Via slashdot, Dyke to open up BBC archive, written up nicely at Oblomovka. This is absolutely incredible. Except for the Simpsons, every single TV show I don't hate is made by the BBC. (Well, The Crystal Maze was entertaining, but there was a certain amount of hate involved in being entertained by it.)
There's no way the BBC will be able to cope with the bandwidth demands of a content starved world population diving into nearly a hundred years of top quality TV and radio. Unless the MPAA gets to them first and convices them to call off the whole idea, they'll have to use P2P distribution, providing a totally legitimate use for Kazaa et al.
This has the potential to bankrupt the entire TV industry. Who the hell is going to watch commercial advert encrusted bilge when they can be seeing 70 backyears of BBC amazingness? Couldn't be better timed either, since my Bottom collection is going mouldy.