We met Peter Rippon, Editor of the BBC Online Archive to get a behind-the-scenes take on BBC News Timeliner
Tell us more about ‘Timeliner’
BBC News Timeliner is a prototype that uses collections of inter-connected short-form videos to give context to current news stories and provoke some powerful memories of key moments in the past. This iteration provides journeys into the history of British politics and elections through a series of timelines in the build up to the general election.
What is the outcome… are people enjoying it?
It’s a web based video rich experience of interrelated timelines taken from the BBC News Archive; from the key political moments on camera to a rundown of Musical MPs. It’s been designed so people can watch just one or two videos or explore the whole collection more deeply. The audience is very much in control of the journey. We will wait to see the audience feedback.
So it helps to explain the news?
In essence yes. Events covered in the news rarely occur in isolation, there is a history of related events that provide context to the current story. As well as a historic angle there are also other events occurring concurrently that provide context to news story. For someone unfamiliar with the context or history of a news story, Timeliner aims to empower them to bridge this gap using the extensive video archive held by the BBC.
How was it made?
Timeliner has been crafted by editorial staff and developers based in London. It was also built through remote collaboration with support from the Belfast-based BBC Rewind team to prepare the large body of archive video content.
How did the idea come about?
We were exploring how we could use more archive content in our online storytelling and Timeliner was one of the ideas that was commissioned by BBC Northern Ireland’s Rewind project to prototype stage via the BBC Connected Studio programme.
What happens next if people like it?
If it’s popular we would look to increase the amount of timelines and add more archive video related to current news topics. If it continues to prove popular we would endeavour to take the prototype’s findings further as a part of one of the main BBC products.
I’m sure the Taster audience will tell you what you need to know.
Exactly. That’s what we’re hoping for.