BBC South East’s flagship news programme South East Today is being handed over to a team of viewers on Monday under the guidance of BBC director general Mark Thompson.
Thompson, who last edited a live news programme when he was responsible for the Nine O’Clock News 15 years ago, will be editor-in-chief of Making It!, a new initiative under which viewers and listeners in the southeast will be handed the reins of the live news.
As well as the half-hour of South East Today, when participants will report and edit stories, the selected viewers will also be making the drivetime show on BBC Radio Kent, reading the news bulletins, deciding on stories and updating drivers on the travel front.
A BBC spokeswoman said: "Making It! is the latest in a series of initiatives helping the BBC get closer to its audience, including the BBC News and Sport on Tour, and a special schools’
Question Time, where pupils picked the panel, assessed the audience and chose the questions."