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Columbia Journalism Review [November/December 1976]


Abstract: Until recently, television executives would not make copies of the news broadcasts available after their airing. It is a subtle form of news censorship. Access to records is the lifeblood of accountability but television news managers think an inquiry into their records is a threat to liberty. Paul Simpson founded the television news archive (T.N.A.) at Vanderbilt University when he learned that television news was not being preserved. He wanted televisionís record of the nationís affairs to become part of the public record. CBS is displeased with T.N.A.ís policies, which give access to video materials without CBS approval. their agreement with T.N.A. is carefully worded so as to give them control. CBS donates color cassettes with an index. NBC allows the taping of their news but doesnít offer an index. There is no agreement with ABC.

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Publication Year:1976
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Columbia Journalism Review
Publication Info:Volume 15 Number 04
Issue:November/December 1976
Publisher:Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia Univeristy
Place of Publication:New York
Subject: Vanderbilt Television News Archive
Record Number:9767
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