I don't know where you got the idea the BBC were junking archive material.
I very much doubt it.
As for being up in arms about material from the 50's 60's and 70's being
wiped, this was routine due to the cost of tape, storage and the fact that
unions blocked repeats etc. It has nothing to do with 'woke' people. The
BBC only started to routinely keep TV in the 80"s (and radio much later).
Even Monty Python only survives complete due to a law suit that gave the
Pythons control of the series and Terry Jones rescued the masters of series
1 shortly before they were due to be wiped.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. We know the worth of this stuff now, but it
was considered disposable at the time. This is why organisations such as
Kaleidoscope exist (they hunt down lost TV). They recently have returned a
whole series of TV shows by disgraced presenter Rolf Harris to the BBC -
who have accepted them! If they were wiping things for Woke reasons they
wouldn't have taken those back.
Anyway back to the original point. The BBC don't keep much in the way of
original tapes anymore. Once transferred to digital the tapes are offered
to the British Film Institute or destroyed (this has led to mistakes where
an episode of a show has been missed during copying, so its not fool proof).
In most cases with new shows there is no hard copy or tape to be archived
as everything from start to finish is digital so just gets injested into
massive data storage systems.
On Sun, 27 Dec 2020, 10:19 Chris Brady, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> It has been rumoured that the vast BBC Archives might be 'pruned' due
> to the staff (younger staff) deeming much to be non-woke or non-PC or
> non-BLM (we have the fascist branch of BLM here in the UK).
> Certainly OTR enthusiasts in the UK are recovering and restoring and
> releasing productions from directors and writers such as David Croft
> and Jimmy Perry - writers of Dad's Army, but also It Ain't Half Hot
> Mum, and anything featuring the Alf Garnett character. Google these.
> These latter productions will never see the light of day again due to
> their anti-PC stance and implied racism (the norm in Brit. society for
> when they were written and aired in the 1970s.)
> Then there are the documentaries by Philip Donnellan which explored
> social issues in his time (again 1970s) such as the perceived
> exploitation of Irish immigrants in the building and construction
> trades. He was so sure that the Beeb would wipe or junk his films
> after airing that he always took the masters home with him. And so
> they did - few of his documentaries survive, but his classic The
> Irishmen (about the building of the Victoria tube line in London is
> now on YouTube.
> Then too there is the amazing output of Charles Chilton - who
> incidentally not only created and wrote for the Eagle comic Dan Dare
> (space explorer), but also the highly acclaimed (now) Space Force
> radio series. These latter episodes had all been junked by the Beeb,
> but luckily all were home-taped by enthusiasts and they are now a hot
> selling item on eBay.
> Chilton also wrote Riders of the Range - a radio series about Cowboys
> and Indians in the Wild West. This series went into the hundreds in
> the 50s and 60s. Not one episode remains - all were wiped. But the
> Annuals are frequently for sale on eBay. He wrote and produced many
> radio musical docudramas including How the West Was Won, and How the
> West Was Sung. Also he wrote similar docudramas for the history of the
> Texas Longhorn, and plight of the Indians (Native Americans was not a
> term used then). Most of his output is listed in his Wiki page. But
> most of his recordings are lost. They are too un-PC to be researched
> and saved. Luckily we have quite a few complete series, and many
> isolated episodes.
> Then there is Charles Parker and his Radio Ballads, in co-operation
> with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger. These too were about serious
> social issues of the time such as Polio, HIV, Travellers (aka Romanys)
> but also covered such as workmen on the Railways, Ship Building, Coal
> Mining, Boxing, and numerous other subjects of little interest to
> todays woke generations. These programmes are rarely aired. But
> luckily they are in circulation. Their subject matter would be too
> woke for the snowflakes of today.
> Then there are A.L.Loyd's and Ewan MacColl's epic musical docudramas.
> These will never be aired again because 1/ they were wiped or 2/ they
> are mouldering in the dusty archives. But we have rescued The Song
> Carriers, and Songs of the People. These are in circulation.
> Such is Alan Lomax's Song / Ballad Hunter series for the Beeb with
> Charles Parker. Only one copy exists in the dusty archives in
> Birmingham. Again the songs that he discovered and recorded would be
> too un-PC for airing ever again. Copies are NOT in circulation.
> Then there is Michael Mason's epic series - usually of 26 episodes.
> His first series Plain Tales of the Raj are too un-PC to he aired
> again. Only 4 out of 8 episodes exist. Then there was More Plain Tales
> of the Raj - again few eps. survive. These will never be aired again.
> His later works The Long March of Everyman and The British Seafarer we
> have rescued from oblivion and are in circulation.
> You can read up about all of these talented folk via Google and Wiki.
> But ALL of the above would have been wiped by the wokes and snowflakes
> in the Beeb - aka a young generation of staff who don't give a damn
> about real heritage. Indeed it is the above and more that are rumoured
> to be consigned to the 'garbage bins of history' never to be heard
> again. A bit like Netflix continually rewriting British history and
> offending the Royal Family with fictitious and vicious plot-lines in
> The Crown et al. A series that indeed does deserve to be wiped; but
> never the programmes from the above named BBC producers (BTW all of
> whom have now passed).
> We have also heard that the British Library might also be consigning
> many of its holdings to the 'locked cupboard', esp. material
> mentioning the slave trade or yore. The National Trust is also going
> through the history of its big houses and palaces and castles to
> document any connections with the slave trade. It is assumed then that
> they will sell off many such buildings or gardens etc. to remove any
> properties from its portfolio that is slightly contentious. Such is
> the fear about the British Library and its multi-media holdings, but
> mainly books, with similar connections.
> I am not sure whether this answers Steve's original request. But there
> are many who are passionate about saving our real history from the
> destruction and re-creation promoted by woke and BLM and PC culture
> from mainly younger folk who know it all but now nothing. Many of us
> feel that our precious historical archives and artefacts are being
> plundered and destroyed by deliberate mis-interpretation of historical
> facts to promote weird and wild political points that we cannot relate
> On 27/12/2020, Stephen M.H. Braitman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Hello, one and all:
> > We almost made it through this mad year. Glad you’re all still around.
> > I’d appreciate some feedback to this issue directed to those of you who
> > manage collections and archives and are tasked with preservation,
> > acquisition, and/or “refinement” :
> > Is the importance of physical material in libraries and archives
> > due to the surge in usage of digital files?
> > Do you see a future when physical artifacts are no longer collected,
> > archived, preserved, once they have been effectively digitized or
> > electronically manifested?
> > And, finally, is this situation causing institutions to, at least, look
> > seriously at their archives and collections for their pertinence and
> > relevance, thus causing a paring down or refocusing of their priorities?
> > Sorry to be long-winded, but thanks for any thoughts you might have.
> > Happy new year!
> > Stephen
> > Stephen M.H. Braitman, ASA
> > Accredited Senior Appraiser of Music
> > Archives & Memorabilia
> > American Society of Appraisers
> > www.MusicAppraisals.com
> > 415-897-6999