The channel has already gone live and been used by media companies such as The Huffington Post and the The Washington Post.

On the official YouTube blog, the video site’s News and Politics editor, Steve Grove, said: “As YouTube has become a global platform for sharing the news, media organizations have been looking for a good way to connect directly with citizen reporters on our site so they can broadcast this footage and bring it to a larger audience.

“That’s why we created YouTube Direct, a new tool that allows media organizations to request, review and rebroadcast YouTube clips directly from YouTube users.”

The channel is built from YouTube’s APIs and is an open source application which lets media organizations “enable customized versions of YouTube’s upload platform on their own websites”.

Read More: By Emma Barnett, UK Telegraph

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