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Broadcast archives as Cultural Heritage

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Published on Dec 16, 2014

The BBC is a broadcaster of international importance, and since its foundation in 1922 it has created and commissioned many significant radio and television programmes, some of which are preserved in its extensive archive.

Now that this material is being digitised for rebroadcast, online distribution, and preservation new forms of access and engagement become possible, outside the traditional broadcast frameworks.

The BBC’s mission is to inform, educate and entertain – but can it now engage as a store and source of cultural heritage in addition to being a commissioner and broadcaster? Can it permit unmediated access to the cultural assets it creates, or will the broadcast model always require mediation and control? And what impact will technological innovation have on the BBC’s future role?

Video-presentation by Bill Thompson, Head of Partnership Development in the BBC’s Archive Development Group

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