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 production techniques were used to make early recordings?

They were often scripted programmes where they would interview someone beforehand, make a script from the interview, then record it according to the script. So that's why so many recordings from that time often sound quite stilted and 'false', because they often were reading from scripts. But scripts that had been prepared from their own voices - their own interviews - that was just the technique that was most often employed at the time.

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