NBC News Buys Service That Will Let News Stations Play Videos Live From Witnesses’ Cellphones

NBC News, a unit of Comcast’s NBCUniversal, has acquired Stringwire a service that will allow its news stations to live stream video content from the phones of verified citizen journalists. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Stringwire platform will the news station to recruit and direct contributors based on their location through Twitter to share videos which can be sifted through in order to share live on television. NBC has also hired on Phil Groman, the founder of Stringwire, to serve as the Product Lead for the division. He will be based in the San Francisco NBC office.

“Stringwire is at the leading edge of user-generated video products, with immediate value to our on-air and digital businesses. Long-term, we think there is great commercial potential,” said Vivian Schiller, SVP & Chief Digital Officer at NBC News, in a statement.

The service has yet to launch yet, but if you’d like to sign up to be a contributor, you can share your email address at this link.