Ruth Mitchell

North stars head up internet news show

A pioneering internet TV service has announced that two of the North East’s biggest broadcasting names will anchor its weekly news roundup. has signed up ITV news reporter Kim Inglis and Sky Sports’ Ingrid Hagemann. The service was launched last night at Codeworks Connect’s Digital Media 360 conference in Newcastle.

Speaking about the deal, Kim Inglis said: “I’m thrilled to be involved with this project. Privately I’m a bit of a technophobe but not to the extent that I can’t look to the future and see the different ways in which our news will be delivered.

“It’s really exciting to be part of the launch and it’s just fantastic to see innovative moves like this happening in our corner, the North East of England. I look forward to getting some feedback once people start receiving their business news from us.”

The free internet TV service is a joint venture between bdaily Ltd (which recently de-merged from its parent company, communications agency The bgroup) and film company twenty first century media.

The new service intends to tap into the increasing demand for Internet TV and Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), which some experts predict will be worth £977 billion by the end of the decade.

As well as providing an overview of the week’s top news stories, the new channel will also feature profiles of local companies and interviews with business personalities from the North East.

A taster of what is to come is available to view at, and the full service will begin in earnest in March 2007.

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