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{March 12, 2007}   Gore promotes people’s television

Al GoreFormer US vice president Al Gore has said that people must be given the chance to put across their own views of the world via television.

A more ‘democratised’ television is needed to “give people a voice”, he believes.

His comments come ahead of the launch of a new television channel in the UK that will be created by and for 18- to 34-year-olds.

The global satellite and cable channel Current TV will have at least 30 per cent of its content provided by the viewers themselves.

“It’s part of an effort to democratise the television medium and to give individuals a chance to put their own perspectives on television; that’s really what it’s all about viewer created content,” Mr Gore told BBC Radio Five Live.

“It’s designed to give individuals a voice. People make television about what’s going on in their lives, in their own voices. We want to give a chance to join the global conversation.”

He added that the content would include short documentaries typically between three and eight minutes “from all over” the world.

Mr Gore is no stranger to cameras; his documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, was a worldwide hit and was named as the best documentary feature at this year’s Academy Awards.

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