From radio to the iPlayer

Ninety years of innovation at the BBC is celebrated in a new campaign from the broadcaster, complete with an interactive time-line of technological achievements

Ninety years of innovation at the BBC is celebrated in a new campaign from the broadcaster, complete with an interactive time-line of technological achievements…

Agency RKCR/Y&R worked on the campaign with the BBC, while the 60 second launch film was produced by Red Bee Media.

The short tells the story of broadcasting at the Beeb, outlining various significant moments of technological progress that have happened since 1922. This takes in radio and TV (including outside broadcasts and colour), the BBC Micro Computer (in schools!) and Ceefax, to the iPlayer and the broadcaster’s expanding digital content, as seen at the London Olympics.

Blending together archive footage, characters in the film appear to walk between one moment and the next.

Watch it here (unfortunately we are unable to embed it).

Interestingly, the soundtrack is by the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, which was relaunched last year. The campaign premieres on-air this weekend; there’s an accompanying making-of video here (scroll down), and also an interactive timeline of innovation, here.

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