Less than a week after announcing the appointment of CNN vet Harrison Bohrman as the first director of its live-streaming news network, BitTorrent revealed today that the new division, dubbed BitTorrent News, will make its official debut next week with coverage of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18–21. It will follow with coverage of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center and the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa., July 25–28.
BitTorrent News will present 10–12 hours of live coverage of the conventions each day, providing commentary on all the speeches, developments and issues raised or omitted.
“Television news has been stagnating for some time,” said Erik Schwartz, VP of media for BitTorrent, Inc., in a statement. “It’s having trouble appealing to a generation that grew up online. We’re building BitTorrent News to solve that problem. We are using superior data and tools and the Silicon Valley ethos of lean startup to build a nimble news organization that will learn quickly from user behavior.”
BitTorrent News also revealed the other members of its team, who will be on the ground at the conventions:
- Michael Shure: former Chief Political Correspondent for Al Jazeera America
- James Reinl: journalist, most recently with Al Jazeera English
- Rita Chan: producer, most recently with Al Jazeera and Fox News
- Alice Anil: documentary filmmaker and journalist, covers policy for Know Bullshit
- Justin Robert Young: podcaster, journalist, and comedian
- Doc Stodden: professor of political science
BitTorrent News will be available on the multi-channel app BitTorrent Live, which is currently available on Apple TV and OS X, with other platforms set to be introduced soon.
BitTorrent News also plans to cover the worlds of action and alternative sports, with segments that allow the athletes to tell their stories directly, the first of which will focus on Sara Price, one of the winningest racers in motorsports.