Monday, February 26, 2007

Child-Generated Content Gets Televised

This news item appeared in KidScreen Daily last week, written by Gary Rusak:

February 19, 1007: Nickelodeon is launching a new TV block...that draws from online counterpart For two hours every weekday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nickelodeon's Me:TV will feature content uploaded by audience members to its main website.

Hosted by Alexandra Gizela and Jordan Carlos, the block features four kids live on-air via webcam, online voting, gaming, giveaways and celebrity guests. It takes cues from current Nick shows U-Pick Live and Slimetime Live, using a live studio audience and kid participation through instant messaging, phone calls and internet message boards to up the interactive quotient. Kids are encouraged to submit their videos to, where they will be rated and shared by the community, à la YouTube. Unlike the adult-oriented site, however, Me:TV is being heavily monitored and moderated, and the net requires parental permission before it will put any user-generated content on air.

On a related note, YTV will once again hold its Spring Break Show-down, allowing kids to pick what programs will air over their spring break and getting them to vote for favourite shows, etc.

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