BBC archives to be fully digitised

The BBC’s archives from early documentaries to comedy gold are being digitised by the Corporation. O

Since the last three years, about 50,000 hours of visual content have been digitised. This still accounts for less than 10 per cent of the total content. At present, most of the digitised content is not available for public viewing.

The director of archive content, Roly Keating, however, wishes to open the archive to the public. A former documentary-maker and former controller of BBC Four and Two, he feels it is not good for the broadcaster to make its archive unavailable to people.