BBC World Service to broadcast morning news conference live

By Hamish Mackay

February 21, 2012 | 1 min read

The BBC World Service is to open up its morning editorial conference to public scrutiny for the first time, in a one-off experiment to coincide with its 80th anniversary.

Media site,, reports that the conference, at 9am on February 29, will be broadcast live and listeners will be given the opportunity to influence the news agenda by making suggestions on Facebook, Skype or Twitter using the hashtag #bbcws80.

The initiative is one of a series of special events planned for the day, to mark 80 years of the BBC World Service being on the air.

The media website points out The Guardian was one of the first UK news outlets to move towards a more open newsgathering system late last year, when it began an open newslist trial and last month launched a live blog allowing readers to discuss the day's topics.

The idea was inspired by Swedish regional daily newspaper Norran, which opened up its newsroom to readers using CoverItLive.


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