Welcome to the 31st episode of “The Mediatwits,” the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali. This week we turn across the pond to the U.K., where the BBC is pushing its BBC World cable news channel to an American audience. The BBC recently made a deal with Comcast to increase its reach to 15 million U.S. homes by the end of next year. We talked to BBC World honcho Peter Horrocks about the Beeb’s moves, its digital experiments and whether cord-cutting was happening in the U.K.
Then we turned to the other big item of the week: Tech blog ReadWriteWeb was bought for a reported $5 million from Say Media (itself a roll-up of VideoEgg and Six Apart). The site was founded in 2003, and had lost some key editors recently. The buyout included an announcement that Dan Frommer of Business Insider would become a new editor-at-large for ReadWriteWeb. Finally, we look at two recent popular poll results at MediaShift, looking at cord-cutting (our favorite subject) and gadget gifts for the holidays.
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Here are some highlighted topics from the show:
2:00: How U.K. media market compares to U.S.
4:40: U.K. goes for English-speaking audience in U.S.
5:50: Rundown of topics on the show
BBC World makes U.S. push
7:20: Special guest Peter Horrocks of BBC World
9:40: Horrocks: Americans say “Give me my BBC!”
12:10: BBC’s live coverage online getting more dynamic
14:30: BBC World won’t live-stream online; you need cable to get it :-(
17:55: Horrocks: We want satellite carriage and bigger U.S. audience
20:20: Cord-cutting not quite as big of a subject in the U.K.
Say Media buys ReadWriteWeb
22:20: Say Media trying to roll up various content sites
24:45: VideoEgg was a video ad platform; Six Apart was blogging platform
26:00: Will Say Media consider buying PaidContent?
Recent poll results
28:00: Cord-cutting poll results: 45% happy they cut the cord; just 2% love cable
30:30: What gadget gifts do people want? 33% iPad; 18% Kindle Fire; 14% no gadget
BBC World News to Be Available Through Comcast at NY Times
BBC World News to Launch Through Comcast’s Xfinity TV at the Hollywood Reporter
ReadWriteWeb Acquired by SAY Media at ReadWriteWeb
The Price For ReadWriteWeb Was Around $5 Million at TechCrunch
What’s Your Feeling About Cutting the Cord to Cable TV? at MediaShift
What Gadget Do You Want Most for the Holidays? at MediaShift
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Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+