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Thursday 24 October 2013, 17:29
Arena's online producer Alex Jones gives an overview of how the programmes archives are being used to illustrate stories in the present day, and shows us around the new Arena Hotel.
Monday 15 April 2013, 12:51
20 years since the final episode of Going Live was aired, Director of BBC Children's, Joe Godwin, reminisces about his involvement with the show and talks us through the past, present and future of Saturday morning kids TV.
Thursday 14 February 2013, 16:28
Bill Thompson from the archive development team explains how Google maps will allow people to take a virtual tour of BBC Television Centre after the BBC has vacated the building.
Thursday 20 October 2011, 15:05
One of the many joys of working on the Genome Project has been uncovering the connections we have with the past, the BBC and its broadcasting output. Here is a small selection of stories we have unearthed over the past few months.
Collections of time
Wallace Grevatt was an avid collector of the Radio...
Friday 14 October 2011, 18:23
"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there" - the famous quote from LP Hartley's novel "The Go Between", could well apply to some of the holdings in the BBC archive. The BBC has exciting aspirations to open up its vast archive and place as much as it can online, as Roly Keating...
Thursday 13 October 2011, 12:20
The BBC archive was for some years housed in a building within an industrial estate in Brentford. Eventually this building became unfit for purpose and to ensure the protection of the history within it my team and I drew up a plan to re-house the collections in a...
Wednesday 12 October 2011, 18:32
Navigating the BBC's Broadcast History
My dad is a physicist, working in quantum field theory, and he introduced me to the work of Richard Feynman at a very early age. Feynman is probably the most famous physicist after Einstein (though younger readers may prefer Brian Cox) and he managed to make some...
Monday 10 October 2011, 11:21
Being Controller of Archive Development at the BBC has given me the opportunity to explore not just our own extensive archives of TV and radio programmes, photographs...
Friday 16 September 2011, 15:40
It seems like only last week that I was writing here about what a busy year this is proving to be for archives. Well, here we are again - this time to celebrate the launch of BBC Four's first online Collection of classic television programmes from the archive. It's the beginning for us of a whole new...
Monday 5 September 2011, 18:01
2011 is turning out to be an important year for archives - and not just the BBC's. Earlier in the year I wrote here about the change in some our service licences that will allow more and more selections from the BBC's programme library to be published freely and permanently on the web. Radio 4 listeners...
Tuesday 8 February 2011, 12:00
Something happened today that should interest anyone who thinks the BBC's archives should be more easily accessible.
Alongside the BBC Trust's announcements about the Service Licence reviews of Radio 3 and Radio 4 came a new approval: an amendment to those two networks' Service Licences - and...
Thursday 14 October 2010, 15:15
Monday 13 September 2010, 12:54
"This week it's the 25th anniversary of the Broom Cupboard - or 25 years of live children's presentation at the BBC. To celebrate, the BBC Archive is releasing rare out-takes and clips of all our old favourites, from past presenters to Gordon the Gopher and Edd the Duck".
Current CBBC Broom Cupboard...
Friday 10 September 2010, 13:03
Friday 20 August 2010, 09:10
A warm balmy afternoon in July 2007 had erupted into a fierce-some thunderstorm. Looking out across West London from a 3rd floor window in the Broadcasting Centre, the doom-mongerers were in full force. "Not looking good out to the West", said one and then embroidered his forecast by musing "I reckon...
Thursday 19 August 2010, 11:45
Most people know that the BBC does not have a copy of every programme it has ever broadcast. The main reason for this is that when broadcasting began it was seen as an ephemeral medium, and there was no way to record and store what was being transmitted.
Although it became possible to record programmes...
Wednesday 18 August 2010, 13:25
This week we've published the latest of our archive collections, In their own words: British Novelists, a selection of interviews with modern writers drawn from the BBC's archive.
Monday 24 May 2010, 16:01
Take a look behind the scenes at the BBC archive in Windmill Road before it moves to its new home in Perivale.
Thursday 15 April 2010, 11:19
The viewing public seem to have awarded new Doctor Who Matt Smith an overwhelmingly enthusiastic thumbs...
Friday 12 March 2010, 13:47This time last month I wrote about the BBC Archive's expanding set of online collections centred on particular themes and subjects drawn from the corporation's fascinating history.
This week has seen the launch of a brand new collection based on the BBC's collection of material documenting 20th century...
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Harding unveils vision for BBC News (Broadcast)
"BBC News chief James Harding has outlined a series of measures, including the creation of a news editor role and a focus on technology and collaboration..."
Doctor Who anniversary episode breaks iPlayer request records (Guardian)
"Birthday edition eclipses previous high of Olympics opening ceremony reaching nearly 1.3m requests in 24 hours"
BBC to open news bureau in Burma (MENAFN)
BBC1 to broadcast Laurel and Hardy biopic (The Stage)
"The 90-minute biopic, called Stan and Ollie, is written by Jeff Pope, who penned Mrs Biggs for ITV."
BBC lines up Tim Minchin sitcom (Guardian)
BBC Promotes 'Sherlock' Return With Hearse (Hollywood Reporter)
"heralding the return to U.K. screens of the hit detective show"
Tributes paid to BBC cricket commentator John Shaw (Leicester Mercury)
“He was great company and a superb broadcaster. He will be sadly missed.”
Gary Barlow announces New Year's Eve London gig for BBC One (digitalspy)
BBC signs open data agreement (Guardian)
BBC's Lord Hall: Birmingham is the 'place to be' (Telegraph)
“I want to make Birmingham a really exciting and important part of what we do"
BBC iPlayer confirmed for PS4 launch (eurogamer.net)
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