British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access


The Library was set up in 1975 by the BBC’s TV Sports Department in order to centralise and help control the Corporation’s vast use of videotape. Retention policies, in the past determined by the Producer in Charge of Videotape for each individual programme , have determined the breadth of the current catalogue . It indexes BBC-generated material from 1966. Older film material held by the BBC’s Film and Videotape Library is gradually being incorporated into the Sports Library system. The Library also incorporates the Radio Sports Archive.
Sport; Sport, radio, broadcasting; Sport, television, broadcasting

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

A computersied diary of all major sports events was started in January 1991.
The Sport Department now houses over 200,000 hours of sporting moments. This is held on over 130,000 tapes and a steadily increasing catalogue of digital content. The digital content allows BBC productions to access and share footage with greater speed, presenting the audience with viewing in a variety of media and across different platforms.


Computerised database
The Sport Library Database is searchable via key words and fully logged footage across the catalogue, allowing a specific moment to be quickly found.

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