Page last updated at 16:57 GMT, Friday, 9 October 2009 17:57 UK

One billion hits a day on YouTube

Tony Blair on YouTube
Tony Blair launched Downing Street's official YouTube channel in 2007.

YouTube now gets over a billion hits a day, according to a new video blog post by the founder of the website.

Chad Hurley's blog marks the third anniversary of YouTube's controversial acquisition by Google.

The site was bought by Google in 2006 for $1.65bn - a price it later described as "a premium".

Earlier this year YouTube was at the centre of a content row over the amount of royalties it paid to musicians for hosting music videos.

Six months later the dispute was resolved when Google agreed to pay UK royalty collecting body PRS for Music an undisclosed lump sum.

Music videos reappeared for British YouTube visitors in September.

Mr Hurley co-founded the website in 2004 with Steve Chen and Jawed Karim.

They met while employees at online pay service PayPal.

"We wanted to create a place where anyone with a video camera, a computer, and an internet connection can share their life, art, and voice with the world, and in many cases they can make a living from doing so," Mr Hurley said, reflecting on YouTube's original aims.

Print Sponsor

Google bosses on trial in Italy
30 Sep 09 |  Technology
Web makes Tajik migrant a star
09 Oct 09 |  Asia-Pacific

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific