Tag Archives: Current TV

Current TV to air documentary on journalist’s imprisonment in North Korea

Tomorrow (19 May) Current TV will broadcast a special episode in its Vanguard series featuring an interview with Laura Ling, the Current journalist who was arrested and held in North Korea last year with producer Euna Lee while working on a human trafficking program.

The programme will air at at 10pm/9pm (CDT/CST). Here’s a trailer:

Mediaweek: Current TV cuts 80 staff across global offices

Current TV, the cable channel backed by former US vice president Al Gore, is to cut 80 full-time positions as part of a restructuring.

Jobs will be lost in Current’s Los Angeles, San Francisco and London offices. But Current says the cuts are not down to cost-cutting, but part of a ‘reallocation of resources’ and change to its programming, including more long-form programmes and bought-in content.

Full story at this link…

Last call for pitches to Current TV

A late call for correspondents and producers with ideas for UK-based, investigative, current affairs pieces – Current TV is looking for your pitches for its Sheffield Pitch 2009 event.

The deadline is tomorrow, but if you’re interested and can turn something around quickly here are the criteria:

  • A half-hour long slot
  • £5,000 budget
  • Pitches can only come from UK and Irish residents

Some questions from Current:

  • Why does this issue need to be investigated?
  • Who is your on- and off-screen talent and why?
  • How do you plan to tell your story? Who are your characters? What is your access?
  • What problems are you likely to face and how will you overcome them (including risk assessment)?

Pitches should be submitted using this form. Six finalists will be selected to attend a session at the Sheffield Documentary Festival on November 5 with the winner receiving £5,000 to make their programme for airing in 2010.

There are plenty of examples of the type of programmes Current is after – specifically its for the channel’s Vanguard output, which focuses on current affairs and investigative reporting.

US journalists released from North Korea

Last night, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the two US journalists who had been sentenced to 12 years hard labour in North Korea, were said to be heading home on Bill Clinton’s private jet, reports the Independent. Full story at this link.

AP video below: Euna Lee’s Family in Los Angeles.

Reuters: Detained Current journalist admits lawbreaking in Korea

Laura Ling, one of two Current TV journalists currently being held in North Korea, has admitted to breaking the law in a phonecall to her sister.

Ling told her sibling Lisa that the pair needed help from the US government to in fighting for amnesty.

Full story at this link…

NYTimes.com: N. Korea sentences American journalists to 12 years hard labour

Two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, have been sentenced to 12 years of hard labour in North Korea ‘in a case widely seen as a test of how far the isolated Communist state was willing to take its confrontation with the United States,’ the New York Times reports.

“Ms. Ling and Ms. Lee were on a reporting assignment from Current TV, a San Francisco-based media company co-founded by Al Gore, the former vice president, when they were detained by the soldiers.”

Full story at this link…

CNN: Current TV reporters to be tried in North Korea

Current TV reporters Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who were detained by North Korean authorities, will stand trial, the country’s state-run news service has reported.

The pair were originally taken into custody on March 17, for allegedly intending to commit ‘hostile acts’.

Full story at this link…

Alan Mutter: ‘3 jailed journalists, 2 very different reactions’

Alan Mutter asks, why has there been so little coverage of the detention of Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee by their own news organisation?

While NPR has pledged to highlight the case of its contributor, the jailed US-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi, other cases are not aided by media attention, according to Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Full post at this link…

Beet.TV: Why APIs are essential – CurrentTV’s Robin Sloan

Good explanation of APIs and how they can be used by third-party developers and as the foundations for media partnerships.

Trust your users and realise that they’re smarter than you think, adds CurrentTV’s Robin Sloan.

Full story at this link…