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Vid-Biz: BBC, Chatroulette, Howcast

BBC Signals an End to Era of Expansion; The BBC will close two radio stations, shut half its website and cut spending heavily on imported American programmes in an overhaul of services to be announced next month. (Times Online)

Did Chatroulette Just Launch the Interactive Video Conferencing Boom?; Traffic on the site has almost doubled in a week, and approximately 75 percent of users seem to fall into the 18-24 age group. (AdAge)

Video Startup Howcast Finds Traction with Sponsored Content; Howcast is producing branded instruction videos for several companies including Kodak and will soon produce a series for GE. (Beet.TV)

Time Warner Cable Joins Internet-Safety Group; Cable company has joined the Family Online Safety Institute, an organization dedicated to promoting “the online world safer for kids and their families” whose members include Comcast, AT&T and Verizon Communications. (Multichannel News)

Is Music Video Distribution Broken? And If So, What Can Be Done?; David Del Beccaro, CEO of Music Choice, said that major music labels should have created a system where everyone in the distribution chain could make money instead of launching Vevo. (Streaming Media)

Showtime Sports Gets Interactive with MMA On FiOS; Showtime Networks and Verizon will debut a high-definition interactive TV application Friday that uses the cable industry’s Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format spec. (Multichannel News)