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THE BBC plans to develop its online presence by providing social networking sites based on its most popular brands such as Top Gear. The world-renowned broadcaster is looking to tap into the popularity of sites such as MySpace, in which users contribute comments and video footage to share with other users. The spokeswoman for BBC […]

THE BBC plans to develop its online presence by providing social networking sites based on its most popular brands such as Top Gear. The world-renowned broadcaster is looking to tap into the popularity of sites such as MySpace, in which users contribute comments and video footage to share with other users.

The spokeswoman for BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the corporation, said there was no time plan in place but that it expected to continue to develop its online service over the next year. The sites will carry more interactive sections and be targeted at consumers who are already interested in such brands as popular motoring show Top Gear and BBC Good Food.

"The teen part of this (trend) might have reached capacity, but there might be other communities that we could explore given the brand and our existing online presence," the spokeswoman said. 

"If appropriate social networking opportunities arise, then we would look at them very seriously, because it's a growing area of business that we're not particularly in at the moment.

"It seems to be the way that web sites are developing."

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