In early 2013, Loftus attended a briefing session for independent production companies organised by the BBC’s innovation programme, Connected Studio. The brief was to develop an exciting and engaging way for online audiences to enjoy the wonderful news archive. We came up with the winning idea of BBC News Timeliner which we pitched successfully and went on to prototype and build with software partner, Softwire.
BBC News Timeliner is a new product which showcases the BBC’s rich video archive. It allows the audience to explore the broader context around current news stories and to understand the news more fully. A series of interlinked video timelines encourage a serendipitous journey of discovery through the archive – Radio 4 presenter Eddie Mair described it as “a kind of time machine”.
The first Timeliner pilot launched in March 2015 on the BBC’s experimental Taster platform. Curated and built by a team from Loftus and Softwire, with the support of the BBC Rewind Team, it focuses on the history of British politics and elections giving context to the 2015 election campaign, with nostalgic moments and classic gaffes adding a few laughs along the way.
“The BBC’s plans to use its archive more powerfully in digital storytelling has reached a significant milestone with the launch of the News Timeliner” – Peter Rippon, BBC Editor Online Archive.
Peter’s post on the BBC Internet Blog
Some of the reaction to Timeliner on Twitter
BBC News Timeliner is nominated in the Online Factual category at the Association For International Broadcasting Awards 2015
Loftus Team Ben Wundersitz, Hannah Marshall, Richard Berry
Softwire Team James Griffiths, Gareth Edwards, Nick Golding, Tim Harwood
Contact Richard Berry