BBC strikes Google-YouTube deal

*cough* Damage control, anyone? You just can't make this shit up. -r.


BBC strikes Google-YouTube deal

By Tim Weber
Business editor, BBC News website

Friday, 2 March 2007, 11:31 GMT

The BBC has struck a content deal with YouTube, the web's most popular video sharing website, owned by Google.

Three YouTube channels - one for news and two for entertainment - will showcase short clips of BBC content.

The BBC hopes that the deal will help it reach YouTube's monthly audience of more than 70 million users and drive extra traffic to its own website.

The corporation will also get a share of the advertising revenue generated by traffic to the new YouTube channels.

Three deals in one

The deal with Google - non-exclusive and set to run for several years - will establish three different YouTube services:

* BBC: One of the BBC's two entertainment channels will be a "public service" proposition, featuring no advertising.

It will show clips like trailers and short features that add value - for example, video diaries of David Tennant showing viewers around the set of Dr Who or BBC correspondent Clive Myrie explaining how difficult it is to report from the streets of Baghdad.

The channel's main purpose is to popularise current programming and drive traffic back to the BBC's own website, and point the audience to the BBC's pages, where they can watch or download programmes in full, once the BBC Trust approves the corporation's catch-up television proposal, called iPlayer.

# BBC Worldwide: The second entertainment channel will feature self-contained clips - about three to six minutes long - mining popular programmes in the BBC's archive. Excerpts from Top Gear, The Mighty Boosh and nature programmes presented by David Attenborough are top candidates for this channel.

This YouTube page will carry advertising such as banner adverts, and possibly pre-roll adverts (shown as part of the video clip) as well. Controversially, the BBC Worldwide page - adverts and all - can be seen in the UK.

BBC Worldwide insists that this is not a new departure, as BBC magazines like Top Gear and channels like BBC World and UK Living (which shows mainly BBC content) already do carry advertising.

# BBC News: The news channel, which will be launched later this year, will show about 30 news clips per day. It will be advertising funded like a similar deal with Yahoo USA. BBC News is also offered to non-UK subscribers of Real Networks.

Because of the advertising, these clips can be seen outside the UK only. Any UK users clicking on a link to one of the news clips on YouTube will get a message that they have no access to this clip.

Groundbreaking - and controversial

The BBC's director general, Mark Thompson, called the deal a "ground-breaking partnership" that would "engage new audiences in the UK and abroad".

The BBC's director of Future Media and Technology, Ashley Highfield, said the deal was "not about distributing content like full-length programmes; YouTube is a promotional vehicle for us".

In the United States, several television programmes experienced a discernible audience increase after they made clips available on YouTube. But the deal is likely to be controversial with other media companies, who have accused the BBC of straying from its licence-fee funded public service remit and moving too far into commercial web ventures.

Copyright protection

Several large US broadcasters, including CBS, NBC and Fox, already have similar agreements with YouTube.

YouTube makes it easy for members not only to watch and share video clips, but also to upload their own content.

However, the site is riddled with pirated film and music clips uploaded by members who do not own the copyright.

Some media firms, most prominently Viacom, have recently demanded that YouTube removes tens of thousands of clips from the site that they own the copyright for.

Mr Highfield said the BBC would not be hunting down all BBC-copyrighted clips already uploaded by YouTube members - although it would reserve the right to swap poor quality clips with the real thing, or to have content removed that infringed other people's copyright, like sport, or that had been edited or altered in a way that would damage the BBC's brand.

"We don't want to be overzealous, a lot of the material on YouTube is good promotional content for us," he said.

YouTube was founded in February 2005 and was bought by Google in November last year for $1.65bn.

In January, one of YouTube's three founders, Chad Hurley, announced that the website would soon start sharing revenue with the thousands of users who upload their own content to YouTube.

This has no business being on the front page...

But, this does:

Did Cheney Allow Or Order 9/11 Plane To Strike Pentagon?

This is an issue we should be addressing moreso than the "Church of Controlled Demolition"

Get the "young man" under oath to testify what the orders were that he was referring to, etc...

We need a Unified Message if this movement is to go ANYWHERE... otherwise it's just a mass of confusion and infighting based on prominent theories....

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The BBC has never had a problem with YouTube clips.

YouTube has always been our friend.

sounds like

this deal between BBC and YouTube was already in the works, and then this Bldg. 7 controversy threw a monkey wrench into their announcement. What will be interesting to see is if that clip will ever be seen again on YouTube. Watch them claim national security. It's all about control, I'm sure.

Front Page

I definitely think that this should be front page and this is why.

BBC has it's ass over a flame right now..... they need to start lining some pockets in order to get favors.
Who do they need favors from?

Google and Youtube.

So they make this wonderful deal for a massive ad campaign.... which accomplishes their goal while creating some excellent advertising and google stock gets a lift because of this contract.

It's benefits everyone but TRUTH and JUSTICE.

basicly a leagal greasing of the palm.

Bad press about one of your advertisers poses a very difficult situation..... If corporations can cook the books.... they can suppress posts that don't satisfy their bread and butter.

Really..... they know they will only lose their reputation and they feel like they can overcome that.

So do you buy google stock.... or sell it?
Ignorance is NOT Bliss

Part of their campaign

is to drive traffic back to their website, where "conspiracies" don't exist.

If I understand correctly...

BBC is paid for by British taxpayers?

Thus, shouldn't they have the say over whether or not the material should be made available on sites like Youtube or Google?

Why don't the UK Truthers get together and stage a protest outside of BBC?

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Why not come forward? Here's why

Expert in Litvinenko death shot dead

An American who last weekend alleged on national tele­vision in the US that the Kremlin was involved in the poisoning of a former KGB agent was on Thursday night shot near his Maryland home.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting of Paul Joyal, a former director of security for the Senate intelligence committee and editor of an intelligence newsletter on Russia.

Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman, said the law enforcement agency was "assisting" the police investigation into the shooting.

Mr Joyal was an acquaintance of Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB agent who died in London last year after he was poisoned with polonium-210, a radioactive isotope.

Police would not confirm details of the shooting or of the condition of Mr Joyal. However, a person familiar with the case said he was in critical condition in hospital.

While there were no indications that the shooting was linked to the Litvinenko case, it is unusual for the FBI to get involved in a local shooting incident.

Appearing on NBC news on Sunday, Mr Joyal said he "absolutely" suspected the poisoning of Mr Litvinenko went all the way to the Kremlin. "Did Putin order it? We can't say that. I would find it hard to believe that this information, whatever it may be, has not filtered its way up to the top," he said on the network's Dateline programme.

A person familiar with the situation said NBC had hired bodyguards for some of the journalists involved in the programme. NBC declined to comment.

The Kremlin has strongly denied any suggestions that it was involved in the poisoning of Litvinenko, a fierce critic of the Russian regime.

Copyright 2007 Financial Times

(note: Why does title say 'shot dead' when article says 'in critical condition?')

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"In an odd twist, another

"In an odd twist, another person who appeared on the "Dateline" broadcast died of a heart attack last month. Reporter Daniel McGrory of the Times of London, who has written about the Litvinenko case, died Feb. 20, before the "Dateline" segment was broadcast. He was 54.

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"Unlike those who only see a future of failure for this country, we see a future where freedom and liberty create endless opportunities for Americans and our friends and allies in a more secure world," reads the group's mission statement.

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This deal was already in the works

And the timing, purely concidental, what I like to call synchronistic. Seriously. It's just a coincidence. Doesn't have anything to do with the recent WTC7 revelation. And I'm not being sarcastic. It's a good sign, synchronicity is. Shows we're striking at the root, but not in the way you might think.. IMO, it shows, in a rather mysterious way, that we are approaching the leading edge in terms of the future shape of history itself, and no I'm not insane. When synchonistic and serendpitious occurances begin to happen, and start to cluster, then you know you are on the right path, and that the universe is giving you a "wink" and a nod. Our worldview is running parallel with the PTB's now, the one they were trying to project, and soon enough ours will overtake theirs as the weight of history itself bears down upon the myth, with the reality. In other words, it is pure coincidence, but a meaningful coincidence nevertheless..
“We will export death and violence to the four corners of the earth”
~ George W. Bush


Thanks Robert for your comments above. I have become aware of synchronicity in my daily life. The strangest things happen. Like, I will be balancing my checkbook, and looking at a number, and at that very instant, I will hear that same number on the TV. I could give you other examples. Sometimes it happens several times a day. It may sound really crazy to some, but when it happens, I like to think I am in the right place at the right time. Much like the way you describe the universe as giving a wink and a nod.

Dear sir or madam:

You may be right at that.

(actual form letter reply which my grandfather used to send out)

Seriously, I think you have something, and you explained it pretty well. When you're going the right way, and the time has come, things start to "click". (There are also other times when they aren't clicking and you have to persevere anyway....)

Want to figure out 9/11? Ponder the 9/11 "Mineta Stone"

As of last night, the links

As of last night, the links on Google to the full, 3-part BBC series "The Power of Nightmares" had also been removed. It exists only in tiny, chopped-up versions under a different provenence.