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  • April 16, 2014

    A Private Equity  Fund Led By Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer

    Roemer Invests in TYT Network Out of Shared Belief in the Corrupting Influence of Money in Politics and The Power of New Media

    LOS ANGELES – April 16, 2014 – The Young Turks Network (www.TYTNetwork.com) announced today that it has raised $4 million in seed financing with an option to go up to $8 million from Roemer, Robinson, Melville & Co., LLC (RRM). RRM is led by former Republican Presidential candidate, Louisiana Governor and Congressman and Chairman of The Reform Project Buddy Roemer.

    The Young Turks Network (TYT Network) generates over 68 million views per month through its YouTube channels. The flagship show, The Young Turks, is the largest online news show in the world with more than 1.3 billion total views and 38 million views per month. The network recently announced deals with Hulu to host a 30-minute version of The Young Turks and the network’s entertainment show PopTrigger. The network was also a launch partner channel with Pluto.TV.

    “RRM has been looking for two years to find the best platform in New Media in which to invest,” said Roemer. “We believe TYT will be one of the critical players moving forward in a new media world – edgy, unfiltered news commentary at its best. They are a lot like me, sometimes wrong but never in doubt. We expect their news to continue to push the envelope and their business to grow exponentially. ” RRM led the financing round in part because of the shared values between The Young Turks and The Reform Project. Both the network and Roemer, through The Reform Project, have made the removal of money’s influence on politics their signature issues. In Oct. 2011, TYT Network CEO and co-founder Cenk Uygur launched his super political action committee, Wolf-PAC, with the goal of ending the current system of campaign financing.

    “The Young Turks and TYT Network have long been a source of independent news and politics for our millions of fans,” said Uygur. “While we don’t necessarily agree on politics, Buddy and TYT both understand money’s damaging influence on our government. Buddy and RRM support TYT Network’s mission to bring our viewers the unrestricted truth and analysis of the world’s news – from politics to movies, pop culture, sports and more.”

    TYT Network will use the funding from RRM in part to fund the network’s expansion in 2014 and beyond onto other platforms such as over-the-top devices, local television and international syndication deals. In addition to platform expansion, the funding will help TYT build its sales team, upgrade technical infrastructure and create more shows. The Young Turks has grown from a single show on Sirius satellite radio in 2002, to the first daily video news show on YouTube in 2005 to the largest online news and politics show in the world and a dynamic network of shows and channels across different verticals all through private angel funding, advertising and other revenue streams that include paid memberships, partnerships with YouTube channels and deals with cable companies.

    TYT Network recently completed an Indiegogo campaign that raised over $420,000, far exceeding the target goal of $250,000 and making it one of the most successful Video/Web Indiegogo campaigns to date. The contributions from the campaign funded the build out of TYT’s new studio, allowing the network to produce more shows and channels.

    For more information, please visit www.TYTNetwork.com.

    ABOUT ‘THE YOUNG TURKS’ AND TYT NETWORK

    The Young Turks is the largest online news show in the world, covering politics, pop culture and lifestyle. The teleprompter-free show is one of the top 50 YouTube partners, with more than 38 million views a month and more than 1.3 billion total views on The Young Turks YouTube channel. The Young Turks received the 2013 People’s Voice Webby Award for best news and politics series, 2011 News/Politics Shorty Award, Best Political Podcast 2009 at the Podcast Awards and Best Political News Site 2009 at the Mashable Awards.

    The Young Turks is the flagship show of the TYT Network, which includes What the Flick?!, TYT University, TYT Sports, TYT Interviews and The Point (on Town Square, a YouTube original channel), as well as new shows and channels, including PopTrigger, Nerd Alert and TYT Comedy.

    PrintMorePocketShare on TumblrA Private Equity  Fund Led By Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer Roemer Invests in TYT Network Out of Shared Belief in the Corrupting Influence of Money in Politics and The Power of New Media LOS ANGELES – April 16, 2014 – The Young Turks Network (www.TYTNetwork.com) announced today that it has raised $4 million in seed financing with an option to go up to $8 million from Roemer, Robinson, Melville & Co., LLC (RRM). RRM is led by former Republican Presidential candidate, Louisiana Governor and Congressman and Chairman of The Reform Project Buddy Roemer. The Young Turks Network (TYT Network) generates over 68 million views per month through its YouTube channels. The flagship show, The Young Turks, is the largest online news show in the world with more than 1.3 billion total views and 38 million views per month. The network recently announced deals with Hulu to host a 30-minute version of The Young Turks and the network’s entertainment show PopTrigger. The network was also a launch partner channel ...
  • April 4, 2014

    Let me start by quoting two great men and a crook that died the other day.

