December 12, 2005
People Contribute Record Number of Photos & Video to BBC After London Fire
People e-mailed the BBC with more than 6,500 photos or mobile phone video clips of the inferno at the Buncefield oil depot explosion yesterday.
According to MediaGuardian, this set a new record for emails sent to the BBC in the aftermath of an event. After the July 7th London Underground bombings, the BBC's firstname.lastname@example.org site received around 1,000 images and mobile clips from the public.
MediaGuardian quoted Pete Clifton, the head of BBC News Interactive:
"The range of material we received from our readers was absolutely extraordinary. Video, still pictures and emails poured in from the moment the blast happened, and it played a central part in the way we reported the unfolding events." Half a million unique users viewed clips and footage yesterday on the BBC's online news video service, an audience second only to number of requests for clips on 7 July.