BitTorrent Is Launching a News Channel

And it debuts on the first day of the Republican National Convention.

In May, file-sharing service BitTorrent introduced multi-channel video streaming app BitTorrent Live. In less than a week, the organization will be using the platform to launch BitTorrent News, its own livestreaming news site.

For the debut of BitTorrent News, the org has chosen July 18, a date that coincides with the start of what will be one of the most obsessively covered political events of this year: the Republican National Convention.

The org will cover the convention with what marketing vp Christian Averill describes in a post as an “informed, independent voice,” providing about half a day’s worth of live coverage each day of the convention. It will do the same for the Democratic National Convention.

Harrison Bohrman, whose prior roles include senior development producer for Viceland and producer and writer at CNN, will head up the effort as news director. He will be joined by former Al Jazeera America correspondent Michael Shure, freelance journalist James Reinl, former Fox News Channel and Al Jazeera America producer Rita Chan, documentary filmmaker Alicé Anil, podcaster Justin Robert Young and political scientist William (Doc) Stodden.

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