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Isn’t The Independent’s SEO implementation good? Well, I never thought so until now, impressed as I was with The Guardian, The Telegraph, and the Mail (when searching for Britney Spears, of course).

I just googled ‘Private Prisons More4’ to come up with the news package I pitched and researched for More4 News – and up came the Independent in first spot, with Channel 4 /More4 in third.  Strange online world. Always found Channel Four (at least Channel Four News) to have good SEO itself.

To summarise the package, despite the growing use of online prisons, they don’t seem to be performing quite as well as our good-old state-run prisons, according to a range of criteria. Funny that.

So anyways, here’s the report I laid all the paving stones for before handing over (not bitter – bloody happy to be working for a quality news provider at the moment!), while here is the Independent’s take on our findings.

I include this as I have found it interesting, the last few months, to view a colleague’s ability to gain coverage for our More4 News stories – at least those involving investigative journalism and original work – by feeding print journalist details pre-broadcast, ensuring a good name check for More and presumeably some more viewers. Mind you, in 2009 the least they could do is link to the damn report online. Oh well. Old dogs, new tricks…

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I don’t own a television, but I do have the capacity to view domestic terrestrial television via Livestation or the commendable and less buggy (at least on a mac) Zattoo. And you wouldn’t believe the problems this causes!

Zattoo gives me the ability to harp on about only enjoying Video on Demand to friends and colleagues, while also secretly watching C4 News each night at seven. Because although Channel Four News -and various other bulletins around the world – does indeed get posted on the internet an hour or two later, there is undoubtedly something about watching it go out live. The same goes for Newsnight on BBC2, but as this doesn’t even finish up til around 23.15, there’s not much point watching it on iPlayer, I find, as by the time you get a chance (usually the enxt day after work), it’s no longer ‘new’ news.

Therefore, I wonder if there are many like me who come home at around 19.15 wanting to watch C4 News ( and on days where the US sees its first black president sworn in, who wouldn’t?), and then have a dilemma about whether to watch it live (online or not) after having missed the lead story and thus the whole frigging point, or wait until the content is posted online – usually around 20.30 or so. There are two problems with this. The delay, clearly, and the fact they haven’t sorted their full-screen capability out – hey, there may be financial problems, but come on, it’s 2009 already….

And now I’m sitting here, with ten minutes until the news hour is over, wondering if I should just catch the last ten minutes, and then watch the first fifty in an hour. Madness! Media convergence can be quite testing at times.

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Channel 4 boss Andy Duncan spoke at Nesta today, calling for the internet to be regulated in the same manner as broadcast. While my initial reactions to calls for regulation are usually somewhere between spasm and vomit, it’s hard not to hear him out. Coming from Channel 4, no stranger to regulators (from Ofcom to the unappointed Daily Mail), you might be tempted to think it’s a case of wanting everyone else to suffer the same fate as they themselves do – regulation. But really, he does have a point. Why should broadcasting essentially be stifled, when online is not? If its kids we’re worried about, then they an ever-shrinking concept of the difference between TV and the web anyhow. Media convergence isn’t a theory, it’s an everyday reality.

The bigger point in all of this, it would seem, is that it’s a mammoth near-impossible task – but I expect the debate to gain even more ground over 2009. Just don’t tell the Mail.

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