BCfm asked to be part of the National Radio Archives

The team at BCfm in Bristol is celebrating being chosen to be part of the British Library’s National Radio Archive scheme.

BCfm will be one of around 50 stations contributing to the collection aiming to create a digital radio archive that will preserve a representative proportion of ongoing UK radio output.

Station Manager, Patrick Hart said: “This is another validation of our position in the city, for over 15 years we’ve been representing and amplifying the voices of our everyday and under-served communities, I’m so proud of our team.”

BCfm Development Lead, Marcus Smith said “We were really chuffed about being selected, it means our independent news and the many conversations of our presenters and guests will be available for future generations.”

The British Library will be using speech recognition technology to increase the searchability of radio and to encourage its integration with other, text-based media. The selection of content for the archive will be determined as much by research need as preservation requirements, and is interested to learn from research projects where it might be able to collaborate as part of the pilot development.