disputes common in the western blogosphere for a few years ago.
In a related article, 4DM reports that the Vietnamese government are planning to allow privately owned media publications in addition to the current state owned media. On the surface this may sound like increased press freedom but given the plan to limit freedom of speech in the blogs, one has serious doubts about how free the private media could be. By definiton, freedom of speech and a communist government do not go together.
Tags: new york times
In this video clip senior members of the New York Times editorial staff say that bringing digital and paper print newsroom to one single space made it easier to communicate than it used to be when they were five blocks away. I would say it depends on how you communicate. As can be seen in the clip, much of their communicating seems to be verbal, i.e. they have a lot of eye to eye meetings.
That is old fashioned. I do not deny that sharing the room has advantages but my experience is that you can communicate just as well even if you are five blocks away or indeed on another continent. You just need to pick up another set of tools for your communication.
These folks make it sound like an integrated news room is a big deal. I say it is not. As I said, it has its advantages but the same could just as well be achieved with non-integrated arrangements.
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Tags: cbs, nicolas sarkozy
This video (YouTube) shows the French president Nicolas Sarkozy entering and abruptly leaving an interview with the CBS. The president was stressed and did not want to make the interview in the first place. When asked about his wife and refusing to comment, he interrupted the interview as the reporter did not want to let the topic go.
This is a showcase example of cultural differences between America and Europe. A US president can and
will be has been impeached if he is caught telling a lie about his private sex life whereas a president telling a lie about illegal and unconstitutional unauthorized wire tapping of citizens could have a fair chance to get away with it. The European and in particular the French understanding is that even a president has a private family life which is none of the business of the general public as long as it has nothing to do with how he takes care of his job of running the country.
President Sarkozy left the interview because the reporter did not drop the topic but repeated her question. On that point I must give the reporter some right. It is customary to repeat an unanswered question. If reporters did not do that, those interviewed would get away with not answering unpleasent questions.
However, this only applies to questions which are asked in the interest of the public. A presidential divorce is not a matter of public interest which is why that question should not have been asked in the first place.
Read more about the incident at the BBC web site.
Tags: fox, washington post
According to the New York Times Caucus Blog, FOX has forbidden Republican candidates to use video clips of their FOX sponsored debate in their campaign ads. The order was first submitted to Senator John McCain’s campaign but it was later sent to all Republican candidates. At the clip Senator McCain criticizes Hillary Clinton for “pushing a $1 million earmark for a museum commemorating the Woodstock festival in 1969“.
Just because I happened to link to that clip the other day, I had a pretty good idea where I might find it. And yes, there it still is, at the Washington Post web site. All of the Republican candidates jumping on Senator C, including the Woodstock sound bite by McCain.
Now, I wonder if FOX is going to demand the Washington Post to remove the clip from their web site. Nothing would otherwise be easier for McCain and the bunch of them than to link to the Washington Post at their campaign web sites.