BBC 100 A website celebrating the anniversary of the BBC with a 100 objects (technology and props), 100 oral history clips, a timeline of events and biographies of 100 icon figures with photos and TV and audio clips.
A website from the BBC Rewind provides free access to BBC archive news programmes reflecting life and events in Northern Ireland from 1952 to December 1979. Most are news clips from BBC Northern Ireland news and current affairs programmes including Ulster Mirror. It includes coverage of the Troubles as well as quirky news stories.
‘100 Voices that made the BBC’ series – ‘Entertaining the Nation’. Historical site from the BBC which is based on oral histories. It is curated by Dr. Jamie Medhurst, Aberystwyth University, with contributions by Dr. Siân Nicholas, Aberystwyth University, Dr. Anthony McNicholas, University of Westminster, and Professor Richard Haynes, University of Stirling, under the […]
The BBC Hand Book was first issued in 1928 and published until 1987 when it became annual reports. The contents comprise a review of the year’s programming, cultural and technical achievements. A large number are free to download from this website providing a rich source of information for both media historians, those focussing on the technical […]
Reality TV ? Does it harm mental health With the recent death of Love Island reality TV presenter Caroline Flack we have been reminded that a number of contestants on the show have tragically died in similar circumstances. What is the evidence about reality TV and its impact on mental health? The Mental Health Foundation has […]
Are we a nation of binge viewers? Yes according to the latest annual Communication Markets report released by Ofcom this week. They quote statistics that 8 in 10 adults in the UK use catch-up technology to watch more than one episode of a programme. 70% find this relaxing but 32% may they slept less! The report […]
Trump of Yore, is a fascinating project from the @qz bot studio when President Trump tweets it uses mathematical software to compare the new postings tweets in the president’s pre-inauguration 12,647-tweet archive, Other useful sources Trump archive which has been independently archived. Propublica has the politwoops – deleted tweets from Trump since 2015. Also useful […]
Free access to clips from the WGBH Media Library and archives which includes TV and radio programmes many with transcripts. Listen to Nixon campaigning in 1968 The organisation is a public service broadcaster and it includes key PBS broadcasts. Special collections include the 1983 history of the Vietnam war, plus highlights from the Educational Radio […]
Political TV Ad Archive Just launched by the Internet Archive to provide a resource for the 2016 US elections. This fabulous free online digital library resource where reporters can find political TV ads from key primary states in the 2016 elections. Each ad has its own page with metadata files that can be downloaded by […]
An interesting new report from the Media Reform Coalition states that 3 companies own 71% of the market. It includes coverage of ownership and control of local newspapers, radio, TV and national print and online services.