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Gimlet is the most recent podcasting network to be born online… and they want to be like HBO?


Since the last time I wrote about a new online podcast network (If Malaysian podcasters got together, could they form a successful collective like PRX’s Radiotopia?), a new one is here called Gimlet.

Founded by Alex Blumberg of Planet Money (and also a producer at This American Life), it already has a few original shows on offering. Start Up is a show that chronicles start ups going through their journey, Reply All is a show about things on the Internet and Mystery Show is a quirky show about solving everyday mysteries.

And Blumberg feels that going full capitalism is the way to go (just like Ira Glass), which means that he think that advertising money is being floated around more than every right now.

I will say it again… I really hope that podcasting will catch on fire here in Malaysia. I pray to Almighty Allah!

Read a full interview with Blumberg about Gimlet and podcasting at NiemanLab.Org.

And please spend some time listening to some of Fat Bidin’s original podcasts!


Corporate sponsors wrecked Mick Fanning’s shark attack press conference

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It’s always a challenge to be tasteful when featuring sponsors in content and what not. But one area where it is almost too natural to see sponsors is professional sports. Just look at all the millions spent in endorsements on celebrity athletes. Michael Jordan and Nike, Paul Rodriguez and err… Nike. Matthias Dandois with Vans and Redbull. The list goes on.

But then there is the press conference that Mick Fanning did with Julian Wilson. As you would probably remember (or not… considering the fact that last week’s hot news can be forgotten instantly), Fanning is the surfer that was attacked by a shark while competing at Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa.

He dramatically escaped on live TV by punching the shark in the back and also, thanks to his competitor, Wilson, who came to his rescue along with the safety marshals.

The press conference, which was an opportunity for the press to hear the story from Fanning and Wilson themselves, was just too decked out with all his sponsors (he and Wilson were actually drinking cans of Red Bull while speaking to reporters) that it got widespread condemnation. Many thought it was distasteful of all these corporations to take advantage of a situation like Fanning’s close call with a shark.

Sponsorship and product placement runs on the basis of being associated with an image that is positive for the corporations. For example, if Canon would like to be associated with a cool documentary filmmaker like Zan Azlee, they would sponsor him and then let it be an influence in the long run. Being too blatant would be defeating the purpose.

Go read more about this at The Sydney Morning Herald (and view the video of the press conference as well).

It’s even a mistake to do TV-style news online… as the Wall Street Journal has learned

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Ha!! More to prove my point that the ways of traditional television is dying! DYING! The Wall Street Journal’s online live TV-style broadcasting has been killed! And now they just want to go on-demand. They have changed their ‘WSJ Live’ to ‘WSJ Video’.

Andy Regal, the executive editor of video at WSJ has this to say:

““People come to the Wall Street Journal when they have time, or need a break or when there’s a big event,” he said. “If we continue to try to drive people to appointment television, it’s just not a workable business model. That’s been proven by most who have tried it.”

It looks like the old ways of appointment and habit viewing can no longer be applied in this day and age. It was obvious from the get go but no huge organisation wanted to listen. They were too set in their ways and thinking that they are the best and almighty.

But it’s good that they’re all realising it now. Better late than never. So it goes that The Washington Post has also scrapped their live PostTV, and so has The Times. Now when will Malaysian TV news start realising the shift in ways?

Go read more about this at NiemanLab.org.

Casey Neistat launches BEME with full hype (the bastard!)


The wonder man YouTube vlogger Casey Neistat has launched his hyped up app called BEME. And I tried to download it but the arrogant bastard puts you on a waiting list! And I’m due to get my app in 97 days! But I guess he has a right to be arrogant. He’s a YouTube celebrity!

Most people who are into YouTube would know Casey Neistat. He blew up in the scene when he posted a video about how dangerous it is to ride a bicycle in New York City. Now, he posts a vlog everyday, and has been doing it for the past 100+ days.

His vlogs contain nothing interesting but somehow is absolutely interesting! And I can’t stop watching it. That bastard!

He’s been talking about his ‘new company’ in almost every episode of his hid daily vlog but keeps on saying that it isn’t ready enough to be announced publicly… until the first day of Hari Raya!

The bastard knows how to hype things up!

Beme is a video sharing app which, according to Nesitat, won’t let you miss an experience just because you want to share it on social media. It utilises the sensor on top of the iPhone so you can record and share videos automatically just by putting the phone on your chest. Pretty cool lah.

Hey you know what? This could be a good tool for some kind of instant or live journalism! Huh!

You can read more about Beme here and here.

Buzzfeed gets into the podcasting scene

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Buzzfeed has started podcasting! They must have decided on it after seeing the success of Fat Bidin’s podcasting efforts! They started about 3 months back with two shows:

Another Round with Heben and Tracy

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But the most interesting to me is the newly launched podcast called Buzzfeed Dot Com, The Website: The Podcast, Which is all about the workings of Buzzfeed and it targets a niche audience – Buzzfeed staff.

It isn’t available for embed, but the public can listen to it by going to Buzzfeed.Com (or clicking on the image at the top of this post).