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TLDR News Funding

TLDR News Funding


TLDR is primarily funded and supported by our viewers. We gain income from ad revenue and donations from our fans. You can learn more by watching our video on the topic:




TLDR’s Funding Policy:

One of the core principles of TLDR is that we are an independent and unbiased organisation. In many ways that’s the least you can expect from a news organisation, but it’s becoming increasingly rate, and that’s kind of understandable. We now live in a world where most people no longer pay for news, and a lot of people get a majority of their news through social media.

We truly believe in keeping TLDR independent from other large news organisations (we’ve had to turn down a couple of very lucrative offers) and maintaining our content’s authentic unbiased voice. To ensure these principles stand firm we have a few core guidelines

  • TLDR has no plans to ever merge with another news entity. If it ever did, this would be highly publicised and we would do everything to ensure you’re aware of the change.
  • No company, government, political party or individual will ever have control over the content we produce. We will never accept money change/adjust our content. We will never give anyone creative control over our content. We will never offer any interviewee final say over the content we produce.
  • TLDR will never allow any company, government, political party or individual to sponsor content which too closely aligns with the topic of the content. For example, if we were to cover the Labour Party’s Manifesto, this content would never be sponsored by any individual or group affiliated with the Labour Party.

Things would be easier if we didn’t have to accept any outside money, but unfortunately that’s not the world we live in. Spend 10 minutes speaking to one about the online media environment and you will one thing come up time and again; the importance of diversified income streams. For online businesses (and more traditional enterprises) having one source of income is never a good thing. We don’t want to rely solely on fan contributions or YouTube advertising revenue; you could suddenly stop donating or YouTubes algorithm could change against us. So thats why on this page you will hear us discuss a variety of funding channels. We deliberately are trying to increase the channels in order to minimise risk. For the sake of simplicity the core funding channels for TLDR in order of the contribution they make are:

  • YouTube Advertising Revenue
  • Donations Through Patreon
  • Donations Through PayPal
  • Google Adsense Revenue (from this website)
  • Merchandise Sales (TLDR, Opinionated)
  • Branded Content


Support TLDR via Patreon:

Patreon is a simple way to give monthly donations to TLDR. As we grow we require a consistent, diversified income and our backer’s support through Patreon really helps to facilitate that. In return we give our backers great perks; like early access to videos, the power to vote on video topics, exclusive behind the scenes information, producer credit and exclusive TLDR merch. To learn more head over to our Patreon Account.


Support TLDR via Paypal:

Some of our fans don’t want to donate through Patreon. That might be because they don’t want to sign up for an ongoing payment plan or they disagree with Patreon’s business practices. Either way we wanted to let these people support TLDR in another way. Your donations through PayPal really help us grow the business and reach more people. You might not get any bonus perks by donating this way, but you still get our sincere gratitude.

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Adverts Placed on TLDR Content:

The majority of TLDR’s income comes from the adverts placed on our content. TLDR viewers enjoying our content and watching the ads alongside them, really allows this whole thing to be possible.

We currently do not hand select the adverts or advertisers, all on this website and on YouTube are placed by Google.  In turn Google gives us a cut of the advertising revenue earned.

As we don’t select the advertisers, we have limited control over the adverts which appear on our content. Google allows us to block certain categories of adverts, and we have done so. Some examples of this include:

  • Political Adverts – The entire brand mission of TLDR is to create unbias and non-partisan content. Having political adverts next to our content runs directly against that goal.
  • Gambling Adverts – TLDR wants to help inform you and let you make better decisions. We don’t believe that promoting potentially damaging behaviours such as gambling fits with that objective.
  • Adverts Related to Spirituality, Horoscopes and Tarot Reading – Although TLDR supports and promotes self expression and free thought, we also highly value empirical evidence. We want TLDR to be a source of well researched factual content, so having adverts for more subjective and less proven techniques (such as those listed) is contrary to that mission.

This is not an exhaustive list, but merely attempts to show some of the categories of adverts we don’t allow and the reasoning for this. If you see any adverts on any of our content which you don’t think we’d approve of please let us know. A number of our advertising policies have been shaped by viewers who have highlighted issues we had. If you do want to contact us regarding this please email using the subject line ‘Advertising’


Branded Content and Brand Deals:

As mentioned in the Funding Policy section of this page, having a diversified income stream is incredibly important for TLDR’s long term success and security. Therefore custom deals and arrangements with brands can be incredibly helpful.

We only choose to work with companies which we feel fit with the TLDR brand, and with the videos they fit alongside.

Currently we have ongoing agreements with:

  • NordVPN – NordVPN is all about making smart decisions online. They encourage you to better understand the risks you’re taking and make an informed decision to protect yourself (or not). This fits perfectly in line with TLDR’s mission to inform viewers while allowing them to reach their own conclusions. In addition to this the NordVPN promotion fits alongside the technology news we create at TLDR News and is a natural fit for the content.


Funding for Estonian Videos:

Our recent trip to Estonia was entirely possible due to our fans. We were able to cover the costs of travel, equipment and hotels due to the generosity of our Patreon backers and the advertising revenue earned from YouTube. All of the major costs were paid by THREE26 LTD (the parent company of TLDR News). The only exceptions to this were the costs of travelling between interviews and one meal, which were paid for by the city of Tallinn and Visit Estonia. All other costs were covered by THREE26 LTD to avoid biasing our reporting.


Did We Make That Clear?

The whole point of this page is to make our approach to financials and funding as clear as possible. If you do have any further questions, or think any section of this page needs greater detail please let us know. Please email using the subject line ‘Funding’