BBC opens up archives

Tom tomwhore at
Sun Aug 24 21:16:47 PDT 2003

(Knowing there already is a small chunck of this stuff out in the "open"
it will be interesting to see what holes can be filled to complete

 Greg Dyke, director general of the BBC, has announced plans to give the
public full access to all the corporation's programme archives.

Mr Dyke said on Sunday that everyone would in future be able to download
BBC radio and TV programmes from the internet.

The service, the BBC Creative Archive, would be free and available to
everyone, as long as they were not intending to use the material for
commercial purposes, Mr Dyke added.

"The BBC probably has the best television library in the world," said Mr
Dyke, who was speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

"Up until now this huge resource has remained locked up, inaccessible to
the public because there hasn't been an effective mechanism for

"But the digital revolution and broadband are changing all that.

"For the first time there is an easy and affordable way of making this
treasure trove of BBC content available to all."

He predicted that everyone would benefit from the online archive, from
people accessing the internet at home, children and adults using public
libraries, to students at school and university.

Future focus

Mr Dyke appeared at the TV festival to give the Richard Dunn interview,
one of the main events of the three-day industry event.

He said the new online service was part of the corporation's future, or
"second phase", strategy for the development of digital technology.

Mr Dyke said he believed this second phase would see a shift of emphasis
by broadcasters.

Their focus would move away from commercial considerations to providing
"public value", he said.

"I believe that we are about to move into a second phase of the digital
revolution, a phase which will be more about public than private value;
about free, not pay services; about inclusivity, not exclusion.

"In particular, it will be about how public money can be combined with new
digital technologies to transform everyone's lives."


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