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BBC creating iOS app for reporters

Reporters will be able to upload images and videos from the iPhone

The BBC is creating an iOS app that will allow its reporters to upload photographs and video directly for use in TV news reports and on the BBC News website.

The Journalism.co.uk website reports that the app, which will be ready in about a month, will also let reporters broadcast directly from their iPhone.

Using technology called Lucy Live, the app will let reporters appear live on air over a 3G signal, meaning that they won't have to carry satellite broadcast equipment with them.

"Reporters have been using smart phones for a while now but it was never good quality. You might do it when there was a really important story," Martin Turner, head of operations for newsgathering at the BBC told Journalism.co.uk.

"Now it is beginning to be a realistic possibility to use iPhones and other devices for live reporting, and in the end if you've got someone on the scene then you want to be able to use them," he continued.

Meanwhile, the BBC has announced that its iPlayer service will be available throughout Europe as an iPad app very soon. An iPlayer for iPad app was made available to UK audiences in February.

The BBC's Jana Bennett revealed the news at the Banff World Television Festival earlier this week, but though selected European audiences could get iPlayer by the end of summer, no date has yet been set for a US launch.

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