It’s been less than two years since the July 7 bombing in London and Richard Sambrook telling us that the BBC no longer owns the news. Today we watch as the somewhat bizarre UK car bombing news rolls in. No longer does the BBC interview off screen and report on screen, instead – on News 24 – we hear members of the public interviewed live and replayed immediately. All of the good coverage appears to be mobile phone pictures and videos as above. We hear Peter Sissons say “John Smith from Glasgow says XX, Helen Jones from London say YY”.
It feels like as well as owning the responsbility of ensuring that they will fail, we really do now see organisations like the BBC as organising and filtering, not generating and controlling. One more thing to be proud of in our open society.