BBC rolls out smartphones to journalists

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BBC head of newsgathering Fran Unsworth has said that the BBC is equipping its journalists with smartphones – including iPhones – to enable them to record audio, video and stills.

In a letter to in-house magazine Ariel, she says: “We recognise that it is essential for journalists in the field to be connected to the flow of information about the story they are covering. Smartphones, including iPhones, are being rolled out to enable staff to send live and recorded audio, video and stills. A range of models is being used and equipment is being issued as older items come up for replacement.”

Unsworth was responding to a letter from BBC staffer Chrissy Sturt who said: “We need these phones, and it’s not fair that some people are using their own iPhones to do the BBC’s newsgathering.”

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