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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Radio Times Scanning Project - Where is it?


In August 2010 we where told how all issues of the Radio Times were to be scanned and made available on the internet. A lot of people, me included, shouted Yippee and held our breath.

It is almost 18 months later, and I wonder where it is? Has it been abandoned? This is one project I really wanted to see. Does anyone know what is happening, Google doesn't help :(

Original post, and a source.

And for those interested, 100s of covers are here.

16 comments :

Marsha Thompson said...

I am absolutely astounded Combom  that, what appears like an intelligent man. believes in miracles. As you might recall, when we released this story, we gave a provisional date of March 2013 for completion. I would like to take this opportunity to state, we are on schedule and will be going live at that time. This is likely to occur, whether you stir your readers up or not. I would also like to inform your younger readers, that there will be all the Doctor Who covers and articles from years gone by in a special section devoted to the programme. There will also be other sections devoted to adult programming too.
I hope this is of help.
Marsha Thompson
Press Release Officer.

com bom said...

I am very glad to hear the project is still going! I was unaware of the 2013 date, and assumed they would start to appear in batches as completed, but how I do things is very different to how others do things! I think "stirring readers up" and "asking a civil question" are very different, the difference between the two can easily be told! But I am very pleased you have read this and look forward to seeing them in 15 months time! - one question, what resolution are we talking about, better then the current covers by the BBC i trust :)

com bom said...

and I now consider your answer rather rude, from the original post "Digitisation will begin in September and should be completed in less than a year..." so according to that, scanning was completed by 09-11, so an occasional project update to the masses would result in positive media reposts, and noone asking questions!

com bom said...

pcj found this, http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/2010/08/bbc-genome-the-complete-broadc.shtml?postId=106162141#comment_106162141 , noone can find a mention of 2013 though, the only date we can find so far is "less then a year after september 2011"

Marsha Thompson said...

I would like to add that, all covers and articles will be very hi-res. Children's programming will be given it's own section with, as previously noted, Doctor Who being highlighted. It's not just, as you say, scanning and software issues which create delays.  There is also the legal aspect. We have also, recently moved office to Retford, Notts.  To be honest, it's remarkable we're still on schedule for going live. There will also be numerous sections for the more popular adult entertainment programmes . As you must understand, our aim is: Firstly, Education and Secondly, Fun. I understand Children's entertainment, such as Doctor Who, is relevant and is important to the development of a young persons mind. It is, however, a children's show. Adults are likely to be our main demographic. Grown-ups will be our main concern, but kiddies will still get their Doctor Who 'fix'
Hope this helps
Marsha ThompsonPress Release Officer. 

com bom said...

lol you consider doctor who a childrens show, it seems Steven Moffat thinks different to you, along with the rest of us - its a FAMILY SHOW. does that mean you are classifying all family shows as CHILDRENS SHOWS also? i think i need a big post about all this!

Marsha Thompson said...

My apologies if I offended you. Of course, if a big post was arranged on your site and your readers agree with your classification, I would be happy to show the results to my boss. Let's be honest, he can't argue with the numbers and  perhaps we change his opinion. Be free to use my name if this helps.

CharlesNorton said...

Is this BBC I&A's 'Genome Project'? Or is this an entirely different project? From the way it is described, this sounds like it is a much fuller and more ambitious project than Genome.

Antony Waltho said...

Doctor Who hasn't been a "kiddies" show since the early 1960's. Once Patrick Troughton arrived its premise changed to become, as another writer noted, a "family" show, watched by adults and children, in equal quantity.

BTW, I am a 46 year old male, and all my friends adore this programme, and none of them would consider this a children's show.

com bom said...

bbc

Henry Charles Egglet said...

Why do people who have no idea about Doctor Who classify it as a cvhildrens show?
It was never made by the childrens department and since it's revival has been regarded by both producers and viewers as a family show.
Perhaps in future people should check their facts before making derogitory coments  that belittle the show and it's viewrs.

CharlesNorton said...

So this is the Genome project then?

titanium768 said...

Hum

com bom said...

Marsha Thompson, the Press Release Officer has deleted her comments - so either she decided a retreat was a better plan or her boss told her to. the comments may read a bit odd but we still have her quotes :)

com bom said...

Marsha Thompsons deleted comments are - 

1
I am absolutely astounded Combom that, what appears like an intelligent man.
believes in miracles. As you might recall, when we released this story, we gave
a provisional date of March 2013 for completion. I would like to take this
opportunity to state, we are on schedule and will be going live at that time.
This is likely to occur, whether you stir your readers up or not. I would also
like to inform your younger readers, that there will be all the Doctor Who
covers and articles from years gone by in a special section devoted to the
programme. There will also be other sections devoted to adult programming
too.I hope this is of help.Marsha ThompsonPress Release Officer. 2My apologies if I offended you. Of course, if a big post was arranged on your
site and your readers agree with your classification, I would be happy to show
the results to my boss. Let's be honest, he can't argue with the numbers and
perhaps we change his opinion. Be free to use my name if this helps. 3I would like to add
that, all covers and articles will be very hi-res. Children's programming will
be given it's own section with, as previously noted, Doctor Who being
highlighted. It's not just, as you say, scanning and software issues which
create delays. There is also the legal aspect. We have also, recently moved
office to Retford, Notts. To be honest, it's remarkable we're still on schedule
for going live. There will also be numerous sections for the more popular
adult entertainment programmes . As you must understand, our aim is: Firstly,
Education and Secondly, Fun. I understand Children's entertainment, such as
Doctor Who, is relevant and is important to the development of a young persons
mind. It is, however, a children's show. Adults are likely to be our main
demographic. Grown-ups will be our main concern, but kiddies will still get
their Doctor Who 'fix'
Hope this helps
Marsha ThompsonPress Release
Officer. backups of everything are essential :)

Neil Woodward said...

A Freedom of Information request obtained more details, but no actual 'go live date'. Essentially scanning should be completed by the end of this month, with further work taking up the rest of this year (at least). See the BBC's reply here: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/128911/response/317944/attach/html/2/RFI20120949%20final%20response.pdf.html