Our journey from print to multimedia
Stavanger Aftenblad is a regional Norwegian daily paper started in 1893
and has a current circulation of 70.000.
Started the website in 1996 and the local tv station TV Vest in 1997.
Placed the digital activities in a new company called Aftenbladet
Multimedia in 2007.
Reached a new integration milestone by moving into new building in
downtown Stavanger in 2008. Will merge with mother company before
the end of 2009.
Why web tv?
Cheaper distribution than regular television
Increasing capacity – increased quality demand: Over 75 % of
households in Norway have broadband (+2mb)
The aim of any site is to build traffic, and you build traffic by offering
Broadcast tv is our starting point
Daily newscast anchored and looped
We sell ads, content and production
Potentially 300.000 viewers.
Rating 37% weekly
Distributing via cable, IP, web, terrestrial.
And from fall 2009: satellite.
First local station in Norway on HD
Integration started in two separate
Project involving paper/web staff and tv staff in 2006. At least 2 daily
reports from the start.
Spent almost a year doing hourly anchored newscasts on the web.
Focused on content management, technical processes and organisational
issues – less on commercial revenue.
Dedicated staff: Rotating most stills photographers as video collectors,
plus one web tv video journalist. And from tv staff: One producer and one
Web user pattern: Follow and lead
First lesson: Don’t do ”tv-tv” on the web. We ditched the daily newscast.
The other way around: Web material is often single source because it is
packaged together or embedded with text that include balancing sources.
Increase value and time spent on text stories by offering video related to
the stories. And vice versa.
Be prepared to offer higher quality as the difference between platforms
Broadcast and web – separate and
already have a
tv station –
don’t create a
It helps to be
Don’t let the tv
Make room for
Tools and methods
Panasonic HVX200 HD for most of
the video collection in addition to
bigger Panasonic ENG cameras.
Nokia N95 with Mobile Reporter video
file transmission system. In principle,
all our 100 journalists can become
video-correspondents in the field.
User generated material through
single MMS adress.
Volume: Weekly traffic levels
Date (week beginning) Item 1
1. Oct 20, 2008 - 25,974
2. Oct 27, 2008 - 31,661
3. Nov 3, 2008 - 49,468
Making money: The football case
Schibsted (including Aftenbladet) has
bought the rights for streaming live
Norwegian top league matches on its
Revenue from: subscription and single
match sales, ads and indirect effect of
increased site traffic.
In addition, we will expand our existing
minute by minute text and stats service
with immediate clips; goals, bookings,
Making money: New ideas on new
IP television is expanding rapidly in the Stavanger area, opening new
avenues for content development and revenue:
-Local proving ground for pay- for- content solutions
-Capacity almost without limits
-A locally based distributor with a humble attitude