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Archives & Media Management

Introduction

The BBC spends over £1 billion each year creating content for television, radio and bbc.co.uk services. The BBC’s obligation to maintain an archive is contained in the Agreement accompanying the Royal Charter. Information and Archives, part of the Future Media & Technology Division is responsible for creating and developing and maintaining the BBC Archive.

The primary role of the archive is to capture published content and documents created by the Corporation in order to create a permanent record of its activities. Unpublished content is also archived where it meets the relevant selection criteria and adds additional value beyond its original production to the wider BBC

Material is selected for long-term archiving for its research, re-use or historical value. In order to assess archival value, selection criteria have been developed.

BBC Archive Selection criteria

The following elements are used as the basis to build selection criteria for different media assets:

  • Material covering historical events (actuality) in all areas, including politics and foreign affairs. News bulletins and associated material fall into this category.


  • Material of sociological interest giving examples of contemporary life and attitudes. For example current affairs and drama.


  • Material showing performances or productions of excellence or significance in the performing arts. Examples of work in performance, direction, production, writing and composing with special emphasis on works commissioned or sponsored by the BBC.


  • Material in which people of historic interest from all spheres appear.


  • Material featuring places of geographical interest, especially related to changes in the environment and the development of natural history.


  • Material illustrating the development and changes in science and technology.


  • Material showing the development of broadcasting and editorial policy; and programming developments e.g. new styles, new series etc.


  • Examples of Technical Developments in Broadcasting.


  • Material showing the work of staff and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the BBC.


  • General Output. Examples of regular strip programming, sequence strands and magazine programmes to produce a balanced archive reflecting all output. This will typically include the first and last of any series.


  • Records Management

    Records Management Policy

    Version Last Updated PDF Version
    01.04 03/08/2010

    If you have difficulty accessing the PDF, please right click to download, and save target on your local drive.

    DQ Ref: i&a_20_01

    This document incorporates Freedom of Information requirements as well as all information held in the former Core Records Policy and Records Management Standards. 

     

    Records Management Standards
     
    Version Last Updated PDF Version
    01.03 03/08/2010 If you have difficulty accessing the PDF, please right click to download, and save target on your local drive.
    DQ Ref: i&a_20_02

    Federated Taxonomies for Media Assets

    Version Last Updated PDF Version
    01.00 11/06/2010 If you have difficulty accessing the PDF, please right click to download, and save target on your local drive.
    DQ Ref: i&a_25

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