BBC: We’re Not Creating iPhone App for Live Broadcasts



The news that the BBC would be creating a new iPhone app to beam stories live spread faster than an Internet hoax.

One small problem: that’s not exactly what the venerable news organization plans to do.

“What we’re not doing is creating our own app to do live broadcasting,” says Martin Turner Head of Operations, Newsgathering, BBC News. “There are already excellent apps for that so we want to use them.”

Turner goes on to say that the real use of an iPhone reporting app is to replace clunky and unreliable satellite phones in the field.

He gives the example of standing on a hotel roof in a downpour trying send a radio report from Luanda, Angola with a satphone that refused to make the connection.

Filing the stories from far-flung locales, he says, can be more stressful than being shot at. So enter the smartphone, which is where many news organizations are heading for citizen journalism apps, too.

What are the BBC’s plans, then?

Turner says they will be “porting an existing solution that allows anyone in the BBC to file audio, video and stills directly into our content production systems. We’ve been using this on Symbian phones for some time, so the aim is to take an existing solution and get more value out of it.”

Via BBC College of Journalism Blog

  • twitter-62476719

    I thought they never were creating an app – and only planned to be using the already existing “Luci Live” app. It was the bloggers who wanted them to create their own app, not that they were.

  • imajoebob

    The BBC’s main source of funding is Television Licences.  Creating any application that allows viewers to see their programmes on their computers without already owning a licence is suicidal. Unless or until they can develop an App to sell – and Apple doesn’t take most of the revenue – you won’t be seeing Dr Who on your iPad.

  • kmcgrady

    They already have this. They have an iPad app where you can watch TV on demand. They also have the BBC iPlayer website where you can watch on demand content, download content, and stream LIVE TV from all their channels. When you try to stream live it tells you that you should purchase a TV license but lets you view regardless of whether or not you have one.

    So if you want you can watch Dr. Who from your iPad for free from the BBC.

  • Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira

    BBC, the most anti Apple news organization?

  • obamapacman

    Some bloggers might have got it right at the last round: