Last year YouTube announced that they would be rolling out a whole slew of new, TV-like channels over the coming year—the first step in what seems like a plan to dominate the TV and video entertainment industry. The online video site has officially begun rolling out the new channels, and is announcing a few pretty big ones this week. YouTube viewers can now look forward to regularly scheduled programming from Reuters and Young Hollywood, among others.
Yesterday YouTube added two entertainment channels to the site—Young Hollywood Network and PMC on ION Television’s Entertainment News Television. Young Hollywood Founder and CEO RJ Williams launched a video explaining how the new Young Hollywood YouTube channel will work. They’ll be launching a new show every day at 10AM PT/1PM ET. Check out the video below to find out more:
RJ Williams told Julie Wolfson of Tubefilter, “We’ve been working very hard on this and look forward to premiering our slate of new shows on the world’s biggest video platform as part of YouTube’s new groundbreaking Original Channels initiative. We feel this is the future of content creation and are investing heavily in both our time and resources.”
YouTube viewers can also look forward to a brand new Reuters TV channel, featuring ten news, commentary and analysis programs on everything from breaking news to finance, politics, technology and more. According to a press release, “The programming, which will appear on Reuters.com and on Reuters redesigned YouTube channel, marks Reuters entry into the rapidly growing business of online video programming, in partnership with one of the biggest players in next-generation TV, YouTube.”
Reuters global head of programming, Dan Colarusso, says, “This deal with YouTube gives Reuters a way to showcase our collection of talented journalists and compelling video from around the world. It will offer unique insights and images that other media companies simply can’t match.”
The Reuters programming will include Reuters Investigates, an investigative journalism show; The Trail, which will follow presidential candidates on the campaign trail; Felix TV, a finance show with finance blogger Felix Salmon; Media Bite, a show about media and technology; Tech Tonic, with Reuters social media editor Anthony De Rosa; Freeland File, an interview show with Reuters Digital editor Chrystia Freeland; Fast Forward, also hosted by Chrystia Freeland; Money Clip, a finance show with Lauren Young; Rough Cuts, showcasing news videos from around the world; and Decoder, a show explaining key topics in the news.
YouTube will be rolling out 96 original channels over the course of the year, and this is only just the beginning. What do you think about the new channels? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.