BBC News Interactive has just released nearly 80 news reports from its archives.
The bulletins, covering iconic events of the past 50 years, include the fall of the Berlin Wall, crowds ejecting soldiers from Beijing's Tiananmen Square and behind-the-scenes footage of the England team prior to their World Cup victory in 1966. They are offered as The Open News Archive, part of a new kind of BBC service - in pilot stage - which is not just about enjoying BBC output but allowing the UK public to use it to create content of their own.
The clips have been made freely available under the terms of the recently-launched Creative Archive Licence. The Creative Archive Licence allows people within the UK to watch, download and edit the clips and programming for non-commercial purposes. People interested in being creative with BBC material will be free to download and mix that footage and use it as the fuel for their own creative endeavours.
Clips can be downloaded from the News Online website in QuickTime, Windows Media, MPEG1 and MP3 formats.
In releasing these reports, the BBC has now doubled the number of programme extracts it originally made available through an initial trial with Radio 1 Interactive.
Paul Gerhardt, Project Director of the Creative Archive Licence Group, said “The big news stories of the last three decades are the punctuation marks in the stories of our lives. The BBC’s telling of those stories is part of our heritage, and now that the UK public have the chance to share and keep them we’re keen to know how they will be used. Some people will just want to keep personal memories, making them part of a montage of their lives. Others will want to share them with friends, perhaps linking these stories with personal memories. And there will be many who will welcome this as the raw material for understanding the media, or learning with others about how we become informed citizens of the world. Whatever you do, let us know – and help to shape the future of the Creative Archive."
The BBC will be releasing further content across other areas of bbc.co.uk over the coming months.
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