ABC to launch user-generated video show

ABC News will launched an hour-long show based on user-generated video called “i-Caught,” which will get a six-week run on the network starting Aug. 6 at 10pm on Mondays, Variety reports.


ABC News will launched an hour-long show based on user-generated video called “i-Caught,” which will get a six-week run on the network starting Aug. 6 at 10pm on Mondays, Variety reports.

Amateur video will form the basis of the show’s segments, but ABC News correspondents will build news stories and features around video captured on cell phones or digicams and uploaded to a companion Web site.

Exec producer David Sloan said the show will take on a wide breadth of potential stories, including breaking news; celebrity journalism; investigations; and stories of politics, crime, Internet hoaxes or just the moments of everyday life.

“The watershed event that changed newsgathering was the London terror attack in 2005,” Sloan said. “There were people on that subway who did not know if they would live or die, but they got out their cell phones and started shooting.”

Much will depend on what rolls in, but Sloan said ABC News journalists also will shoot segments on video getting viral play on other sites….

The ABC show will be anchored by “Good Morning America” weekend edition co-anchor Bill Weir; a companion Web site, I-caught.com, will launch on June 12 to begin collecting submissions….

Sloan wants to position the show as a primetime venue for everything from leaked video from the battlefield in Iraq to vid from the campaign trail or video diaries, such as a parent’s account of a child’s first day at school.

Recent stories that could have fit the show include former Sen. George Allen’s “Macaca” moment, Alec Baldwin’s abusive voicemail and David Hasselhoff’s bizarre behavior — stories all derived from nontraditional sources.

“Everyone is becoming a hunter and gatherer for the news business,” Sloan said. “There is this whole interesting world of images and people; things that make you mad, make you worry or make you laugh. We want to explore all of that world.”