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 is the BBC doing to preserve the sound archive for future generations?

The most important thing the BBC is doing to secure the future of the archive, and make it more accessible, is the preservation programme. This is digitising all the old formats and storing those in digital audio files, which will make it much easier to manage the archive and deliver the archive.

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