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First All-User Generated News Programme

By: Jacqueline Biggs - Published: Nov 28, 2006 • References: news.bbc and journalism
BBC News 24 has launched what is believed to be the first all user-generated news programme, 'Your News', featuring new stories made up from material sent in by the public. 'Your News', which began a pilot last week, contains stories judged the most popular with viewers on TV and the web. However, this is not the BBC's first foray into UGC arena are - a recent effort by the BBC's 'Newsnight' progamme to encourage viewers to make short videos flopped with very few entries sent in. Peter Barron, Newsnight editor, said: "What's surprising is that while many viewers are prepared to sit down and create lengthy and thoughtful blogs about what we're doing on 'Newsnight' - or what we should be doing - which will be read by about 50,000 hardened blog watchers, almost no one seems to want to commit those thoughts to video, with a potential audience of a million viewers." Time will tell if this easier mechanic has more success....