BBC Click challenged to film and edit entire show using only mobile and tablet technology

BBC Click will travel to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week to create a special programme using only the latest mobile and tablet technology.

Published: 7 March 2015
Quite frankly I'm terrified. Filming events like MWC is hard enough using proper cameras and facilities, but this time we're only using phones and tablets. But that's Team Click for you - always up for a challenge.
— Spencer Kelly

BBC Click will be in Barcelona to bring audiences the current trends and latest advances in the world of mobile tech. In a unique episode,the team, led by presenter Spencer Kelly, have set themselves the challenge of creating a show filmed and also edited entirely while on location on smart phones and tablet devices.

With feature films now being shot on mobile phones and edit-suites condensed to handheld devices the BBC Click team will technically have the tools for the job, but with only four days in Barcelona the clock will be ticking. Will the tech prove reliable and will the programme make it to air just days later on 7 March on BBC World News?

BBC Click presenter Spencer Kelly says: “Quite frankly I'm terrified. Filming events like MWC is hard enough using proper cameras and facilities, but this time we're only using phones and tablets. But that's Team Click for you - always up for a challenge. And it will be fascinating to see if all the claims from the mobile manufacturers about their amazing lenses, video quality and (probably scariest of all) battery life are true. So if the end result is rubbish, blame them. And us for being so over-confident. And you can share our pain with 2.4 million others by following us on Twitter.”

BBC Click editor Simon Hancock says: “Creating an entire programme without our regular equipment will be tough but what better way to show what the tech on offer can do? We want to cover off a range of makes and models and we will of course be aiming for our usual high production values, as well as delivering all the regular items. As the BBC’s flagship technology show, our viewers expect us to be at the cutting edge of the latest developments across the tech industries and this is a real opportunity to show what we can do. During the last year we’ve been working hard to develop the programme and later in March this process will culminate when we launch our new branding and titles. It’s a really exciting time and I hope our audiences will share their thoughts on the new look.”

BBC Click provides a comprehensive guide to innovation and tech, covering all the latest advances, gadgets, apps and tech industry news. It is broadcast weekly around the globe on BBC World News TV on Saturdays at 0630 and 1930 GMT and again on Sundays at 0330 and 1330 GMT.

Viewers can also follow the programme via BBC Click on Google+ or @BBCClick on Twitter, subscribe to the BBC Click YouTube Channel or visit the BBC Click Facebook page.

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