Over the weekend Leo Laporte announced that the live stream of Tech news Today will move to 10 AM starting July 2. There are lots of internal scheduling reasons why this makes sense for us, but we paid close attention to what listeners/viewers hd to say too.
One valid concern was that the new time would not be convenient for people to watch live. While live audience still makes up a small percentage of our total audience, we also know the live audience is the most passionate and deserve to be heard. from what we can tell the attitude toward the time change is about 50/50. Some folks who had a hard time watching now are excited that they can watch at the new time. Others who find the current time perfect, are upset that they won't be able to watch live at the new time. It's always tough to make a change that upsets people, but given that it benefits as many people as not, it seems worth it.
The other concern is that the news would somehow be old at 10 AM. There is a fair concern that one time that is after market close is much better at summarizing the days news, but having done Buzz Out Loud for years at 10:30 AM, I have to say the difference is not that much. And it all depends on when you listen. People who like to listen to the show int he car on their morning commute already jokingly call us "Tech News Yesterday." Now they'll stop and people who like to listen to us on their evening commute home can take up the epithet.
But as for substantial content difference I thought I would provide and sample. It's 10:10 AM as I write this. In July we'd be 10 minutes into the show. I just finished making a draft lineup for this afternoon's TNT at 10. Two stories are still hot that we covered yesterday on TNT. The RIM financial outlook and the Google Chrome Books are two stories that would not have been in yesterday's TNT if we had done it at 10 AM.
However the rest of the lineup, which is made entirely of stories that broke after 3 PM Pacific yesterday are as follows:
Apple CEO Tim Cook in the Hot Seat at D http://allthingsd.com/20120529/live-apple-ceo-tim-cooks-first-time-in-the-hot-seat-at-d/
Mary Meeker unveils KPCB's Internet trends for 2012 http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57443686-93/mary-meeker-unveils-kpcbs-internet-trends-for-2012/
Doom 3 BFG Edition' will deliver the full Doom back catalog plus new levels http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/5/30/3051918/doom-bfg-edition-details
Zagat goes free with launch of Google+ Local http://paidcontent.org/2012/05/30/zagat-free-google-plus-local/
Cisco's Crystal Ball Reveals 19 Billion Internet Connections in 2016 http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/ciscos_crystal_ball_reveals_19_billion_internet_connections_2016
Microsoft makes Skype available to OEMs for preinstallation on PCs http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-makes-skype-available-to-oems-for-preinstallation-on-pcs/12806
News Fuse possibles:
Apple now selling Nest Learning Thermostat http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57443628-37/apple-now-selling-nest-learning-thermostat/
WSJ: Sony considered download-only next-gen console, but decided to keep optical drives http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/30/3052599/sony-download-only-next-gen-console
HTC One X, EVO 4G LTE Clear Customs After Apple Patent Spat http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2405021,00.asp
Creative unveils 'new genre' of audio device: Sound BlasterAxx http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57443493-1/creative-unveils-new-genre-of-audio-device-sound-blasteraxx/
"Google Nexus tablet appears in benchmarks, appears to run on quad-core Tegra 3
"Facebook doesn't support Chrome browser
Project Glass revealed to have physical trackpad along right arm (video) http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/30/project-glass-trackpad/
Simple.TV launches Kickstarter project, offers $300 Roku/antenna bundle http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7-57443672-221/simple.tv-launches-kickstarter-project-offers-$300-roku-antenna-bundle/
"New Apple TV OS to debut at WWDC, report says
Not all these stories will still be in the lineup come 3 PM. Other news will break between now and then. But I put this out there so concerned folks can see how the news cycle breaks down, and what the differences will be.
There will always be news breaking after we do a show, no matter when we do it. But there will always be 24 hours of news between shows from which to draw on and comment.
In any case, thanks for you feedback and criticisms. we may not always do what everybody wants us too, but the thoughtful and intelligent critiques always make us think hard about why and force us to always try to do what we think is best.