Bit-Tech: BBC launches Computer Literacy Project archive. “The BBC has added the output of its Computer Literacy Project, covering more than 260 full-length TV programmes and 166 BBC Micro computer programs, to its Taster testing site – though nostalgic programmers have only three months to try it out. Launched in 1982 with The Computer Programme, which was followed by Making the Most of the Micro a year later and Micro Live between 1984 and 1987, the BBC’s Computer Literacy Project followed the UK government’s push to get microcomputers – at the time rare novelties – into schools throughout the country.”
WBAL: Something new to binge-watch: TV’s rich history of itself. “Diahann Carroll recalls a date with Marlon Brando that yielded a slap and career advice. Robert Adler tells how he co-invented the TV remote control. Walter Cronkite shares his dismay over learning that White House pressure trimmed a CBS report on Watergate. Their accounts are part of an extraordinary collection of 4,000-plus hours of video Q&As recorded over more than two decades by the Television Academy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, organizer of the prime-time Emmy Awards. On Wednesday, a new website will make some 800 interviews — and more to come — available free to all comers…”
CBC: CBC urged to preserve master recordings of radio and TV programming after making digital copies. “The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation (CBMF) is urging CBC to stop destroying original radio and television programming after making digital copies, arguing these master recordings are irreplaceable. The Toronto charitable foundation said in a release Wednesday that CBC’s English Services began destroying original radio and TV programming at the beginning of April. The foundation said this flies in the face of internationally accepted standards and best practices of audiovisual preservation due to the unknown characteristics of digitization, such as long-term stability and vulnerability to electromagnetic interference.”
The Daily Sabah: TRT opens 200,000-hour visual archive to public. “The visual history of Turkey, from political gatherings to musical performances, to soap operas and street interviews, are now open to online access for all, with an initiative taken by the Turkish Radio and Television.” The site required translating, but I was able to review video without issue, and am currently listening to Aşık Veysel Şatıroğlu.
The Vanderbilt Television News Archive has gotten some upgrades. “The archive is switching from a low-resolution real media format to the current web standard, which is higher quality. Through generous funding by the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, one HD server was purchased, enabling future broadcasts to be available in HD. The new server is capable of recording 10 channels at a time.”