BBC to create massive web archive for 81 years of radio and TV programmes

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bbc_digital_screenshot.jpgThe BBC has outlined plans to create a huge online information archive of over eight decades of its radio and television programmes.

The Corporation plans to create a web page for every programme it has ever broadcast, featuring information about the show, links, and video clips. Eventually, whole episodes could be made available via the BBC iPlayer or Kangaroo services, though of course some old programmes were either live and unrecorded, or the tapes have been lost.

Director of BBC Vision, Jana Bennett, said that digital TV and broadband video were changing the way viewers related to programmes, and the success of the iPlayer has proved there is a demand for watching/listening to both current and classic programmes in new ways.

No estimates have been given on how long this massive project could take, but don’t expect it to be quick.

(Via The Guardian)

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