    “The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.” — Thomas Jefferson

    When asked if his payments to politicians had worked, Charles Keating replied, “I want to say in the most forceful way I can: I certainly hope so.”

    When asked outside of Independence Hall if we have a republic or a monarchy, Benjamin Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

    Well, here we are, aren’t we? Right at the point where we are about to find out whether we can keep it or not. The Supreme Court has decided that a small amount of people will get to control our entire political system. Which politician or political party can resist hundreds of millions of dollars put in at once? Maybe one person can resist, maybe one party can resist for a small period of time, but eventually they will succumb.

    In Congressional races, 95 percent of the time the person with more money wins. It doesn’t matter if they are a Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal. It doesn’t matter what their ideas are or what their ideology is. It doesn’t matter what they think at all. You have more money and you will win 19 out of 20 times.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy destroyed our republic. We knew Alito, Scalia, Roberts and Thomas were corporate robots. We knew they were going to say disingenuously that corporations or billionaires pouring in millions into our politicians’ pockets wouldn’t lead to corruption. What an unbelievable joke. But it turns out that Kennedy was the biggest joke of all. He claims that millions in campaign donations won’t even result in the appearance of corruption. Can anyone with a shred of intelligence honestly believe that?

    So, it was nice while it lasted. Democracy at the national level is dead now. We have replaced it with an open auction. This will not at some future date lead to a worst case scenario. We’re already living in that scenario.

    You don’t have to worry about the top 1 percent. Now, the 0.00024 percent of the country who donate over a $100,000 to politicians will rule us all. Because even the federal limit of $123,200 per election cycle has now been eliminated by theMcCutcheon decision. They can now spend unlimited money “contributing” to our politicians.

    So, how do we escape this worst case scenario? Congress is corrupt and the Supreme Court is even worse. Luckily, there is one thing above them — the constitution. Every generation of Americans has amended the constitution so that we may have a more perfect union. Except one. Us.

    We must get money out of politics. We must amend.

    At The Young Turks, we already knew how bad the situation was because every political story we covered had the same exact answer — find which side has more money and you’ll know who is going to win. So, I founded Wolf PAC, which has only one, unstoppable mission — amend the constitution to get the corrupting influence of money out of politics. We’re not interested in awareness — we’re already quite aware of how screwed we are. We’re not interested in consciousness raising or being a respected institution inside Washington, DC. We’re interested in results!

    I didn’t pick the name Wolf PAC by accident. I picked it so we could be super aggressive. I don’t want to negotiate with the power brokers in Washington; I want to tear them down. The lobbyists, the special interests, the donors and the politicians who cater to them are what’s wrong with our country. They robbed us of our representative government. It’s time we stood up and took it back. Let’s over turn their apple cart.

    Our founding fathers were geniuses. They put a certain provision in the constitution because they knew that a day like this would come. We have never had to use it yet. But we have threatened it many times and that threat has been incredibly effective just as many times. The clause is Article V of the constitution and it says that you don’t necessarily need 2/3 of Congress to propose an amendment. You can have 2/3 of the states circumvent a corrupted Washington and propose a convention to get the same amendment. You don’t need Washington at all. 34 states propose a convention for this specific issue. 38 states ratify that amendment. And we have our democracy back.

    Now, this is the point in the movie when you say — but that’s impossible. The suffragist movement got women the right to vote when they couldn’t vote in the first place. Now, that was impossible. And they still got it done.

    In fact, four out of the last ten amendments were proposed by Congress because of the threat of an imminent convention. We can make these guys bend to our will. They’re not supposed to be the boss of us. We are supposed to live in a democracy where we control our own fate. We are supposed to be the home of liberty. And we can be that again.

