Is the BBC's global tweet-in "the future of news"?

Posted: 19 Mar 2010   Print   Send a link
"The BBC is hosting a 'six hour snapshot of a global conversation as it unfolds' today, simultaneously translating Web2.0rhea contributions into several languages including Chinese, Arabic and Persian. Producer Mark Sandell told us there would be as few barriers to topics as he could get away with. Sandell produces World Have Your Say, a weekly participation show on BBC World Service. The event will be filmed and recorded. Other languages for the massively parallel Tweet-in are Indonesian, Spanish and Portuguese. It's part of the BBC's no-expenses-spared Superpower season. ... Mark seemed very enthusiastic. We felt quite the party-poopers asking whether he thought that the BBC, which is in a unique position to tell us stuff we didn't know, was copping out of its duties by hosting what was in effect a giant bulletin board? How about, um... telling us something new? Was this the future of news, then? 'I'm not disagreeing with that,' said Sandell. 'I wouldn't dream of turning World Service into 24 hours of World Have Your Say ... the two go hand in glove.'" Andrew Orlowski, The Register, 18 March 2010.
     "Direct, real-time communication among politicians and the public through social media platforms is reshaping democracy and the news media, but questions remain about how the fabric of society might change as a result, argued a panel at an event hosted by the BBC on Tuesday evening at Westminster. ... The panel was chaired by Peter Horrocks, director of BBC global news, and included Pooneh Ghoddoosi, a presenter with BBC’s Persian service and Peter Barron, director of communications for Google in north and central Europe. BBC is producing a series about the Internet titled 'Superpower'." Julie Mollins, Reuters, 17 March 2010.