BBC expands Internet role
With the aim of producing "Europe's biggest website" by the end of next year, the BBC is attempting to become a major provider of on-line information, with education identified as a "crucial part of this explosion of activity". The BBC's staffing of its on-line services for education has now risen from four to 44 people.
Spurring on expansion has been the Government's announcement this autumn of the National Grid for Learning, an on-line network that will connect all schools and colleges within the next five years, and next year's planned digital education television channel. The Internet will be used to provide back-up materials for this channel's courses and training series.