The JISC MediaHub database gives researchers access to 6,300 ITN news clips focusing on UK news coverage: the Miner’s Strike, the Thatcher era, John Major, and Tony Blair, right up to the present day. The ITN collection includes (from 1989) the Sky News archive. There is access to longer ITV specials, such as the 32 minute programme on the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York. The database also has Channel 4, Channel 5 news, Gaumont British News (1935-1959) and Reuters News.
To access JISC MediaHub logon to the Portal, click on the Learning Resource tab and select it from the Library’s A-Z list of databases.
In April 2012, BBC Northern Ireland, JISC and BUFVC launched Chronicle, “a project to make BBC Northern Ireland’s television news from the 1960s and 1970s available to the academic community online…Chronicle will provide Authenticated Users with access to digitised copies of news and current affairs material covering Northern Ireland and ‘The Troubles’, along with web-based tools allowing it to be searched, viewed and annotated” ( BBC Media Centre).
To access Chronicle, logon via the Portal, choose Learning Resources and select it from the Library’s A-Z list of databases.
BUFVC hosts, curates and delivers 9 substantial online databases relating to film, television and radio content dating from 1896 onwards. You can now search more than 13 million records in one go, or if you wish, one collection at a time.
Irish Film & TV Research Online is a website designed to bring together the wide diversity of research material relating to Irish-made cinema and television as well as to Irish-themed audio-visual representations produced outside of Ireland. It incorporates three searchable databases: Irish Film & Television Index; Irish Film & Television Biographies; and Irish Film & Television Bibliography; and the Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar, an annual conference of film studies’ postgraduate students based in Ireland or engaged in researching Irish material elsewhere. The project is based in the School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin.
Media researchers will welcome the BBC Archive which holds themed collections of radio and TV programmes, documents and photographs. Selections available include George Orwell, The Berlin Wall, the Holocaust, and Suffragettes.