    Let me tell you what we’ve done so far without anyone noticing. We have introduced a resolution calling for this convention in ten states and have over 100 state legislators sponsoring and supporting these resolutions all across the country. We have an army of 13,000 volunteers. We are legion and we are coming.

    Tell me again what isn’t possible.

    We were told in Vermont that we had a zero percent chance of getting this resolution passed in the state Senate. That was a week before we got it passed 28-2. How did we turn the impossible into the inevitable? How did we get true bipartisanship on this issue? Well, we have over 90 percent of the American people on our side. Republicans, Democrats, libertarians and independents all agree on only one thing — our national politicians are bought. When the bills are introduced we get a natural avalanche of support. At the state level, an army of citizens turn out to be hard to resist.

    In one of the states where we had success, our volunteers got a politician to do something he didn’t want to do. The pressure of angry, concerned citizens clearly switched his position. One of those volunteers wrote me an email afterward and said, “It feels so good to get the power back.”

    We have gone for so long without being able to affect the course of our government, we have gone so long feeling powerless that we have forgotten what our birthright is. We are born free men and women in this country. If we rise up together, we can be that again.

    Join us. Join the fight. Get up, let’s get them back!

    Become a Volunteer of Wolf PAC

    Become a Member of Wolf PAC

    Sign the Petition for An Amendment

    Follow Cenk Uygur on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CenkUygur

    PrintMorePocketShare on Tumblr“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.” — Thomas Jefferson PrintMorePocketShare on Tumblr
  • March 21, 2014

    The TYT brand is smart, informative, fun and honest. The focus of our network is quality not quantity. We believe in full transparency. Jump in on the ground floor of a growing YouTube MCN (multi-channel network). Contact aaron@tytnetwork.com for more details

     

    PrintMorePocketShare on TumblrThe TYT brand is smart, informative, fun and honest. The focus of our network is quality not quantity. We believe in full transparency. Jump in on the ground floor of a growing YouTube MCN (multi-channel network). Contact aaron@tytnetwork.com for more details PrintMorePocketShare on Tumblr
  • April 23, 2013

    NextWeb article here

    The Young Turks claims the title of world’s largest online news network, and it just backed up that fact by passing 1 billions views on its YouTube channel. We recently spoke with the network’s founder and CEO Cenk Uygur to learn how the company got online news to work.

    Uygur called the past few years with The Young Turks an “awesome journey”. He started TYT in his living room with “a couple pieces of radio equipment”, launching first on Sirius satellite radio in 2002 before moving online in 2005.

    He added that people doubted along the way that TYT would become as successful as it has.

    “It’s not often that you get to do something that people believed wasn’t possible…I feel very happy about it,” he said.

    Even with the network’s ups and downs over the years, Uygur said figuring out how to make online video work has been the “most challenging and fun game” of his life.

    The path to 1 billion

    When I asked what the key to TYT’s success was, Uygur pointed to trial and error – what he called “one of the oldest cliches in the book.”

    “Don’t be afraid to fail,” he said. “I’m probably underestimating when I say we’ve tried at least a hundred different things. We learned what worked, what didn’t work.”

    Uygur also noted that the company’s decision to pour its resources into developing a YouTube audience instead of focusing on hosting videos on its own site was a crucial one.

    “Back in 2005-2006, conventional wisdom was that you put things up on your own website, you don’t concentrate on portals like YouTube because it only pays you a percentage,” Uygur said.

    At the time, creators were also obsessed with making a single video go viral, but the TYT team approached things differently. Callingon a baseball metaphor, Uygur said the network played for consistent hits instead of home runs. Back then, The network averaged eight videos a day.

    In the end, Uygur says the strategy paid off with search engines, as TYT’s videos began ranking higher during news events.

    “We wound up getting home runs anyway,” he said.

    Independent voices

    When I asked whether the Internet had changed the rules of the game, Uygur said that he hoped we’re not in a “rare moment in time” where true independent voices are able to speak up.

    “I hope the media establishment doesn’t figure out how to put gatekeepers online,” he said. “Right now, you’re rewarded for speaking truth to power.”

    Uygur added that the company managed to achieve a billion views because, unlike corporate media outlets, it was able to “actually tell the truth.”

