Saturday 24 February 2018

Gerry Shih: Trouble brews as YouTube turns away from amateur stars that made the site a hit

Bangladesh has reportedly blocked YouTube to prevent people from seeing an anti-Islam video
Bangladesh has reportedly blocked YouTube to prevent people from seeing an anti-Islam video

AFTER struggling for years, in late 2010, Driving Sports TV, a scrappy, two-person video production outfit led by Ryan Douthit, finally began supporting itself with advertising income from YouTube.

It didn't matter that the channel's production set was simply a green screen in Douthit's cramped garage in a leafy Seattle suburb; Driving Sports TV's revenues were roaring like the rally car engines it featured.

Achieving self-sufficiency on YouTube was Douthit's dream. Then it became a nightmare.

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