Site visits: GMTV

Last week Pete Fox, the archive manager at GMTV, was kind enough to take an hour out to give us a tour of the GMTV archives. Although the subject matter often differs (more weighted towards celebs, less hard news) and the content is in a different format (film and images, not printed text) the methods used to research and the process of archiving material is very similiar. We don’t get the fun of sharing a lift with Jenni Falconer though (or signed photos from the columnists!).

Reflections on visit:

  • Little impetus or funding for digitising collection of tapes – digitised as they get asked for, as part of archiving the daily programmes; old tapes that expire are just thrown away
  • Rolling out services to users doesn’t mean they will do the work themselves

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