The BBC is calling in consultants to suggest how it might go about digitising its huge radio and TV archive.
It’s estimated that the archive – the largest of its kind in the country – has 11m items, which include radio and TV programmes, press cuttings, sheet music and photographs.
The consultation will speak to staff who use the archive, finding out about their requirements and asking for ideas about how to go about the process of digitisation.
The proposals will be used to decide on how the archive might be managed in future. It’s understood that the consultation would mainly be looking at I&A.
Broadcasting union Bectu, however, fears the process will lead to the archive being managed by a ‘commercial supplier’.