The BBC Television Archive

The BBC Television Archive

An interview with Adam Lee, BBC archive expert

We haven't got copies of everything we've broadcast in the archive. Find out why we've got the items we've got and how the BBC tries to keep them safe in this interview with Adam Lee, BBC Television Archive expert.


Does the BBC offer recordings it's not keeping for the archive to anyone else?

Before we dispose of any material, any TV material, it's always offered to the British Film Institute and they take a reasonable selection of material they want. We even offer it to them when we've transferred it to a new format and we ask them if they want to have the original formats too. And then on the radio side, if we're disposing of any material from the Sound Archive, then that's offered to the British Library Sound Archive.

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