UN TV Launches on Broadband Video News Service, Livestation

--YouTube- and Record Label-Backed Music Video Venture, Vevo, Launches

Livestation, a UK-based company that streams live news from a range of international sources via browser and desktop player solutions (note: the company recently announced the launch of version 3.0 of its desktop software--see the article published on itvt.com, November 24th), contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that UN TV, the official TV channel of the United Nations, is now available on its service.

UNTV's content line-up includes coverage of key open meetings from UN headquarters, the daily briefings by the Secretary General's spokesperson and other major news conferences; as well as original TV productions, such as "21st Century," a monthly news magazine that focuses on human interest stories, and "UN in Action," a series of short features on the work of the UN and its agencies. UNTV also airs productions from the UN system's various agencies, funds and programs, as well as third-party programming such as "Global Connections," a talk show featuring UN officials. "We are very excited that UNTV will now be available to an international audience on Livestation," Ahmad Fawzi, director of the UN's News and Media division, said in a prepared statement. "The channel offers viewers a window on the deliberations of UN Member States and on its important work around the globe." Added Livestation CEO, Matteo Berlucchi: "We like to think that our service can help both majority and minority voices reach more people around the world. One of the key roles of the United Nations is to increase the global awareness of the important topics which are shaping our world today. By offering UN TV alongside BBC, Al Jazeera, Euronews and all our other international news partners we are sure we can help in this important task."

In other broadband video news: Vevo, the music video joint venture between YouTube, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Abu Dhabi Media and--as was announced earlier this week--EMI, went live Tuesday evening. As the service's launch has been widely covered in high tech trade publications and beyond, [itvt] will not cover it in this issue. We will instead refer our readers to Ben Parr's coverage in Mashable, which lists various facts and figures about the service that were revealed at its launch event in New York City; to Ryan Lawler's coverage in NewTeeVee, which adds some detail; and to Yinka Adegoke's coverage for Reuters, which provides some information on how Vevo will be monetized and includes quotes from an interview with its CEO, Rio Caraeff.

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