New daily BBC multi-platform news show aims to be exercise in 'open journalism'

The BBC is launching a new international news programme across three media platforms.

The Outside Source show will be hosted by Ros Atkins and will be available through BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and the website BBC.com.

Atkins will be able to use the corporation’s legion of international journalists from his base at the BBC’s new state-of-the-art newsroom in London.

Initially the show will be launched on World Service Radio before being introduced to the screen and the web.

A BBC spokesperson said the show would actively interact with the audience and ask them to share their knowledge through social media.

The show’s editor Mark Sandell said:  “Outside Source is an exercise in open journalism. It aims to open up the news process and involve the audience in understanding the news. It will be technologically advanced and ambitious but also transparent and accessible. We want it to be ‘in the moment’ as we and the audience are discovering the news.”

Atkins himself believes the show’s style is only possible because of the new facilities available at Broadcasting House.

“While our starting point will be the expertise we have in the building such as our language services and our bureaux teams, we'll also be using social media and story communities to complement what we are discovering and to find out what our audience is making of the news. Outside Source will show we really are the World’s Newsroom.”

The show will be launched at 11am on 28 October on BBC World Service and then be broadcast daily, Monday to Friday.

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