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TV news and content needs social media to survive

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More people go online than they watch TV for news and content. I challenge you to prove me wrong. Come on! Prove me wrong! And if you do, I’ll give you a signed copy of my latest book, a t-shirt and a framed photo I took in Afghanistan.

Yet, the old farts involved in TV still think they are DA BOMB. Sure, let them stay in the bubble they love so much and watch it start getting smaller and smaller.

Look, I’m not saying that TV will die. It won’t. It just won’t be the number one destination anymore for news and content. And I’ve been saying this over and over again but nobody wants to listen here in Malaysia.

Dale Blasingame wrote on PBS’ Mediashift blog:

– The latest numbers from Nielsen show TV viewership amongst 25-34 year olds (you know, the demo) is down 24 percent from 2010. That percentage continues to grow every quarter.
– The University of Florida released data in February 2015 that show 83.4 percent of young people consider their primary news source as either an online-only news site, the website of a traditional news organization, Facebook, Twitter, or some other social network. Broadcast TV came in at 4.5 percent.
– What’s even more troubling for TV newsrooms? Ask young people how many of them still pay for cable or satellite. Then ask how many consume a majority of their media on mobile platforms (see the MediaShift special on cord cutting here). The answers aren’t good for the status quo in TV news.


And then when it comes to content on the Internet, I have also been convinced that websites and portals are no longer relevant. There is no one place to collate all your content for people to come and consume.

Stories (articles, videos, photos, or whatever) will now sole exist in the realm of social media. And it will cease to exist once the people who consume it say so. People will like and share good content while bad ones just die in obscurity.

So it doesn’t matter where your content is consumed, The important thing is that it just gets consumed. It can be on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram or whatever (much less on a single portal!), and it doesn’t matter.

You see, putting something on a single portal and making sure that everyone comes to it for all your content makes it easy to track and it just means that you’re too lazy to think of other ways to evaluate and track your content that exists independently online.

Blasingame goes on to say:

We want news. We want content. But how we consume it, when we consume it and, most important, where we consume it is fundamentally different – and many TV newsrooms either don’t get that or refuse to accept it.

The idea that people still wait for news to be delivered to them on their televisions at 5, 6, or 10 p.m. is beyond outdated. We want content now – in some sort or fashion.

TV newsrooms can’t hide behind the “second screen” excuse anymore. They need to understand the TV may be the second screen when it comes to their content – and that situation will only increase as time goes on.


Also, the fact that TV news and content is so fixed in their ways isn’t helping at all. Just because they have been doing stories a certain way (eg: voice-over, cutaways, stand-uppers, blah blah blah) doesn’t mean that there aren’t any other ways to do it.

See! It’s an old fashion mentality that just isn’t open to new ideas and ways of storytelling and distributing those stories.

Blasingame again:

TV newsrooms have to get out of the box that tells them packages, VOs, and VOSOTs are the only way to tell stories.

Okay. Now that a Mat Salleh has said it, are you going to believe him and ignore the fact that i have been predicting this for years previously? But then again, don’t take my word for it. Go read the blog entry here: How TV newsrooms should use Facebook (and why).

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 43) – JAKIM’s guide to entertainment

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 43) – JAKIM’s guide to entertainment

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department’s (JAKIM’s) recently released its latest edition of entertainment guidelines, which include the suggestion for audiences to be segregated by the gender and for comedy acts to not induce “excessive laughter”. Is it a realistic guideline? Does it hold any weight? Zan and Aizyl asks these questions and more on this week’s podcast.

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Give us affordable Internet but take away our freedom to use it

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Give us affordable Internet but take away our freedom to use it
By Zan Azlee

It was with great joy that the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia announced that there would be a reduction of 14% (mobile) and 57% (fixed) in broadband prices in Malaysia.

This happened after negotiations between the ministry and the Internet service providers in the country, and all it took was the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST).

So there is a silver lining to the new tax. What is says about the preparation of the government in implementing it and that they have had to make all kinds of fixes is a totally different story!

But as far as Internet users in Malaysia are concerned, and this includes me, this week is a good week. We have waited way too long for this day to come.

We have suffered exorbitant Internet fees for so long while so many of our neighbours, like Thailand and Singapore, have enjoyed cheap and competitive rates for much faster service.

There is the question of quality. But I don’t really see that as an issue. With about 70% Internet penetration rate, we’re doing okay infrastructurally, although it can still be improved.

What is more of a concern for me as an Internet user (and this would mean 70% of Malaysians) is the freedom of the Internet in our country.

The accessibility of the Internet has provided the lay person a platform to voice out their thoughts, ideas and opinions. It has allowed them to practise their right to free speech.

This in turn encourages and builds a thinking and intellectual society that is open to discussion and discourse. It can’t be denied that this is a positive development for the country.

The Internet has also provided the media and journalists a free and unintimidating platform to be the fourth estate that they are suppose to be and are rightfully responsible for.

This in turn encourages and builds a healthy democracy so that the public is well-informed and able to make valued decisions for themselves and their country.

However, with new laws such as The Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) and the amendment of old ones such as the Sedition Act, it seems that we are moving backwards.

What can be reported on, written about, discussed and debated is now vague and blurry. With any justification, anything can actually be considered a terrorist threat or deemed seditious.

The Internet, which has been the source of so much information and intellectual discourse, has now become something that, if we’re not careful in using, could get us into trouble.

It’s like laying out a tray of sweet and tasty candy in front of our faces, but all we’re allowed to do is admire how sweet and tasty it looks without being able to eat or taste it.

So we may have cheap Internet now, but using it might cost us more than we bargain for. We are made to realise it’s potential, but damn us if we are allowed to harness it.

[This article was published first at The Malaysian Insider]

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 42) – You bloody POTA madre!

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 42) – You bloody POTA madre!

The freedom game just got riskier. The Prevention of Terrorism Act got passed last week, allowing detention without trial and no proper safeguards in place to prevent abuse and unlawful detention. Couple that with the Sedition Act which was amended recently, we better start watching what we say. We also speak to recently detained The Malaysian Insider chief executive, Jahabar Sadiq.

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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 41) – Journalists arrested, democracy re-died again?

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 41) – Journalists arrested, democracy re-died again?

Journalists of online news portal The Malaysian Insider were recently arrested by the police for an allegedly seditious article. Paranoid? Pissed? Zan and Aizyl are feeling a little bit of both. Maybe the scare tactics work?

Listen to more Fat Bidin Podcasts here.