U.K. media news: Guardian strikes deal with Dailymotion; Channel 4's Dispatches looks into 'click farms'; journalist vote in favor of 'industrial action' at the Independent
TheGuardian has inked a deal with the video sharing website Dailymotion to launch a video channel.
“The Guardian produces a large amount of high quality video content,” said Tina Westland, content sales manager, multimedia, Guardian News & Media. “Having a separate dedicated Guardian channel on Dailymotion will provide us with a new platform to share this output with an even wider audience”.
Channel 4’s Dispatches program will air an exposé on Monday on ‘click farms’ in Bangladesh. Click farms are accused of paying low wages to workers to “like” Facebook pages for brands and and other businesses.
Shareyt.com, one of the companies profiled, has its workers to mass click to boost the profile of its clients on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites.
Journalists at the Independent have voted “Yes” to take what they call industrial action over threats by the newspaper to institute layoffs.
Members of the National Union for Journalists voted overwhelmingly to take the action following the rather silly actions of the editor Amol Rajan who warned that a vote in favor of action would show “very little confidence” that journalists were committed to the future of the newspaper.
“There’s a lot of talk about the vision for the future,” Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said. “It’s looking like one in which there simply isn’t the resources to produce hard-hitting quality journalism in print and online; where experience and commitment is disregarded; and where the workforce is paid bargain basement salaries and is fearful and compliant. This doesn’t represent the founding principles of the Independent and it doesn’t square with what readers expect of these titles.
“Industrial action is a last resort and it’s shameful that the Independent management is unwilling to properly engage with their staff and is refusing sensible proposals that could easily avert a dispute. To refuse to extend the consultation process and refuse to conciliate at ACAS is unreasonable and unnecessary. Less machismo and more common sense would be a much more productive way forward.”