    “You want to talk about a competitive advantage, it doesn’t get any better than that,” he said.

    The Internet provides a symbiotic relationship for TYT, according to Uygur. He said that the audience actively plays a part in producing the show by fact checking, correcting and providing feedback.

    Uygur has spent time in the so-called establishment. He did a short stint at MSNBC, but it didn’t work out. He was willing to cooperate on matters of style, such as wearing a tie, but he wasn’t willing to compromise his message.

    “I got the best ratings they’d ever had at six o’clock, but apparently the other considerations were more important,” he said.

    Beginning in 2011, The Young Turks partnered with Current TV to produce a show for the television network, but the show is in limbo right now. Al Jazeera purchased Current at the start of this year, announcing plans to shut down Current and open up its own operation in New york.

    Uygur said that wherever he works he lays out his ground rules: “If I get editorial control and we can deliver the truth, God bless; if not, sad day, we don’t deal with you.”

    He continued: “It’s honestly terrific to be in a situation where you can lay down those rules. For most of my career, nobody was in a situation like that. I’d do it anyway and get fired immediately, but if we hadn’t had the Internet come up as it did, I would have just continued to get fired at different places and probably never broken through because of the gatekeepers.”

    Reality’s liberal bias

    We were curious whether The Young Turks’ business model would have worked regardless of political persuasion.

    Uygur said there was room for different perspectives to be successful online if they serve their audience authentically, but he conceded that conservatives have a harder time online.

    “As Stephen Colbert famously said, ‘Reality has a well-known liberal bias,’” Uygur quipped.

    “The Internet is one giant fact-checking machine,” Uygur said. “On the Internet, you come with your BS and I wish you good luck. We embrace that. But if you’re a right winger that doesn’t believe in science or math or facts, they’re going to eat you alive.”

    In contrast, Uygur views TV audiences as still being partisan, while online viewers are tired of Republican/Democrat games.

    Show me the money

    As for monetization, Uygur said the process was exceedingly difficult.

    “I remember when we got to a million views and I was ecstatic and then I got like $10 bucks in the mail,” he joked before clarifying that it was actually probably a bit more.

    TYT had to be extremely frugal with growth in order to stick with the independent online news model.

    “We’re probably conservative to a fault financially. It’s not in our DNA because we’ve had to tread water for 11 years,” he said. “You’ve got to be a lot more efficient, you’ve got to be smarter with how you run your business. Time rewards those who get it right and punishes those who don’t know what they’re doing. If you’re online, you’ve got to be incredibly careful not to overspend. At the same time, you’ve got to know when to do an expansion, it’s a balancing act.”

    “Money is now pouring into online video so it’s an incredibly growing field and it’s growing by leaps and bounds, not every year, but every month. If ever there was a time to invest, this is probably it. This is when you can get the most return because of the growing audience and money involved.”

    TYT makes the majority of its money from YouTube. It also runs a member program on its website that grants access to extra content like podcasts and a daily post game. ”Our members kept us afloat for a long time, so we’re absolutely beholden to them. They’re integral to our success,” he said.

    “[YouTube is] a very good company to partner with. We got lucky that what I believe to be the smartest company online, Google, is the one that wound up having the central hub for online video.”

    What’s next for the Turks

    Uygur says he’s not content just to lead the online news market: ”I have always said from day one and people thought I was nuts for saying it, but now it seems a bit more reasonable. I’ve always believed we’re going to be the top news show, period. And news network, period.”

    “Let me blow people’s minds by saying, “Yes, we can be bigger than CNN,”” he added. ”We don’t have anywhere near the resources that they have at this point, but I’m working on it.”

    “We’re not that far off because we’ve already conquered the biggest medium there is, period,” Uygur said, while noting that the goal could take as long as 20 years to reach.

    “We just have to make sure we don’t blow it. Right now we’re in a very, very good position. We have to take advantage of it as we grow into the future…As long as we grow smart, we should be in great great shape.”

    While TYT is best-known for its political commentary, the network has been expanding into other verticals as well. Both its TYT University and TYT Sports channels are already profitable.

    Meanwhile, its new Pop Trigger channel about pop culture is off to a record start: ”Pop Trigger is our fastest growing show ever. They’re over 3 million views already and it’s only been five-six months. In terms of subscribers, viewers, revenues, it’s the fastest growing channel ever for us. We’re incredibly encouraged and we’re thinking of adding even more shows to Pop Trigger, more channels, more contributors. We’re definitely in expansion mode because the expansion’s going really well.”

    With YouTube’s audience of more than 1 billion monthly viewers, The Young Turks is in a pretty good spot to rack up another billion views for its news network. Beating CNN is going to take some serious work, but if I were going to bet on any company going forward, I’d bet on the one that’s winning the Internet.

    PrintMorePocketShare on TumblrNextWeb article here The Young Turks claims the title of world’s largest online news network, and it just backed up that fact by passing 1 billions views on its YouTube channel. We recently spoke with the network’s founder and CEO Cenk Uygur to learn how the company got online news to work. Uygur called the past few years with The Young Turks an “awesome journey”. He started TYT in his living room with “a couple pieces of radio equipment”, launching first on Sirius satellite radio in 2002 before moving online in 2005. He added that people doubted along the way that TYT would become as successful as it has. “It’s not often that you get to do something that people believed wasn’t possible…I feel very happy about it,” he said. Even with the network’s ups and downs over the years, Uygur said figuring out how to make online video work has been the “most challenging and fun game” of his life. The path to ...
  • February 25, 2013

    TubeFilter Article Here

    The Young Turks uploaded its first video to YouTube on December 25, 2005. The liberal-progressive and self-proclaimed “first internet TV news show” was created by Cenk Uygur (here’s a videoif you need to learn how to pronounce that one), Ben Mankiewicz, Dave Koller, and Jill Pike and born out of a defunct Sirius Satellite Radio program of the same name. It’s done much better online.

    In the five years, six months, and couple of weeks since the program found a new home on the internet, The Young Turks has uploaded 9,450+ videos, accumulated 250,000+ subscribers and just recently received it’s 500,000,000 view. In that time frame, Uygur also landed a hosting gig at MSNBC while Uygur and company turned The Young Turks from one left-of-center news show into a brand that now produces no less than six regularly scheduled original web series, employs 12 full-time staff members, and sees revenue upwards of $1 million per year (a threshold Uygur tells me the company stepped over eight or so months ago).

    That half-billionth view and those revenue numbers are some very impressive milestones to attain, especially for a news program that’s not trying to garner eyeballs via pop culture parodies (not that there’s anything wrong with that) or by way of video titles sprinkled with the names of conventionally attractive celebrities (not that there’s anything wrong with that, either).

    Given his program’s numbers, I recently caught up with Uygur over the phone to find out more about the current status of The Young Turks (the show and the company), how Uygur manages the relationship between his television show and his internet show, and where The Young Turks (again, the show and the company) is headed.

    Tubefilter: You have a regular gig now on MSNBC. A lot of people in the online video world would consider that the end game, a sign that you’ve made it. So why is The Young Turks still up and running online?

    Cenk Uygur: The Young Turksis the main show. The network is averaging over a million views a day. Just from a financial perspective – let alone the ability to get our your message and do something you love – you’d be crazy to stop the program.

    TF: How does MSNBC feel about that?

    CU: Whenever I talk to any TV executive, I say stopping The Young Turks is non-negotiable. I think the oldschool way of thinking is if you’ve made it onto TV you’ve made it. I’m not a believer in that oldschool of thought. I think online is going to be bigger and I’d much rather hold onto my online show than get caught up in dreams of television stardom.

    TF: What’s the relationship like between you on MSNBC and The Young Turks? Is there any synergy there?

    CU: Sure, but they don’t work together much. We promote MSNBC on The Youg Turks. We promote The Young Turks a little bit on MSNBC. We haven’t coordinated anything at this point in a significant way. So far they’re fairly distinct.

    TF: Are you seeing fans cross over from one medium to the other?

    CU: A lot more viewers cross over from The Young Turks to MSNBC than MSNBC to The Young Turks. I think television viewers are are a little more set in their ways. It’s a little harder to get them to try something new, whereas The Young Turks viewers are invested in the show and happy to see me on TV.

