The broadcast TV model is broken and it’s unclear if it can ever be fixed. Internet streaming is the culprit – it has given power back to the audience. Here’s why:
The basic business model of TV is to entice you to watch with content – and then rent those eyeballs out in bulk to advertisers.
This all worked well while the general public lined up each night to watch whatever was put in front of them in real time. For decades TV ads were the glam business end of the marketers’ arsenal. They would take an eye-watering budget, produce anything they liked – because anything seemed to work – and congratulate themselves all the way to the award dinners.
The trick to making money is a fine balance between what you spend on programming and the rates those eyeball ratings let you command from advertisers. A TV man’s wet dream is to find some unknown (therefore cheap) content overseas that is an overnight success and has everyone talking in the smoko rooms. Get it wrong and pay top dollar for programmes that nobody watches – and the business model is on the verge of a downward spiral – less eyeballs, less revenue, less to spend on content, and so on round it goes. (Think Campbell Live.) But its not just cost – free content can be fraught too (think Party Political broadcasts), while attractive to some can be too contentious for some advertisers – dropping the cost of an ad at that time slot. Read more »
Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is greeted by members of Congress as he arrives to speak during a joint meeting of the United States Congress in the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.
“Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire. In this deadly game of thrones, there’s no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don’t share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone…The difference is that ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube, whereas Iran could soon be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs.”
Mr. President, wake up to the very real threat of Islam.
A journalist decided to test how safe the streets of Paris are for Jews – by wearing a religious skullcap and filming the public’s reaction using a hidden camera.
Zvika Klein, a reporter for Jewish news outlet NRG, silently walked in the city for ten hours wearing a kippah – also known as a yarmulke – on his head and a tzitzit (knotted ritual tassels).
And the shocking hidden camera footage shows antisemitism is rife in the French capital as he is seen harassed and intimidated.
As he wanders around neighbourhoods wearing the garments associated with his faith, he is spat at, threatened and even called a ‘dog’.
Klein was inspired by a YouTube video in which a New York woman filmed the sexist remarks she endured in 10 hours of walking the streets of the Big Apple
After the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last month, where four Jews were murdered for their faith, he decided to record what life was really was like for a Jew living in Paris.
Posting the video on YouTube, he wrote: ‘Welcome to Paris 2015, where soldiers are walking every street that houses a Jewish institution, and where keffiyeh-wearing men and veiled women speak Arabic on every street corner.’
He spent a day in Paris with a bodyguard while photographer Dov Belhassen documented the day using a GoPro camera hidden in his backpack.
He wandered through Jewish neighborhoods, around the Eiffel Tower, and then through mostly Muslim neighborhoods.
In an article accompanying the video, he said tourist attractions were ‘relatively calm’ – ‘but the further from them we walked, the more anxious I became over the hateful stares, the belligerent remarks, and the hostile body language,’ he wrote.
Boys shouted ‘Viva Palestine’ and as he passes a group of youths, one remarks: ‘I’m joking, the dog will not eat you’.
Fingers were pointed at him in a cafe – and moments later, thugs awaited him on a street corner, he adds.
A little boy was shocked at his appearance in his neighbourhood, he reports. ‘What is he doing here Mommy?‘ he asked. ‘Doesn’t he know he will be killed?’
It comes as Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the mass emigration of Jews from Europe to escape the rising tide of antisemitic terror attacks.
Netanyahu said Europe was no longer a safe haven for Jews following attacks in Paris and Copenhagen – adding that Israel is now the only country in the world where Jews can feel safe.
His comments sparked fury from Jewish groups and were promptly refuted by the leaders of France, Germany and Denmark.
But Mr Klein’s video shows, in Paris, Jews ‘are barred from entering certain areas’.
‘Is this what life is like for Paris’ Jews?’ he reports. ‘Is this what a Jew goes through, day in and day out, while walking to work or using public transportation?’
He adds the majority of French Jews ‘do not flaunt their religion’ and Jewish community leaders have urged them to wear hats as they walk to and from work.
But at night?
‘Jews prefers to stay inside in the evening,’ he says. ‘It is safer at home.‘
Now we will get to see weapons grade hypocrisy exhibited as they all claim this is an outrage against their rights as journalists…never-mind they have all been feeding off of the criminal exploits of hackers for some time.
The hackers who infiltrated Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer servers have threatened to attack an American news media organization,according to an FBI bulletin obtained by The Intercept.
The threat against the unnamed news organization by the Guardians of Peace, the hacker group that has claimed credit for the Sony attack, “may extend to other such organizations in the near future,” according to a Joint Intelligence Bulletin of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security obtained by The Intercept.
Referring to Sony only as “USPER1”and the news organization as “USPER2,” the Joint Intelligence Bulletin, dated Dec. 24 and marked For Official Use Only, states that its purpose is “to provide information on the late-November 2014 cyber intrusion targeting USPER1 and related threats concerning the planned release of the movie, ‘The Interview.’ Additionally, these threats have extended to USPER2 —a news media organization—and may extend to other such organizations in the near future.” Read more »
Truth Revolt reports that Youtube has disabled MEMRI’s account for daring to tell the truth about islamic hate-speech.
It is nothing short of the kind of bullying as practices by Giovanni Tiso. There always seem to be some Stalinist prick that wants to stifle open debate.
Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is a valuable resource for those who want to learn what the Muslims in the Middle East are saying to each other away from the eyes of the mainstream media. Early on Tuesday, YouTube deleted the MEMRI account for “repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines and/or claims of copyright infringement.” In other words, someone complained that MEMRI was sharing truthful videos of Muslim hate-speech (what some call Islamophobia).
Another Lame Stream Media example, Cam. Again, I learn that going against my better judgement is a waste of time.. and shouldn’t have bothered seeing what the Herald was doing… The subeditor has chosen
what Whoopi could likely argue as a libelous headline – presenting a totally false view of what Whoopi was (quite rightly) saying.
Good on Whoopi for warning women who start a fight with a guy as to what could easily happen. I’ve become concerned at the number of TV shows featuring women fighting men and winning. It would probably do the world a favour if that were true, but unfortunately (especially for girls who might have a false sense of their own ability or their foes chivalry)… it ain’t.