BBC, BFI join forces for digital archiving

Seeking to supply wide range of distribution platforms

LONDON -- The BBC and British Film Institute said Monday that they are teaming "to develop plans for increasing public access to their respective audio, film and TV archives."

The partnership will draw on opportunities using digital technologies.

The BBC and BFI plan to explore ways of making archive content and material available to all U.K. audiences, across the widest possible range of distribution platforms, while developing an industry standard approach to the management, storage and distribution of archive content and related assets.

"The archives of the BBC and the BFI are a great national resource, with huge potential public value," BBC director of archive content Roly Keating said. "This agreement to work together more closely is a first and vital step in realizing that vision."

Added BFI director Amanda Nevill: "Joining forces with the BBC makes perfect sense. We both have a shared ambition that even more people can explore the full breadth of the collections we each hold on behalf of the nation."