ABC To Brings User Content To TV Newsmag Format

ABC hopes to bring user-generated content to the TV news magazine genre via new show i-Caught, slated for a six-week run Monday nights starting in August, according to Variety. The show, which could get a shot as a mid-season replacement if successful, will build news stories and features around video captured on cell phones or digicams and uploaded to a companion website. The story segments will focus on breaking news, celebrities, investigations, as well as politics, crime, internet hoaxes. This form of citizen journalism has been growing over the past year, with Al Gore’s Current TV venture making initial waves. More recently, CNN’s collection of amateur footage through its i-Report got added attention from a cell phone video that was uploaded to the site during the Virgina Tech shooting.