People Contribute Record Number of Photos & Video to BBC After London Fire

People e-mailed the BBC with more than 6,500 photos or mobile phone video clips of the inferno at the Buncefield oil depot explosion yesterday.

According to MediaGuardian, this set a new record for emails sent to the BBC in the aftermath of an event. After the July 7th London Underground bombings, the BBC’s site received around 1,000 images and mobile clips from the public.

MediaGuardian quoted Pete Clifton, the head of BBC News Interactive:

    “The range of material we received from our readers was absolutely extraordinary. Video, still pictures and emails poured in from the moment the blast happened, and it played a central part in the way we reported the unfolding events.”

Half a million unique users viewed clips and footage yesterday on the BBC’s online news video service, an audience second only to number of requests for clips on 7 July.

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