Now on YouTube, Local News

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

YouTube, which already boasts of being “the biggest news platform in the world,” has created a News Near You feature that senses a users location and serves up a list of relevant videos. In time, it could essentially engineer a local newscast on the fly. It is already distributing hometown video from dozens of sources, and it wants to add thousands more.

YouTube says it is helping TV stations and its other partners by creating a new–but so far not fiscally significant–source of revenue.


But news media companies may have reasons to be wary. Few TV stations have figured out how replicate profits on the Internet. YouTube can easily act as another competitor.

So for now, most of the YouTube videos near you come from nontraditional sources: radio stations, newspapers, colleges More…