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Unlocking 20 years of independent radio news

In 1973 a group of Fleet Street journalists, with no experience of radio broadcasting, came together and set up the UK first “independent” (commercial) radio service, at the time the only alternative to the BBC, without quite knowing where this would take them.

Today, through the digitisation of the London Broadcasting Company/Independent Radio News (LBC/IRN) archive, members of the UK Higher and Further education sector have the chance to delve into 20 years (1973 – mid-1990s) of independent radio programming covering national and international news such as the Falklands war, the troubles in Northern Ireland, the years of Margaret Thatcher and the death of Princess Diana as well as feature programmes and audience phone-ins, a first of its kind at the time.

Leading up to the official launch of the LBC/IRN digitisation project, Sean Street, Director of the project, talks to Steve Allen, from LBC, (Steve discovers the LBC archive) about the early days of the LBC and how the team at the University of Bournemouth carried out this challenging project of preserving and making accessible a slice of our more contemporary history.

The LBC/IRN digitisation project was funded by the JISC Digitisation Programme.

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