Michael van Poppel
|Michael van Poppel|
|Born||Michael Gerardus Johannes van Poppel
December 20, 1989
Tilburg, the Netherlands
|Occupation||President, BNO News|
Van Poppel ran a popular Twitter-based news service called BreakingNewsOn from May 13, 2007 until December 1, 2009, at which time it had nearly 1.5 million followers. The service is best known for acquiring and selling an authentic Osama bin Laden video to Reuters in September 2007 It also scooped the regular news organizations with its live accounts of the 2008 Lincolnshire earthquake in February 2008. The Twitter account was eventually acquired by MSNBC.com.
In a press release in late November 2009, Van Poppel announced plans to launch a news wire service. The news wire service launched in January 2010 with MSNBC.com as its first client. Other news organizations bought subscriptions to the service soon after.
- "MSNBC's Dutch Tweet", Forbes, January 25, 2010
- "The new newswire: A Dutch student called Michael", Jakarta Post, March 3, 2008
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