Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network to Contribute Content to Initial Collection of Public Media’s American Archive
Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network to Contribute Content
to Initial Collection of Public Media’s American Archive
Station’s contribution is part of 40,000 hours of local and national public media content that will be preserved and protected for future generations
HARTFORD, Conn. (October 24, 2012) – The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR), is proud to announce that it will contribute a portion of its archival television and radio footage to the initial collection of public media’s American Archive.
The American Archive, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) initiative, is a comprehensive effort to inventory, digitize and preserve local and national public media content produced over the last six decades. The Archive will ensure that the public investment in non-commercial media, totaling billions of dollars over the years, is fully protected for, and accessible to, generations to come.
“The American Archive is one of the most important responsibilities facing our public media system,” said Patricia Harrison, President and CEO of CPB. “Taxpayers have funded more than half a century of local, regional and national television and radio programming, and the American Archive will serve as a return on that investment.”
Since the project launched two years ago, public television and radio stations across the country have identified nearly 2.5 million records, including completed local and national programs, raw footage, unedited interviews, recorded speeches, scripts and photos. This totals more than one million hours of video, film, and audio recordings from more than 100 stations.
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network will contribute historic archival content to the American Archive. This material will be digitized and included as part of the Archive’s first 40,000 hours of content.
“We are incredibly excited to play a role in creating the American Archive,” said Jerry Franklin, President and CEO of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. “As part of this initiative, public television and radio stations across the country are able to contribute to a historical record of public media in the 20th century. It provides us with an opportunity to reconnect and further service our audiences, present and future, with the media that holds the memory of the history, events, people, and landscapes of their communities.”
Public radio and television stations participating in the initiative have completed the initial phases of the project, including inventorying their archives and selecting the content to be preserved. As a next step, CPB is preparing to transition the American Archive to a new permanent home that will sustain and expand the work of the Archive moving forward.
About the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 260,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. For more information, visit cpbn.org.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,300 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.