Variety is reporting that ABC is “hoping to reinvent the newsmagazine for the YouTube generation with a show produced by ABC News but based on user-generated video.”
i-Caught, a new show with a Web 2.0 worthy and grammatically challenged name, will get a six-week run on ABC starting August 6. If it does well, it might return midseason.
It won’t do well for one reason. ABC, and the other TV networks, are superfluous to the user generated video movement. YouTube, Google, the blogosphere and hordes of other online media hubs already constitute a distributed video on demand system that exists without the need for a traditional broadcast medium.
ABC brings nothing to the table users can’t get elsewhere, whenever they want it, and generally without all the advertising.