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Archives and Special Collections: IBA Archive

Please note: The term ‘IBA Archive’ incorporates the Independent Television Authority (ITA), Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and Cable Authority (CA) archives.

Location of this collection: Some IBA Archive boxes are located in Talbot Campus Library's mobile shelves. Most IBA Archive boxes are held in an off site storage facility.

IBA Archive Catalogue and Database

Below is a copy of the IBA Archive catalogue database in PDF format. You can browse through it or narrow down your search using Ctrl+F on the keyboard of a computer or tablet, or by using the "Find in Page" function on your smartphone.

If you are having difficulty accessing the database, please contact us on or use the Chat function on the Library website.

Access to the archives is by appointment only (Mon-Thurs 9.30am-4.30pm, Fri 10am-4pm) and requires at least 20 working days' notice. Up to 8 files may be researched per day. You will also need to complete the request form and sign the terms and conditions of access which can be downloaded below.

IBA Archive details

Title ITA/IBA/Cable Authority archive
Dates 1954-1990
Physical Description 232m. of shelving
Arrangement The archive is arranged in boxes containing 21,632 files
Finding Aids The 21,632 files are numbered chronologically on a database. The database lists the contents down to file level, and is searchable by file title, regulator and record series. The files are matched to the number of the box they are in. Access to the archive database is via password.
Access/Reproduction Restrictions If you wish to consult the archive please email Archives and Special Collections. Once accredited you will be sent a password to enable access to the archive catalogue. You will then need to select those boxes you wish to consult.
Viewing material is by prior arrangement only.  Up to four boxes of material may be requested for retrieval from the off site store.  Consultation will be in The Sir Michael Cobham Library. All researchers will be required to sign a disclaimer before viewing material.
Contents and Scope This is a large archive containing among other items Authority committee minutes and papers, Authority papers, Cable franchise applications, Director General's correspondence, Engineering Director's correspondence, Policy files, Programme contractor files, Programmes files, Radio Consultative Committee minutes and papers, Radio contract applications, Radio Director's correspondence, Research for reports, Television Director's correspondence
Source of Acquisition OFCOM
Administrative /biographical history The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) 1972-1990 was the successor to the Independent Television Authority (ITA) 1954-1972. The IBA together with the Cable Authority 1984-1990, became the Independent Television Commission (ITC) in 1990. In 2003 the ITC became part of OFCOM - the Office of Communications.
Language English
Archival History The archive remained in the custody of OFCOM until transfer to Bournemouth University in 2008.
Control number M0069052DO