Dacre exits Ten Alps to launch own start-up

1 11 2007

Former ITV News editor Nigel Dacre has left Bob Geldof’s indie Ten Alps, where he had been spearheading digital initiatives, reports C21 Media.

Dacre, who helped launch Teachers TV — the U.K.’s first truly multiplatform play — and latterly oversaw the development of nichecasting internet services Public TV, local government channel Kent TV, Vets TV and Peace Channel TV (expected to launch in 2008).

Dacre has already raised initial funding for Inclusive Digital, his own venture, which will offer and end-to-end service from video production to website management.

“The internet TV business is growing at a rapid pace, and I think the next 12 months will be crucial in the development of the sector,” Dacre said.

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YouTube for South Asian enertainment

22 08 2007

Bodvod, the company which aggregates South Asian video entertainment content for the Cox and Time Warner cable networks in the U.S. has expanded its presence with the creation of Saavn, a video sharing site featuring Bollywood movie clips and music videos.

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So far the site is little more than an online upsell to its cable VOD offer, so it’ll be interesting to track its progress in becoming a destination in its own right. For now, the offer feels pretty thin and symptomatic of many of these new emerging offers: a strong multi-platform distribution strategy (the company also has deals with iTunes and Amazon), but an under-developed content proposition.