Journalism.co.uk is reporting that the BCC in the United Kingdom is working on their own iPhone app that will let its reporters in the field record video, pictures and audio, and then incorporate the data directly into the BBC’s network.
The iPhone app is going to be available to BBC employees this month, giving their field reporters the ability to broadcast while on a 3G or WiFi network. This could be the perfect tool for those that report breaking stories and don’t have the professional A/V equipment with them at the exact moment.
The BCC sees mobile device use as a “logical extension of what [it] can do already” but this will be a great experiment to see how far they can take it.
Martin Turner, head of operations for news, said that “reporters have been using smart phones for a while now but it was never good quality… Now it is beginning to be a realistic possibility to use iPhones and other devices for live reporting, and in the end if you’ve got someone on the scene then you want to be able to use them.”
I can see how important this could be to reports on the scene of a breaking news story, a sporting event or an impromptu interview.