The BBC spends£8.5m a year transferring footage to and from tape.
The BBC spends £8.5m a year transferring footage to and from tape.

The present method of making programmes means the broadcaster going 'back to tape' whenever pictures or sound have to be moved around departments or locations. However, the corporation's plans to go completely tapeless will save the money used in doing that.

A new tape-free set-up to be implemented between now and 2010 will remove virtually all tape from the production process, making transfers, among other things, unnecessary.

The new tapeless environment could eventually save the BBC more than 10% on the current £2.4bn it spends making programmes.

The revelation was made at Broadcast's Tapeless Production conference last week (9 November).

In his keynote speech, head of production technology Paul Cheesbrough also revealed that the BBC was looking for partners for central ingest, and hopes to sign a deal to 'refresh the networks' within and between the BBC's nationwide locations.