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How the Young Turks thinks it will ‘destroy the old media’ (audio)

Heard of the Young Turks? No? Well, according to its founder you will soon, because it’s going to demolish the mainstream media in America. In fact, it could win an online poll against Jesus, he said.

The ‘first live, daily webcast on the internet,’ the alternative show has had over 207 million views on YouTube. It charges $10 a month for its full content option; and takes $2.5 for every 1,000 views on YouTube.

During one of the liveliest parts of the day at yesterday’s Guardian Changing Media Summit, at the final keynote roundtable, Cenk Uygur (pictured left) said:

“Old media is a lot of trouble. It’s a question of what’s going to survive and what’s not going to survive. Are newspapers in America going to survive? Hell no, no way.”

  • Audio – with audience and panel reaction

Newspapers might have only ten per cent of the advertising revenue next year (down from around 50 per cent in the 1950s, Uygur said) but that was too much in his opinion: “It shouldn’t be anywhere near 10 per cent. As they say here in Britain that’s mental.”

Shaking off a heckler, Uygur said that his online talkshow’s content could easily compete: “NBC’s content is nowhere near as good as mine”.

But the best quote: “Our viewers are awesome; we call them the TYT army: we can never lose an online poll. We can do an online poll against Jesus and we will win.”

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  • kev

    Keep up the fight Cenk!!

  • john delaney

    tyt is grrrreat! Im from the UK and listen to cenk most nights… 12-3. He speaks a lot of sense, and is an intelligent and warm person. Keep up the good work

  • Ben

    go get ’em Cenk!

  • Brennan

    TYT FTW!!!


  • skdnow

    Speaking of journalism – how about actually including a picture of Cenk Uygur in your reporting?! The person pictured is an occasional guest host!

  • Old media is dead already (or at best, coughing up blood). It simply doesn’t know it yet. The Young Turks are a great example of modern content delivery. Dismiss the comments of Cenk at your peril.


  • @skdnow good point! I’ve added one in now, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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