The BBC is developing an app that will enable reporters to upload images, audio and video directly to the BBC’s servers from an iPhone or iPad.
Reporters can even use the app to broadcast live from their devices over 3G, journalism.co.uk reports. It should be available to BBC staffers in a month or so.
The app is being built on top of Luci‘s existing software for recording and broadcasting multimedia content on the iPhone, allowing the BBC to keep development costs low, says Martin Turner, head of operations for newsgathering. Once completed, journalists will then be able to set up live, on-location broadcasts without satellite or codex equipment.
Several large broadcast networks in the U.S., including CBS and CNN, have launched iPhone apps that enable citizen journalists to record and submit multimedia content, some of which has been incorporated into on-air broadcasts. We’ve often found the iPhone’s video-recording capabilities invaluable for on-the-spot interviews at Mashable.