CNN has begun an experiment that uses iChat AV to conduct face-to-face interviews.

A new US show hosted by Wolf Blitzer, "Situation Room", aims to mix traditional reporting with new online technologies - such as iChat AV.

The news channel explains the show: "Assembles top CNN correspondents, analysts, contributors and guests for complete, up-to-the minute coverage of the day's events. Modeled on the concept of the White House Situation Room, the programme combines traditional reporting methods with the newest innovative online resources, making the entire process of newsgathering more transparent and placing the latest news and information at the viewers' fingertips."

One of the first interviewees on the show was Joichi Ito, who wrote about the interview on his blog.

Ito is optimistic on the possibilities for the new technology, saying: "By using cheap Internet technology, they will be able to reach people all over the world on very short notice."