RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The time has come for WRAL Local Tech Wire to take the next step in its now 5 ½ year history in terms of providing content to our readers.

Today, LTW formally launches not one but two regular video features as part of its content lineup.

At approximately 8 a.m. each business day, we will offer an update about news of the moment. For example, today the subject is free speech and businesses involved in operations overseas with Yahoo entangled in a lawsuit about its acknowledged providing of information that led to the imprisonment of a reporter in China.

Then around noon each day LTW will air a feature interview with a leader – or leaders – in the technology business. Several interviews have already been posted online, with subject matter ranging from information security to marketing and corporate wellness.

The intent of providing these videos is to augment the content we already provide with additional news and information.

Given that LTW is part of Capitol Broadcasting and WRAL.com, adding video and over time additional multimedia features makes sense. We are responding to a growing number of requests from readers to provide information in more ways, and we hope you watch.

To help readers and viewers, we’ve also created a special page where the 15 most recent videos will be available. All the videos will be archived and can be found through use of our Web site search engine.

The daily videos also are made available on demand through WRAL.com on the Business page.

What about podcasts? We’re working on that offering as well.

Suggestions on interview topics are welcome. So is feedback on how to make these features better.

Send your comments to rsmith@wral.com