    TF: Do original Young Turks fans get bragging rights since they liked you before you were on TV?

    CU: Ha. I think people feel a little proud that they’re able to say, “We were TYT fans before Cenk was on TV.” Definitely. There’s a point of pride there.

    TF: You said you’re getting a million views a day across all your online shows, but I know you also generate revenue through TYT Memberships that give subscribers access to special content. How’s the revenue breakdown between those two revenue streams?

    CU: The lion’s share of revenue comes from YouTube. The subscribers get access to audio and downloadable podcast versions of everything we do. They’re really paying for convenience and the ability to watch or listen without the ads. About one-third of our revenue comes from those subscribers. The other two-thirds comes from advertisers and YouTube.

    TF: You used to also produce a supplemental radio version of The Young Turks’ online show. What happened to that?

    CU: The radio portion really was not worth the hassle. The online show is so much easier. People used to think of the online part as the add-on. Now, I think online is the real deal and the other things are the add-on. We decided with radio that it wasn’t worth it unlike being on TV, which so far we feel has totally been worthwhile.

    TF: You’ve just crossed some major milestones. What’s next?

    CU: Right now The Young Turks is the largest online news show in the world, but I want it eventually be the largest show in the world. Largest in any formant, in any media. It’s ambitious, I know, but I believe we can do it by being the place people come to for news all across the world.

    We really want to be the preeminent online TV network or video network online. We want to create a brand. Our brand is honest truthtelling. We don’t suck up for access or for money or for advertisers. We keep it real, whether that’s in politics or entertainment or sports, and I think our audience appreciates that.

    Check out Uygur and company keeping it real across their network of shows at TheYoungTurks.com.

    PrintMorePocketShare on TumblrTubeFilter Article Here The Young Turks uploaded its first video to YouTube on December 25, 2005. The liberal-progressive and self-proclaimed “first internet TV news show” was created by Cenk Uygur (here’s a videoif you need to learn how to pronounce that one), Ben Mankiewicz, Dave Koller, and Jill Pike and born out of a defunct Sirius Satellite Radio program of the same name. It’s done much better online. In the five years, six months, and couple of weeks since the program found a new home on the internet, The Young Turks has uploaded 9,450+ videos, accumulated 250,000+ subscribers and just recently received it’s 500,000,000 view. In that time frame, Uygur also landed a hosting gig at MSNBC while Uygur and company turned The Young Turks from one left-of-center news show into a brand that now produces no less than six regularly scheduled original web series, employs 12 full-time staff members, and sees revenue upwards of $1 million per year (a ...
  • February 25, 2013

    Link to Digiday Article here

    If you were to think of the top news and politics channel on YouTube, you’d probably think it’s one of the big boys: CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox. You’d be wrong. According to OpenSlate, a company that provides metrics and rankings for YouTube channels, the highest ranking news and politics channel is The Young Turks.

    “The Young Turks” is a political talk show from Cenk Uygur first airing on Sirius Satellite Radio in 2002. A little over a year ago, it moved to Current TV. Uygur has built a formidable YouTube presence with 385,000 subscribers and more than 800 million video views. Through its YouTube Channel, “The Young Turks” has been able to have a dialogue with its fans, creating a devoted fan base, something agencies pay close attention to.

    Compare this with the No. 5 outlet on this list, ABC News, which has 116,000 subscribers and 21 million monthly views. OpenSlate values areas like engagement, influence and consistency measuring the categories on a scale of 1 to 10. The Young Turks, young as they are compared to ABC, has higher ratings in those three key areas. Most notably, in the engagement arena, The Young Turks scores an 8.4, while ABC scores a 7.9.

    But The Young Turk brand is still not well known among brands and agencies.

    According to OpenSlate, engagement refers to how a video producer can create a “captivating experience;” influence means how a channel can push activity across an audience; consistency is a producer’s ability to replicate its success. The company also mixes in other metrics, like subscribers and monthly views. This explains why there is a mix of household names and some random content producers.

    With buyers trying to reach as many people across the vast Web, OpenSlate’s metrics can help agencies and brands determine where they should be to reach more viewers. Since it’s notoriously hard to define squishy terms like engagement and influence on the Web, an algorithm can be helpful to agencies, if not to the publishers looking to find more ways to engage and influence.

