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News Archive for September, 2011

  • Radio 4’s ‘Life and Fate’ by Vasily Grossman

    The BBC has just begun an eight-hour dramatisation of the epic Russian novel Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman. This epic masterpiece, centred around the bloody battle of Stalingrad, charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war. Completed in 1960, the novel was deemed so dangerous by the […]

  • Online artists’ videos on Egypt

    The LUX website is currently hosting an online exhibition of three short artists’ films about Mubarak and the Egyptian presidency: The President – Remix. In recent years a number of artists have started to salvage or restage archival images of the three long-term Egyptian presidents Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak and critically explore the relationships between […]

  • EU extends copyright on sound recordings

    The EU Council yesterday voted to extend the copyright term on sound recordings from 50 to 70 years. Under the 50-year rule copyright on recordings by artists such as Cliff Richard and The Beatles would have run out shortly, and record labels and musicians have lobbied for the extension. This ruling goes against recommendations in […]

  • BBC Four online archive

    A collection of  programmes from the BBC archives about the British Army, featuring classic documentaries and historic events dating back to the 1950s, is now available to watch on BBC Online’s Archive website. These relate to BBC Four’s forthcoming Army Series which will include programmes on The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and a series on […]

  • New BBC radio production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

    A new radio production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be broadcast as part of BBC’s ‘Drama on 3′ series on BBC Radio 3 this Sunday, 11 September 2011, at 8 pm. The production was recorded on location in 22 acres of Sussex woodland this summer with an all star cast including the likes […]

  • Survey of radio archive use in teaching

    Dr. Ieuan Franklin and Kristin Skoog are writing a report for Bournemouth University on radio archives/collections in the UK. As part of this they have set up two online surveys (see below) It aims to identify issues of concern or interest to the archive community, to broadcasting organizations, and to the research/HE community. There will […]

  • Recent additions to the Gateway

    A selection of websites that have been added to the Moving Image Gateway over the last few weeks: Aljazeera English English-language version of the Arabic-language television news network that broadcasts around the world to over 220 million households. A live stream of the channel is accessible via the Aljazeera English YouTube website and a range […]

  • 60 Minutes with Shakespeare

    The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has launched a new web-based project. Sixty people, among them Stephen Fry, Margaret Drabble, Gregory Doran, Stanley Wells and Harriet Walter, have contributed a 60-second recording answering one of 60 questions about Shakespeare’s authorship. The website aims to put to rest arguments about Shakespeare’s authorship, particularly in the wake of the […]