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    This looks like a promising next step on the road towards opening up the BBC archive. I am much more interested in the radio archive than in anything on TV, and the article seems mainly to be referring to TV programmes, but at least it establishes the principle of enabling archive downloads which would be far easier to manage with audio files than video ones (at least for the majority with slow broadband). Presumably the difficult copyright issues have been resolved for this project to be considered.

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    Yes, I saw this but lost interest when it appeared only to be covering television programmes. As you say, though, radio may be following and Radio 3 will surely have some treasures.

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    Perhaps one should wait and see what happens, but the wording "proposals allowing viewers to permanently download copies of their favourite shows from the archives' strikes me as rather ominous. I for one don't really want things like 'Dad's Army' and 'Fawlty Towers' which are anyway repeated ad nauseam and available on DVD, but programmes such as Alec Clifton-Taylor's three series on English Towns in the 70s and 80s, which seem to have disappeared from the face of the earth and have never been transferred to DVD. The trouble with Clifton-Taylor, in the minds of the populists, is that he 'talked posh', (so 'stuffy', 'inaccessible' ..... fill in your own adjective), and they're unlikely to be repeated even on BBC4. I doubt. too. whether the programmes would come into the category of 'favourite shows'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFLL View Post
    Alec Clifton-Taylor's three series on English Towns in the 70s and 80s
    they were marvellous weren't they
    and in turn that's reminded me of W G Hoskins's series The Landscape of England

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    I understand the scheme will encompass radio. A few weeks ago, Tim Davie hinted that some of it might be free, but he thought it likely the BBC "would want to monetise archive radio drama".

    Russ

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    Only Tim Davie could use a word like 'monetise' about the BBC's radio drama archive

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    Quote Originally Posted by mercia View Post
    they were marvellous weren't they
    and in turn that's reminded me of W G Hoskins's series The Landscape of England
    Well, whatever happens, these posts were welcome reminders of some great television which changed forever the way I looked at buildings and influenced which houses I bought since then. Thank you.

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    I ought to add that the English Towns series are almost all available on Y** T*be, if you don't mind watching them in ten-minute chunks in sometimes dodgy transfers. But the appreciative messages there show that they deserve better than this.

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    Good 'ol Youtube (or the hinterlands of file-sharing 'thusiastas for radio), is probably the best you're going to get for a lot of the decent archive stuff. The BBC is planning to sell only its recent (post-digitalisation) programmes wholesale to a commercial 'YouPay' outfit that will be handling it for resale to the general public. YouPay will be as about as opposite to a public service broadcasting ethic as you could imagine, and won't be interested in anything remotely ancient because it won't be commercially attractive to buy it from the BBC. YouPay will want to deal only with 'popular' stuff - fine if you want the 2009 final of Strictly Come Dancing, but if you're in the mood for an obscure b&w arts documentary from 1968, forget it.

    In a way, I'm grateful for Tim Davie for having mentioned radio drama, because radio is way way down the agenda for YouPay, and they probably won't know what radio drama is.

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    Whilst looking for something else I came across this site and this link, very relevant to this discussion...and not really just to those of us interested in World Music.

    http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/reques...ncoming-264428

    I like the idea of the site which enables info sharing on FoI requests. We can be sure that most of the organisations who receive the requests aren't quite so enamoured...

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