Advertising gets its own TV channel

A report from Reuters on the world’s first TV channel devoted exclusively to ads which is planned to launch in the UK in September, allowing viewers to tune in 24 hours a day to their favourite 30-second spots for Guinness, Walkers and Yellow Pages. Full story: Reuters Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage / […]

BBC journalist blogs the Olympics

I was thinking today about the Olympic Games that start this Friday 13 August and wondering how blogs will fit into the media extravaganza to bring such an event to billions of people worldwide. Then I came across a blog by Stuart Hughes, a news producer with BBC News in London, who is going to […]

Olympic organization feats

Watching the spectacular 2004 Olympic Games opening ceremony on TV last night got me thinking about the organization behind it all. The sheer feat of putting together the 2½ hour event deserves admiration and congratulations to everyone involved for its success. 72,000 people in the new olympic stadium, representatives of the teams from 202 countries […]

IBC 2004 entertainment tech event in Amsterdam

The IBC 2004 conference and exhibition takes place at the RAI conference center in Amsterdam from 9-14 September. Growing from its roots in broadcasting, IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) attracts 40,000 professionals involved in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment content worldwide. The IBC Exhibition features over 1,000 of the industry’s leading companies, with every […]

New ads-only TV channel airs

The world’s first TV channel that broadcasts only ads started service in the UK yesterday. The Advert Channel broadcasts British commercials from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, celebrity ads and the best (and worst) ads from around the world. Available 24/7, the channel also offers live studio discussions and debates on the world of […]

The Donald is The Brand

Thanks to his real estate prowess and hit reality show, America’s most watched billionaire says his brand “has become the best brand,” reports Business Week. Business Week publishes a recent conversation with Trump to discuss the state of his business and his brand. A snippet re his hit show The Apprentice (which we see here […]

Tsunami help wiki for broadcasters launched

Launched yesterday – Broadcasters-Tsunamihelp, a new wiki-based portal that aims to ensure there is coordination between broadcasters and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the wake of the Asian tsunami disaster: This site attempts to get an overview of how various organisations around the world have reacted to help broadcasters affected by the December 26th Earthquake and […]

Clarity in communication

Here’s a plain-speaking description of a blog commenting policy that no one could possibly misunderstand: I appreciate everyone who takes the time to comment on the articles I post on this blog. Please understand that unless your comments get read and reviewed by me, they don’t get posted. Some days I literally receive hundreds of […]

TV moves to the internet

BBC News: MTV is launching a free "channel" on the internet that will show some of the station’s TV programmes, including reality hit The Osbournes. The MTV Overdrive website will let users with high-speed computer connections watch music videos and extended programmes on demand. The website is currently being tested and will launch fully on […]

Rocketboom yeah!

I have to agree with Shel – Rocketboom is very cool! Listeners to yesterday’s edition of the Hobson & Holtz Report will have heard Shel waxing lyrical (or, at least, enthusing wildly) about Rocketboom. What is Rocketboom? It’s TV news, but not as we know it, Jim. Presented by Amanda Congdon (shown in the screenshot), […]