US TV series acquires Christchurch website

A Christchurch-based science website has been bought for 'a significant sum' by the producers of a US public television series.

A Christchurch-based science website has been bought for "a significant sum" by the producers of a US public television series.

SciTechDaily Review has been operated for the past 18 months by South Pacific Information Services and currently attracts more than 50,000 visitors a month. The New York Times is among those to praise it.

The site has been acquired by the team behind Closer to the Truth, a 28-part TV series that aims to feature some of the best minds on the planet debating topics such as "How Will the Internet Change Humanity?", "What are the Grand Questions of Science?" and "Can We Really Look Ahead 25 Years?".

SPIS will continue to operate SciTechDaily under contract, hosting the site on one of its California-based servers.

SPIS managing editor Vicky Hyde says the tie-up with SciTechDaily Review gives CTT access to the best science and technology writing on the Web on a daily basis.

"SciTechDaily combines two strengths we have - clever use of automated web content delivery and an understanding of the importance of science and technology in all our lives," says Hyde. "We're delighted to be a part of this international effort."

The US series is supported by its own site, which carries streaming video, transcripts of all shows and discussion forums.

The thought-provoking television series is supported by the Closer to the Truth website, which carries streaming video, discussion forums and transcripts of all 28 shows.

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