Communications Minister Denis Naughten TD, today launched the recently catalogued and digitised TG4 News and Current Affairs Archive 1996-2004 at an event in the offices of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) in Dublin.
This project makes available some 1500 hours of TG4 news and current affairs output , produced by Nuacht RTÉ for TG4 and broadcast during the 1996-2004 period, the first years of the channel’s existence. It received funding support from the BAI’s Archiving Funding Scheme and the approval of RTÉ. The cataloguing portion of the work, carried out May 2016-July 2017 was outsourced by TG4, following public tender won by Europus, a Gaeltacht-based independent company.
In parallel with the cataloguing, TG4’s own in-house staff with thanks to RTÉ Archives ,prepared, cleaned and then digitised the Archive contents, designed the cataloguing systems and also the website through which the content is now accessible to the public for research and educational purposes. www.tg4.ie/cartlann
The Archive content now being made available contains a treasure trove of news items of local, regional, national and international significance from TG4’s acclaimed súil eile perspective. It is certain to be of interest to a wide range of users – students, researchers, historians, linguists and Irish language learners all over the world.
The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) will be making use of the Archive as a resource for course material across a range of courses and disciplines in that institution’s faculties.