Irish Times: Broadcasting regulator launches Irish media ownership database

Irish Times: Broadcasting regulator launches Irish media ownership database. “The site… was commissioned by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) from the Dublin City University (DCU) School of Communications. It allows the public to check the ownership of a database of media businesses that serve Irish audiences at either national, regional or local level, including international companies that have a presence here.”

Illinois State University: Digitization of historical WGLT program guides informs broadcast history research

Illinois State University: Digitization of historical WGLT program guides informs broadcast history research. “Founded in 1966 as a student-run radio station, WGLT (the call letters originally stood for We Gladly Learn Teach) has been producing independent content and local journalism for over half a century. Users may now explore this rich history through a new digital collection available from ISU ReD, Milner Library’s institutional repository for the research, scholarship, and creative activities of the Illinois State University community.”

Evrensel Daily: Turkish Parliament approved new law to regulate online broadcasting

Evrensel Daily: Turkish Parliament approved new law to regulate online broadcasting. “According to the new legislation, all broadcasters that want to provide radio, television, and other types of broadcasting services on the internet will have to obtain a licence from RTÜK, while broadcasters on other platforms will also require a transmission authorisation from RTÜK for their internet broadcasts. Previously, RTÜK licensing and regulation was necessary only for conventional radio and television broadcasters.”

Radio Canada International: Public broadcaster music library closing, CD’s to be digitised, destroyed

Radio Canada International: Public broadcaster music library closing, CD’s to be digitised, destroyed. “Canada’s public broadcaster CBC (English) and Radio-Canada (French) is going through massive changes. With huge funding cuts from the government and increasing costs, this has meant equally massive staff and production cuts. Rapidly developing technological developments are also driving the changes.The broadcaster, with its stations across the country has, over the decades, amassed a vast collection of recorded music and other artefacts.”

AAPB: American Archive of Public Broadcasting Releases Exclusive Collections

AAPB: American Archive of Public Broadcasting Releases Exclusive Collections. “The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) recently acquired three collections of original, full-length interviews from groundbreaking public television documentaries: Ken Burns’ The Civil War, Eyes on the Prize and American Masters. Only excerpts of these interviews were included in previously released, edited programs. Now, the full-length interviews from these landmark series will be available to view online at americanarchive.org or in person at the Library of Congress and at WGBH, preserved for future generations to learn about our nation’s history.”

Huge Project to Gather and Digitize Radio Programming Is Underway

Underway: a huge project to gather and digitize old radio programming. “The Radio Preservation Task Force, overseen by the Library of Congress, is taking on a worldwide project to collect and catalog radio recordings. Missouri was chosen to be a pilot partly because of efforts already made in St. Louis as well as in Kansas City, though to a lesser extent. Josh Sheppard, the national director of the task force, says there’s never been a concerted effort by any one federal institution to trace where such recordings are stored or even to determine what is actually left. ‘We realized pretty quickly that at least 75 percent of recorded radio has been discarded or destroyed,’ he says.”

Archive Of Religious Radio Programs and Broadcasts

New-to-Me: an online archive of religious-themed radio programs and broadcasts. “Compiled by former United Methodist communications staffer Mike Hickcox, the project started with the audio program holdings of the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History. Now, though, the project has grown to include items from African Methodist Episcopal, Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Mennonite, Presbyterian, Quaker Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, United Church of Christ and other religious sources.”

AAPB, Now With Experimental API

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting now has an experimental API. “With the most recent release, the AAPB now has a public API. It’s an experiment at this point, but documentation is available, and we’ve put up a few examples. For example, you can explore coverage of different topics over the years, or see how coverage changes in different parts of the country.”

AAPB Launches Online “Reading Room”

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting has officially launched an online “reading room”. “Initially launched in April 2015 with 2.5 million inventory records, the AAPB website has added nearly 7,000 audiovisual streaming files of historical content from public media stations across the country. The Library of Congress, WGBH Boston and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have embarked on an unprecedented initiative to preserve historical public television and radio programs of the past 70 years. This extraordinary material includes national and local news and public affairs programs, local history productions that document the heritage of our varied regions and communities, and programs dealing with education, environmental issues, music, art, literature, dance, poetry, religion and even filmmaking on a local level. The project ensures that this valuable source of American social, cultural and political history and creativity will be saved and made accessible for current and future generations.”

American Archive of Public Broadcasting Starting Massive Digitizing Project

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting is starting a massive digitizing project. “On August 31, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $14.16 million in grant funding to libraries across the United States. We’re thrilled to announce that the WGBH Educational Foundation, together with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting and Pop Up Archive, received one of 276 National Leadership Grants. The $898,474 grant includes transcribing, analyzing, and building crowdsourcing tools for almost 40,000 hours of digital audio from the American Archive of Public Broadcasting over the next two and half years. This will be the first major media archive of its kind: the new American Archive site will integrate full-text, searchable transcripts and crowdsourced metadata for thousands of hours of audiovisual materials.”