We're disPutin whether this is an original idea... | BBC talk show isn't the first with a fake Vladimir

We're disPutin whether this is an original idea...

BBC talk show isn't the first with a fake Vladimir

comedyWhen the BBC yesterday announced that it was to launch a talk show with a virtual reality Vladimir Putin, it seemed like an original idea.

But when everyone in the world is a creator, finding something entirely unique can be almost impossible.

For just last month a company called GZero Media launched its own talk show with a phoney version of the Russian President, called Putin It Out There.

Their version used a puppet rather than software – although the video has been graded to give it a sort of holographic virtuality look – and was a phone-in, whereas the BBC version, Tonight With Vladimir Putin, features celebrity guests.

But the similarities didn’t go unnoticed, with GZero posting on its website: ‘By the way, the President of Russia already has the greatest talk show of all time. Ours.’

Here’s a teaser for the BBC’s version:

And here’s GZero’s, which has just 1,600 viewers on YouTube at the time of writing.

Published: 23 May 2019

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