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Can Weblogs Get Their Own BBC TV Show?
One of a series of Can Weblogs...? experiments from 2002-2004.
© Tim Ireland 2004
Why the BBC?
Why a News-Based Programme?
What's the Plan?
Proposed Format 1
A 10 minute daily wrap-up of off-beat and web-centric news stories, read deadpan in a traditional news studio and 'talking head' format. Unlike shows such as 'Have I Got News For You' - that take a humorous look at serious news - 'and finally...' would take a serious approach to silly news. The stories covered would be chosen according to their online popularity. Elements for the superimposed images to accompany each news story would be sourced from a stock library, then created/altered to suit each story by an online community of Photoshoppers.
Proposed Format 2
A weekly news/entertainment show focusing on much the same as above, but filmed in front of a live studio audience. The decreased production frequency would allow us to hunt down video footage addressing the best stories of the week via the BBC's existing source network, and also present an item or two addressing online/weblog culture. Such items would include the results of a weekly 'News Photo Of The Week' Photoshopping competition, and a 'your say'-style segment whereby we conduct a live phone interview with the Blogger Of The Week based on who we/you think has presented the most interesting viewpoint/meme/thingie recently.
Be honest. Wouldn't you liked to have seen some footage of the bloke who was busted having sex with a goat by a trainload of passengers? Wouldn't an interview with Neil Schwartzman and/or Bernard Shifman be a jolly, jolly thing?
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Link To This Page
This first link is your standard 'go and look at this' plug. How and where you do this is completely up to you, but you can cut and paste the following to make it easier if you like:
This second link is the important one, and should go somewhere on your front page, but outside of your regular blog content (i.e. - so it won't disappear into your archives after a day or so). The reason for this link and its semi-permanent placement should be obvious to anyone who's engaged in the fine art of Googlebombing. The more people who employ this link, the more likely it is that we'll create a significant search anomaly for the query 'BBC'. Given that close to a quarter of a million sites link to the main URL for the BBC, it's unlikely that we'll crack the top spot - but we should at least be able to get into the top 5, which I'm hoping will be enough to generate this level of interest at least.
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