    Below are the top 10 channels in the News and Politics sector, based on the SlateScore. Notice how there are only three mainstream publishers in this category, ABC News, CBS and the Associated Press.

    PrintMorePocketShare on TumblrLink to Digiday Article here If you were to think of the top news and politics channel on YouTube, you’d probably think it’s one of the big boys: CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox. You’d be wrong. According to OpenSlate, a company that provides metrics and rankings for YouTube channels, the highest ranking news and politics channel is The Young Turks. “The Young Turks” is a political talk show from Cenk Uygur first airing on Sirius Satellite Radio in 2002. A little over a year ago, it moved to Current TV. Uygur has built a formidable YouTube presence with 385,000 subscribers and more than 800 million video views. Through its YouTube Channel, “The Young Turks” has been able to have a dialogue with its fans, creating a devoted fan base, something agencies pay close attention to. Compare this with the No. 5 outlet on this list, ABC News, which has 116,000 subscribers and 21 million monthly views. OpenSlate values areas like engagement, ...
  • February 25, 2013

    Link to Gigaom Article Here

    This week, news broke that Al Jazeera had acquired Current TV, the left-leaning cable news network founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt that’s seemed to change its mission statement once every two years or so.

    Plans for the soon-to-be-rebranded Al Jazeera America include a fresh slate of content which may not have room for previously-existing Current programming — but you know who doesn’t seem that worried about it? One of Current’s biggest personalities.

    Cenk Uygur, of the nightly live series The Young Turks, came to Current after his relationship with MSNBC went south last year; since then, the opinionated host has become one of Current’s most-watched anchors.

    But that’s not why Uygur seems extremely confident about his show’s potentially uncertain fate. See, The Young Turks was born initially as a radio series in 2002, then expanded to YouTube in December 2005. Currently, TYT has nearly 500,000 YouTube subscribers and over 900,000,000 views on its primary channel. Or, as Uygur puts it on Twitter:

    For knucklehead conservatives making jokes about @theyoungturks because of @current sale, TYT has over 40 million views a month online.
    — Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) January 3, 2013
    Facts: @theyoungturks network has over a billion views online, 40 mil views, 15.5 million unique viewers and 100 mil min. viewed per month.
    — Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) January 3, 2013
    With our 15.5 million unique viewers a month online, @theyoungturks is much bigger than Rush Limbaugh and almost any cable news show on TV.
    — Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) January 3, 2013
    These stats refer to The Young Turks‘s YouTube channel, not the Current series of the same name, which will continue for at least the next three months before the conclusion of the Al Jazeera takeover.

    However, there’s been some confusion about the difference between TYT the YouTube channel and TYT the live Current show. This lead to questions about whether or not The Young Turks had been sold to Al Jazeera along with Current — questions which Uygur addressed in a video released on Thursday, frankly entitled “TYT Is Independent, Not Owned by Current or Al Jazeera.”

    In the video, Uygur refers to the connection between the two iterations of the TYT brand as “a mutually beneficial relationship and we hope to continue that.” He then showed off a little bit of Arabic.

    According to the New York Times, the Al Jazeera acquisition does mean that layoffs are coming for at least some Current staffers. But Uygur will still have a platform for getting his voice out — and more importantly, an audience.

    PrintMorePocketShare on TumblrLink to Gigaom Article Here This week, news broke that Al Jazeera had acquired Current TV, the left-leaning cable news network founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt that’s seemed to change its mission statement once every two years or so. Plans for the soon-to-be-rebranded Al Jazeera America include a fresh slate of content which may not have room for previously-existing Current programming — but you know who doesn’t seem that worried about it? One of Current’s biggest personalities. Cenk Uygur, of the nightly live series The Young Turks, came to Current after his relationship with MSNBC went south last year; since then, the opinionated host has become one of Current’s most-watched anchors. But that’s not why Uygur seems extremely confident about his show’s potentially uncertain fate. See, The Young Turks was born initially as a radio series in 2002, then expanded to YouTube in December 2005. Currently, TYT has nearly 500,000 YouTube subscribers and over 900,000,000 views on its primary channel. ...