The BBC Sound Archive

The BBC Sound Archive

An interview with Simon Rooks, BBC Sound Archivist

Simon Rooks, BBC Sound Archivist, explains why recording programmes was originally frowned on and what happened to make attitudes change.


What's so special about the BBC Sound Archive?

The BBC Sound Archive is incredibly important. It represents more than 80 years of unique public service broadcasting. The BBC has made programmes on every kind of subject and featured every kind of person you could possibly imagine, and that kind of output has been represented in the sound archives. It's like the memory of the world. It's practically a World Heritage Site in itself.

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