BBC; Too cheap to pay "citizen" photogs?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by RichA, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Heck, the Toronto Star at least gave me $150 for an image awhile
    back. If it benefits their TV broadcasts, why not pay? After all,
    their reporters can't be everywhere all the time?
    RichA, Aug 5, 2005
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  2. I lived in the UK for 4 years. The BBC to me is an absolute gem of an
    organisation, and I paid my licence fee gladly, knowing the bbc radio alone
    was worth every single penny.

    Look at what they provide absolutely free of charge, are without doubt the
    most impartial news organisation in the world, with no commercial axe to

    They are now giving away the rights to a lot of their own content, they are
    now providing pod casts for radio programming. The bbc radio service
    provides most of their programs for after a week after they have been
    broadcast. The web service is without peer. They provide world services all
    over the globe and for all those people outside the UK, they do this for

    The funny thing is that the people that provide the pictures do it in the
    same spirit. It's a kind of open source movement thing. It's people sharing
    their talents for free, in support of a news organisation that provides it's
    news and resources to you for free. The contributors benefit by having their
    work exhibited to a global audience.

    Just as you don't HAVE to buy the canon kit also don't HAVE to
    contribute photos to the BBC. If the photo is of commercial value, I'm sure
    you'll sell it elseware.
    Steve Franklin, Aug 6, 2005
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  3. Excellent comments, Steve; as a Brit and an enthusiastic BBC radio
    listener I'm glad to see it is appreciated. In all my travels around the
    world I have not found anything to match it (especially not, I regret to
    say, in the USA).

    The answer, as you rightly say, is if you don't like the philosophy,
    play elsewhere.

    David Littlewood, Aug 6, 2005
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    Brian Baird Guest

    Did you listen to NPR?
    Brian Baird, Aug 6, 2005
  5. Yes; it's probably the best of a fairly awful bunch. There's also a
    classical music station in Houston I listen to when I'm there (can't
    remember the station letters) which is pleasant enough. The rest is (to
    me) simply unbearable.

    David Littlewood, Aug 6, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    The BBC represents what the CBC should be and has little hope of ever
    achieving. I wish the feds would transform the CBC into the Canadian
    version of US PBS, for that matter.

    Alan Browne, Aug 6, 2005
  7. Excellent comments, Steve. I'd not thought of the BBC as open source
    news, but that's exactly what they're becoming, but with the editorial
    oversight that is missing from many new news sources.
    Albert Nurick, Aug 6, 2005
  8. May be you need to talk to my boss. When I mentioned in a conversation
    that I watched the BBC World news on PBS, his response was "Why? Do
    you hate America?"
    Shane Matthews, Aug 6, 2005
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    Jeff R Guest

    Have you been to Australia?

    The ABC does a pretty good job here; AM, FM and TV.
    Jeff R, Aug 7, 2005
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    l e o Guest

    NPR is awful? Let's check out WNYC's programming and see if it change
    your mind.

    They also broadcast the BBC World Service, etc. And they have their own
    shows, in which I like, "The Leonard Lopate Show." Among NPR network
    programs, I like "A Prairie Home Companion." I think the NPR news
    programs are okay. They might not have the resources to send reporters
    to Iraq, but they have a reporter in China, like Rob Gifford, that turns
    in interesting interviews. Oop, it turns out he's a Brit. :)
    l e o, Aug 7, 2005
  11. No, afraid I haven't. Hope to do so one day.

    David Littlewood, Aug 7, 2005
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    Brian Baird Guest

    How can you call NPR part of an "awful bunch" when it provides news on
    par with the BBC... and often BROADCASTS the BBC?
    Brian Baird, Aug 7, 2005
  13. RichA

    Brian Baird Guest

    They did have reporters in Iraq during the invasion, and I'm pretty sure
    they maintain correspondents there now. Of course, a lot of newspapers
    and TV networks are pulling out staff due to the insurgency, I wouldn't
    be surprised if NPR did the same - just a little disappointed.
    Brian Baird, Aug 7, 2005
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