BitTorrent may launch its own TV news network, Variety reports, to run alongside the channels already available on its recently launched BitTorrent Live streaming platform. The publication cites a job listing posted by the company for a news director. The director would hire and manage a team of journalists working out of BitTorrent's San Francisco office, and develop a network of international contributors. "BitTorrent has recently launched a live video streaming platform," the ad reads. "Now we need a team to create a tent-pole live news channel to run on it."
The news channel could launch around the US election this fall, Variety says, but it may not run 24-hour rolling news in the style of current TV news stations, focusing instead on "political campaigns, sporting events, tech and cultural events." A news show would join smaller channels run by external companies such as the MMA-centric FightBox and Clubbing TV on the BitTorrent Live platform, which uses P2P technology to provide on-demand programming. The rumored channel would become the first directly produced by BitTorrent itself, and it would also compete against Newsmax TV, another cable news channel already available on the BitTorrent Live platform.