Starts Legally Archiving TV News Since 2009

Posted Sep 18, 2012

The Internet Archive is a project that has 150 billion websites archived over the last 15 years in an effort to preserve the past.  Now the company is adding a backlog of old TV news videos.

The Internet Archive plans to catalog books, videos, and other media forms.  The Internet Archive is collecting news from 20 different TV channels, which has around 1,000 news shows and over 350,000 news programs over the last 3 years according to the New York Times.

The news content is coming from Fox News, CNN, NBC News, PBS, and The Daily Show.  The programming will also grab the closed captioning as a way to search for videos via the closed caption text.  ?The focus is to help the American voter to better be able to examine candidates and issues,? stated Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle in an interview with The New York Times. ?If you want to know exactly what Mitt Romney said about health care in 2009, you?ll be able to find it.?

Kahle said that the goal here is not to replace news networks and he does not plan to add video content on the Internet Archive until a full 24 hours after the original program airs.