TVNZ's Internet chief was elated last night at the performance of TV One's special Apec Website, which, along with news stories and archive video, hosted live streaming coverage of keynote addresses from Chinese president Jiang Zemin and US president Bill Clinton.
The Apec project has been a key test of TVNZ's plans to model itself as an Internet broadcaster for an international audience. TVNZ's John Marks said limited forward promotion meant "we did not stream to millions, but we proved that the Internet is making the world a very small news pond."
As well as the preseidential broadcasts, Marks singled out the hosting of the Holmes show's interview with Canadian mountie George Clanfield, who spoke from inside the UN compound in Dili on Friday night, as providing "a real sense of achievement. I can claim to have one of the best Internet production teams in the world. These young journalists in a remote corner of the world are capturing Apec and the East Timor crisis and are pushing the Internet to its limits as an instant news service."
The last of the live broadcasts from the site will be Prime Minister Jenny Shipley's leaders' declaration today.
The TV One Apec site is at: