Tuesday, 3 November 2009

LBC IRN Archive

The launch of the LBC/IRN archive as an online resource with access currently to academic institutions is an incredible milestone in UK commercial history.  Read about the details and click here to view the resource.

The LBC/IRN archive represents a missing piece in the history of radio broadcasting in the UK. Independent Radio provided an alternative voice to the BBC, and in the course of its development LBC / IRN pioneered many changes in radio journalism and radio news that are now accepted parts of industry practice. Examples include the phone-in, the first use of a radio telephone to call in on the spot reports live to the studio and the use of more than one presenter. The archive has a great significance for cultural and social historians in a wide range of academic and scholarly disciplines, including media studies, journalism, history, and politics, as well as providing a resource for teaching.

The London Broadcasting Company / Independent Radio News audio archive consists of 7,000 reel-to-reel tapes in a collection that runs from 1973 to the mid-1990s. It is the most important commercial radio archive in the UK and provides a unique audio history of the period.

This digitised collection focuses on the most noteworthy content – approximately 3,000 hours of recordings relating to news and current affairs. The digitised archive contains invaluable recordings of a wide range of broadcasts including coverage of the Falklands war, the miners' strike, Northern Ireland, the whole of the Thatcher period of government and recordings of the first hour of UK commercial radio including the first commercial radio news bulletin. (Source Bournemouth University)

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