BBC solicits YouTubers’ footage

The BBC’s Andrew Marr is asking YouTubers to upload their own archive footage from the 1950s to 1990s to a YouTube group complementing his History of Modern Britain TV series.

I’m delighted to see the Beeb embracing YouTube as a way of connecting with an existing user community, not just relying on its own massive web presence, and this project plays to YouTube’s strengths. To date, only four videos have been submitted, but this surely has potential to get those dusty cine reels down from the nation’s attics and out to an appreciative audience.

I am looking forward to the eventual release of the BBC iPlayer, which should begin a major change in BBC viewing habits. Perhaps the next generation BBC download tool will incorporate upload, so that we can contribute in the same space as we consume video. More likely, where online won’t matter anymore, as the tagging paradigm takes off and opens a universe of content from all sources to communities such as this one interested in modern British history.

By the way, I love Andrew Marr’s unselfconscious emphasis on substance, not vacuous style.

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