Monday, November 20, 2006

Wish I could be like him

New York Times, Nov. 20, 2006--"When people in the television news business want to find out what’s going on in their industry, they turn to a blog called TVNewser. But while the executives obsessively checking TVNewser are mostly high powered and highly paid, the person who creates it is not: he is Brian Stelter, a baby-faced 21-year-old at Towson University here, a few miles north of Baltimore.

"Mr. Stelter’s blog (, a seven-day-a-week, almost 24-hour-a-day newsfeed of gossip, anonymous tips, newspaper article links and program ratings, has become a virtual bulletin board for the industry.

"It is read religiously by network presidents, media executives, producers and publicists, not for any stinging commentary from Mr. Stelter, whose style is usually described as earnest, but because it provides a quick snapshot of the industry on any given day. Habitués include [NBC news anchor] Brian Williams and Jonathan Klein, the president of CNN’s domestic operations, who long ago offered up his cellphone number to Mr. Stelter.

"Mr. Stelter originally started the blog under the name Cablenewser. He concealed his identity so that his growing audience would take him seriously. 'People thought I was a bald, disgruntled 40-something executive,' he said. 'I think I’m balding, but that’s it.'

"In July 2004 he was hired by, a journalism Web site that runs a number of popular blogs. (Mr. Stelter declined to disclose his salary, but he has said before that it is more than enough to cover his college expenses.) Since then his audience has expanded substantially — the site had 821,000 page views in October 2006, up from 150,000 in July 2004. In September, thanks to [Katie] Couric’s premiere at CBS, TVNewser had record traffic of 1.2 million page views."

Read more here.

Then again, I blog mostly about theater. The day a Pinoy theater blog reaches 800,000 page views a month is the day I give up and start blogging about a more obscure topic--bonsai cactus growing, perhaps. Where's the romance without the struggle, after all? (Smile)


Swipe said...

Wow! I wish I were him too. He must have a lot of free time to just watch TV news all the time. Thanks for the link.

Anonymous said...

as someone commented.. paltan mo na lang kya si Nestor Torre?

bakit di ka na lang bigyan ng inquirer ng sarili mong column?


snglguy said...

Patience my friend. Who knows? One day your blog might indeed surpass the benchmark 800,000 hits a month. :-)

gibbs cadiz said...

hey SWIPE, guess what? he's a full-time student, too! :)

JOEY, wag na, ayos lang. musta ka na diyan sa bangkok? :)

SNGLGUY, hehe, just wondering aloud. but thanks anyway. how are you doing? :)

snglguy said...

Been better, but still hanging on... :-)

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