The BBC is developing an app for their reporters in the field to directly file video, stills and audio from their iPhones and iPads. The app is also designed to broadcast live using a Wi-Fi or 3G signal.
The broadcaster hopes to have the app live within a month, but still needs to secure licenses for the Luci Live audio broadcast technology. The BBC already uses the Luci Live app in the field, reducing their dependency on Wi-Fi, satellites and codex equipment.
With the BBC in cash crunch mode, the idea to repurpose tools already in place is a logical one. While he would not comment on the app’s development costs, the BBC’s head of operations for newsgathering, Martin Turner, made a point to note that they held no blood oath to Apple or the iPhone.
“Smart phones and portable devices are a crucial part of that, but we are not wedded to the iPhone by any means, it is just one option. We are using it at the moment because it offers us the best combination of features, but it is not the only solution.”
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