BBC to open online radio archives
London: The BBC will soon introduce a new radio website, preliminarily
named 'Audiopedia', that would contain the broadcaster's almost entire
archives of radio programmes since the 1940s. The service will be
launched "within the next 12 months", Tim Davie, director of BBC Audio
and Music, was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.
As well as searching and listening to the archival material,
'Audiopedia' users will be able to share programmes with their
friends. The BBC is currently in the process of digitising its audio
and TV archives. Around 20 hours a week of radio archives is being
added to 'Audiopedia'.
Davie said the website will be "porous" to other broadcasters'
content. 'Audiopedia' will not be a closed library. We will link to
other broadcasters' content," he said.
An official said the content would be searchable by subject,
participant or programme, bringing together thousands of hours of
unique information and entertainment to stream and download.
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