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September 18, 2012

Internet Archive launches television news search database

The database includes 350,000 TV news video clips and transcripts since 2009

By CBR Staff Writer

Internet Archive has launched its new information database known as TV News Search & Borrow, supporting its aim to make public data widely accessible.

The firm revealed that the database comprises about 350,000 television news video clips and transcripts since 2009 and will also add new clips and transcripts every 24 hours, following their original broadcast.

Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle said the firm wants to collect all the books, music and video that has ever been produced by humans.

"The focus is to help the American voter to better be able to examine candidates and issues," Kahle said.

Further the firm is also planning to continue addition of video news clips from earlier years also.

The project will also enable customers to borrow the video clips through DVD, or locally at the Internet Archive’s library in San Francisco, US.

FCC former Chairman Newton Minow said the Internet Archive’s TV news research service builds upon broadcasters’ public interest obligations.

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"This new service offers citizens exceptional opportunities to assess political campaigns and issues, and to hold powerful public institutions accountable," Minow said.

The database also features many conventional news outlets including CNN, Fox News, NBC News, PBS, and local television stations.

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