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Archives and Special Collections: BBC Radio 4 Analysis

BBC Radio 4 Analysis collection

The BBC Radio 4 Analysis collection comprises audio-tapes 1970-1994 and transcripts 1970-1990, held in the Library store. The collection is supported by a small grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Board [AHRB].


Please be aware that the majority of this collection is on cassette tape and may be heard in the Sir Michael Cobham Library. Due to being kept off-site, you will need to submit a request for access at least three working days in advance.

Collection details

Title BBC Radio 4 Analysis Collection
Dates 1970-1990
Technical Description Scotch 3M 7inch tapes
Zonal 675 10.5 inch tapes
TDK audio cassettes
Arrangement The transcripts and tapes are held in the Library Store.
Access Restrictions Archives & Special Collections
Source of Acquisition Donated by the BBC Radio 4 Analysis Team
Language English
Archival History BBC Radio 4 Analysis is the flagship BBC Radio 4 documentary, broadcast from 1970. It is an historical record of the events of the past three decades as well as representing the changing style of radio documentary. BBC Radio 4 Analysis is currently broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The Radio 4 Analysis Archive came into being in April 1998. The transfer of the current Radio 4 Analysis office to BBC White City necessitated the relocation of some audio-tapes and transcripts. As a result all audio-tapes from 1970 to 1990 and all transcripts 1970-1982 were given to the university. Remaining transcripts (1982-1990) have been added to the collection from another source. The Radio 4 Analysis Archive was supported by a grant from the AHRB.

Bournemouth University and the BBC have an agreement to allow Bournemouth University to hold tapes and transcripts with the full knowledge and permission of the BBC. The agreement permits on site access to bona fide scholars. Bournemouth University's, Bournemouth University Research Collection (Bournemouth University 2003) gives guidance on the Acquisition, Collection Management and Access to the Bournemouth University Research Collection.

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