University of Sussex: Launch of online oral history collection reveals untold story of the BBC

University of Sussex: Launch of online oral history collection reveals untold story of the BBC . “David Attenborough, Esther Rantzen and Harold Wilson are just some of the prominent figures who appear in over 600 hours of recorded interviews from across the BBC, as part of a new project led by academics at the University of Sussex. The online catalogue, made available today, reveals a hidden history of the Corporation from its earliest years and has been unveiled as part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations. The unique new collection gives free public access to over 470 hours of audio and 159 hours of video interviews.”

Radio Times: BBC Rewind shares thousands of hours of archive content for centenary

Radio Times: BBC Rewind shares thousands of hours of archive content for centenary. “BBC Rewind, which has been established to mark 100 years of the BBC, is now the home of ‘tens of thousands of audio-visual recordings’, reflecting the life and events of the UK throughout the decades, making it the largest release of digital archive content in BBC history. Over 30,000 pieces of uncovered content will be publicly available on the website, with the oldest footage dating back to the 1940s.”

AFP/Moscow Times: Russia Blocks Access to BBC, Vows More Media Retaliation

AFP/Moscow Times: Russia Blocks Access to BBC, Vows More Media Retaliation. “Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor on Wednesday blocked access to the BBC’s main news website, with Moscow’s Foreign Ministry warning of more retaliatory measures against the media. ‘I think this is only the beginning of retaliatory measures to the information war unleashed by the West against Russia,’ Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Telegram.”

Advanced Television: BBC opening digital archive for formal education

Advanced Television: BBC opening digital archive for formal education. “Next year, the entire digitised BBC broadcast archive is being made available to students in formal education in the UK. It includes millions of TV and Radio programmes, including interviews and features with almost every major cultural, artistic, political and sporting figure of the last 100 years, as well as iconic dramas and landmark comedy programmes.”

BBC: BBC History release archive to mark 85 years of entertainment television

BBC: BBC History release archive to mark 85 years of entertainment television. “As part of its 100 Voices That Made The BBC archive project, BBC History has today launched its Entertaining the Nation Collection, offering a rare insight into broadcast entertainment across the years through newly released interviews from the BBC Oral History Collection, plus an array of rarely seen photographs.”

Radio Times: BBC reveals new archive that allows access to 200,000 programmes – and early editions of Radio Times

Radio Times: BBC reveals new archive that allows access to 200,000 programmes – and early editions of Radio Times. “Formerly known as BBC Genome, the BBC’s Programme Index now makes the broadcaster’s archive more accessible than ever, with viewers able to browse over 10 million listings, 200,000 playable programmes and even early editions of Radio Times magazine.”

The Guardian: BBC Four to become archive channel as cost-cutting drive continues

The Guardian: BBC Four to become archive channel as cost-cutting drive continues. “BBC Four is to cease commissioning new programmes and become an archive-focused channel as part of the ongoing significant cost-cutting drive across the corporation. The originator of acclaimed shows such as Charlie Brooker’s Wipe franchise, the Emmy-nominated drama Burton & Taylor and the Bafta-winning comedy Detectorists, BBC Four will now be repositioned as the ‘home’ of archived content, the broadcaster confirmed.”

Neowin: Microsoft, Intel, BBC and others form coalition to combat misinformation

Neowin: Microsoft, Intel, BBC and others form coalition to combat misinformation. “Misinformation and online content fraud has been rampant in the past few years with increased accessibility to technology. To combat this growing epidemic, various entities from the technology and media industry have joined forces to form the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA). Its members include Microsoft, Adobe, Arm, Intel, BBC, and Truepic.”

Classical Music: BBC launches music and nature-themed programming as part of ‘Soundscapes for Wellbeing’ project

Classical Music: BBC launches music and nature-themed programming as part of ‘Soundscapes for Wellbeing’ project. “The BBC has launched Soundscapes for Wellbeing, a new project which invites audiences to take part in a UK-wide ‘Virtual Nature Experiment’ exploring the role of virtual nature experiences to boost wellbeing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The ‘Virtual Nature Experiment’ will be run in collaboration with the University of Exeter to explore people’s responses to digital nature soundscapes created by sound recordist Chris Watson and composer Nainita Desai.”