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.


Why were some recordings wiped?

When tape came in during the 1950s, it was very expensive and often re-used. It was sent away for recycling. So some of the recordings that now we wish had been archived at the time, they were sent away for recycling, erased and the tape used again.

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