Huge demand for footage exposes lack of facilities to transfer tape and film after move to New Broadcasting House
Huge demand for archive footage of the late Lady Thatcher has exposed problems with plans to make the BBC‘s New Broadcasting House “tapeless’.
BBC News staff are having to ferry tapes across London in taxis or pay thousands of pounds to get outside companies to get videos converted to digital.
According to BBC sources, footage for Tuesday’s TV news bulletins had to be physically brought from the corporation’s archive storage in Perivale in north-west London to New Broadcasting House by a member of staff on the tube.
There has been some concern among staff since the last journalists moved from Television Centre into the state-of-the-art headquarters for BBC News last month that the lack of facilities to transfer tape and film material to the site’s digital content management system might cause problems.
The BBC is converting its archive into digital but it is not due to be completed for another couple of years.
Source: Guardian Unlimited