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Last time we mentioned Newstag on FootageNews.com was Feb 2015 when they signed world rights to Bloomberg’s business and features video news. They have now added two more news giants to the Newstag ‘mobil-first’ video news service – CNN International and China’s CCTV.
They say: “CNN International will now be syndicating its news, business, feature and entertainment content to Newstag. The agreement grants Newstag the right to share and distribute two hours of CNN video content per day on its mobile and online platforms alongside current affairs and entertainment content from other professional content producers around the world, including AP, AFP and Reuters.” “This announcement follows the news that CCTV – China’s leading news agency – will also be joining Newstag, bringing quality news videos from four continents. By presenting these professionally produced video news stories from different global perspectives, Newstag can shed new light on international news as it breaks.”
• Newstag’s ‘mobile-first’ service enables users to create their own ‘tagstream’ (or personalised TV channel) in seconds, organising, consuming and sharing stories among their social networks using the latest web and mobile technologies. ‘
• Currently in public beta phase, Newstag reaches a global audience of users in more than 200 countries. Try it here
Stockholm-based, crowd-curated news service Newstag has announced an agreement with global business news and information provider Bloomberg. The deal grants Newstag worldwide rights to Bloomberg’s business and features video news packages for use on their mobile and web platforms.
Newstag CEO and Founder, Henrik Eklund, says: “Bloomberg is a world leader and innovator in the arena of international business and financial news. Having an opportunity to work with them to revolutionise the way in which audiences consume news is both inspiring and exciting.”
Newstag is designed to enable users to create their own personalised ‘tagstream’ – or TV Channel – sharing the stories that they care about among their social networks.
“Bloomberg’s premium-quality video content brings business news, and the people behind it, to life,” said Josh Rucci, Global Head of Sales for the Bloomberg Content Service. “We are delighted to partner with Newstag. They offer an interesting and dynamic platform to distribute our award- winning, global business and features video which covers subjects from technology to innovation in the energy, transportation and luxury goods sectors, to a broader audience.”
• Bloomberg’s media operation includes more than 2,400 news professionals working from 154 bureaux around the world who publish stories across the web, connected and mobile devices, television, radio and print magazines.
Newstag – the Stockholm-based crowd-curated news service – is opening a subsidiary in Cairo, Egypt to handle all its incoming video news content. The six-strong Cairo-based team will be responsible for handling, verifying and tagging stories as they arrive in one central location from all over the world. The multilingual team will operate round-the-clock handling thousands of stories each week from seven continents in as many time zones.
The multinational team is made up of editors from around the world who have chosen to be based in Cairo for their work in journalism and media. They will also provide bespoke production and post-production services in Egypt and the region as a whole.
“Cairo is booming again: Egypt is at the crossroads of East and West and there are so many talented individuals in this city. This megapolis with its tens of millions of inhabitants is a great centre from which to understand the world in a more nuanced way. This is at the heart of Newstag’s philosophy,” says CEO and Founder, Henrik Eklund.
Newstag’s pioneering and innovative approach to sharing news through social media will bring together video news stories from professional content producers around the world, including AP, AFP and Reuters.
The opening of the Cairo bureau follows a $1.3m investment into Newstag from a group of private and institutional investors. In recent months, the company’s rapidly expanded its network of commercial and content partners as it gears up to launch its application.
Crowd-curated video news service Newstag has appointed Mat Ekholms as CTO in a move to support the company as it develops its innovative approach to news sharing through social media.
Besides managing development teams, as a programmer Ekholm has built systems including the APTN video net and the JPEP encoding technology, used for secure and efficient encoding of box office films and digital cinema.
Ekholm says: “I’m glad to be joining Newstag at a stage where we can innovate at rapid speed. Newstag is set to handle video in a way not seen before and it’s a great challenge for me – I hope we’ll have a chance to make a real difference, not only from a digital perspective, but for the world as well.”
Newstag CEO, Henrik Eklund, has described Ekholm’s appointment as a valuable development: “We’re extremely proud and happy to have Mats join our growing team of high calibre professionals in our quest to change the media landscape. Mats’ experience of working with fast moving time-sensitive video for large corporations is of immense value to us – he’s a true innovator of video technology.”
The announcement follows an investment of $1.3m into Newstag from a group of private and institutional investors. In recent months, the company’s rapidly expanded its network of commercial and content partners as it gears up to launch its application later this Autumn.
Newstag will bring together video news stories from content producers around the world, including AP and Reuters, as well as brands and NGOs. The ‘mobile-first’ service will enable users to create personalised video newscasts on their smartphones, tagging news, brands and NGOs to create relevant and customised feeds to consume and share with their peers through social networks. Newstag’s logo – the twelve sided figure or dodecahedron – reflects the multi-faceted nature of news in the 21st century and our relationship with it in today’s complex world.
CEO and Founder, Henrik Eklund, was AP’s Director of Digital Partnerships and Distribution in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia. Before joining AP, Henrik was the founder and CEO of Kamera – one of the world’s leading mobile and online distributors. Prior to Kamera, Eklund founded PAN Interactive, one of Europe’s leading game publishers and distributors.