Irish News goes Video

The Irish News today launches their daily online video reports today. All you need is a broadband connection to view them. The first report is on the death of Michael Ferguson. According to their report [subs needed],

The Irish News today enters a new era as it becomes the first newspaper in Ireland to offer daily video news reports on its website.
The service is free to all Irish News readers, who can simply log on to www.irishnews.com to watch the video reports at any time of the day.
Andrea Devlin, the paper’s new video journalist, shoots and edits her news packages using the latest broadcasting technology.
The video reports are then streamed from The Irish News website and will be available each morning.

Irish News managing director Dominic Fitzpatrick said the company “is keen to embrace all the opportunities of the internet age” and is willing to invest in new technology to expand the unique strengths of the paper.
“Some people see the internet as a threat to newspapers,” he said.
“We see it as an opportunity.
“We want to give our readers the chance to experience great Irish News stories in as many ways as possible, and I look forward to further developments in the future.’’

Irish News editor Noel Doran said the new development came at an exciting time for the paper. “This is another big step forward for the paper, after our recent set of extremely strong circulation figures, so I think that we are in a particularly exciting period,” he said.

  • Mick Fealty

    A bit slow firing up, but the quality is very good…

  • Pete Baker

    If they’re really “keen to embrace all the opportunities of the internet age”, they’d be better off unlocking their, subscription only, online access and opening up their archive.

  • STEVE BURN

    Mick, through your website, can I please say how saddened I am to hear of the death of Mickey Ferguson of Sinn Fein at the young age of 53.

    I only knew Mickey in passing, mostly around the negotiations in London during the 1990’s but always found him a sound man to talk to.

    My heart goes out to his wife Louise and children and the family throughout Belfast and the north.

    STEVE BURN
    PORTSMOUTH

  • Mick Fealty

    Certainly Steve. That seems to have been the feeling amongst many who knew him.

  • JR

    A great innovation by the IN. Well delivered and more professional than I thought it would be.

  • tom

    Yes I agree what a shame that the Irish News still insists on subscription. This is truely a brillant feature for the Irish News and def a thing of the future.

  • heck

    I hope Brian Feeney has a commentary slot on the new video service!!! LOL

  • rock hudson

    Subscription is the default choice in online papers. It helps to dissuade cruisers and boost users.
    It wil lbe interesting to see the bandwidth thye use on video. Youtube burn $500k a month. Big, wasted bucks.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    “they’d be better off unlocking their, subscription only, online access and opening up their archive.”

    They would, or you would?

  • Mick Fealty

    Both Gonzo. Although I would stop short of lecturing anyone who actually makes money from their websites [sniff, sniff], there is a question of investing in future audiences and ad revenues.

    Not seen those figures before Rock. That’s a lot of muck. But I’d like to see their visitor numbers too. Their audience must be vast, and although growing, like the rest of us, they will also see the price of bandwidth drop. Having said that 1/2 million a month is a lot of burn.

    But you are entirely wrong about the default in online papers. The IT, FT and the IN are subs locked. The BT the BN, the Indo, and Examiner are not.

    The Spec is largely subs now, but wasn’t at all until recently. And the New Statesman was but now isn’t. The Economist is locked but is relatively generous with free content.

    There is a time for everything. If the Irish News can make an effective re-entry through video, eventually the rest should follow. On the net connectivity is key. If your best stuff is locked up, then you are simply not connecting.

  • Pete Baker

    Well, Gonzo, my comment was directly in response to the claim from the IN managing director’s statement that they were “keen to embrace all the opportunities of the internet age”.

    As Mick pointed out “net connectivity is key” to that age, and beyond.

    Personally, it’s rare that I find myself currently needing to link directly to an IN article.. but I do so when I feel it necessary – without a subscription. I, and others, would likely do so more often without the subscription lock.. I’d humbly suggest that’s their loss in the longer term – provided they utilise the traffic appropriately.

    If their revenue model is dependent on on-line subscriptions, which I doubt, it’s probably not viable long term.

    Mick

    Lecturing isn’t generally my style, and I certainly wouldn’t lecture a website that was making money.. provided the cost of the content was included in that calculation, in the IN case including journalists’ wages.

    I do recall seeing something about YouTube’s bandwidth consumption recently… and a suggested link to the bandwidth providers.