WGBH, Library Of Congress Partner For Digital Public Broadcasting Archive
November 15, 2013 at 4:58 AM (PT)
BOSTON public radio/TV broadcaster WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION and the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS are partnering to create the AMERICAN ARCHIVE OF PUBLIC BROADCASTING, a digitized collection of 40,000 hours of public television and radio content from stations across the country. The project is being supported with funding from the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING.
CPB Pres./CEO PAT HARRISON said that the project is "a national asset that will preserve thousands of hours of iconic, at-risk, local, and national content. I want to congratulate and thank the public media stations, and the local communities they represent, who provided content for the Archive. For the past six years, CPB has created, defined and managed this initiative and we are very pleased to announce that it has finally found a permanent home with the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS and WGBH.”
Librarian of Congress JAMES H. BILLINGTON said, “The American people have made a huge investment in public radio and television over many decades. This collaboration will ensure that this rich and creative cultural history will be saved and made available to future generations.”
WGBH Pres./CEO JON ABBOTT said, “We are very excited and proud to become the home for the American Archive, and to be part of keeping history alive for audiences and for the public. We couldn’t have a better partner than the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS in making these treasures available, and we’re grateful to the corporation for public broadcasting for their leadership and support of this effort.”
CPB Board of Directors Chairman PATTY CAHILL said, “This is an important step in CPB’s commitment to preserve and make available to the American public the tremendous amount of high quality programming and content produced by public media television and radio stations over the past several decades and in the future. We are pleased that the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS and WGBH will continue this culturally and historically significant project on behalf of the public media system and the American people.”
A national advisory panel for the archive inclues lawyer and CPB board member BRUCE RAMER; WGBH Vice Chair HENRY BECTON; filmmaker KEN BURNS; former Governor of KANSAS JOHN W. CARLIN; USC ANNENBERG SCHOOL FOR COMMUNICATION Center for the Digital Future founder/director Dr. JEFFREY COLE; professor Dr HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.; ITHAKA S+R Managing Director DEANNA MARCUM; film producer and former agent JOHN PTAK; ABC NEWS and NPR's COKIE ROBERTS; USC SHOAH FOUNDATION Exec. Dir. DR. STEPHEN D. SMITH; Former Secretary of Education MARGARET SPELLINGS; SONY Chairman HOWARD STRINGER; and writer-producer-director JESÚS SALVADOR TREVIÑO.