Thursday, February 21, 2013

Peter Rippon appointed Editor, BBC Online Archive

Peter Rippon will be taking up a new role to oversee the development of the BBC’s news archive across BBC Online. 

As Editor, BBC Online Archive, Rippon will develop and lead the BBC’s Journal of Record initiative, to create the definitive online archive collection of the BBC’s television and radio journalism. 

The BBC has one of the largest audio-visual archives in the world. Since the launch of BBC Online and the BBC News website in 1997, the public have had a permanent daily record of the BBC’s news output. With over 80 years of journalism history, the BBC is striving to make more of the BBC’s archive available to the public. 

Journal of Record aims to publish a television and radio news bulletin from every day of the BBC’s history: over 80 years of BBC journalism in the form of daily news broadcasts and scripts, together with the live coverage of key events. 

Andy Conroy, Chief Operating Officer for BBC Future Media and BBC Online, says: “Over the past few years, the BBC has been making more of the BBC Archive available to audiences online - including a permanent collection of Desert Island Discs, and archive collections for channels such as BBC Four. This is an exciting opportunity to build a public record of the BBC’s world-leading television and radio journalism on BBC Online over 80 years. It is a significant challenge that requires an experienced leader and editor, and I’m delighted that Peter will be joining us to develop the BBC’s Journal of Record.” 

Based in London, Rippon takes up the post on February 25, and reports to Andy Conroy, Chief Operating Officer for BBC Future Media and BBC Online. Previously, Rippon was the Editor for BBC Newsnight. 

(Source: BBC Media Centre)

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