After ten years in the BBC’s television archives, Steve joined the BFI in 1988 as head of the Archive’s television team. His BFI publication The Television Heritage (1989) was instrumental in achieving the statutory provision for TV archiving which has been the cornerstone of the Archive’s television work. He has curated BFI television seasons on the South Bank, including classic comedy and chat shows, and was among the initiators of the BFI’s Missing Believed Wiped campaign to find lost television programmes.
He was on the Executive Council of the International Federation of Television Archives from 1992 to 2012, serving for two terms as General Secretary and chairing the Programming and Production Commission and the Television Studies Commission, of which he remains a member. He is currently a member of the board of the Peabody Awards.