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BBC to expand web programmes database
The BBC is working to create web pages for each episode of each of its programmes going back 80 years.

Each page will link to where the content is available on demand on the internet, said Jana Bennett, director of BBC Vision.

Bennett, speaking about new forms of programme delivery at the Banff Television Festival this week, said the iPlayer was "only the beginning of the story".

"Because when that iPlayer moment is over, the programme disappears and we are still having to apologise to the audience," she said. "And yet those programmes do still exist and increasingly may be available elsewhere on the web - on iTunes, for example, or in other on-demand offers like Kangaroo, the BBC's new UK commercial partnership with ITV and C4, which we expect to get regulatory approval for soon."

Bennett added: "...these permanent pages will always direct the audience to the programme – wherever it may be on the web... Each page and clip will be promotional for that programme in perpetuity. They will offer the possibility of hits that go on and on, or are re-discovered when the time is right.

"There are already over 160,000 individual pages. Eventually, we will add our programme back catalogue to produce pages for programming stretching back over nearly 80 years – featuring all the information we have on the richest TV and radio archive in the world."

A beta version of the catalogue containing details on more recent programmes is already available on the BBC Programmes website. The service, under constant development, has been built with the principles of linked data in mind and is designed to offer information about BBC programmes in a variety of easily reusable formats.

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