Many of the BBC’s recent technological feats speak for themselves: iPlayer, 8K, HD, Britain’s digital switchover, and yes, even Planet Earth itself. Go back further in time, however, and facts tend not to speak so loudly — which is probably why Auntie Beeb commissioned the video after the break. In the space of 60 seconds, it traces 90 years worth of state-funded innovation, from the birth of BBC Radio in 1922, to Ceefax in 1974 and the BBC Micro in 1981. It’s part of a wider campaign in the UK to “get people excited about we’re headed next,” and although that direction is never made totally explicit, we reckon we have an idea.
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BBC toasts 90 years of innovation and posh accents, asks ‘where next?’