YouTube talk show star, Streamy runner-up Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks is filling in for Dylan Ratigan today and tomorrow on MSNBC’s “The Dylan Ratigan Show.” The show airs at 1pm PST.
It could be weird to just have one hour of content to fill as opposed to the three hours plus bonus content Uygur does five days a week in their mid-Wilshire studio owned by Mel Brooks. This is Uygur’s first time as a fill-in host for a cable news show although it’s long been rumored that TYT is being developed for a basic cable show.
Mediabistro interview with Uygur is here: Hey, How’d You Draw 250 Million Viewers to Your Web Show, The Young Turks?
Previously on FBLA:
The entire press release is after the jump.
“THE YOUNG TURKS” INTERNET SHOW HITS LANDMARK VIEWERSHIP NUMBERS
YouTube Channel Surpasses a Quarter of a Billion Upload Views
JUNE 30, 2010 (Los Angeles, CA) — From the moment Cenk Uygur decided to broadcast the first progressive radio talk show â€“ and Sirius Satellite Radio’s first original program â€“ around the world, his desire to break boundaries was clear. 10 years and a quarter of a billion YouTube views later, his vision to turn “The Young Turks” talk show into a multi-media radio/podcast/live Internet â€œTVâ€ show has proven worthwhile.
With 250,616,667 million total views and a June 2010 average of 600,000 views per day on YouTube alone, “The Young Turks” popularity highlights an audience hungry for a new approach to live news and discourse. Hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss politics, current events, sports and pop culture live weekdays from 6-9pm ET with guests ranging from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Jimmy Carter, to Rosario Dawson, Lou Dobbs, and Alan Greenspan.
The irreverent talk show can be seen live on “The Young Turks” website, with additional broadcasting on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, podcast, and through the show’s YouTube and UStream partner channels. In addition to “The Young Turks,” Uygur is a prominent blogger on The Huffington Post and Daily Kos.
Cenk Uygur – who will fill in for Dylan Ratigan next Tuesday and Wednesday as guest host of MSNBC’s “The Dylan Ratigan Show” — credits what he calls the “TYT Army” for the continued and expanding popularity in the show. “When you’re a network television show, you’re guaranteed millions of viewers,” explained Uygur. “Then you have to prove yourself after this gift. When you’re an online show, you’re guaranteed nothing. You start with zero viewers. We have now built up a quarter of a billion views for our online show, with no marketing budget and no existing infrastructure. That’s insane. That makes us by leaps and bounds more successful than any show that has ever been on television. Let them know, we’re coming.”
In 2009 the “TYT Army” launched a Facebook campaign to have Uygur considered for a position at MSNBC, drawing the attention of mainstream media outlets and ultimately, cable news’ top brass. The â€œTYT Armyâ€ has also drawn note from top websites and cable news producers who relay the increase in numbers received by the mere mention of â€œThe Young Turksâ€ or Uygur.
“The Young Turks” is a self-sustaining talk show, retaining its own content outside of major corporations. The program premiered on Sirius Satellite Radio in 2002 before transitioning to Air America Radio/XM Satellite Radio. In 2005 “The Young Turks” launched a first of its kind, daily live “TV” style format. In 2007, “The Young Turks” joined YouTubeâ€™s partnership program when it was introduced, and established an additional home in 2009 on UStream. Guests on the program include the top power-makers in the field of politics and entertainment, including: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Reverend Jesse Jackson, director Michael Moore, former Presidential candidate Ralph Nader, Senator John Kerry, actor Richard Dreyfuss, General Wesley Clark, NBC’s Brian Williams, conservative commentator Mary Matalin, former President Jimmy Carter, Senator Harry Reid, Spiderman creator Stan Lee, professor Noam Chomsky, actor Adam Sandler, NFL superstar Warrick Dunn, the late Senator Edward Kennedy, and more.