Veronica Belmont to Leave Mahalo Daily

Veronica Belmont announced on her blog today that she is leaving web startup Mahalo, where she hosts the Mahalo Daily video show. Belmont would not yet specify what her “exciting new projects” will be, but we’ll get back to you when she does.

Update: Belmont tells us via email:

“Unfortunately, there isn’t much more I can say about the
projects themselves. They will be in the technology space, however,
and based in the San Francisco area (which is definitely a plus —
traveling back and forth was putting a bit of a strain on me). Mahalo
Daily will continue to be produced with new hosts, and there’s
certainly no bad blood there!”

Mahalo Daily had only launched in November; we broke the news last summer that Belmont was leaving CNet to join Mahalo. We’ll try to round up some viewership stats, but from where we sit it seems like the show’s efforts to condense footage from events like Steve Jobs’ Macworld keynote and the Academy Awards (e.g. “The Oscars in 60 Seconds“) have been among its most successful episodes. It’s a good public service that doesn’t require a charismatic host.

Regarding the viewership stats, Belmont tells us (again, via email) daily episodes receive 35,000 to 50,000 views through blip.tv, and up to 7,000 views on YouTube.

Mahalo Daily was meant to complement Mahalo’s larger project, a searchable guide to the web.

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