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BBC Experiments with VR as the Future of News

BBC News has uploaded a 360-degree video telling the story of French migrants camped out in Calais. Editor Zillah Watson talks to NewsShooter about creating pieces for the new platform and what it means for the future of news.

Says Watson. “360/VR news experiences will become an important way to tell some stories in the future – whether it’s coverage of live events that enables you to feel as though you are there, or short immersive experiences to watch on your phone with a mobile viewer to help you connect with a foreign news story. And just as television news and current affairs formats were invented in the 1950s, we now have an opportunity to reinvent news for mobile. VR can turn your phone from a small TV into an intense immersive experience – that’s got to be explored as part of the future of news.”