Saturday, November 17, 2007

Television News Archive

While prowling the web, I came across the Vanderbilt Television News Archive at Vanderbilt University, self-described as "the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news." This unique website offers detailed summaries of every national nightly news broadcast of ABC, NBC and CBS since August 1968, CNN news programs and specials since 2000, and Fox news broadcasts since 2004. Searchable and browseable by date, it also describes the photo coverage for each broadcast (for example, from Vietnam or the World Trade Center on 9/11), and includes the actual time spent on coverage of each topic and the commercial sponsors. A goldmine of information, including background on landmark court decisions, trials, elections, and legislation, the site also recaptures the news of a particular night in your life or the lives of family members. All features are free with registration. Video of the actual broadcasts and custom compilations may be loaned from the Archive.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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