70 years of spoken word content from BBC, other b'dcasters, to be available on-demand

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Nov 4 2011 - 8:10am

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The BBC has announced it will launch a new website -- called "Audiopedia" for the moment -- that will offer nearly its entire archive of speech radio programming dating back to the 1940s. The site is slated to go live within the next 12 months.

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BBC logoOther publishers, as well as the general public, will be able to search, listen, and share audio ranging from every one of the annual Reith lectures (like Robert Openheimer, father of the atomic bomb; and the first lecturer, Bertand Russell), hundreds of episodes of Desert Island Discs (including appearances by Tony Blair and the Duchess of Kent) to audio of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declaring war on Germany and Alfred Hitchcock explaining how he picked music for his movies. 
 
BBC Radio 4 presenter Sue MacGregor writes in The Telegraph, "Just a quick click allowed me to listen to Sir William Beveridge announcing his proposals for a new welfare state, Richard Dimbleby recounting the horrors of Belsen, and Jon Snagge reading the formal announcement from Sandringham that King George VI had died peacefully in his sleep."
 
"The BBC is working on how best to present Audiopedia at the moment but most people will probably access the new on demand content via other pieces of related content they are already listening to across the BBC website," BBC Audio and Music director Tim Davie told The Telegraph. "Audiopedia will not be a closed library. We will link to other broadcasters’ content." 

Read more on Audiopedia from The Telegraph here and here.

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