BBC hoping to sell downloads of archive shows
It's all to do with the Beeb's proposal to fling open the doors of its archive and allow punters to permanently download copies of their favourite shows for a small fee. Announced yesterday, they're calling it Project Barcelona and it's going to be put before the BBC Trust for their approval later in the year.
BBC top donkey Mark Thompson says the plan would involve the corporation opening a digital shop, with many of the goodies within never having been previously available to own. We imagine that there will be all manner of wrangling among those involved in said programmes, with regards to royalties, but if it works it could be a treasure trove of top telly.
Which currently-unavailable shows would YOU be keen to download from an imaginary Beeb archive? We'd go for entire episodes of Multi-Coloured Swap Shop. Go on, TELL US, you wretched sons and daughters of whores…