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Salem-News.com Live Video Newscast Weeknights at 7:00 P.M. (VIDEO)

Just hit the 'play' button to the right (center of video screen) to watch our live 7:00 p.m. newscast with Bonnie King.

Salem-News.com's Bonnie King
Salem-News.com's Bonnie King

(SALEM, Ore.) - We began broadcasting live news on Salem-News.com two weeks ago, and that live 7:00 p.m. program will return Friday night, September 18, 2009, with news presenter/anchor Bonnie King.

The ability to deliver live news on the Internet to a mass audience is a relatively new concept. We are using the group Justin.tv out of the Bay Area, to bring the program to you.

When we started Salem-News.com five years ago, I quickly learned that without millions of dollars to spend, there was no way that a live newscast could be presented to more than a scant number of people.

Today, we can reach ten thousand without blinking an eye. Then, we can take that show that we just aired live, and publish the clip so it can be watched at any time in the future just like a YouTube video.

Bonnie and I have been involved in television news for over twenty years, and the ability to deliver this product, which is very similar to the type of newscast you normally see on television, is a unique breakthrough for our organization.

We are trying to get the bugs out of our system, as would be expected. In our world, that involves getting a teleprompter to communicate with a separate computer, dialing in our chroma key machine, learning how to properly get video out of computer editors and onto tape for broadcast, etc.

Our system marries older technologies with some of the very newest in the world. It poses interesting challenges that are sometimes met with ease, sometimes not.

Interestingly, the Internet lends itself very well to the 4x3 video frame size of traditional television. I suspect that Web television will breathe new life into older cameras that are perfectly usable, but do not shoot in the current 16x9 frame size.

We are curious as to what our viewers think of the new program, we also would like to know what time the live program(s) will best serve the needs of those who watch. Please feel free to leave feedback on this subject and you can email your thoughts if you don't want to leave a comment. The email address to our newsroom is: newsroom@salem-news.com.

In the near future, we will bring our correspondents into the program live from around Oregon, the nation, and the rest of the world. What we can do, will make television look like a real thing of the past. That will take some time, but we do expect to rewrite the way television news is done, particularly when it comes to live shots from the field.

Please look for us Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, and hit the "play" button to see Bonnie live. Hopefully we will find a way around that button soon. Please remember that we are in Beta testing phase, and we appreciate your patience when it comes to technical mistakes. Also, we are not running at our full quality setting; the actual video quality should take a step forward this week.

We may be 100% Internet, but our program is 100% television news, on the Internet, with more convenience than TV could ever boast, although Tivo and that concept is similar. With Salem-News.com, we store the video with the help of Justin.tv, and you just watch it anytime that is good for you.

We will be calling area businesses in an effort to bring advertising revenue to this program, if you want to see your business in this program at a very reasonable cost, then write to our advertising team: adsales@salem-news.com.

Here is the recorded version of our program from Friday, September 11th 2009, with Bonnie King:

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