Thursday, October 06, 2005


Broadcasters, Out. Facilitators, In

What will be the new news media model? Here's a sneak peak into the future.

Money passage:
Richard Sambrook, director of the BBC World Service and Global News Division, told a conference the broadcaster's prominent use of video and other material contributed by ordinary citizens signaled that the BBC was evolving from being a broadcaster to a facilitator of news.

"We don't own the news any more," Sambrook said. "This is a fundamental realignment of the relationship between large media companies and the public."

Consider this another data point to suggest that the New York Times is going in exactly the wrong, opposite, direction. If Big Media organizations don't even own the news anymore, how can one of them presume to own opinion?

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