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Nowadays Anyone Can Do Video On The Web! (Who Knew?)

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 22, 2007

Experiment time: Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff (with whom I semiregularly spar about things media on CNBC) and I are playing around with videos for in which we pontificate on, well, things media.

Our first two, uhmmm, attempts are now up online. This one’s about Murdoch’s bid for Dow Jones:

and this one’s about, as Michael puts it: “Katie Couric: Do we care?”

(Full disclosure: My wife, Laurel Touby, is the founder and CEO of mediabistro.)

Comments/brickbats/suggestions welcomed and invited.

Reader Comments


May 23, 2007 9:32 AM

gosh, Mr. Wolfe's world weary, smarter than thou routine is annoying.
First, he is wrong so often in this little ditty, it's hard to know where to start.
He must understand that CBS wasn't interested in whether Katie particularly appealed to the old CBS audience. It's the younger audience that they vainly hoped she would appeal to.
Yet he kept coming back to that point.
But the worst contradiction in his argument was when he started by saying 'no one cares about the evening news', then says the reason the networks keep it would be the hue and cry over cancelling it.
If no one cared, who would cry?

Next one wants to work at the network evening news casts?

He should try talking to some broadcast journalists in local markets or J-school students.

Finally, the evening newscast and network news operations don't matter to the networks anymore. so wrong.

Here's why. It's true viewership is on a steep decline for those shows. But the people whose salaries are covered partially by those programs are the same people who shoot, edit, report, produce the news magazines...national pieces for the local affiliates, segments for the morning shows and programming for their various cable properties.

Todd Stewardson

May 23, 2007 4:36 PM

First of all let me say I think you are great and I have learned more from your articles and insight than any other source. This video thing, which is the future, in your case needs some work.

Liked it...didn't love it! Unlike the senate subcommittee hearings (Mr. Cuban goes to Washington) which were 3 hours long and sucked me in 30 minutes at a time until I had watched the whole thing...umm...I couldn't take more than...umm...three minutes...ummm...of this. know what I mean. :-) Great guest, you stepped on him a couple of times, Volume on your microphone was too low.

Still love you and look forward to more of this...just more that is better...and shorter.

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