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BBC

First All-User Generated News Programme

— November 28, 2006 — World
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....
Trend Themes
1. User-generated News - Opportunity for media companies to incorporate user-generated content into their news programming, allowing for more diverse perspectives and potentially increased engagement.
2. Popular Demand - Opportunity for media companies to leverage technology to analyze user engagement and determine popular stories for news programming.
3. Video Blogging - Opportunity for media companies to incentivize user-generated videos by offering exposure to potential audiences of millions of viewers.
Industry Implications
1. Media - Incorporating user-generated content into their news programming could disrupt the traditional model of centralized news production and democratize the media landscape.
2. Technology - Developing advanced algorithms and data analytics tools to analyze user engagement patterns could provide media companies with valuable insights to drive revenue and increase audience reach.
3. Marketing - Opportunity for marketing departments to leverage user-generated content as a powerful tool for building brand image, increasing advertising revenue, and achieving business goals.
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