BBC plans massive online TV archive

The BBC will create a web page for every episode of every television show it has ever produced as part of a huge online archive that will span nearly 80 years.
The hope is that the move will help maintain or build the popularity of its shows. The corporation has already built over 160,000 individual web pages over the past three months, with developers looking to create content for shows going back to the 1930s.
“Eventually we will add our programme back catalogue to produce pages for programming stretching back over nearly 80 years – featuring all the information we have on the richest TV and radio archive in the world,” the BBC director of vision, Jana Bennett, told the Banff television festival in Canada late yesterday.
“The BBC is committed to releasing the public value in that archive and these pages are going to play a central role in allowing us to do that.”
The BBC broadcast the first experimental television programme from Broadcasting House in London in August 1932, with regular shows following soon after.

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