Sir David Attenborough’s ‘successors’ revealed…

The question of who will succeed Sir David Attenborough as the ‘voice behind nature’ has been hanging around for a while now, but yesterday the man himself tipped the people he believes will follow in his footsteps: online amateurs.

Speaking at the launch of his new show Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities, which airs on the Eden channel in January 2013, the TV legend believes that the future of the genre will be controlled by amateurs online.

In answer to a question by OTB, Sir David said: “I suspect in the future you won’t need nature jockeys like me.

“I also suspect you won’t need specialist cameramen who we have at the moment. Nature to film has become easier, easier and easier.

“There are lots of dedicated people out there, who want to do nothing more than film the mating of a dragonfly on a pond only hours from their home. And they’ll go home and put it on the web.

“The view of the natural world now will start to come from the web. So paradoxically as human beings become more dominant in the world and more detached from the actuality of the natural world, you’ll keep up with it through visions from dedicated amateurs on the web.”

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