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Sunday, October 23, 2005

"We don't own the news anymore"

Richard Sambrook, director of the BBC World Service and Global News Division, told a conference the broadcaster's prominent use of video and other material contributed by ordinary citizens signaled that the BBC was evolving from being a broadcaster to a facilitator of news.

"We don't own the news any more," Sambrook said. "This is a fundamental realignment of the relationship between large media companies and the public."

Sambrook likened the increasing use of user-generated news material to a sports game in which the crowd was not only invading the field but also seeking to participate in the game, fundamentally changing the sport.
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Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 10/23/2005 10:50:00 AM


Blogger Murray said...

In the same conference he cleverly pointed out that the sky was blue and grass green.

Tomorrow he will chair the debate on "Water, is wet or not?" issue.

10/23/2005 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger darren said...

The way he talks about "owning" the news makes him sound like some former Soviet Politbureau information chief.
It reeks of arrogance, not to mention lack of democratic accountability.
No-one "owns" the news.
But what is happening is that the traditional news media or MSM is losing its monopoly power, or monopolistic power, often granted under license from the state (say with tv and radio channels).
The internet and the blogs are democratising the media, increasing the choice and availability for the customers or end users.
The only way for the MSM to respond is by showing that as paid professionals that they can produce a quality product.
The MSM was meant to be the watchdog of the public (That's what I was told in journalsim school in the late 80s), but in many cases it has failed, by setting its own agendas or being captured by state or commercial interests.
Was Doonegate neglected because reporters fell under the spell of the PM? TV channels and other media also became too reliant on government advertising?
Thus, we need someone to watch the watchdog and that is where the joys of modern technology allow the public to get involved.
Thus, when terrorists attempt to blow up London tubelines, we get instant pictures.
If 3G cellphones with pictures were commonplace in Iraq, I wonder what that would do to the media coverage.
Ditto with New Orleans. I may have missed the 3G videophone coverage from the US, but I understand their phone services aren't as advanced as here and in Europe.

10/23/2005 04:05:00 PM  

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