Just to set the record right, there has been no change in BBC policy with regard to paying for user generated content.
The "shock" headline on the Media Guardian yesterday suggesting the BBC had done a U-turn on its policy and was now set to pay for all this content coming in from members of the public to our TV, radio and online services is just not right. But I suppose a story saying the BBC had published guidelines for its journalists repeating existing policy in one area is not quite as attractive.
We do not in normal circumstances pay for user generated content. Nearly all the content we receive comes without a request for payment and is sent for entirely different reasons than making a profit. This includes the hundreds of pictures and videos we are sent each week - from pictures of people's travels all over the world to local news events like fires, crashes and demonstrations.
Of course it includes dramatic pictures of events like Buncefield and 7 July too. If we did get a unique piece of news content, as an example, Concorde crashing, we would under our normal newsgathering criteria pay for that. We've always done that and continue to do so.
As a publicly funded organisation we are in a different position from the other media organisations asking for this content - would those who pay for our services be happy for us to give £100 each to each person who takes a picture for Your perspective on the world, when people are happy to send them for free? We showcase hundreds of pictures from the public a week (mainly online but also on News 24 on occasion) and hundreds of thousands of people see them. For those who send and those who view, it's a process which doesn't have to involve money.