Kempton presents U_News@4 promo video for Sarah Hill of KOMU-TV from Calgary, Canada

Thursday, 15 September, 2011

U_News@4 #SarahHill

I created a promo video from Calgary, Canada at Glenmore Reservoir (Google Satellite Map) and Heritage Park (Google Street View) for Sarah Hill‘s KOMU U_News@4. Check it out.

Kempton presents U_News@4 for Sarah Hill of KOMU-TV from Calgary, Canada

HT: Credit goes to my Google+ friend +Mike Downes‘s promo video (see here) for inspiring me to bring the beautiful Glenmore Reservoir and Heritage Park to U_News@4 viewers.


First KOMU Interactive U_News@4 Sept 12th premiere show + Uncensored & Unedited Making of video!

Monday, 12 September, 2011

Traditional TV news is like a One-Way Street where U are a recipient of information.  U_News@4 is a revolutionary interactive TV news show where it lets you talk back! A Two-Way Street!

U_News@4 #SarahHill

Want to see how the revolutionary interactive U_News@4 is made? Watch this uncensored and unedited behind the scene Making of KOMU U_News@4 Sept 12th premiere (including the pre-show meeting and post-show discussion). Feel free to jump around different part of the video as the video is long.

Co-hosts of the Sept 12th premiere: +Michael Mozart +Kempton Lam +pio dal cin +Jen Reeves+Chad LaFarge +Aaron Fuhrman +Joseph Puglisi +Kim Beasley +Laurent Jean Philippe Ravalec

Quoting +Sarah Hill‘s after-show posting (emphasis added),

“Wow…what an incredible experience with U_News tonight! Google Plus Hangout guests from around the world co-hosted our newscast. A guest from France gave his account of the blast at the nuclear plant. A guest from Italy shared how G+ Hangout is enabling him to get news….and a guest from New York shared the mood in his city the day after the 9/11 anniversary. The Hangout technology worked beautifully and we even had viewers questioning whether the people on the news were “really from France, Italy and Canada”. We will get video of today’s U_News show posted shortly. Thanks to our co-hosts for being part of broadcast history! A new set of co-hosts will join us tomorrow.”

Sept 17 update: You can download and watch the entire KOMU U_News@4 first show from this link. [HT Jen Reeves] You can watch the entire Thur Sept 15, 2011 behind the scene Making of U_News@4 show here. [HT Michael Mozart for recording]


KOMU U_News@4 premiers today (Sept 12th) 4pm CST – User-generated promos – Love Is In The Air, Everywhere I Look Around

Monday, 12 September, 2011

A traditional TV news show is one that talks to you. You learn about the news form the show. A One-Way Street.

An interactive TV news show is one that talks to you AND lets you talk back to it! A Two-Way Street!

U_News@4 #SarahHill

Ground Breaking U_News@4

In the ground-breaking KOMU U_News@4 premiering today (Sept 12th) 4pm CST, Sarah Hill, an eight time Emmy award winning reporter, will use Google+ Hangout to co-host the show with people from around the world. Sarah‘s co-hosts will appear via G+ Hangout video in the studio on her 52 inch monitor!

Love Is In The Air, Everywhere I Look Around

For days before U_News@4 launches . Sarah‘s co-hosts from around the world have been spreading the word about the show. And showing their love and passion about U_News@4. Here are some sample video clips, articles and interview, and many many photos! Enjoy.

User-generated promotional videos from UK and Canada

+Mike Downes presents U News from Kenilworth Castle KOMU TV Sarah Hill [via Mike Downes]

U_News@4 Sarah Hill, hangouts with Bill Shatner and Ricky Gervais

User-generated articles and video interview

Kim Beasley’s article, “Learn How To Broadcast A Newscast Via Google Hangout – Technorati TV

Kempton Lam’s article and video interview, “Interview with Sarah Hill – KOMU-TV Google+ Hangouts and new interactive U_News@4 show

User-generated promotional photos from around the world

In alphabetical order, the photo links: Al Navas – U Sign, Bruce Garber – U Sign, Bruce Garber – We’re Listening To “U” – promo, Chad LaFarge – U Sign, Dan Weil – U Sign, Haley Brueck – U SignJen Reeves – U SignJoseph Puglisi – Bill promo, Kempton Lam – Sarah, Bill, Ricky U_News@4 promo, Kempton Lam – U Sign, Kim Beasley – U Sign, Laurent Jean Philippe Ravalec – U_News@4 Sarah on Moon promo, Laurent Jean Philippe Ravalec – U_News@4 TIME promo, Mike Downes – U_News from Kenilworth Castle promo, pio dal cin – U Sign, Robert Anderson – U Sign, Robert Redl – U Sign, Steve Oberman – U Sign.

(note: a few of the above Google+ links may have limited access, their photos are included below.)

Al Navas - U Sign

Bruce Garber - U Sign

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Interview with Sarah Hill – KOMU-TV Google+ Hangouts and new interactive U_News@4 show

Tuesday, 6 September, 2011

U_News@4 #SarahHill

Ground breaking interactive U_News@4

This afternoon, I had the pleasure to interview Sarah Hill, KOMU-TV 5pm news and the new U_News@4 anchor. I asked Sarah to travel back in time to July to share with us her first experiences with Google+ Hangouts. I also asked Sarah to tell us what she had to do to convince the bosses at KOMU to give Google+ Hangout a try. Sarah also talked about the origin of the concept of the new show U_News@4, launching in a few days on Sept 12th 4pm CST, and the various segments of the new show.

Here is my video interview with Sarah. Enjoy.

Also have a watch of U_News@4 #SarahHill Preview.

Concluding Thoughts

One of the Quotes I Love is,

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.” – a quote by Arthur Miller

In light of Sarah‘s innovative and expert use of Google+ Hangouts, I think this makes perfect sense.

A good hangout, I suppose, is a world talking to itself.

Additional news & articles references

* Sept 6, 2011, “U_News Test Drive Makes International Headlines“. Here is an excerpt,

“U_News provides a new digital forum for U to personally share your news, opinions, kudos and community events. Our viewers will essentially co-host this newscast.”

* My previous two articles “KOMU Sarah Hill Google+ Hangouts – General insights” and “Technical Insights and Ideas to Reshape Newsrooms“.

* July 7, 2011, “KOMU Airs Live Google Plus Video Chat

KOMU became the 1st local television station Thursday to air a live on-air Google Plus video chat.

The group video chat is called “Hangout” and it aired live during KOMU 8 News at 5. Google viewers were able to share their experiences with this new social networking site on-air with television viewers.”


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