ITV is preparing to screen the first end of year review programme to focus entirely on user-generated content.
I Was There: the People’s Review 2006, will be presented by ITV News presenter Katie Derham and will include material gathered from mobile phones, camcorders and other personal devices.
The hour-long special will revisit news stories from 2006 from the viewpoints of the people who experienced them first-hand, and highlights the growing importance of citizen journalism.
Derham said: “Mobile and internet technology is allowing news to be gathered and reported in radical new ways. Anyone in the right place at the right time can capture a piece of history and publish it to an audience of millions.”
International conflicts, extreme weather, crime scenes, celebrity-related incidents and sport will be covered in the programme produced by Endemol UK’s recently launched factual arm, Cheetah Television.
A nationwide campaign has now begun to encourage viewers to gather and send in material for the review, which will be broadcast later this year.