Josh Sternberg | September 25, 2012
Original article at digiday.com
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.
Chavala Madlena | April 26, 2010
Original article at The Guardian
TYT, which came to national prominence in 2005 with a 99-hour “Live, On Air Filibuster” during supreme court nomination hearings, is also part of a media revolution. Its filibustering was quickly followed by a decision to launch on YouTube. It now averages 13 million viewers a month. The show has been able to keep pace with the mighty networks it competes with by using its popularity to book a wide variety of guests, some of whom may not return: “I heard from [US Senate majority leader] Harry Reid’s office, after his interview, that we were effectively blacklisted for future interview requests. I didn’t really shed a tear. We’re gonna be all right.”
Haydn Shaughnessy | January 20, 2014
Original article at Forbes
Or Young Turks (642 million views). This is where my children get their political news and attitude. Huffington Post has signed up Cenk Uygur, the front man- which is very smart. While Arianna Huffington might want to do a CNN, she knows enough to do buy-in teen and twenties attitude too. Young Turks sounds like improv but the viewpoints are astute and they connect through people with admirable lashings of insight.
Joshua Cohen | July 15, 2011
Original article at TubeFiler
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, 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.
Eric Blattberg | October 31, 2014
Original article in Digiday
Here’s a surprise: The most popular news channel on YouTube is not CNN, The New York Times or Vice, but The Young Turks.
With its political and social news coverage, The Young Turks channel racks up roughly 37 million monthly views, according to OpenSlate data. But The Young Turks has expanded intoan entire digital network, with 35 channels spanning sports, technology, film, college life and dozens of other areas. Together, the network attracts over 75 million monthly views from more than 3 million subscribers.
When I ask the Young Turk what stands as competition for his Internet video show on politics, he pauses for a beat. “Sh,” he replies. “I just don’t see them yet, thank God. The competition will come at some point and we don’t want to be overconfident. But at the same time, right now, we have huge market dominance.” While many others have talked about new media forms and breaking down barriers, the self-styled Young Turk, a.k.a. Cenk Uygur, has administered his own wrecking ball. His Internet video program, “The Young Turks,” has become strong enough to power a small but burgeoning network of Web programs. That program’s reach has given him the credibility to jump to a spot as a fill-in host on a more traditional platform, cable station MSNBC.
He might be the host and founder of the most-watched online news show in the world but Cenk Uygur certainly enjoys making enemies. Uygur, 44, is presenter of The Young Turks, a two-hour nightly online bulletin that has clocked up a staggering 2 billion views on YouTube and claims to be challenging CNN as a destination for news.
When it comes to news on YouTube, traditional brands like CNN and ABC News are chasing The Young Turks…
The Young Turks channel averages 37.4 million views a month on YouTube, landing it atop OpenSlate’s ranking of news-themed channels on the site (OpenSlate ranks YouTube channels based on audience consistency, engagement, social media influence, and other factors). That puts the progressive-oriented Turks well ahead of the second ranked news channel, The Alex Jones Channel, as well as ABC News on YouTube and others.
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.
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.
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Los Angeles | April 16, 2014
A Private Equity Fund Led By Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer Invests in TYT Network Out of Shared Belief in the Corrupting Influence of Money in Politics and The Power of New Media
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TYT Staff | Mar 21, 2014
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