January 18, 2022

Preservation: British Film Archive (BFI) Announces Plan to Digitise Thousands of British TV Programmes

From the BBC:

Thousands of British TV programmes are to be digitised before they are lost forever, the British Film Institute says.


The initiative was announced as part of the BFI’s five-year strategy for 2017-2022. “Material from the 70s and early 80s is at risk,” said Heather Stewart, the BFI’s creative director.


The BFI has budgeted £13.5m of Lottery funding towards its goal of making the UK’s entire screen heritage digitally accessible.

This includes an estimated 100,000 of the “most at-risk” British TV episodes and clips held on obsolete video formats.

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The digitization project and other BFI plans for the future were shared today in the British Film Institute’s new strategic plan.

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