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Roly Keating appointed as Director of Archive Content

Roly Keating has been appointed as Director of Archive Content at the BBC:

"Within Vision, Roly will have editorial responsibility for the release and management of BBC Vision’s catch-up and archive content on all platforms, including the BBC iPlayer, UKTV and other on-demand or commercial services, working closely with Simon Nelson, Controller, Portfolio & Multiplatform."

Two and a half cheers for this. What also fills me with a modicum of happiness is the way this is phrased:

"Roly Keating said: ‘Unlocking the value of broadcast archives is one of the great opportunities opened up
by digital media – and the BBC has the greatest archive of them
all, with untold potential public value.’"

I’m hoping that this "public value" means "released to the public" rather than "used as a method of gaining more money by selling old content, thus reducing the need to increase the license fee".

And Roly’s first task should be to talk about what the heck happened to the Creative Archive project, last seen lumbering towards its public value and market impact tests…

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