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Archive television footage from BBC coming online

LONDON — Wildlife footage and decades worth of clips from well-known BBC television shows will soon make their way online.

"The BBC probably has the best television library in the world," British Broadcasting Corp. director Greg Dyke said. "Up until now, this huge resource has remained locked up, inaccessible to the public. . . . But the digital revolution and broadband are changing all that."

Dyke outlined the project, the BBC Creative Archive, at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. Details, including launch date, are being finalized.

He said the online resources could be great for children doing homework on everything from dinosaurs to history.

Top entertainment shows may not be made available on the Internet for free because the BBC makes money from sales of such programs on DVD and video. But BBC probably will make clips of those shows available.