For Canadian bloggers, mediaphiles and political junkies, ichannel is launching a new TV series developed to bring these social media users together online and on TV.
The series has an interesting title, #FAQMP, which stands for Frequently Asked Questions for your Member of Parliament. The series is a half-hour interview program that lets the audience pick the guests and ask the questions, using online platforms and social media tools.
The premiere episode will be this fall, and #FAQMP will air weekly starting in late October as a simulcast online.
The companion website is also where viewers click on images to choose an MP to be interviewed. Questions can be submitted by e-mail, Twitter feed or as uploaded video to the series site.
Karyn Pugliese, producer and host for #FAQMP, told Media Caster the show was inspired by “bloggers, tweets and political junkies we’ve met online. It’s a show for anyone and everyone who wants to get closer to the people in power.”
With more than 10 years of experience in journalism Pugliese has been a writer, producer, reporter, and host in a number of newsrooms, such as ichannel, Vision TV, First Nations Voices, Aboriginal People’s Television Network and the CBC.
I am sure #FAQMP will draw a substantial audience both as TV viewers and online participants. The idea that the audience can choose the guests, and then ask them questions is what makes social media such an effective tool for social influence.