BBC given permission to expand archive

The BBC’s online archive is set to benefit from a wealth of new content, after its proposed expansion was approved by the BBC Trust.

It means the archive will now permanently feature broadcast content from BBC Radio 4, Radio 3 and digital TV channel BBC Four, with the primary focus on factual content.

Around 1,000 hours of programming from Radio 4 will be available to stream online for an unlimited time, as well as 150 hours of BBC Four programming and 420 hours of Radio 3 content.

The approval was published in the BBC Trust’s latest review into how Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio 7 are serving listeners. The Trust criticised Radio 4 for not doing enough to appeal to younger audiences interested in speech radio, but ruled the station was doing a good job otherwise. The report also approved of the BBC’s plans to rebrand Radio 7 as Radio 4 Extra.


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