9 October 2012 7:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

For the past four months, online platform The Space has hosted the best events in Britain. As it is granted a longer life, Maggie Brown asks: is this the future of arts broadcasting?

When The Space launched, somewhat gingerly, in May this year, it was intended as a six-month pilot. Over the summer, Arts Council England's free digital platform, run with the BBC, has carried film and other content tied to events around the UK – providing a record of the Cultural Olympiad for people unable to attend. The Lottery provided £3.7m. In June, the then culture secretary Jeremy Hunt praised the site, urging arts organisations to follow its lead, and floating the idea of "a permanent digital channel with live broadcasts every night". Now Hunt's wish has been granted: this week, the arts council announces that The Space, due to close at the end of the month, has been granted an extension. »

- Maggie Brown

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