In 1994, The New York Times bought a videojournalism business I had founded called VNI, Video News International.
I had equipped 100 journalists around the world with Hi-8 this was a long timea ago video cameras with the idea that they could create video for TV. This was before the Internet did video.. or really before anyone had ever heard of the web. I became the President of New York Time Television.
Without a web, the only destination for NY Times videos would be TV. So we set about trying to get The New York Times on the air. Joe Lelyveld, the Managing Editor the the newspaper said that we could not come into the newsroom. He also said that he did not even own a TV. This was off to a bad start.
We made a deal with PBS and NPR to create a TV version of NPR s All Things Considered, but with New York Times reporters doing the video stories.