This was a project that I set up from home. It was filmed by my ex partner Nicola, and kept me occupied and developed a nice little global audience. It cost me a fair bit of investment, especially where time was concerned. Every Sunday, I filmed an approximate ten minutes of video of me presenting the news. The project was originally a research project into the effectiveness of online video streaming. During its life, Newslip attracted a lot of different interest. I’m sure a lot of people laughed but some of my friends really loved it and put it as part of their weekly schedule.
As a research project it did achieve its aims and taught me about search engine optimisation on the Internet and also I learned a bit about video broadcasting. Newslip was heavily indebted to the BBC for both its source material and in BBC Breakfast and BBC News, its presenting techniques.
At its zenith I was approached by my online friend from Palestine to buy the whole company and website for repacking and broadcast presumably across the Middle East. Feras studied out in Belfast and was originally from Palestine. He used to love the show and when he approached me to buy Newslip we arranged for him to fly over. I spruced up my flat in Caldicot as he was coming to stay with Nicola and I. As he was flying out to Bristol airport and his plane was in the air, I was preparing to travel over there to meet him but unfortunately the door went at my flat and I got dragged off by Gwent Police and sectioned under Mental Health Act. I think the shrink at the time was probably Dr Darryl Watts. Not sure. It was around 2009. I was held incommunicado, no access to mobile phone. Feras turned up in Bristol, went through arrivals gate and I wasn’t there to collect him. He ended up spending three or four nights sleeping on the streets of Bristol before flying home and obviously the business didn’t go through. It really did upset me and is a life regret but the U.K. government, with its oppression of me as an individual makes virtually anything stable in business, education, research or music to be impossible. I was disillusioned and folded Newslip completely shortly afterwards.
Here is the final statement issued in Facebook Group: