British Universities Film & Video Council

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The LBC/IRN Audio Archive

The London Broadcasting Company / Independent Radio News audio archive consists of 7,000 reel-to-reel tapes in a collection that runs from 1973 to the mid-1990s. It is the most important commercial radio archive in the UK and provides a unique audio history of the period. This digitised collection focuses on the most noteworthy content – approximately 3,000 hours of recordings relating to news and current affairs. Digitisation of this resource has been funded via the JISC Digitisation Programme.


Access to the recordings is restricted exclusively to UK higher and further education institutions via Federated Access Management. We are unable to assist anyone outside of these restrictions. Unfortunately LBC is at present also unable to provide any further access to individuals or organisations.