Well, it’s a bold move by terrestrial television channels to say the least. I noticed that ITV Central created their ‘Uploaded’ feature to allow users to create short news clips and post them online. I was definitely going to blog about this – but Paul Bradshaw beat me to it!
Five have also done the same – but for a larger television channel compared to a regional programme, it doesn’t seem to have had a lot of publicity in the way that Uploaded did.
This seems like an excellent idea – we can actually have an opinion – but Paul Bradshaw thinks otherwise. Paul argues that it is the news channel who decides what gets shown, and the whole segment will only last around 60 seconds. He says:
“ITV choose the topic, choose the responses, and, by the sounds of things, even choose the correspondents.”
A wise point – but surely if enough people raise the same point we might actually even end up with a whole show of UGN (User Generated News) or maybe even a whole television channel in the future? UGN – Sounds quite catchy! Who knows? News is always changing.
By the way, if the public actually get their own channel/show, and call it UGN – I’ll be angry!