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Sunday, August 24, 2003

BBC To Give Free Access To Archive

BBC: Dyke to open up BBC archive

Greg Dyke, director general of the BBC, has announced plans to give the public full access to all the corporation's programme archives. Mr Dyke said on Sunday that everyone would in future be able to download BBC radio and TV programmes from the internet.

The service, the BBC Creative Archive, would be free and available to everyone, as long as they were not intending to use the material for commercial purposes, Mr Dyke added.

"The BBC probably has the best television library in the world," said Mr Dyke, who was speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

At present there are no exact details of the types of programs that will be available or if they will make everything available. It would be hard to believe if they made available all the programs they have ever made. Certain questions arise from this announcement - What will the quality be like? Will the BBC's website cope with the sheer volume of traffic that would most certainly be generated? Will access be restricted to a few programs per day?


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