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UK Newsfilm Online made available to Higher and Further Education 3/06

7 March 2006 - Newsfilm Online is planned to be one of the most exciting resources to be offered to Higher and Further Education in the UK. Some 3,000 hours of television news and cinema newsreels, taken from the huge collection of the ITN/Reuters archive, is being made available online in high quality format for teaching, learning and research.

Part of the £10m Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) digitisation programme, Newsfilm Online will be a gateway of unmatched richness to nearly one hundred years of news, from the 1910s to the present day.

The BUFVC’s Newsfilm Online team has now launched a demonstrator website which makes some fifty news clips (approximately two hours of material) freely available for downloading to all users. These clips are arranged by theme and decade. More clips will be added to the site in due course.

James Taylor, the team’s Education and Outreach Officer, says of the new demonstrator site: "We’re hoping to get feedback on the site so that we can adapt it as more materials come online. The main delivery is scheduled for February 2007," he adds.

Visit the Newsfilm Online Demonstrator site >>