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Blackburn slapped on wrist over app

Published 18/04/2015

Tony Blackburn was slapped on the wrist by BBC bosses after sending a live video from Broadcasting House using a new app
Tony Blackburn was slapped on the wrist by BBC bosses after sending a live video from Broadcasting House using a new app

Veteran DJ Tony Blackburn received a gentle slap on the wrist from his BBC bosses after he sent a live video from Broadcasting House using a new app.

The 72-year-old used Periscope, an app owned by Twitter, to broadcast live video from the BBC headquarters.

The Radio 2 presenter is a big fan of the app, the Independent reported, saying: "I think it's amazing. It's like having your own TV station on a worldwide basis."

Blackburn said he picked up almost 2,000 viewers after filming giraffes while driving past London Zoo, and then showed his followers around the BBC.

He said: "I did Periscope from within the BBC without knowing we weren't meant to do it. It's a new thing so I asked if were allowed to do it.

"They said they were looking in to it. I won't do it again until it's allowed."

The BBC said that its journalists and presenters, including Blackburn, had already experimented with live video streaming services such as Periscope and Meerkat, and that Blackburn had not been banned from using it.

A spokesman said: "The BBC is starting to explore the opportunities and challenges services such as Periscope/Meerkat could bring to audiences - and will be undertaking a number of pilots to understand the potential of these platforms.

"If these are successful, we will look at how we build this into our output."

Twitter launched Periscope last month after buying a start-up company of the same name in January.

It allows users to broadcast live video to their followers using the camera on their smartphone.

Once a broadcast finishes it can be made available for replays for up to 24 hours, as well as being saved to the broadcaster's device.

When users begin a broadcast they can tweet a link so followers can watch by the Periscope app or from Twitter's website.

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