The Guardian's Roy Greenslade reports that the self-appointed Crimean prime minister has closed a Ukrainian television station, 1 + 1, and replaced the frequency with a Russian channel, Rossiya. The channel's broadcast has been terminated, although it is available on cable, satellite and online. In recent days armed guards have barred journalists from entering the peninsula and have been detained as Russia wrests control of the local broadcaster.
It took a few days, but others are weighing in on Marc Andreessen's vision of a wildly larger and more robust news business. Andreessen wrote last week of an exponentially larger news business with a massive audience grasp that would yield a vibrant business model, essentially a giant Twitter stream of benefit for all. But Ryan Chittum, writing for Columbia Journalism Review, and Rick Edmonds, writing for Poynter, do not exactly concur. Chittum says the problem is that the Internet has unbundled advertising from content, and there is no putting them back together. Edmonds says there is too much competition to suggest the news business will grow heavily.
Getty Images announced Wednesday it is opening its vault of 35 million photos to permit a limited free use of them online. Kristen Hare, writing for Poynter, nots the limits are notable: non-commercial blogs will embed them, Twitter to share them, and Tumblr pages will feature them. In the days ahead it is likely many will test the boundary, but it is a major step forward for amateurs who want better images to augment their posts.