Could BBC open ‘Grand Prix’ archive?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

BBC Grand Prix LogoThe BBC’s web chief Ashley Highfield spoke in an interview with The Independent today about how he wants to open the BBC’s archives via the Internet.

Of greatest interest to Formula One fans would be the archives of Grand Prix, the BBC’s Formula One coverage programme which ran from 1978 to 1996.

The two most likely obstacles to this happening would be a lack of interest from the BBC and the question of whether they are allowed to rebroadcast the footage under the terms of their original agreement with the Formula One Constructors’ Association.

I’m no legal expert – but as Highfield is certainly a Grand Prix fan. Here’s hoping:

Shortly before his recent 40th birthday he sat himself behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car and took it for a few laps of Magny-Cours, home of the French Grand Prix…he [has] a racing driver’s cap, autographed by Jenson Button, resting on the top of his chair.

I think I speak for the majority of Formula One fans when I say that we would all love to be able to review some of the classic Formula One moments complete with the Murray Walker and James Hunt commentary.

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