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29 October 2014
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Video Nation reborn on BBC "Where I Live" websites

People across England will have the chance to share their passions, emotions and stories of everyday life in a new BBC English Regions project that goes into the heart of local communities.

Video Nation, an interactive multi-media initiative, will convey the thoughts of hundreds of people across the country directly to a global audience on BBCi's network of local Where I Live sites.

"By harnessing 18 Where I Live websites to the Video Nation concept - which ran so successfully on BBC TWO in the mid-1990s - we are tailoring for the growing interactive market an idea which was originally developed for a quite different medium," says John Allen, Head of New Services for BBC English Regions.

The network of 37 Where I Live sites on BBCi has been set up by English Regions over the last two years to serve local communities with news, sport, entertainment and information -

The audience for these sites is growing by the week, as the general public increasingly turns to BBCi for relevant, entertaining and interactive local information.

In January of this year over 250 of the original Video Nation short films were made available to view on BBCi -

At the same time a trial was launched at the Leicester, Liverpool and London Where I Live sites, where local teams were equipped with the resources required to produce new videos.

"This trial was really successful," adds Ian Myatt, Senior Producer in English Regions New Media, "so we've decided to extend the project to the 18 sites across England.

"Each site will offer camcorder and laptop editing support to people interested in producing their own personal video shorts."

Each of the 11 BBC regions in England will have at least one of its Where I Live sites linked to the Video Nation project when it is launched next month.

Video Nation will also utilise video material being produced for Hull Diaries, part of the BBC Hull Interactive broadband pilot which was launched last year on the Kingston Communications ADSL service.

Video Nation began life in 1993 as an experimental television and archive project for BBC TWO, inspired by a mass observation project of the 1930s.

Contributors were given equipment and training to film their everyday lives, and over 1,200 shorts were broadcast, telling the personal stories of hundreds of volunteers.



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