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Dyke to open up BBC archive
Greg Dyke predicts a more public-focused broadcasting future
Greg Dyke, director general of the BBC, has announced plans to give
the public full access to all the corporation's programme archives.
Mr Dyke said on Sunday that everyone would in future be able to
download BBC radio and TV programmes from the internet.
The service, the BBC Creative Archive, would be free and available
to everyone, as long as they were not intending to use the material
for commercial purposes, Mr Dyke added.
"The BBC probably has the best television library in the world," said
Mr Dyke, who was speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival.
"Up until now this huge resource has remained locked up, inaccessible
to the public because there hasn't been an effective mechanism for
"But the digital revolution and broadband are changing all that.
"For the first time there is an easy and affordable way of making
this treasure trove of BBC content available to all."
He predicted that everyone would benefit from the online archive,
from people accessing the internet at home, children and adults using
public libraries, to students at school and university.
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